Foot Growing… in the Brain
Dr. Paul Grabb, a pediatric nerosurgeon, said he was surprised when he discovered a small foot growing inside the brain of 3-day-old Sam Esquibel.
It was thought to be a teratoma — a congenital brain tumor composed of foreign tissue such as muscle, hair or teeth — or a fetus in fetu, which is a developmental abnormality in which a fetal twin begins to form within the other.
Teratomas are already a rare congenital brain tumor, but to be found in this complex of a form (foot) had never been heard of. The foot was found and surgically removed in 2008. Everything was a success and went on being treated like it was any other teratoma.
Cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra) chicks are taught from a very young age, like, birth, one very important saying. It’s so important that their lives actually depend on them mastering it. The saying: Be the bug.
You see, a recent study published in the journal American Naturalist, describes how the cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra) is covered with bright orange and speckled down-feathers when it is first born… and how the bird uses those feathers to imitate a poisonous caterpillar, reducing its chances of predation.
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This has to be the most morbid specimen in the natural history museum in Dublin.
Maira gloriosa, a species of predatory robber fly (family Asilidae). Adept at flight; great vision. Stabs its prey with a needle sharp proboscis and injects the chosen target with a saliva of digestive enzymes, then sucks up the liquified organs. Mmmmetal. (at The Field Museum)