Most creatures, human or not, will surely perish in extreme frozen conditions. Case in point, you would definitely NOT expect alligators to survive being frozen in a icy pond. Surprisingly, however, these alligators in Shalotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina did. They avoided being frozen to death, thanks to awesome survival tactics.
A video showed these alligators with their snouts sticking out of the frozen pound. They look dead at first glance, but according to the park’s manager, they were actually alive and well.
A cold front surrounding most of the Eastern U.S. last week cause the pond to a deep freeze.
Park general manager George Howard said:
“They can sense temperature changes and will stick their noses out of the water to breathe,” “It just so happened southeastern North Carolina recently had a freeze like none other, so the ice literally froze right around their snouts.”
Howard further explained that alligators, as cold-blooded as they are, hate subfreezing temperatures just like us warm-blooded beings.
Thankfully, they are gifted with survival skills. If they don’t keep their snouts above water, they will die in about 24 hours.
He added that when alligators go into a state of dormancy called torpor when their bodies are on ice. This slows their metabolism considerably. They don’t go into deep sleep, unlike mammals, who hibernate during the cold.
“In that state, they are still alive, still moving, but very lethargic,” said Howard.
This doesn’t mean that alligators can stay in the ice indefinitely. He added:
“Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that. I can’t imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water. That’s why you don’t see indigenous alligators north of North Carolina. Their bodies like the warmth.”
Don’t worry, the alligators are safe now, as temperatures at the park are starting to warm up.
“It’s 65 degrees here today and the waters have melted. They’re out and doing their happy dance,” Howard said.
Watch the video to see the alligators in the pond:
Injured Dog Takes Himself to the Vet to Get Treatment
What a smart dog!
Dogs are highly intelligent creatures and you’d be surprised with what they can do. One recent incident in Thailand shows us exactly that as an injured golden retriever received popularity after he walked straight to the vet to receive treatment.
According to reports, the dog accidentally hurt his eye and he was later found at the door of the Petto Street clinic, a vet clinic in Lam Lukka, Pathum Thani. The dog’s left eye, as can be seen in the photos below, was covered in blood.
This poor golden retriever took himself to a vet clinic and got treatment.
Stonefish: The World’s Most Venomous Fish, Also Quite A Delicacy
The world’s most dangerous fish might also be the most delicious you’ll ever taste.
The Philippines is popular for its marine biology and it is a well-known fact that its surrounding oceans inhabited by thousands and thousands more of aquatic species than elsewhere in the world. For this, the archipelago has become a top tourist destination for beach lovers, most especially to divers who wish to witness an amazing aquatic environment. Lurking beneath the majestic, blue waters of Philippines, though, is the most venomous fish and one of the deadliest species in the world. This simply proves that the biggest creature underwater is not necessarily the largest threat.
The stonefish is known as the master of camouflage. It blends perfectly with its surroundings and this is all because of its brown or grey skin with red or yellow patches, making it look like it’s a part of the coral reef. It can also look like an ordinary stone, so you have to wear your wet shoes to be protected from these deceiving creatures.
If sharks and sting rays scare you, you might want to be more careful around this smaller fish.
Villagers Save Pregnant Cow From A Hungry Giant Anaconda
These humans just showed this giant anaconda that it shouldn’t mess with their pregnant livestock.
Infuriated humans unleashed revenge on a giant anaconda that was trying to feed on a pregnant cow at a muddy swamp. While the predator was trying to squeeze the life out of its prey, these humans tried to play superheroes to scare the anaconda away.
A hungry 13-foot anaconda found a perfect prey on a pregnant cow having its good day time bath at a swamp in Venezuela. Having gotten the chance, the giant snake quickly wrapped its body onto the cow and started squeezing it to death.