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Giant Centipede Can Devour Prey 15 Times Their Size In 30 Seconds

A bite from these venomous centipedes can be really deadly.

A shocking footage shows a giant centipede killing a prey 15 times its size in just seconds, thanks to a deadly venom scientists have identified.

In the ecosystem, most predators hunt and kill smaller animals. However, in a new footage released by scientists, a golden head centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans) can devour its prey, even larger ones, in just seconds by releasing a very deadly venom.

Now, the scientists have identified the toxin, dubbed as the Ssm Spooky Toxin, that makes the centipede's venom so fatal.

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They characterized a peptide in the venom, which interferes the ion channels in nerve cells. This power allows the centipede to kill its prey in a short span of time.

What’s more interesting is, the scientists were also able to identify an antidote for the lethal bite, which can open the doors to a treatment for individuals bitten by venomous centipedes.

The study, which was published in the journal PNAS, showed the creature, also called the Chinese red-headed centipede found in parts of Asia and Hawaii, weighs only three grams.

The scientists wanted to see how fast it could take down its prey — a mouse weighing 45 grams.

Surprisingly, the centipede killed the mouse just by jumping on it and taking it down within 30 seconds. From there, the scientists examined the centipede’s venom and found the strange peptide that makes the venom lethal to animals and humans alike.

Watch the footage below.

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The scientists found that the peptide blocks the movements of potassium in healthy cells.

Normally, potassium is needed to control muscle contractions in the lungs and even in the heart. Without potassium, the animal can’t breathe. Since potassium is a vital mineral in the body, any interruption in its flow will lead to a simultaneous shut down of cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous and muscular systems, leading to death.

Shilong Yang, a venom expert and author of the study, said:

“This molecular strategy has not been found in other venomous animals.”


Russia’s Psychic Cat Achilles Correctly Predicts World Cup Opening Game Winner

But can he predict the 2018 FIFA World Cup champion?

The new Nostradamus might be an adorable furry critter. A sweet Russian cat has been chosen to predict the outcome of the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It may seem hard to believe but the feline was spot on with his prediction.

Achilles is already a modern day prophet. After all, the cat correctly predicted most of the results in last year's Confederate Cup in Russia. Nevertheless, people wondered if the adorable feline will manage to prophesy what would happen in this year's World Cup opening game. Achilles had to choose between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and managed to predict the motherland's stunning victory.

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Dog Interrupts MLB Baseball Game, Gets Rewarded With A Ball And A New Friend

The pooch thought the baseball team was trying to play fetch with her!

One lucky dog had a truly awesome day at the park. A young German Shepherd got to watch a Minor League Baseball game with her owner. In addition to that, the pooch got to play a game of fetch and made a new friend. She also went home with a ball and won the hearts of many fans.

The MLB team Tulsa Drillers recently had a Bark at the Park Night when they went up against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The event allows fans to bring their dogs to the field while the NWA infielders were warming up. One pooch noticed that the players were throwing a ball around. The excited German Shepherd immediately broke away from her owner and dashed to join the baseball players.

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Whale Found Dead In Thailand Had Over 80 Plastic Bags In Stomach

The poor whale starved to death.

A pilot whale died in Southern Thailand and scientists have found the alarming cause of the death. Apparently, the whale had 80 plastic bags in its stomach, which caused the animal to starve to death.

A week ago, the pilot whale was found clinging to life up a canal in Songkhla province, near the Malaysian border. Conservation officials tried to save the whale's life for days. They used buoys to keep it afloat and umbrellas to provide a shield from the sun.

After five days of endless effort, the whale vomited pieces of plastic.

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