Ah, mutants. Whenever we hear this term, we seem to get excited. Perhaps because we first heard it from Marvel’s critically acclaimed X-Men comic series? Either that or we just get this feeling about mutants being cool. But no matter how awesome this term can be, we know it’s a work of fiction. Or is it?
A very strange thing has happened in Uganda, and it involves baboons and apes. Basically, researchers from Kibale National Park noticed a growing number of these animals suffering from odd deformities. Some of their limbs are missing while others have flattened noses. They even have cleft lips and faces that look like a concave.
At first, the researchers were utterly clueless as to why the deformities happened.
These primates appear to have evolved in a mutant-like way. It’s quite bizarre, but there’s actually a sensible explanation here.
According to IFLCScience, the main culprit behind the deformities is agricultural pesticide. 25 percent of these chimpanzees are reportedly showing physical abnormalities. Apart from the above-mentioned, they also suffer from reproductive problems. Apparently though, none of these animals show a sign of an infectious lesion.
The researchers later found out that a good number of major tea factories near the area use eight different pesticides such as cypermethrin, mancozeb, glyphosate, profenofos, metalaxyl, chlorpyrifos , dimethoate, and 2,4-D amine.
The pesticides were reportedly used in fresh maize seeds.
Further investigations revealed that the pesticides have contaminated the area’s waters and lands. The level of contamination is even high, with both chlorpyrifos and DDT exceeding the recommended limits. The primates reportedly ate the crops – all of which have pesticides – in nearby farms and/or gardens.
The researchers, however, said that they have yet to establish a direct link between the deformities and the pesticides. They argued that obtaining urine from the dozens of wild chimps is not an easy task.
Nonetheless, they claimed that they have all the evidence to support the correlation.
One of the researchers said:
At least three pesticides (chlorpyrifos, mancozeb, DDT) used in this area affect thyroid hormone (TH) signalling,” the authors write in the study. “
It is worth noting that all abnormal – be it maternal or neonatal – levels of TH have long been linked to facial dysplasia. These have been the number one cause of cleft palate and/or lip in new-born human babies. The researchers continued that they couldn’t just rule out the “possibility” of the other factors contributing to the said abnormality.
Incredible Reaction of Pig Rescued From Flood Amuses Netizens
A pig that nearly drowned as floodwaters rose in China appeared to have a very human expression when it got rescued.
Typhoon Hato did a lot of damage when it went through southern China this month. It triggered Typhoon Signal No. 10, which is the most severe category in Hong Kong's storm warning system. Hong Kong got flooded and thousands of people had to flee to safer ground. It also took out power in Asian casino capital Macau.
After battering Honk Kong and Macau, Typhoon Hato went on to mainland China. Reports said that more than 26,000 people had to evacuate to temporary shelters. One of the areas affected was Yibin County in China's Sichuan Province. Farmlands were flooded.
Behold, the wrath of Typhoon Hato.
Two Male Lions Attempt to Mate While Confused Lioness Looks On!
They put on quite a show for the park’s visitors!
A pride is a group of lions consisting of the alpha, his lionesses, his cubs, and possibly a couple of other male lions who recognize the superiority of the alpha. In this story though, pride takes on a whole different meaning when a couple of male lions appear to mate while the lioness looks on - with an understandably baffled look on her face.
Wildlife photographer Russ Bridges was able to take pictures of this happening at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, England. He witnessed one of the male lions going over to the other and pinned him down to what appeared to be an attempt to mate.
He rides on his fellow male lion's back in what looks like an attempt to hump.
Video Shows Two Giraffes Fighting in the Most Ridiculous Way
It’s not what you can expect from such creatures.
Fighting has always been part of human nature and it always means something for humanity, either for good or bad. Of course, the same thing can happen to animals, although more often than not, it refers to survival.
This is exactly what happened between two giraffes. And this is quite interesting because not all people know how these two long-necked creatures fight. We just know they’re among the tallest creatures in animal kingdom.
Just like any other animals, giraffes also resort to fighting.
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