Amazing Animals With Incredibly Real Superpowers
If you lived in a world of immortal animals and zombies, what would you do, where would you hide? We all have our coping techniques and survival strategies. Now imagine if you could cheat and someone gave you a superpower. Here are some animals that have won the “genetic lottery”, and can even make superman look common. Discover the secrets and hidden abilities of earth’s amazing animals.
13 Malaysian Exploding Ant
How far would you go to save your family and home? This little animal may be small but its super power is mighty. Also known as a kamikaze ant, this native to southeast Asia, is willing to sacrifice itself for its colony. With the largest gland reservoir known in ants, when threaten, the exploding ant would literally split itself open and spray the predator with a lethal sticky substance. These deadly soldiers have been known to go out of their way, not only to protect their beloved colony but also their foraging territory.
12 Honey Badger
The fearless animal in the world, who is it? It’s not a lion or even a hippopotamus…The most feared animal in Africa, Asia and the subcontinent of India is... From the weasel family the honey badger is so daring that it has won the Guinness book of records as the “world’s most fearless animal”. The size of a medium size dog the honey badger’s skin is almost impenetrable. So thick, that it would not be afflicted by stings or venoms from any of its preys. Another honey badger’s super power is that it’s like a ninja! is a master of attack and defensive tactics to the point that cheetahs’ cubs have adapted over time to look like honey badgers in order to deter predators.
Who would have thought that the little gecko you see when you travel to a tropical paradise could be in this list as one of the most amazing animals with super powers. More impressive than Spiderman in its ability to climb walls and hold it self-upside-down. Scientists finally figured out its trick!! geckos gravity defying power comes for the electromagnetic attraction from the gecko’s toes as they interact with the surface. As a side note, remember as a kid trying to grab a gecko and succeeding on only holding a moving tail and no gecko? no worries, the gecko can regrow its tail!
What would happen if we explore the deepest ends of the ocean? What would we find? What if at the bottom, there is a cure to cancer or a virus that could erase humanity? Meet the superpower animal the best and most impressive beast of all!!! The tardigrade, its incredible all this animal could withstand. Have you ever heard of anything who could survive the coldest of the coldest temperatures, called absolute zero, as well as extreme heat, and ultraviolet radiation from outer space? If that wasn’t enough, how about several thousand pascals of pressure and exposure to gasses? and more… yes, this animal does exist!!!!This unkillable beast measures a heaping size of about 1 millimeter…. And If you have super vision, you could see it without using a microscope!! The tardigrade is also known as a water bear or moss piglet! And lives in any and every possible environment around the globe!
9 Hairy Frog
What if I told you that a version of MARVEL’S wolverine actually exists in our planet? it’s not a superhuman, but a frog who lives in central Africa. This bizarre hairy frog has been nicknamed wolverine frog or horror frog because of its superpower. When feeling threaten the hairy frog breaks its own bones to create claws coming out of the frog’s toe pads. This defense mechanism does not leave the frog in pain, its skin heals itself after the ordeal!
8 Dung Beetle
If there was a beetle that could level a city, what would you do, where would you hide? Thank goodness beetles are not too big, or this one could definitely do a number on us humans. Better known for its choice of questionable hygiene, the dung beetle should actually be better known as the Guinness book of records strongest insect! The dung beetle is smaller than your pinky but sooo mighty in its strength. According to research horned dung beetle can hold over 1000 times its weight... that’s like an average person pulling 6 double decker busses filled with people!
Coming all the way form south Africa, meet the cute family-oriented meerkat. The desert in which the meerkat lives is rough, and to adapt and survive, the meerkat developed the superpower to be able to look at the sun without being blinded by it. The black circles around its eyes block the glare from the sun so that the meerkat chosen to guard the family, has the ability to see predators coming from up above, and far away, giving them the upper hand over danger lurking around.
It’s not an otter, it’s not a duck!! The platypus is by pure definition a rare nature defying animal, that by all accounts it shouldn’t have ever existed!! Native to eastern Australia this super hybrid not only lays eggs and feeds her babies with milk from its breast, like a cat feeds her babies, but it’s equipped with super electroreception. That means that since the platypus has a very poor vision, the electric field that prey generates with movement, allows the platypus to go for a hunt, and succeed. In addition, males have spurs on the hind legs that excrete a potent venom. When he scratches his opponent, he leaves him in serious pain.
5 Parasitoid Wasp
This little wasp has a lot of superpower packed in its tiny body. These insects have been used to control pests in fields from getting out of control. When the wasp is ready to lay eggs, it will inject them into insects such as caterpillars, cockroaches, lady bugs, flies and a lot more eventually killing the host after the eggs are laid and the wasp larvae are ready to transform into a flying wasp. The parasitoid wasp has the superpower to turn its host into a zombie using the host’s body to protect itself from predators, feeding on it until the wasp larva grows and develops completely before exiting the host's body like an explosive cyst.
What’s the longest you have ever walked? Maybe just for few hours, but Imagine if you could fly and fly nonstop for almost a year… nonstop!! Yes, there is a bird who has been recorded flying for that long! Meet the swift. They breed in the UK and migrate during the harsh European winters to sunny Africa. You will now see them in a whole new light!
If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower? Here is one that will shock you. The largest marsupial in the Americas! The opossum has super powers!! Ticks carry Lyme disease among other illnesses that threaten humans if bitten by an infected tick. It was recently discovered that opossums attract ticks and opossums, love to eat them! Therefore, having opossums around your yard will reduce the tick infestation that is out of control in some regions of the US. Besides protecting humans, they are very clean animals and have the superpower of immunity to snake venoms!! Including rattlesnakes and Russel vipers. Research is being done to extract the molecule responsible for the opossum’s super power in other to create antivenoms for animals and humans. These are few of the many reasons why opossums should be given a medal and a safe place to live near our homes.
2 Toxoplasma Gondii
Found worldwide, this is a super powerful single-celled organism that is a parasite… its superpower is so incredible that can, and will control minds!! Capable of infesting any warm-blooded animal but able to reproduce only on cats. If ever exposed to this sinister mastermind parasite, the host can develop antibodies so to not be infected with toxoplasmosis. If mice or humans contract the parasite, they become less fearful and drawn to cats, it the cat ingests the infected mice, this parasite will have its happy ending.
1 Electric Eel
South America is known for many animals with superpowers, such as jaguars who catch their prey with one leap, Piranhas who leave only bones and now, the electric eel. Despite the name, this animal is not an eel but a slender knifefish that can produce electric currents. The electricity produced is not localized but comes from skin cells all over the body. A knifefish can produce 5 times more voltage than a power socket. As you can imagine, this electric eel is at the top of the south American food chain.