If it Swims Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck Could Be a Hybrid of Two Duck Species

A duck is a duck, right? Well, yes, but when one duck mates with a duck of another species, there’s the risk that one of the original species could cease to exist. And then that duck is a duck no more.

This is not philosophical, as much as it is based on very real study that assesses the rate at which mallard and Mottled Ducks are combining into a hybrid species in the US. And whether or not this is a bad thing?

Read more here!

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If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

No kidding, the quote in this title is in a peer reviewed published paper. The tarantula wasp lives in the US, and apparently it’s sting is so painful it will end your happiness for the near future.

“There are some vivid descriptions of people getting stung by these things,” says invertebrate biologist Ben Hutchins of Texas Parks and Wildlife, “and their recommendation—and this was actually in a peer-reviewed journal—was to just lie down and start screaming, because few if any people could maintain verbal and physical coordination after getting stung by one of these things. You’re likely to just run off and hurt yourself. So just lie down and start yelling.”

Want to know more about these interesting critters, including that they are on the rise in the Souther US? Read about their increase here.

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That looks like a tall glass of NOPE!