Ultimate Animal Countdown

Ultimate Animal Countdown

Natural Born Killers

DVD - 2013
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"From the Great White shark, which can consume twenty pounds of flesh in just one bite, to the tiny fire ant with its poisonous venom, these predators use their unique abilities to stay on top of the food chain"--Container.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Vivendi Entertainment, ©2013
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 2 videodiscs (440 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781426345418
Branch Call Number: DVD 591.53 Ult


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Mar 16, 2014

This is a 2-DVD set 450-minute documentary about the extraordinary abilities of the animal kingdom.
There are ten episodes: 1) Leathal Weapons 2) Fighters 3) Sex 4) Attack 5) Swarms 6) Smelliest
7) Daredevils 8) Venom 9) Survivors 10) Defenders.
Prevailing in the world of "praying mantis" is sexual cannibalism.
The female may begin feeding by biting off the male’s head as they do with regular prey.
If mating has begun, the male’s movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperm.
Because copulatory movement is controlled by a ganglion in the abdomen, not the head, removal of the male’s head was a reproductive strategy by females to enhance fertilisation while obtaining sustenance.
In any case, it is profoundly amazing.
Have you ever seen a flying snake?
There indeed exists such a futuristic creature.
Flying snakes are mildly venomous, though they are considered harmless because their toxicity is not dangerous to humans.
Their range is in Southeast Asia (the mainland, Greater and Lesser Sundas, Maluku, and the Philippines), southernmost China, India, and Sri Lanka.
I'm not kidding, but of course, the snake has no wings.
How could it fly?
It climbs using ridge scales along its belly, pushing against rough bark surface of tree trunks, allowing it to move vertically up a tree.
Upon reaching the end of a tree's branch, the snake continues moving until its tail dangles from the branch's end.
It then makes a J-shape bend, leans forward to select the level of inclination it wishes to use to control its flight path, as well as selecting a desired landing area.
Once it decides on a destination, it propels itself by thrusting its body up and away from the tree, and flaring out its ribs to turn its body in a "pseudo concave wing", all the while making a continual serpentine motion of lateral undulation parallel to the ground to stabilise its direction in midair in order to land safely.
It is an unbelievable act!
You also see a headless chicken which lived for 18 months!
Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 – March 1947), also known as Miracle Mike, was a Wyandotte chicken that lived for 18 months
after his head had been cut off.
On September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado of the States, was eating supper with his mother-in-law and
was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken.
Olsen chose a five-and-a-half-month-old cockerel named Mike.
The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.
Despite Olsen's failed attempt to behead Mike, Mike was still able to balance on a perch and walk clumsily.
He even attempted to preen and crow, although he could do neither.
When the bird did not die, Mr. Olsen, who was surprised, decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, feeding him a mixture of milk and water via an eyedropper.
he was also fed small grains of corn.
His crowing, though, consisted of a gurgling sound made in his throat.
Mike also spent his time attempting to preen and peck for food with his neck.
Seeing is believing!

Nov 02, 2013

Three stars for the photography which, while not remarkable, is interesting if you have not seen it before. However, this is a wildlife doc. designed to impress people who are ho hum about wildlife, and has been given a gimmicky format and a narrator who seems to think that wildlife events are not exciting enough and thus require his hokey commentary to make them interesting..

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