Animals

10 Nonexistent Animals We Wish Were Real

You'll only find these animals in the worlds of fantasy and fiction, but we so wish they were real...

Ballad of the Electric Fish

How does the electric eel generate its juice and how did six different lineages of bioelectric fish evolve on this planet of ours? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

5 Awesome Animal Examples of Fatherhood

Fathers, learn from these fine zoological examples and please don't eat your own young. Seriously, don't do it.

Rise of the Vampire Bat

Rise of the Vampire Bat: It's a hard-knock life for an exclusive blood drinker, yet somehow three species of vampire bat take full honors as the only obligate sanguivores. How did they evolve? How does vampire physiology work? Tune into this bloodthirsty episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind to find out.

Can animals be gay?

Gay Animals: If you've ever pondered the existence of same-sex penguin couples, then this is the podcast for you. In this classic STBYM episode, Robert and Julie explore homosexuality among animals. Why does it exist? How much of our own human baggage do we drag into this question?

Extreme Survivors of the Animal World

Extreme Survivors of the Animal World: Think you've got what it takes to hack it in an unforgiving world? You may have the brains, human, but creatures such as the Saharan silver ant, the Pompeii worm and the tardigrade have the brawn. Learn all about them in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Image: © Science Picture Co./Corbis

Maneater

Maneater: What happens when an animal turns maneater? Is it the irresistible taste of human flesh? Is it the ease of a human kill? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie look to the environmental, biological and bad-luck causes that land humans on a predator's dinner menu. About the Art: "Two Followers of Cadmus devoured by a Dragon," by Cornelis van Haarlem. Read more about it here in the Art Spotlight post.

Empathic Elephants

Empathic Elephants: The elephant is Earth's largest surviving land creature and an example of nature at its most majestic. But these amazing creatures also boast self awareness, a high intelligence and a startling capacity for empathy. Join Robert and Julie as they discuss humanity's troubled relationship with elephant kind. Image source: Neil Emmerson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Getty

Save the Queen on a Raft Made of Corpses

Yes, imagine a monarchy threatened amid rising flood waters. As her loyal guards, there is nothing left to do but lash a bunch of bodies together and allow her to float free on a raft of bloated child cadavers and gasping, half-drowned guardsmen. It might be the stuff of nightmare to us humans (Or fantasy. Not judgements). But for ants, it's just how you ride out flood waters.