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    Jul 25, 2017

    Surprisingly Cute Facts About The World's Scariest Animals

    Vampire squids from hell: they're just like you.

    1. Bears troll bear traps so they can safely eat the bait.

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    They've been known to roll rocks into bear traps so they can escape with food. #nifty

    2. Vampire bats love to share.

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    They spend 6% of their waking hours grooming each other just to be nice. They also share their food, albeit in a really gross way.

    3. Scorpions glow under ultraviolet lights

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    Scientists don't know why, but they have lots of theories.

    4. Wasps taught us how to make paper!

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    They chew up wood to make their nests. A French scientist named René Réaumur observed this and the idea became revolutionary.

    5. Some sharks are loners.

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    Sharks have individual personalities and some would rather hang out by themselves than in a group.

    6. Sharks "taste test" everything.

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    Like your 3 year-old nephew, sharks put things in their mouths when they get curious about them. Most shark attacks are really just sharks going, "Hey what's up?" and then swimming away.

    7. Some snakes will play dead when scared.

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    The hognose snake has a variety of methods for scaring away predators, but the best is watching it feign death in the most dramatic way possible. (But also don't scare your pet snakes!)

    8. Lions love to cuddle.

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    It's how they build and maintain friendships.

    9. Lions make funny faces.

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    Cats of all sizes make these faces to smell scents better. It's just funnier with a bigger face.

    10. Eels travel for months just to mate.

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    Eels migrate from fresh water to salt water to mate and the journey can take forever.

    11. Rats wrestle and play tug-of-war.

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    They're incredibly social creatures who also care for their sick and injured.

    12. Male coyotes dote on female coyotes as they dote on their bbs.

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    Female coyotes will stay underground with their newborns for 11-12 days, until they open their eyes. Male coyotes will bring food to the female and their pups during this time.

    13. Wolves get scared of strangers and hide.

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    Because of this, they make bad guard dogs. Same, honestly.

    14. Wolves mourn when one of their own dies.

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    Wolf packs are really families and when a member dies, they've been known to sing mournful songs.

    15. Black widow spiders flick silk at attackers.

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    Even though the black widow's bite is infamous, that's rarely its first defense. Females are usually the ones pulling this stunt and I love them all for it.

    16. Octopuses engage in what researchers can only deem "mischief."

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    There have been tales of octopuses sneaking out of their tanks, scaring aquarium workers, and causing floods. Aquarium managers have to come up with brain teasers for them to keep them busy.

    17. Alligators pretend their heads are trees to attract birds.

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    They balance sticks on their heads to pose as resting places for our finely feathered friends, which I think is hilarious. RIP to tired birds everywhere, though.

    18. Alligators blow bubbles to mate.

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    This is only one of many tactics a male alligator can use to attract a lady. Others include infrasonic bellowing and head slapping. Some female gators are so into this, they end up mating with the same dude for life.

    19. Baby crocodiles chirp, kinda!

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    Babies emit a very cute sound when they're in their eggs to let their mothers know it's hatching time.

    20. Cockroaches are big on family values.

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    Several generations of roaches travel together, helping each other to find food and shelter. This also helps them "avoid mating with their siblings." Sounds like my kinda bug.

    21. The "vampire squid from hell" is more scared of you than you are of it, probably.

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    The squid in question is actually an octopus and when it's threatened it will literally bite its own arm off to try and distract predators.

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