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7 Animals That Are Practically Immortal

Have you ever heard anything about immortal animals? Well, okay, almost immortal? No-no, they are not ghouls or something. But you’d definitely find them real-life horrors! These “zombies” of the animal world that can survive even fatal injuries might shock you. Especially the last one.

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Cockroaches 0:36
Fruit flies 3:09
A toad 4:07
A chicken 5:58
Snakes 6:58
Dancing squid 8:36
The Immortal Jellyfish 9:27

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– If a roach loses its head, it’ll not only survive the injury that’s fatal for most creatures, but even thrive! For some time, at least.
– Roaches breathe through tiny holes, or spiracles, in each of their body parts, and that’s not controlled by the brain either. So when a cockroach is beheaded, its body can still react to simple things, breathe, and even run on its own.
– Fruit flies can also live without their head, but that pretty much doesn’t even faze them at all! A headless fruit fly can survive for several days seemingly without even noticing!
– In 2016, Jill Fleming, a student at the University of Massachusetts, found a toad in the woods that was virtually headless. It’s unclear what happened to the poor little guy, but it didn’t seem to mind its unique situation.
– Whatever took the toad’s head off hadn’t touched the brain stem, which is responsible for many simple reactions.
– If some kind soul would take such a creature home and perhaps tube-feed it, it just might survive for years! That’s exactly what happened to one chicken in 1945.
– Snakes retain their biting reflex for up to an hour after their head is severed from the body. And while a live snake would only release a small part of its venom and run away, leaving you a chance at survival, a beheaded one would give you all it has left in its venom sacs.
– A Japanese dish called “odori don,” or “dancing squid,” relies entirely on the effects of the soy sauce. A squid is served on your plate without any signs of life. However, when you pour soy sauce over its body, it starts squirming right before your eyes!
– The Immortal Jellyfish start their lives as tiny larvae, which then produce a colony of polyps attached to the ocean floor. When this colony grows, it gradually becomes a fully developed jellyfish.

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