According to foreign media reports, you may have heard of spontaneous combustion, but little is known about animal body explosions. Some animals will start a suicide defense mechanism at critical moments, and their bodies will explode purposefully to protect the territory of other animals; some animals will explode after death, and sometimes the scene will be out of control; in addition, humans will use some poor animals as “bombs”. Here are nine animal explosions that we should pay attention to in history:
[ 888] although “exploding toad” sounds like a science fiction plot, this phenomenon first appeared in Germany in 1968. After that, Belgium, Denmark and the United States have relevant records. The most well-known explosion of toads occurred in 2005 in a lake in Altona area of Hamburg, Germany. At that time, more than 1000 toads were swollen and ruptured Their internal organs are flying around. As a result of the incident, the media named the pond “death pond,” although scientists were initially puzzled: why do toads take extreme natural defenses against predators by exploding their bodies? Soon, an expert named Frank mutzman revealed the mystery. It turned out that the crows in the area were the culprit. When he examined the bodies of toads who were not long after the explosion, he found that they all had a small round incision on their back, which was a typical crow mouth shaped incision. The wise crows found that the best place for toads to eat was the liver, so they pecked an incision from the back of the toad to swallow the liver, so as to avoid contact with the venom of toad skin. When toads are aware of the threat of crows, their instinctive reaction is defensive expansion of the body. When the expansion of the lungs is out of control, the internal organs of toads will burst and splatter.
there is a kind of explosive ant called “colobobsis” living in Borneo. It uses a rather extreme way to deal with predators. These red ants lack normal defense mechanisms, such as spines, but they have a more violent defense strategy: body explosion. When the invaders enter the ant territory, they will show their buttocks to warn the enemy. If this warning does not work, they will suppress the enemy with their jaws and shrink their abdomen until the abdomen explodes, releasing a toxic yellow liquid with a strange gas similar to curry. Although this defense is extremely extreme and will kill them, they will be killed The self sacrifice of the ants protects the ant population and territory.
when a whale dies, the gas produced by the decomposition of the corpse will accumulate in the whale body, and when the gas concentration is high, the body will explode. In 2004, a sperm whale body exploded in Taiwan, China. A sperm whale ran aground on a beach and died when rescuers arrived. The body weighs 50 tons, which means it will take at least 13 hours to load the carcass onto a trailer, during which time the rotting gas in its stomach will rapidly expand. The whale carcass attracted many bystanders, but the sudden explosion of the carcass caused all bystanders to be sprayed with whale blood and visceral tissue, and local residents had to wear masks to block the stench of the explosion.
there is a termite species living in the tropical rainforest of French Guiana. In order to defend its territory, it will explode itself in front of the enemy. The termite species is called neocapritermes taracua, which carries toxic blue liquid on its back, which is called “explosive backpack”. During the life of the termite, the knapsack is gradually filled with toxic crystals, enough to kill the invaders. Although older termites are not suitable to continue working for the colony, such as foraging, they can still be very brave when attacked. When the invaders threaten the whole colony, the older termites detonate their backpacks towards the invaders and spray them with toxic blue liquid. This self sacrifice protects the colony, while the younger and healthier termites maintain the colony.
in the United States, it is a very common way to deal with animal corpses with explosives. The US agriculture and forestry administration also has relevant operation guidelines, which explain how to detonate the bodies of large animals such as horses, mules and moose. The name of the operation guide is very appropriate and practical, which is called “guide to detonating animal corpses with explosives”. The guidebook is written by Jim tour and Mike knodel, who have an unusual title: “regional blast inspector.”. This operation guide describes in detail how to place explosives in different positions under animal carcasses, so as to achieve the effect of “dispersing” or “completely eliminating animals”.
during World War II, British agents used various ingenious explosive devices to hide explosives, such as soap bars and wine bottles. However, perhaps the most unusual explosive device is the mouse bomb, where the agent peels off the mouse skin, fills it with explosives, and places it next to the stove. Their intention was that the Germans, who did not know it, would throw the fake mice into the furnace without thinking, thus causing a devastating explosion. However, the progress of the matter did not go as expected. This batch of mouse explosives was quickly discovered by the German people and did not cause the explosion. However, the mouse bomb had unexpected consequences, making the allies in a favorable position. The mouse bomb aroused the vigilance of the German army, which led them to spend a lot of time searching for mouse bombs throughout the European continent. In fact, there were not many mouse bombs made by British agents after the British agents.
rats were not the only animals that the Allies considered to bomb the enemy during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Dieter Adams, a dentist in Pennsylvania, observed the life habits of bats on vacation, and then proposed a new idea of bombing Japanese cities with bats. He believes that bats are free to travel across the country, causing fires and chaos without causing more casualties. Surprisingly, the plan was adopted by the national research and Defense Council of the United States, and then a team of experts was convened to further explore the idea. Finally, it was decided to design a miniature bomb using Mexican tailless bats, but it turned out that it was difficult to bomb a city with bats. First of all, bats must be cooled and kept in hibernation. In addition, a special container is needed to release bats in the air. In these operations, it is easy to make mistakes in these operations. In a test bombing operation, the bomb tied to the bat’s body was released, causing a fire in an aircraft hangar on the ground. Finally, the US military canceled the “bat bomb” plan.
spontaneous explosions of whale carcasses are not uncommon. In 1970, a whale ran aground on a beach in Oregon, USA, and local staff decided to dispose of the body on the spot. Engineer Paul Thornton proposed using explosives to detonate the whale carcass. The original plan was to make the whale body fragments float to the sea through the explosion, but things did not go smoothly. Although a warning line was set up within a radius of 500 meters around the scene of the explosion, the explosive and combustible gas generated by the belly of the whale caused fragments of the body to explode, and the bodies of the people outside the warning line were also splashed with blood. A coffee table sized fragment of the body completely destroyed a car parked nearby. The scene was very chaotic, and Thornton’s explosion method was completely ineffective in cleaning up the whale carcass, according to a news reporter. Most of the carcasses remain in place and must be buried artificially. However, the explosion of the whale carcass in 1970 has become a hot news topic, and the Internet click through rate of the recorded video is very high.
although we have seen many animals commit suicide by explosion, a strange thing happened in Germany. In 2014, a group of flatulent cows led to an explosion in a cowshed in rasdorf, Germany. 90 cows produced up to 500 liters of methane gas every day, leading to a dangerous concentration of methane in the cowshed. This was caused by an explosion and flame caused by electrostatic charges, which damaged the roof and injured a cow. At present, scientists are actively looking for ways to release such a high concentration of methane gas from dairy cows. The greenhouse gas produced by animal husbandry accounts for 14% of the total human greenhouse gas emissions, and methane is one of the most harmful gases on the earth, which produces about 25% more heat than carbon dioxide.