Nature likes to be a little fabulous sometimes. That's why it makes hot pink animals including: fluorescent slugs from Australia; poisonous shocking pink dragon millipedes from Thailand; pink-bryozoan munching nudibranchs from California; and hairy squat lobsters.
Kösen's height was caused by the production of too much growth hormone due to a tumour in his pituitary gland. The tumour was eventually removed in 2010 through revolutionary gamma-knife surgery. Amge has a form of dwarfism, caused by a mutation in a bone growth gene. [ ... ]
Don't ask questions, just get on. Genets are small, mongoose-like felines found in Africa - and this one has been caught on camera hitching rides from at least two different species over the past month. This is the first time this behaviour has ever been seen in the mammal...
These pretty little insects are blue-banded bees, native to Australia. They use a special technique called 'buzz pollination', which involves vibrating their bodies to shake particles of pollen free from flowers. Crops such as tomatoes, blueberries, eggplants and chillies rely on it.
Fuzzy green aliens? Not quite, but that doesn't make the colony of living balls that took up residence on an Australian beach last weekend any less peculiar.
"They're actually a really unusual growth form of seaweed, because seaweeds mostly grow on the rocks but occasionally they get knocked off and rolled around in the ocean forming these beautiful little balls. It's quite an unusual phenomenon, it's only been seen a handful of times around the world."
Desolate, frozen and black as coal - welcome to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is one of the closest colour images ever of a comet, taken from just 29 kilometres away by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. Rosetta will soon land on this rugged surface.
The bizarre helmeted hornbill is the only bird of its kind with a solid head 'casque', or helmet. They use these bony features to battle each other - ramming their heads together, in mid-air, for up to two hours at a time.
We're all thinking it... this watermelon looks like a big green butt. Accidentally grown in Japan, it formed when two watermelons grew too close together and fused. And it turns out that 'Japanese butt melons' aren't all that uncommon