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My Little Pony

Continuing our long tradition of espousing the virtues of dwarfism and breeding animals as tiny as possible regardless of the health consequences (i.e. adorability!), we bring you a contender for world’s smallest horse. This thing should be painted pink or lavender immediately!

Our New Meat Ant Overlords…

In the 1930s, Australian ecologists shortsightedly introduced the Cane Toad, a species indigenous to South America, to their isolated continent to eat agricultural pests. This famously proved to be a complete disaster with the toxic toads running rampant and native species poisoning themselves when they tried to make snacks of the delicious, dimwitted amphibians. Now…

Zooillogix friend Tweet sent us along yet more cool ring tail possum pictures from Crocodile Dundee land. Here is one with a 10-14 day old baby.

Hot Peppermint Stick Bug Action!

Once again Zooillogix reader-in-the-field extraordinaire Tweet Gainsborough-Waring (yes, that is her real awesome name), delivers the steamy shots you all have been unwittingly waiting for: Peppermint Stick Insects getting down in Queensland, Australia! LonelyPeppermintStick23 – Looking for a male who knows his way around an ovipositor and isn’t afraid to get kinky with your Malpighian…

Scientists have solved a timeless question that has divided Andrew and myself, more than once leading us to come to blows…And as it turns out, only one species of giant wombat roamed the planet between 2 million and 10,000 years ago, despite evidence that they varied significantly in size. Boo hoo, Andrew. You lose again!…

Lady, the Toad Sucking Cocker Spaniel

“Toad licking” has been well documented around the world with secretions from many species causing intense hallucinations. In this 2006 NPR podcast, they tell the story of a poor cocker spaniel who became addicted to toad. “We noticed Lady (the cocker) spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard. Late…

Giant Blue Earthworms and Friends

Via a circuitous route, prompted by a friend of Zooillogix, Tweet Gainsborough-waring, I found myself looking at the picture below. This otherworldly Australian earthworm, Terriswalkeris terraereginae, not only looks likes delicious candy, but the mucin it releases is luminescent, and it grows up to 2 meters long. I knew Zooillogix readers would want to know…

Fat Animals with Accents

Apparently obesity isn’t just for American’s anymore… make that humans in general. First we have George, the greedy little pig as old British women would call him. This hedgehog was delivered to the Wildlife Aid centre in Leatherhead, England five times heavier than his natural weight. At 5lbs, George is dangerously obese and a testament…

Mandarin Goby, Synchiropus splendidus Researchers from James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia have made a startling discovery: gobies intentionally deprive themselves of food to avoid conflict with their rulers. Goby society is lorded over by the largest males and females and these are the only individuals allowed to breed. If a smaller goby tries…

Monster Toad Captured!

“This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive.” Cane toad, Bufo marinus The environmental group, Frogwatch, caught one of the largest specimens of toad ever discovered in Darwin, Australia on Tuesday. The apprehended toad is the size of a football and as heavy as a small sack of potatoes. Cane toads are…