While we as humans continue to try (and fail) to live in peace and harmony, it is worth remembering that the world around us is a brutal, unforgiving place.

We have tamed our lives to such an extent that it is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrors of nature, sure, we as a species are far more damaging to our planet than all others put together, but let's not pretend that it's all sweetness and light out there!

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a reminder that we live in a scary world. Some of these things are simply wonders of nature that we may not like the look of, like spiders and centipedes. Some show the raw power of the elements, while others illustrate the horrific things that other creatures to do each other in order to survive. All of these things are awe-inspiring examples of nature, something not to be feared, but to be respected. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

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ZombieGirl5591 9 months ago

NOO

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#2

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

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Zori the degu 9 months ago

I love "pet" spiders, as I call them. They live in one corner of your apartment, feed on insects and sometimes climb down to investigate your belongings. If I happen to become roommates with one, I always make a point to leave some water for it to drink, if it needs it. My favourite spider of this kind used to live in my mom's bedroom. It only had 5 legs and we named it Oggie. The tiny spider loved to crawl on my mom's sketches(she's an engineer) and kept her company. I was 5 at the time and it was one of the first examples of invertebrates' personalities I was to see.

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#3

Seaweed In The Waves

Seaweed In The Waves

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Vischap 9 months ago

Cthulhu rising

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#4

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

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Hans 9 months ago

You can almost feel them reaching for your feet...first gently stroking, then all of a sudden gripping fast...

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#5

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

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Hans 9 months ago

Fascinating and brutal in one.

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#6

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

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Zori the degu 9 months ago

Something similar happened to me once, but well, the other way round. I was on a sea holiday and came upon a large blue dragonfly, drowned in the sea. Now, I was saddened for the poor thing, but also ecstatic, for I have a collection of pinned insects, all of which were found dead, for I just can't bring myself to kill alive ones for the purpose. I carried it around in my palm, wondering where exactly was I to put it, for I didn't have any other dragonflies and the thing was huge. Suddenly, it moved! A second later, again! It became progressively more active, until it could stand on its legs and turn his head around in curiosity! I separated its wings carefully(they stuck to each other from the salty water) and it shook itself a little. I left it cleaning itself on an oak on a quiet path and I do hope it recovered completely. :)

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#7

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

Idea for a night lamp!

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#8

Damn Nature, You Scary...

Damn Nature, You Scary...

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Luna rivers 9 months ago

A planting enthusiast wasn’t scared of anything, but when they found a skull of a 50 year old oojomaku breed, their life changed.

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#9

Rome Yesterday

Rome Yesterday

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Ellis 9 months ago

Hitchcocks dream

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#10

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

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Nadja Lambacher 9 months ago

I actually think those frogs are cute. Not the best place to find them, but not terrifying.

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#11

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

Well, This is nature being nature! Fully of mystery and creativity!

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#12

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

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issam 9 months ago

They are like : " neeeemo .. where are you !? "

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#13

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

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#14

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

Look ma - A donkey with Wings!

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#15

My Gecko Ate His Tail

My Gecko Ate His Tail

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Aaron Kara 9 months ago

That's...oddly practical

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#16

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

That's a long pile of shit! Someone is eating too much fibres!

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#17

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

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Steve Bowman 9 months ago

"Do you want to go UP or DOWN?"

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#18

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

I have watched too many alien movies which have gutted my mind to point that I refuse to believe its a plant! Fck me, I am running from here and calling ARMY, NAVY or fckng SWAT team.

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#19

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

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MeggersTheFox 9 months ago

That was in your house and you just chilled and took a picture of it. Your bravery has no end

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#20

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

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Sarah Cleaver 9 months ago

I feel quite sorry for them really as they're just trying not to drown

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#21

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

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issam 9 months ago

Aren't those one of those creatures in lord of the ring ?

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#22

The Frog That Caught A Spider

The Frog That Caught A Spider

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Maria Gorbacheva 9 months ago

Jesus Christ. I almost jumped out my seat after seeing this post.

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#23

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

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M.Shallow 9 months ago

"Join meeeeeeeeeee" It says

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#24

Acid Spitting Ants

Acid Spitting Ants

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Ellis 9 months ago

What the f***!?! Do these exist? What part of evolution came up with that?

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#25

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

Wow, whoever put it together, must be having most non-shaking hands in the world.

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#26

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

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stellermatt 9 months ago

we've all been like that at an all you can eat buffet

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#27

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

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A random Goat 9 months ago

Once upon a time there was a man who did very bad things. The emperor turned him into a statue and trapped him in a tree. If he's freed the whole world is doomed. I made up this story

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#28

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

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Cat on a bike 9 months ago

friendly neighborhood lizard, keeping your home bug free :)

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#29

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

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Sally Appleton 9 months ago

Give a snake a fish an he'll eat it. Teach a snake to fish and he'll become the fishing rod.

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#30

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

Also known as Ants who gives zero fcks about gravity!

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#31

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

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Nadja Lambacher 9 months ago

nooo poor thing. He was looking for water.

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#32

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

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Zori the degu 9 months ago

Well, I knew they have teeth, but I didn't know they have some on the tongue as well!

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#33

This Snake Covered In Ticks

This Snake Covered In Ticks

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Ellis 9 months ago

Didn’t think I could ever feel sorry for a snake, until I saw this post...

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#34

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

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thepotatogirl 9 months ago

am I the only one who thinks it's kind of cute?

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#35

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

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Ellis 9 months ago

The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

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#36

The Lamprey Fish

The Lamprey Fish

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Phoebe Bean 9 months ago

Scrolling down, scrolling down, scrolling down.

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#37

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

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Alley Gater 9 months ago

We didn’t need a close up thanks

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#38

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

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Hans 9 months ago

The marsh just arround the nuclear power plant?

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#39

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

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Abigail Broughton 9 months ago

Are you my mummy?

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#40

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

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Hans 9 months ago

Diarrhoea: also a problem in aquatic mammals.

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#41

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

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Phoebe Bean 9 months ago

Happy Meal.

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#42

Lavafall

Lavafall

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Cassie 9 months ago

Awesome!

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#43

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

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SykesDaMan 9 months ago

More like the punisher T-Shirt!

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#44

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

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VM Hiraii 9 months ago

Kabuto

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#45

One Big Spider

One Big Spider

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Zenozenobee 9 months ago

I.don't.want.to.see.the.spider.that.can.eat.that.frog. Please

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#46

Take A Seat

Take A Seat

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VM Hiraii 9 months ago

Nawp

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#47

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

When you boss tells you a joke which isn't funny at all, but you gotta pretend its funny as heck!

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#48

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

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GlassOfWater 9 months ago

The heart of a couch potato

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#49

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

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lincholn6echo 9 months ago

looks like the poor guy was hit by a ships propeller...

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#50

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

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Hans 9 months ago

Fascinating critters actually. Butterflies of the night!

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#51

Something Took Two Clean Bites Out Of This Poor Sea Ravioli

Something Took Two Clean Bites Out Of This Poor Sea Ravioli

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Vlad Horobet 9 months ago

sea ravioli xD

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#52

When Mozilla Freezes

When Mozilla Freezes

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brown_panda 9 months ago

that's just sad.

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#53

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

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Nadja Lambacher 9 months ago

Not a head. Earwig butt.

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#54

Eels In The Stream At Battle Hill Farm

Eels In The Stream At Battle Hill Farm

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Ladies and Gentlemen 9 months ago

Zero fcks were given by those ducks that day!

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#55

Found Out The House We Are Living In Has A Bunker Below. I Managed To Squeeze My Phone In One Of The Cracks Of The Door To Take This Creepy Picture

Found Out The House We Are Living In Has A Bunker Below. I Managed To Squeeze My Phone In One Of The Cracks Of The Door To Take This Creepy Picture

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Mark Fergel 9 months ago

Several names. Camel crickets in my area. Dang things are a pain in the b***.

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#56

Found An Icicle Held Only By A Spider's Web

Found An Icicle Held Only By A Spider's Web

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M.Shallow 9 months ago

That looks really wrong. Or maybe it's just because I have a dirty mind.

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#57

Found In Mexico. Battle To The Death

Found In Mexico. Battle To The Death

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Ellis 9 months ago

Judging by the snake’s shape, that thing with legs is already halfway in the snake. Am I right?

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#58

Oregon Fires Next To A Golf Course

Oregon Fires Next To A Golf Course

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issam 9 months ago

Fucking Mordor behind them and they just chilling !

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#59

My Inlaws Are In A Bit Of A Froggy Situation Right Now

My Inlaws Are In A Bit Of A Froggy Situation Right Now

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boredhuman 9 months ago

They just have a spring break pool party.

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#60

G'day Mates, Let's Be Friendssss!

G'day Mates, Let's Be Friendssss!

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Moo Moo Futch 9 months ago

Nah mate. Jog on....

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#61

A Lizard On Its Final Journey

A Lizard On Its Final Journey

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issam 9 months ago

Those ants have no mercy ,they eat your soul .

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#62

Something Crawled Through The Keyhole And Made A Hive In The Garage Door Handle

Something Crawled Through The Keyhole And Made A Hive In The Garage Door Handle

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A random Goat 9 months ago

Extra protection for ur house so no robbers get in

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#63

These Ants Forming A Question Mark

These Ants Forming A Question Mark

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Hans 9 months ago

Likely that is how the photographer distributed the honey...

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#64

Thousands Of Mosquitos Outside Of My Window At Work

Thousands Of Mosquitos Outside Of My Window At Work

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Bacony 9 months ago

You need a Spiderbro.

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#65

Bleeding Tree

Bleeding Tree

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MeggersTheFox 9 months ago

And you kept cutting it?! Poor tree he did his best

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#66

So My Friend Got Something In His Eye While We Were Walking Home

So My Friend Got Something In His Eye While We Were Walking Home

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brown_panda 9 months ago

and you took a picture instead of getting it out. wow! we r intelligent beings.

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#67

This Sick Washed Up Gar Skeleton I Found

This Sick Washed Up Gar Skeleton I Found

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Zori the degu 9 months ago

You kept it, didn't you? No, wait, there are probably laws for it, right? Gars are rare, after all. Pity, it's a nice skeleton for studies.

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#68

Millions Of Fire Ants Floating In Flooding From Harvey

Millions Of Fire Ants Floating In Flooding From Harvey

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Sivi 9 months ago

Nopenopenopenopenopenope!

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#69

Fireants Create A Floating Island Of Themselves To Ride Out The Houston Flooding

Fireants Create A Floating Island Of Themselves To Ride Out The Houston Flooding

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Ellis 9 months ago

United we float, divided we drown

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#70

This Coyote Froze Solid During The Recent Winter Storm (Pine Barrens, Southern New Jersey)

This Coyote Froze Solid During The Recent Winter Storm (Pine Barrens, Southern New Jersey)

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Lola 9 months ago

This actually made me feel sad.

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