‘Nature can be naughty’. Now this is a phrase you almost certainly don’t hear every day. For good reason, because something about the statement feels inherently wrong. Nature can be a lot of things, right from metaphorically being a mother to an ubiquitous provider. But naughty? That’s an overkill right there. On occasion, nature does throw a suggestive spanner or two in the works. Let’s scroll through a few examples of seemingly innocent things that you can’t unsee or unread.
When we first heard the name Geoduck, we pictured an earthy duck. We weren’t expecting a clam, and DEFINITELY not a clam that looks like this. Fun fact: Geoducks, found off the coasts of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, are considered to be a delicacy and eaten raw.
Whoever was responsible for naming this tree, kept all inhibitions aside and went straight for the first thought in their head. Presenting the pona palm tree, simply also known as the ‘penis tree’.
Thank god the person who discovered the pona palm didn’t also run into this flower. (Unlikely too, because the pona palm grows across Central and South America, whereas this colourful beauty comes from the coniferous forests of north-eastern America.) The ones who discovered this however, virtuously named it the moccasin flower, also called the pink lady’s slipper.
Nothing disastrously wrong about a cute looking penguin, is there? That is till you find out that some penguins are full-blown sexual psychopaths who do not believe in monogamy, practice pedophilia and sometimes, even necrophilia. Oh, there’s also the Adélie penguins, one of the only animals on the planet to have turned to prostitution.
Monkeys pay for porn. An experiment was conducted where the results proved that monkeys are willing to give up their treats in exchange for pictures of their well-endowed lady friends.
Given the chance, a rooster will happily mount a baby duckling, regardless of its gender. This explains why ducks aren’t very happy when forced to live around chickens.
You’ve got to hand it to female dragonflies who will dramatically fake their own deaths to escape from unwanted sexual advances. You go, girl.
Giraffes are mostly gay. Male giraffes will caress and court other males more than females, and 94% of giraffe sex happens between two dudes.
Fruit fly swarms are really just massive orgies and can last for up to twenty minutes. Impressive considering these little guys only live for a little over a month.
This picture of a bootylicious tree is a reminder that they are not so different from us humans.
And here’s ending with a ‘couple’ of trees growing in wild abandon.
There you have it. Mother nature never ceases to surprise us, although some of these surprises may be too much to handle.