Ladies, Meet Antechinus: The Mouse Who Humps Himself To Death


Love him or hate him, the Antechinus mammal doesn’t care; he’ll still have sex until he physically disintegrates.

The Antechinus, a tiny mouse-like creature, is one of the only semelparous mammals in the world, which means sex is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. For most of their lives they stay nice and chaste until they suddenly stop making sperm, which means they have only a few weeks to reproduce before they die.

That’s when the Antechinus becomes a real lothario. He’ll mate constantly, sometimes for fourteen hours at a time, and do nothing else. His fur falls off, he starts to bleed internally, his whole body becomes infected. But the gangrene doesn’t stop him. The Antechinus will literally keep mating until his body disintegrates and he dies a slow but satisfied death.

Teenaged boys, you’ve been warned.

[National Geographic]

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Showcase Your Travel Photos

One of the joys I have following a holiday, having travelled to some wild place within Australia, is to share those photos with others. Many years ago that would be primarily with family and friends, but now with the advent of the World Wide Web I am able to share these photos with a much wider audience. I tend to post my photos all over the place, though I have to confess I am way behind where I would like to be in this regard. I have a lot of work to do and hopefully I can make some useful progress on this front in the weeks to come – especially as I recover from upcoming surgery.

The link below is to an article that looks at 5 ways Bloggers can use their photos to enhance their content.

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