The world’s largest land animals are not dainty eaters. An adult male elephant can easily eat a few hundred pounds of vegetation in a day, and damage much more than that in the process. As they forage, elephants uproot bushes, strip trees of their bark, and push them over to reach the highest branches. The path of destruction they leave behind them can cause irreversible damage to large swaths of flora.
"The outright hostility to science from some on the right — on global warming, evolution, and even something as seemingly benign as vaccines — only further impugns religion’s credibility with younger voters. It should be no surprise then that solid majorities of millennials describe Christianity as ‘hypocritical’ and ‘judgmental.’"
When a weapon comes at a high cost, it makes sense to use it judiciously. “Dry” bites and stings have been reported in various snakes, spiders, and insects, suggesting that they have a choice of whether or not to use venom at all. They also seem to be able to control just how much venom to deploy when they use it. Snakes and spiders have been known to “meter” their venom while hunting, using varying amounts depending on the type of prey and how much it struggles.
A male spider will snap off his genitals in the female so they can continue delivering sperm in case she decides to eat him after mating…and that’s not even the strangest thing about the bizarre sex lives of spiders.