Listen Now: The Blob: Paris Zoo Showcases Self-Healing Horror Creature
The Paris Zoo has a new star attraction, without eyes, limbs or a stomach.
Just in time for Halloween, the Paris Zoo is inviting people to check out, “the blob.” Predating humans on earth by about five hundred million years, the blob, known by its scientific name as “many-headed slime” closely resembles a slippery sponge.
Scientists say even though it’s been around for millions of years they still don’t know if it’s an animal or a fungus. But here’s what they do know, and for fans of the horror movie of the same name, this will sound familiar. Despite not having a mouth or eyes it can detect food and ingest it. If you cut into it the blob will self-heal in about two minutes.
While it moves slowly, almost half an inch per hour, it grows fast, doubling in size every day. It’s also hard to kill. When it senses danger it goes into hibernation mode and, like an actual sponge, will dry itself out. A drop of water brings it back to life.
Let’s hope this blob stays behind bars.
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