Wildlife Videos April 30, 2014 Elliott
Pitting a mouse against a venomous scorpion might seem like an unfair fight — but after you see this footage, you won’t feel a bit sorry for the rodent.
The cuddly looking grasshopper mouse, native to the southwestern United States, actually preys upon scorpions. Though it is bound to get stung multiple times by its adversary in a fight, the mouse has developed an adaptation that actually allows it to treat the venom into a painkiller of sorts. Other mammals of similar size are killed by such stings, according to Michigan State University professor Ashlee Rowe.
“The mice have evolved the ability to be stung multiple times but remain relatively unfazed,” Rowe, who researched the unique adaptations of the mice while at University of Texas in Austin. “Not only is the mouse unfazed, but it actually feels less pain after being stung.”
Source: The Blaze