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Crazy Ants Commit Mass Suicide By Playing Follow The Leader

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It's hard out here for a pimp ant!

Turns out, a species of ants will follow each other into massive suicide.

The reason?

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Giant Bullfrog Plays Ant Crusher

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We've already seen a bearded lizard playing the newest reptile craze, the game ant crusher.

But now we've got a huge African Bullfrog playing it.

Except he's not too happy with his owner when he finds that he's not actually catching any ants.

Check it out in the above HIGHlarious video.

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"Crazy Ants" Invade The Southern U.S.

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"Crazy ants" are more than half the size but also more than twice the speed of a normal ant.

They come in gigantic swarms and live in walls and can cause some serious damage.

If they swarm on machinery, they can short circuit it, shutting it down.

The worst part is, when one dies, it releases a scent that tells other ants to attack, so the swarm gathers and gets even worse.

It's getting to the point where even something as large as a chemical plant in Texas is susceptible to ant problems.

An exterminator in Texas trying to deal with the ants said:

"We're kind of going for overkill on that particular site because so much is at stake. If that shuts down, they could literally shut down an entire chemical plant that costs millions of dollars."

And the swarming happens even if they're killed by pesticide. The exterminator said:

"I did a test site with a product early on and applied the product to a half-acre … In 30 days I had two inches of dead ants covering the entire half-acre.

It looked like the top of the dead ants was just total movement from all the live ants on top of the dead ants."

Gross.

Let's hope they stop it before the crazy ants spread anywhere else.

[Image via WENN.]

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Fire Ants Swarm Makes Waterproof Raft

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Totally impressive or totally creepy?

When a city floods, humans stack sandbags and raise levees. When a fire ant colony floods, the ants link up to form a literal life raft.

According to new research,

"They'll gather up all the eggs in the colony and will make their way up through the underground network of tunnels, and when the flood waters rise above the ground, they'll link up together in these massive rafts."

In less than two minutes the ants can link "hands" to form a floating structure that kept all the insects safe.

You would think the ant on the bottom would be SOL but even the ants down below survive, thanks to tiny hairs on the ants' bodies that trap a thin layer of air.

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Real Life Ant Zombies!!!

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This sounds terrifying!!!!!!

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, is fungus that can "mind control" ants—scientists announced Wednesday.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

All four known fungi species live in Brazil's Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said the study leader.

"It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack."

"This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery."

There better not be any human mind-control fungi!

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