Friday, April 29, 2011

My Honey Possum Discovery

You can discover lots of little known facts on the Discovery Channel. I discovered the Honey Possum last night. It is a very small marsupial found in Australia. When they are born, they are only 5 millimeters long. Fully developed, they are about 10 centimeters long.

Honey Possums have long snouts which enable them to feed off of nectar. They pollinate flowers much like bees. Cute little buggers, aren't they?

 I also discovered that male honey possums have the biggest balls relative to their size. The picture above shows one ball visible between the hind legs. To give you a better understanding of the ratio, think of what a male human being would look like with watermelon sized balls. I know, right? Their balls house sperm that is 5x bigger than human sperm. It is the largest sperm out of any animal; even bigger than the largest known mammal, the blue whale.

Now I feel sort of bad for the honey possum.

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