Been saving this for Earth Day!
Scientists in Macedonia have uncovered a centipede which died after nearly eating its way out the snake which had already eaten it.
The 20cm juvenile nose-horned viper had apparently underestimated the size of the 15cm centipede when it swallowed the bug whole, academic journal Ecologica Montenegrina reports.
After being eaten by the small snake, the centipede began chewing its way through the reptile’s insides….”A subsequent dissection revealed the absence of the snake’s visceral organs (i.e. we found that only the snake’s body wall remained — the entire volume of its body was occupied by the centipede), which led us to suppose that the prey caused chemical or mechanical damage to the predator’s digestive organs.” — news.ninemsn.com
A great thing about nature is how refreshingly natural it is. No pretensions here. The snake gets hungry, it eats the bug, which refuses to accommodate its would-be executioner and struggles its way back, to mutual fatal effect. Congress should be so, upfront, open, and obligingly self-destructive. Think of all the parking space that would open up in Washington.
But at least we can celebrate this scenario allegorically. Predator devours prey; prey slays predator from within. Today’s headlines suggest that turmoil in Crimea might stagger, if not derail, Russia’s big-picture plans. Maybe Vlad the Invader bit off more than he can chew?
Closer to home, look how traditional establishment ‘Pubs are confronting insurgent Tea Party candidates in state primaries, who scream for their scalps — this is a movement the GOP (Gramps’ Old Party) once enthusiastically embraced. Now leaders of warn these brainless fanatics only weaken their cause and strengthen the opposition. [Cue eerie music:] Devoured from within!
I’m sort of hoping the same thing happens to inBev, the international brewery and corporate conglomerate that took over the stink-bug of beers, Budweiser. With apologies to the insect kingdom for the comparison.
These are just Earth Day musings — a way to keep in our thoughts that we human beings are merely creatures of the earth, whose evolution has afforded us awesome stewardship responsibility that it seems we’re botching rather badly. If this viper and bug tale demonstrates that predators are what they eat and get what they chew, what’s the lesson for us featherless bipeds?