The Seven Smelliest Creatures in the World

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The other day I came across a dog that, to put it politely, smelled like something dead.

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After I hurriedly rushed away from the animal, I started thinking about what animals might smell worse than a nasty, wet, unwashed dog. So I did a little research and it turns out there are quite a few candidates. Here’s a list of the world’s seven smelliest creatures.

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7. Bombardier beetle

The Bombardier beetle gets its name from the mixture of chemicals it can fire from its rear. The beetle has two separate chemicals, hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide, stored in its body. Whenever the beetle feels threatened the chemicals mix with some special enzymes and that heat up the liquids. It then shoots a boiling, stinky liquid and gas from its rear, causing some serious woe for anything that happens to get sprayed with the liquid. Darwin allegedly experienced the sting and smell of the beetle’s spray after he put one in his mouth to free up a hand during a beetle collecting expedition.

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