Wild & Weird: 'Le Blob' Makes It Big in the City of Light
Clocking in at a land speed of 1.6 inches an hour, Physarum polycephalum, a yellow, amorphous mass now on exhibit at the Paris Zoo, may not be speedy or pretty — or, say, have a brain. It's neither plant nor animal nor fungus, and closely resembles, some say, dog vomit.
But that hasn't stopped this slime mold from becoming the belle of the ball.
"Le Blob" can problem-solve — choose the quickest path through a labyrinth and remember to avoid noxious chemicals for more than a year. It has no fewer than 720 sexes, can heal itself when cut in two, and looks gorgeous under a microscope.
Name another zoo animal that can say the same.
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