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Disgusting things that animals do 2016.09.22
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Would you be interested in revolting facts about creepy-crawlies and other strange creatures? If you do, then make a beeline for the Hong Kong Science Museum (香港科學館) for an exhibition with a difference


The gross side of animals

THE name of the exhibition says it all – Animal Grossology (古怪動物園). It is based on a non-fi ction book of the same name. ‘Grossology’ is a word invented by the author to mean the study of things that are repulsive or unattractive – yucky in other words. This exhibition, therefore, focuses on the weird and disgusting, like dung, slime and rumination.

The animal robots on display include a giant fly, the dung beetle, the mosquito and the slimy sea cucumber. The 16 exhibits have interesting names such as Chew Chew Express, Transfusion Confusion, Undersea Adventure, Slippery Slimy and Dung Ball Rally.

The interactive exhibits will enable you to learn about vital but disgusting facts of many unattractive creatures.
For example, in Transfusion Confusion, you can guess the different blood colours in animals. You can even vote in The Slime Game to decide whether the sea cucumber, snail or hagfi sh should be the ‘king of slime’.


Doing whatever it takes to survive

THERE are no lions or tigers in this exhibition. But there are flies, dung beetles and other less glamorous members of the animal kingdom. Their behaviour will seem mysterious, but is in fact vital for survival. For example, owls, like all other birds, have no teeth, so they must swallow their prey in its entirety and then spit out the bones.


Exhibition: Animal Grossology
Venue: Special Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Date: Until 2 November 2016
Cost: HK$30 for adults,
HK$5 for full-time students
Website: http://hk.science.museum/ms/ag2016/

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