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ULTRA RARE! – Velvet Worm

ULTRA RARE! – Velvet Worm

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 14, 2019


– [Mark] Show him. – Check out what Mark found. – [Mark] Show him. (ethereal music) (gasps) – Get out of here. You are kidding me.
– We found it. (tribal beat music) – [Coyote] The Costa
Rican rainforest is considered to be one of
the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Home to literally
thousands of species, the crew and I have
been fortunate enough to encounter some of
its most iconic animals, from the striking
red-eyed leaf frog, to the adorable ocelot. Now she has found
the microphone. No, no! When exploring in
Central America, one of our favorite
places to visit is the Costa Rican
Amphibian Research Reserve, which is famous for having
some incredibly rare, and almost never seen creatures. Mark Mark, come here! – What is it? – [Coyote] Hurry up,
hurry up, hurry up. – What have you got? – [Coyote] You will
not believe this. Oh my gosh. And while I have been
present for nearly all of these initial finds, every once in awhile,
Mark and Mario stumble upon an
animal without me. And on this rainy evening, they just so
happened to encounter what may be considered
the rarest animal we have ever found
in a rainforest. – [Mark] Mario! – [Mario] Yeah. – [Mark] Come look what I found. – [Mario] What, what’d you get? – [Mark] I found a
giant Onychophora , the rare one.
– What? – [Mario] Oh man. – [Mark] Right
here on this rock. This is the one that’s
on the wall in the cabin. – [Mario] Yeah, it totally is. – [Mark] What do we do? Coyote’s not even here. What do we do, just film it? – [Mario] Uh well certainly
we have to film it. I’ve got a container
in my backpack. We could contain it, take
it back to the lodge, have Coyote check it out and we’ll get some great shots. – [Mark] We have to right? – [Mario] Yeah. We’ll bring it back.
– Oh yeah. – Yeah, we’ll bring
it right back after and that’ll be awesome. Great find dude. Okay so. – [Mark] Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. – Let’s be gentle.
– Careful careful. – [Mark] Be careful. You know these things
could spray stuff. – [Mario] Oh,
you’re very velvety. – [Mark] Hold on,
I gotta touch it. Oh it’s so cool. – Let’s go, I’m so excited.
– Yeah, alright. – [Mark] Let’s do it. I can hardly stand
still, let’s go. – Secured. – [Mark] Yes. – Woo! – [Mario] Coyote. – [Mark] Coyote – [Coyote] You guys find
anything cool to photograph? – Yeah maybe.
– Maybe. – [Mark] Show him. – Check out what Mark found. – [Mark] Show him. (gasps) – Get out of here. You are kidding me.
– We found it – [Mark] We found
it on the rock, like four paces from where
we found the brown one. – [Mario] Yeah. – [Coyote] Get out of here,
I cannot believe that. – [Mark] Go inside and get
the picture, show everybody. – Oh my gosh, I cannot
believe you guys found the Holy Grail. Oh my goodness guys
the Onychophora. – Good good, that’s what we were
looking for, that reaction. – Get out of town. What? – [Mark] We’ve just been
like jumping for joy the whole way over. Look at it, yep, there it is. So we brought it back. What we want to do
is we want to build a little film set. – Ooh that’s a great idea. Oh you know what we should do? Like a planet earth type shoot where we set it up
on a little table. Like having a little
table up here, we’ll get some moss, and some logs and set it
up and do a presentation. – [Mark] Absolutely. – This’ll kind of be like
the mole cricket episode, only with a much rarer animal. Oh my gosh. I can’t believe you
found an Onychophora. This is insane. So wait, who found
it, you found it? – [Mark] Yeah I mean where we
were just filming with you. – [Coyote] Woo, this is crazy. – [Mark] Not a bad gig Coyote
when you can do your job and wear sandals. – I do, I got my sandals on, I don’t even have
my snake boots. I was I was working
on the orca script, and just kinda lounging, so I saw the rain
starts coming down, and I was like, man
these guys get back before those cameras get soaked. Let me see if I can get it to just stay totally
calm on my hand. Whoa, you are looking
at the Velvet Worm, quite possibly the rarest
creature you can come across in the Costa Rican rainforest. This creature’s
ancestors date back 500 million years to
the Cambrian period, that is before the
time of the dinosaurs. Now this was one of the
first terrestrial creatures to ever walk this planet and even to this day, they are strictly terrestrial, which means that
they stay on land. Well let’s talk about
where this animal gets its name from,
the Velvet Worm. Believe it or not, this creature feels
just like velvet. It does not have any
hard outer exoskeleton like an arthropod, but in fact has a very
soft squishy body, almost feels like a gummy worm, but if you pet it very gently, go ahead Mark, put
your hand out there, tell everybody at home, it feels just like velvet. – [Mark] Oh wow. – So soft. – [Mark] Yeah, like a
crushed velvet suit. – Is is so soft. – [Mark] That is so cool. – Here’s something really cool. They are actually
capable of shedding the outer layer of skin
around once a month, just like a snake, and when they do shed that, they basically walk
out of the skin, similar to the way a snake
slithers out of its skin and then they’re even softer
and more brilliantly bright. Oh it’s so cool. Let’s take a look at the
anatomy of this animal. It looks like a mix
between a caterpillar, a worm and a slug. But Onychophora is actually
its own phylum, right? And there are close to
200 of them worldwide. However, scientists don’t
know how many truly exist, because they’re
very rarely seen. This is a nocturnal creature and the fact that Mark, you and Mario just
stumbled upon it tonight is why they’re so hard to find, because oftentimes they’re
out on rainy nights when most people aren’t
out venturing around. Now despite the fact
that this creature is actually kind of cute, believe it or not, it is a voracious predator. And the way that they hunt, is they slowly move through
the rainforest flora, foraging amongst
leaves and dead logs and they’ll use those
two front sensory organs to kind of tap on their prey and as soon as they
sense something to eat, this is crazy, they have
two glands on the side of their face that shoot
out a sticky slime. It’s like Spiderman’s
webbing, right? And it is so incredibly strong, that it can immediately
pin the prey down. It actually shoots
out in two streams, and those streams will cross, creating a net. So let’s say it’s
a small beetle, it will go, shoot out
those two streams, tangle up the beetle and then slowly walk
up on top of it. And they have a
little mouth up front, I don’t know if you’ll be
able to see that or not. But inside that mouth
is a single tooth that is like a razor blade. They insert that
tooth into the victim and then they leak in saliva. That saliva is
similar to the saliva of a giant waterbug that it
slowly breaks down the insides of their prey and
they drink it up just like a milkshake. – [Mark] Are you afraid
of being bit right now? – No, its tooth is much too
small to potentially bite me and they’re not aggressive
in any way whatsoever. It’s not a centipede
or a waterbug, this is something that is
completely safe to handle, however it’s incredibly fragile, so as you can see, I’m trying to be just
as careful as possible. I also don’t want it to shoot me with that sticky slime,
because it’s just like glue. – [Mark] Is it toxic, the slime? Could it like poison you? – As far as I know,
everything I’ve read, no. The slime is
completely harmless, so if it does get slime on me, I’m gonna be absolutely fine. Now each one of those
little stub feet has two little hooked claws. They almost look
like cat’s claws and they use those to
hold on to rigid surfaces when they’re moving over let’s
say a log or a dry branch. However, if they’re walking
on something moist and soft, like moss, those claws
retract in and they have these little tiny soft pads
on the ends of their feet. I can actually feel it
gripping onto my hand and it doesn’t hurt at all, but it feels really interesting because those legs on each side move in unison with one another. And just like a
worm, and remember, this is not related to a worm, but like a worm, has
a very soft body, and it’s the expanding
and contraction of the muscles
inside of its body that allow it to get
longer if it needs to. So let’s say it’s moving
through some crevices in a log, it can
stretch its body out and get itself completely
out of a sticky situation. Oh hi there buddy. I see you. And look at the
strength of its body. It can completely
extend itself out, just like we’ve seen
millipedes do in the past, searching for the
next move to make. And there it goes,
right up on my fingers. Wow. – [Mark] Lucky night
in the rainforest. Man that thing is so cool. Alright well you built
a pretty awesome little set here Coyote. – I think this is
a good opportunity for us to get this Velvet
Worm down on the miniature set and start filming
some epic B roll. Are you guys ready? – [Mark] Let’s do it. – Let’s get the voiceover going. And turn this into a
planet earth episode. (majestic atmospheric music) The Red Velvet
worm is a creature that is almost never
seen in the wild with human eyes. Their elusive nature
and nocturnal lifestyle, combined with their tendency to exist in only the remote
areas of the rainforest, make encountering them
nearly impossible. To our knowledge, we are
one of the only teams to have ever captured video
footage of this animal. So having this opportunity was truly a once in a lifetime. This lucky moment will
now be held near the top of our greatest memories
we as animal enthusiasts will forever carry with us. And we are incredibly proud that we have now been able
to share this encounter with each and every one of you. Wow. What an absolutely
incredible night, getting the Holy Grail of
bizarre rainforest creatures, the Red Velvet worm, up
close for the cameras. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you
on the next adventure. – Alright guys, here we are, back at the rock
where we found this amazing rainforest
creature, the Onychophora. By far the coolest
animal I’ve ever found. Coyote was pretty impressed. – [Mario] And jealous. – And maybe a little jealous. But man, we had a great night. Alright buddy, right
back where we found you, just like we promised. – [Coyote] Hey Coyote pack, I’ve got some great news. We are doing two live
shows in Australia, one in Melbourne
and one in Sydney. The tickets are on sale now. And for everyone in
the United States, get excited, because
a West Coast tour is coming in early 2018. And don’t forget, subscribe, so you can join me and the crew, on our next big adventure. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave. (cheering) (coyote howling)

100 Comments found

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GACHA berry pop cherry queen :3

I want it as a pet it's so cute!!!!!!!! I love it!

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H.M Murdock

Creepy

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Jason Voorhees

I think the rarest animal is the elephant

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Random Stuff :P

Is this the real life…

Edit: oh wow

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Lilian Jeffnih Jeffrin

It look so cute to see the guys jumping happily

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Paulina Milewska

This is like the most happy coyote has ever been

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Night C.o.r.e

That Looks so cuteee😍😍

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Neko Asunu

I wanted to see it hunt 🙁

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News 4Dummies

Someone give this man his own show on Netflix please

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Afroza Sultana

That is like a worm

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GT Cool

I have never seen this animal ever before, but I somehow feel so honored to see it. 😊

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Dreaming Unicorn Nation

It’s adorable also velvet worm:coyote your my best friend yayyy I’m so slow tho nah .😂

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Chris Goffe

..we have velvet worms in New Zealand

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Danielle Dargy

Did anyone else see him jump from after Mark said"we are jumping for joy

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비벨캍헤리나

I love those lil snails in Finland, and THAT IS ADORABLE AWEEEE

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Lea Tumang

It sooo cool OMG

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Memory Boy

Costa Rica no screaming

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Hwan Jung

Coyote u know i have around 6 red velvet worm in my backyard

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Gacha Pizza Crust:P OMG

My dog has a nub tail oof I guess the worm stole my dogs tail multiple times

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Random Stuff :P

I love chicken.

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ZackAttack

My dad
Saw a wolf spider
When He was fixing cars

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Esther Jonathan

IWANT TO TOUCH IT

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lollypopwalker// Lol

WHY ON EARTH are there 1.5k dislikes?

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LORK KARIN

Ty

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Muffin

Coyote finds a shiny pokemon

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Dj Skydre // L0L

Mind blown 🤯

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Suhyool Han

Thats the best video 8 had ever wached

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Leah Chiaravalloti

I love seeing Coyote so happy

The lil feet nubs r so cute

Mark was so funny
Pretending he never felt it before
No offense to coyote or mark
❤️😂😀

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Children Brege

Coyote's reaction is me when my friend finds diamonds in Minecraft

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James Broderick

What is the pull ratio for this?

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perplexedapple

Velvet worms and millipedes, so adorable.

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YT_Cobalt '

No joke I went outside to get a good stretch and I saw a red velvet worm is that equivalent to a four leave clover?

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qqxrose

THE LITTLE FEEEET OMG I LOVE ITT

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Paisley Kirton

🐛🐍🐉

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Ponyboy Golden

Coyotes reaction to see the worm was priceless.

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Ponyboy Golden

The music score for the planet earth episode almost made me cry. What a beautiful creature that has endured beyond the life cycle.

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Nox

Looks like a squishy centipede.

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ALDO boom and nutellas

Cool video

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Night wolf Sleeman

Cuteeee

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master jay

Thats rare?!

I killed one

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Lola Salazar

It's little legs are so cute

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teedy orange

looking at you, kpop fanatics

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bababooeydude

Coyote acting like a great grandmother when her grandchild brings home an A in math😂 GET OUTTA TOWN!

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bababooeydude

I wonder what cameras they use. So clear and amazing

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Whiterun Guard

Me: Finds a worm, EW NO

Brave Wilderness: PARTY TIME

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Dark Glacier

It’s sooooo cuteness what the heck

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Tjokro Yasuhiro

Wow its rarly seen?

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Grace Magerz

This is just me but I wouldn’t be that excited over a bug 🤷🏾‍♀️

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Kevin G

Coyote: YOU ARE KIDDING ME
Worm: Am I a joke to you?

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GachaZero

Coyote looks like a kid got his first phone or something XD

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Neal Patel

Me when I get my birthday presents: AW MA GAWD THIS IS SO AWESOME
coyote when he sees a worm thingy: AW MA GAWDI CAN'T BELIEVE IT GET OUT OF HERE

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TheDumbPlumber

Sentient Rubber Centipede

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Stephen Schwinn

Those wittle wegs!!

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Stephen Schwinn

3:32 lol

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La ilaha ila lah

😨😨😨😨

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Now Go Away And Do Something Good

earth: is that a bug, a slug, or a worm?
evolution: yes

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Pixel Pxerella

The way it walks actually looks cute

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Kane Chen

Amazing🥳

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vimik

Oh my god that creature is so CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vimik

He is so slow he he he oh man 😂😂😂😂😂

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Burst Finish

Daaaaaamn this boy plays a lot of Pokémon!

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Popo The Turtle

OMG IS THAT A LEGENDARY SHINY MEGA EX EVOLUTION?!?!?!!!!!!!!! OMGGGGGGG

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FNaFBoy 1983

Who here thinks the world is flat?

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sean williams

3:32 wow did he actually say bruh

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Adithya Nair

no. flippin. wayyyyyyyyyy!

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Christian Leon

It’s a nice change from coyote screaming in pain to him screaming in happiness.

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Roy Moorman

It look like a centipede…😅

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Assassinz z

Me walking in the forest with my mom ,me saw one, my Mom said don't touch that «steps at it very hard» Me =OOF

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jk Babbs

403

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jk Babbs

4:14

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samara morgan

finds velvet worm

calls mario to come fast because wow worms are fast

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Tyler Allen

Oh my lord, what are the odds….same color as the photo, and the velvet worm was right next to the lodge…..they definitely did not place it there

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Lisa Williams

:O lucky!!

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lsphillips77

de werm is legendary

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lsphillips77

velvet reeeeeeeeeeed

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Abigail Nagel

coyote sees a snake: oh wow!
coyote sees a velvet worm: OH MY GOSH GET OUT!!!

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BeanTube

The legs, so chubby, AND FUZZY!!!!!!!!! The legs are the cutest part!

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Drone Cuber

Wow! Nice find!!!

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Mig190

That is a cute worm, JUST LOOK AT THOSE LITTLE STICK ARMS!!!!!!

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casey

I just watched bug wars and one of these destroyed a large spider in a fight lol

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Arathonic Redstone

Watching in 2019 forver coyote pack

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JSAB Speedpaints

OMG IS DAT A RURE RAD PUKACHAU?

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Mister Torgue High-Five Flexington

Wobely walk boi

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Juliana TORNESKOG

It looks so cool

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Bhey Mercado

It looks like a centipide

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Boi Thicc

Smooth worm

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REAL waldo

Frick u poodipi is beter dan u

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Jesus Freak

Gorgeous little thing!

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Ron M

Coyote can it bite

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alexander nl

My friend: what if a worm and a slug had a baby
Me: here's a video
My friend: i want it as a pet

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Lesbo Phile

Mark’s definitely getting a pay raise after this XD

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Kool Guy

The only channel that does not do CLICKBAIT

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KittyAssassin Studios

Coyote: GET OUT OF HERE! YOUR KIDDING! a bunch of other excited stuff

Me: thinking That’s my reaction when I get Mewtwo in Pokemon Let’s GO 😐

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Darwin The Snake

Plot twist: it's an alien that goes up people's buttholes

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Mayfanny Tanzilia

Coooolllll😍

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BUTTAH

coyote's laugh is so amaizing

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Rekha Patil

So so cool

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Hubert Chummy

aq
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Hubert Chummy

lm 8

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Kerem Uçar

Thanks to coyote, now the velvet worm has been seen by 5 million people

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