As history is our witness, we know that there have been so many experiments on animals that to round them all up into one document might be impossible altogether. We have seen it being depicted in movies that scientists all over the world use animals as test subjects for various theories and for testing different hypothesis. Not all of these experiments are humane as far as animals are concerned and most of them actually border on cruelty. It is considered in appropriate to test beauty products and cosmetics on animals, then we can’t help but wonder what kind of moral values allowed scientists to conduct life altering and often fatal, experiments on the poor creatures. This article will focus on the ten bizarre animal experiments conducted throughout history.
10. The Curious Case of Ligers
The first weird experiment on our list is that of the curious case of Ligers. Now you all must be wondering what Ligers are so for clarification we tell you that Ligers are a hybrid of male lions and female tigers. These are one of the earliest experiments ever conducted on animals and are a proof that not all experiments conducted on animals turn out to be hideous atrocities. As the experiment turned out to be successful, Ligers became the largest cats to ever walk this earth since their average size was more than 100 times of a regular house cat.
9. Male Turkeys and their fascination for Severed Heads
This next entry on our list may come as an even bigger surprise because it talks about male turkeys and what arouses them. One would like to think “who the hell even cares” but that’s science for you, bizarre as hell! So what happened was that in the 1960s, two researchers from Pennsylvania observed that male turkeys would try their level best to mate with female turkey dummies. They then tried the same experiment sans some body parts until only the head remained. They took the hypothesis further and tried to evaluate whether it was the severed heads the turkeys were attracted too or just the female severed heads. So they took a male turkey’s severed head, a female turkey’s severed head and a wooden head made to look like that of a turkey’s. That is when the scientists realized that the turkeys are attracted to severed heads and are aroused by them, be it a male, female or a wooden turkey’s head.
8. The Monkey with a Robotic Arm
It seems like the dog head transplant, or the two headed dog experiment for that matter, got viral since in the 1970s an American scientist Robert White succeeded in transplanting a head onto another monkey subject’s body. If this is not weird enough then we inform you that another weird experiment was conducted on a monkey by virtue of which, the monkey was given a robotic arm. Neuro-receptors were placed in his hand and fore arms which read the neurons from the brain and there by the monkey’s brain was able to control the robotic arm. We personally believe that how the prosthesis for human beings took off.
7. The Frankenstein Kitten
We have all heard about the freaky novel Frankenstein right? Did you know that there was an actual experiment which was the basis of inspiration for the novel? We bet you didn’t and therefore, this experiment appears next on our list of bizarre animal experiments. There was a German Scientist who wanted to prove that the human brain was actually a battery. For the proof he used a dead cat and filled its brain cavities with a mixture of zinc and silver. The animal awoke for twenty minutes but with unbearable effort but later crumpled back to death. The experiment might seem cruel right now but it must be kept in mind that the experiment was conducted in the 1816s, a time when bringing back the dead was all the rage.
6. The Lazarus Project
Remember how we said that there was a time when bringing back the dead was in “fashion” for all the scientists and researchers. The Lazarus project is from the same time and is about the research of a University of California professor, Robert Cornish. He took four fox terriers and performed his resurrection experiments on them. The last two test subjects, named Lazarus, survived although with extreme brain damage. The subjects lived at the researchers’ home for six months before dying. By that time the researcher had been kicked off the university for his inhumane ways of conducting research. The researcher spent the rest of his life in the sales and marketing of toothpaste.
5. Shock the Puppy
After reading about a kitten that turned into half a Frankenstein, hearing about a puppy being shocked in an experiment might not come as that big of a surprise. This experiment was to determine, via electric shocks, a certain hypothesis thought up by the researchers Sheridan and King. They replaced human victims with dogs and found out that women continued with the highest degree of shocks where as men stopped as soon as they thought that the shocks were too severe. What you want to make of this is entirely up to you; however, if you would like an in-depth knowledge on this, maybe you would like to Google the Milgram experiment.
4. Ear on a Rodent
When we are talking about bizarre animal experiments, how can we forget the ear mouse. The over all image here turned out to be pretty hideous but we think that the experiment was not what you would call torture. The scientists said that it was merely “an ear-shaped tissue structure grown by seeding human cartilage cells into a biodegradable mold” (purely in terms of science and copied as such). The experiment was conducted in the year 1995 to show how the same can be used for humans who might need such a treatment (God Forbid).
This next bizarre experiment on animals was conducted by researchers in Oklahoma. They wanted to find out whether an elephant would react to acid or will it get aggravated if given a high dosage. For this they administered a syringe full of LSD into the trunk of an elephant who died shortly after the injection. They concluded that elephants are very sensitive to LSD, a result so obvious that the brutality of the experiment made headlines.
3. Dolphin Intimacy
This experiment dates back to 1967 when a female dolphin trainer stayed in a flooded house with a male dolphin for the purposes of research by a John Lilly. The male dolphin got so comfy with the female trainer that he tried to mate with her several times. The trainer eventually gave up and comforted the dolphin a little. Funding for the experiment stopped when the Federal government found out that Lilly often gave the dolphins LSD to make them talk.
2. Disembodied Dog Head
In the year 1928, a Russian scientist apparently invented a machine called the Autojector which supposedly kept the blood flowing in the head of a live subject where the body may even be going through severe surgery. He thought it would be an amazing advancement towards inventing a life support system. He also showed a film he had made where the head of a dog was connected to the machine and was functioning normally. The same has not been independently verified so the stories, so to speak, might be exaggerated or incorrect altogether.
1. Jellyfish in Space
Lastly we come to an animal experiment which spans the galaxy, quite literally. The experiment was conducted by Dr. Dorothy Spangenberg from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She wanted to know how it would affect human beings when they would be born in space, in the future. For that she decided to let lose around 3000 jellyfish into the galaxy (obviously onboard a space shuttle). She opted for jellyfish because of their gravity sensors which are very similar to that of humans. The jellyfish multiplied by hundreds while in orbit but unfortunately the newborns, when bought to earth, had vertigo. The same was concluded to be expected from humans born in outer space.