Water Bears Aren't As Cute As The Internet Thinks
Here's why these "adorable" water bears (aka tardigrades) are actually terrifying.By Leah Becerra | April 15, 2016
Tardigrades, better known as "cute" and "cuddly" water bears, can survive a lot of torture. The tiny organisms' huggability factor is debatable, but the animals' toughness isn't.
Most recently, scientists in Japan thawed out three Antarctic tardigrades after more than 30 years of frozen slumber. And what did the water bears do? Well, one died, but the other two laid some eggs and kept on living.
Just like in extreme heat, drought, pressure and radiation tests before, the water bears slowly started to go about their usual business. And that's why these "cute" little guys are actually terrifying.