Craziest Animal Experiments in History – Experiments are one of the common things that scientists often do, experiments using animals are one of the most frequently carried out experiments.
Experiments became commonplace. When scientists create something new, they will continue to experiment until they get the right results. It is not uncommon for these experiments to involve living things such as animals to be used as guinea pigs.
But what is called an experiment, it doesn’t always work. And when this experiment fails, then the victims are these animals. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for animals to die in painful ways because of these failed experiments. Here are eight of the craziest animal experiments ever!
1. Research on the sexual predisposition of turkeys
In the 1960s, two researchers from Pennsylvania State University conducted a study on sexual predisposition in a turkey. So when the mating season arrives, they put the imitation female turkey down and let the male turkey see it to see how the male is reacting.
Instead of refusing, the male turkey approached the female KW turkey and tried to mate with her. Do not stop there, these researchers began to take several parts of the female turkey gradually to determine the reaction of the male turkey.
Starting from taking the tail, legs, wings, and even the body, leaving only the head supported by wood. As a result, the feeling of the male turkey is still the same as before.
2. Lazarus project
Trying to revive a dead creature is an impossible job, even for today’s technology. But believe it or not, there was a researcher who tried it in the 1930’s. He is Robert E. Cornish, a researcher from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert believes that he can revive a dead creature as long as the creature does not experience organ damage. The research began by making four dogs asphyxiated and then dying, and placing them in a strange machine that functions to circulate blood. In order for the experiment to be successful, Robert E. Cornish then injected a mixture of adrenaline and anticoagulant.
The result? Two of the four dogs died, while the other two managed to live for months with severe brain damage and blindness.
3. The closeness of humans and dolphins
As a rule, living things will mate with living creatures of the same species with it. But who would have thought that there are animals that have mated with humans. In 1967, dolphin researcher John Cunningham Lilly tried to teach dolphins to speak English.
First, Lilly transforms a room into a pool, then asks her assistant named Margaret to stay and teach a male dolphin named Peter English. As time went on, Peter became closer to Margaret, even Peter tried several times to marry Margaret.
For the sake of experimentation, Lilly asks Margaret to fulfill Peter’s sexual needs. In the end, their relationship ended tragically. After the research was completed, Margaret left Peter and broke his heart, then ‘committed suicide’ by refusing to go up to the surface to take a breath.
4. Monkey head transplant
Although difficult, transplants are something that happens quite often nowadays. But it’s a different story if you go to 1963. Back then, transplants were not a common procedure, and researchers still wondered if they could do it?
To answer that question, a research team from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio beheaded two monkeys, and then transplanted the heads of the monkeys into other monkeys. Well, the monkey did manage to live again for one day with a paralyzed condition, before finally dying the next day.
5. Zombie paint
So far, we only know that zombies only exist in movies, but who would have thought that zombies had also lived in the real world. Don’t worry, this zombie is not a living corpse that will attack humans, but a dead cat that has been successfully ‘revived’. It is Karl August Weinhold, a researcher from Germany who believes that the human brain is like a battery which is attached by a set of ‘wires’ in the form of the nervous system.
To prove it, Karl then conducted an experiment in 1817. He killed a cat, and injected certain fluids into his body. For 20 minutes, the dead cat raised its head, opened its eyes, and even jumped around like a live cat.
6. The two headed dog
If the experiments conducted by Karl August had gone badly, it had nothing to do with what Charles Guthrie was doing. In 1908, this scientist from the United States killed a dog, cut off its head, then transplanted it to another dog. Guthrie did manage to create the world’s first two-headed dog, unfortunately the poor dog only lived for 26 minutes.