Worst Animal Experiment Ever – The main task of a scientist is an experiment that is carried out periodically. But what if what is done as an experiment is an animal that still has a life?
Injecting LSD into elephants
Lysergic acid diethylamide or better known as LSD is a type of dangerous and prohibited drug derived from the extract of mushrooms in rye. In humans, LSD can change the mind and mood of its users.
If only in humans, LSD can cause such a bad effect, then how does it affect animals? In order to answer this curiosity, in August 1962, researchers from Oklahoma visited the Lincoln Park Zoo in Oklahoma City.
Research on turkey sexual tendencies
In the 1960s, two researchers from Pennsylvania State University conducted a study on the sexual predilection of a turkey. So when mating season comes, they put a mock female turkey and let the male turkey look at it to see how the male turkey will react.
Instead of refusing, the male turkey approached the female KW turkey and tried to mate with her. It didn’t stop there, these researchers began to take some parts of the female turkey’s body gradually to determine the reaction of the male turkey.
Starting from taking the tail, both legs, a pair of wings, 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.
Trying to revive a dead creature is an impossible task, even for today’s technology. But believe it or not, there was a researcher who had tried to do it in the 1930s. He is Robert E. Cornish, a researcher from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert believes that he can bring dead creatures back to life as long as they don’t suffer organ damage. The study began by suffocating four dogs and then dying, and placing them in a strange machine that circulates blood. To make the experiment successful, Robert E. Cornish then injected a mixture of adrenaline and an anticoagulant.
The result? Two of the four dogs died, while the other two managed to live for months with severe brain damage and blindness.
Also Read : List of Animals that Often Used For Experiments
The closeness of humans and dolphins
Usually, living things will mate with living things of the same species with them. But who would have thought, that there are animals that have ever mate with humans. In 1967, dolphin researcher John Cunningham Lilly tried to teach dolphins to speak English.
First, Lilly turned a room into a pond, then asked her assistant Margaret to stay and teach a male dolphin named Peter English. Over time, Peter became closer to Margaret, Peter even 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 the poor dolphin’s heart, then ‘suicide’ by refusing to come to the surface to catch his breath.
Monkey head transplant
Although difficult, transplantation is something that happens quite often nowadays. But it’s a different story if you go back to 1963. At that time, transplants were not a common procedure, and researchers still wonder if they could do it?
To answer that question, the research team from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio decapitated two monkeys, and then transplanted the monkey heads into other monkeys. Well, the monkey did manage to live again for one day in a paralyzed condition, before finally dying the next day.