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WTF? Butterflies are drinking the tears of turtles

So TIL that there is such a thing as tear drinking and it’s not so weird after all. Well, when butterflies do it, anyway.

Ama la Vida TV captured these photos of butterflies drinking the tears of turtles in Ecuador. The behaviour is known as ‘lachryphagy’ and it’s not just butterflies sucking up those salty tears – other insects are known to do it too. I mean, when you’re thirsty, you’re thirsty, right?

This photo of lachryphagy in action actually won the 2014 Wikimedia Picture of the Year. Easy to see why; what an incredible (yet bizzare) moment to capture on film!

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Turtle and butterfly

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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