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The World’s Strangest Penis Found in Tasmania (Video)

Matt Gibson —  July 7, 2012 — 12 Comments

National Geographic, the company that has exposed the world through thoughtful writing and artful photography to exotic and unknown tribes, giant squids, and the walking Maoi statues of Easter Island have once again outdone themselves.

They’ve found the world’s strangest penis.

Lucy Cooke, the host of Freaks and Creeps, visited the forests of Tasmania in search of this rare and slightly frightening prize. She describes the island as a “time machine” with “primeval forests” that “team with living fossils”.

There, she found the echidna, which is a monotreme. That’s the strange rare branch of mammals that lay eggs like reptiles that includes the platypus. The echidna, a small hedgehog-like creature with spiky fur and long claws, looks just as weird as its duck-billed cousin.

Adding to the echnida’s weirdness is its four-headed penis, which looks like a normal penis, except at the end where it branches off in to four little nozzle’s. The evolutionary use for such a feature, beyond a shotgun multi-stream advantage in the unlikely event of a pee fight in the forest, is not clear.

The episode of Freaks and Creeps starring the echnida’s bizarre genitalia will air on Tuesday, 7/17 at 10pm on Nat Geo WILD.

Here’s a little teaser–and yes, it shows the penis.

About Matt Gibson

Matt Gibson is three-time Canadian expat now living in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he works as a blog and social media manager, writes the About.com Snowboarding Guide, and writes about the outdoors and adventure travel on this blog.

12 responses to The World’s Strangest Penis Found in Tasmania (Video)

  1. As a woman I have to say the idea of a 4-headed penis is a little bit scary.

  2. There are so many punchlines I could use here, I may explode just from trying to hold them all in…

  3. OK, I can’t resist:

    The #1 Echidna pick-up line– “Hey baby, c’mere and lemme show you why four heads are better than one!”

    *rimshot*

    Try the veal!

  4. Crikey, they reeeeally wanted to see that penis, eh? Love it that it got it’s own back…”You want pene… take that!”

  5. The real question is: how long before the Japanese make a porn fetish out of this?

    • I’m sure that the good, innovative, forward-thinking people of Japan are surprised and offended, Daniel, that you would suggest that they haven’t already ;)

  6. This is hilarious. Do some searches for the mating habits of the common porcupine too. They do weird things as well with projectile peeing. Maybe there is some relation.

    • Ha ha ha. Oh man, this thread is getting out of control. If you are going to make posts about such offensive animal sex habits, I’d hope that you’d at least have the decency to include a link to a video.

  7. How come when aliens do this to humans we think they are nuts?

    ;>)

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