Rain this Sunday night flooded the zoo of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The animal shelter was also completely destroyed, drowning all bears living therein. Several animals - amongst others - lions and tigers escaped from the zoo and have been roaming in the parts of the city, some of which still not captured. Here’s hippopotamus enjoying its breakfast after the dreadful night.

How Do Some Animals Make Their Own Sunscreen?

A recent study in the journal eLife found that some fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles have the genes to produce gadusol, a compound that can act as a sunscreen!

“Gadusol absorbs UV radiation, particularly UVB [ultraviolet B], and dissipates it as heat,” said the study leader Taifo Mahmud, a professor of medicinal chemistry at Oregon State University. The gadusol produced by zebrafish, a highly studied lab species, may even help scientists create a better sunscreen for people. 

Other animals devise or produce their own brand of SPF. For example, hippopotamuses produce “sweat” made of one red and one orange pigment. A 2004 study in Nature revealed that the red pigment contains an antibiotic, while the orange absorbs UV rays. So the two pigments work together to protect the African mammals from both bacterial infections and sun damage. read about other animals here