It's not only humans that like a good joke, animals play all kinds of tricks on one another in their attempts to gain an advantage. Based around the April Fool tradition, this collection of videos features the weirder side of nature where it's not always easy to tell what's real and what's not. Watch animals play practical jokes on each other and on us, and look back at some real gems from the archives where we've tried to fool you in a wildlife world that's often stranger than fiction.
Surinam toads perform a bizarre skincare routine for her babies!
Imagine if babies were born through the skin on your back - a truly weird suggestion, but this is no April Fool.
There's nothing like a bit of hypnotic dancing to help catch prey 10 times your own size.
Is a stoat's frenzied dance really a clever attempt to help it bring down its much larger prey? Or has this one just been at the catnip? Sure enough, it seems that rabbits are rendered almost catatonic by the stoat's antics. Keeping the frantic dance up allows the stoat to to get closer and closer until it's within reach and can pounce on the enchanted rabbit.
The bolas spider dupes both daytime predators and night-time prey.
The animal kingdom is full of examples in which different species fool others. Often, it's to allow them to get closer to prey, or to escape from being eaten themselves. This little spider has different tricks for both needs. Disguising itself as a bird dropping fools its daytime predators into leaving it alone, but by night the bolas produces moth pheromones to fool real moths into coming closer before it unleashes its final clever trick, a sticky lasso.
A new tree species could revolutionise the chocolate industry.
Imagine the excitement when it was announced that scientists had found that chocolate really did grow on trees. A new species of cocoa tree had been discovered and genetically modified to produce a pure chocolate bean within its pod - an amazing breakthrough... if only it were true. This was an April Fool set up by the Blue Peter team filmed at Kew Gardens in 1996. Oh what a shame!
Can a flounder, master camouflage artist, match itself to unfamiliar ground?
Flounders are well known for their camouflage skills, and on a familiar background they really do seem to vanish suddenly. But the challenge here was to see how good these masters were with less familiar backgrounds. Placing a checker board in their way demonstrates just how good these creatures really are at fooling potential predators.
The Australian giant cuttlefish is the largest of the world’s hundred or so species of...
Darwin's frogs have a highly unusual method of brooding and rearing their young.
Rabbits came originally from south west Europe and north west Africa.
Stoats are completely white in winter, except for the black tips of their tails.
Superb lyrebirds are famed for their extraordinary ability to mimic.
Surinam toads have a unique spawning ritual and reproduction method.
Candirus are parasites that feed on the blood and flesh of their victims.