Pity the octopus, a creature thrown into the wild without parents or backbone, not even a shell to keep it safe. So sorry is this beast's lot that when a male octopus mates, he invariably loses one of his eight arms. Having been employed, penis-like, to place his sperm inside his octopussy partner, the appendage detaches from his body. But it gets worse: Once he has fulfilled his biological function, the male promptly dies. Talk about... More >>>