This is a real animal also known as a water bear or moss piglet. They live in water and have been sighted from mountain tops to the deep sea, from tropical rain forests to the Antarctic.

Tardigrades are possibly the hardiest animal in the animal kingdom and are able to survive extreme conditions that would kill just about everything else; like extremely low temperature as low as minus 273 °C to as high as 149 °C (that’s over boiling point). They can handle pressure greater than found in the deepest ocean, and can stand radiation at doses fatal to humans. Oh and they can live in the vacuum of outer space too. (Come to think of it they even look like a spaceman.)

They’d make a handy pet because they can live without food for ten years or more and if they almost dry out (as happens when they are neglected) they just fill up with water and off they go to eat and make new water bear babies, no problem. Well not much of a problem – they don’t really thrive being neglected but they have been known to survive.

Now they are pretty tiny – only half a millimetre long when fully grown. They’re short and plump with four pairs of legs, each with four to eight claws. Plus Tardigrades have a complex brain.

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A full description of this little marvel of nature can be found on everyone’s favourite encyclopaedia – Wikipedia. Please remember to use, and contribute to this amazing phenomenon to get the facts on virtually anything known to man. Wikipedia is almost as remarkable as the Tardigrade. I said “almost”.