A member of the spurge family, the manchineel (Hippomane mancinella) grows in the USA’s
Florida Everglades and on the Caribbean coast. The sap that its trunk exudes is so acidic
and poisonous that the merest contact with human skin causes a breakout of blisters; if it
touches the eyes, it can cause blindness. Even standing under the tree in the rain is enough
to cause blistering if the skin is wetted by raindrops containing any sap.
Tomato leaves and
stems contain a poison
considered a natural
pesticide. Apple seeds
contain tiny doses of
amygdalin – a cyanide
and sugar compound.
FIRST WHITE LIGERS
In Dec 2013, at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina,
USA, a white Bengal tigress called Saraswati (pictured)
gave birth to the first confirmed white ligers. The father
was a white African lion.
Myrtle Beach is also home to the
largest living cat, Hercules (inset). An
adult male liger, he is 10 ft 11 in (3.33 m)
long, stands 4 ft 1 in (1.25 m) at the