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A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a water bear, which is probably the only creature on Earth that looks like a cannon wearing wrinkled khakis. Image: Eye of Science/Science Source

A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a water bear, which is probably the only creature on Earth that looks like a cannon wearing wrinkled khakis. Image: Eye of Science/Science Source

It’s a Water Bear!*

” . . . in the microscopic world beneath our feet, (tread softly) where there lives what is perhaps the toughest creature on Earth: the tardigrade. Also known as the water bear – because it looks like an adorable little many-legged bear. (it looks more like my crinkly garden pocket water hose) this exceedingly tiny critter has an incredible resistance to just about everything”

“Go ahead and boil it, freeze it, irradiate it, and toss it into the vacuum of space — it won’t die. (imagine living forever looking like that . . . ) If it were big enough to eat a glass sandwich, it probably could survive that too.”

A scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Like regular bears, tardigrades have claws, which help in locomotion. Unlike regular bears is everything else about tardigrades, particularly their lack of a totally crappy attitude all the time. Image: Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden

A scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Like regular bears, tardigrades have claws, which help in locomotion. Unlike regular bears is everything else about tardigrades, particularly their lack of a totally crappy attitude all the time. Image: Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden

*I SWEAR I didn’t make this up!  Here’s proof: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/absurd-creature-week-water-bear/