In order to answer questions about the human body, scientists used animals as their subjects to prove their point. They resorted to gruesome measures to prove the impossible and resulted in the deaths of almost all the subjects although their experiments were partially successful. These experiments are ground breaking but nerve racking and sad as well.
1. The Two Head Dog
In the 1950’s, Soviet scientist Vladimir Demikhov fashioned one of the most mind boggling creatures, the multi dog. He removed most of the body of a puppy and grafted the head and forelegs to the top of a normal size dog. Post the surgery the multiple dog regained consciousness and both kept their personalities, the puppy yawned and was playful and the bigger dog was bored stiff with this experiment. After six days the “Two head” dog died.
2. Turkey Love
In 1960, to determine what stimulates a male turkey sexually, they placed a female life like model of a turkey in the room with a live male turkey. The male got intimate with the model and slowly the scientist removed parts of the body to see if it will still be intimate with the model, finally all was left was the head on a stick and the male turkey still made love to it. They thus speculated that it is the head fixation of the female that determines the erotic desires of the turkey, as while mounting, that is all it can see.
Scientist crossbred a male lion and a female Tiger and the result was a 900 pound, 12 feet long, liger. They are officially the largest cats on earth.
In order to demonstrate the potential method of cartilage transplantation into human patients, scientist inserted an ear shaped tissue grown my seeding human cartilage into a biodegradable mold. The final product to see the possibility looked like this.
5. Dolphin Intimacy
In order to research the intimacy of dolphins and their ability to converse, Margaret Howe’s lived in a flooded house for six months with a dolphin named Peter. Over time Peter grew fond of her and decided to take their relationship further to the next base. She did refuse the dolphins attempts to get intimate with her but was also seen by public rubbing the “manhood” of Peter. The research was put to an end after it came to notice that she was feeding the dolphin LSD to get it to talk.
6. Jellyfish In Space
Dr. Dorothy Spangenberg, wanted to know the effect on humans if they were born in space. She chose to use Jelly fish as they have similar gravity sensors of humans. She let lose 3000 Jelly fish onboard a space shuttle and they multiplied in hundreds, only that the babies suffered vertigo; the same would be for humans as presumed post the experiment.
7. The Lazarus Experiment
In 1930’s, Robert Cornish, a researcher at the University Of California believed he could revive the dead. He suffocated four fox terriers, who he named “Lazarus”, and placed them in a seesaw machine while injecting them with Adrenaline and anticoagulants. The first and second dog remained dead but three and four were revived and lived at his house for months. He was kicked off the Campus for this.
8. Monkey Head Transplant
This came to be as one of the most controversial experiments as Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert J. White, transplanted the head of one monkey onto another. The operation was partly a success as the monkey survived for a few hours and could see, smell, taste and even attacked a few staff members.
9. Zombie Cat
The year was 1817, and most scientists back in the day were obsessed with reviving the dead. German Scientist Karl Weinhold believed that the brain was like a battery and the nerves were just wires. He took a kitten and squished the life out of it. Once dead and clearly immobile he injected zinc and silver into the cavities of its brain. The Cat popped up back to live and rushed around for 20 minutes as though it was operating on a battery then went back to being dead.
10. The Dog Head Isolation Experiment
You thought the two head dog was baffling? Soviet Physician Sergei Brukhonenko took it to the next level. In 1928, he wanted to prove to the world the success of his peculiar lung machine, the “Autojector”. He decapitated a dog and connected his machine to it and kept the isolated head alive. He even got the isolated head to react by blinking and reacting to loud noises like a normal dog.