A zoo in Paris is showcasing the 'blob'! - CBBC Newsround

Clay Curtis
October 18, 2019

It's also precisely as gross as you'd imagine, but biologists are fascinated by The Blob and other slime moulds like it.

Named after the classic 1958 horror film, The Blob will soon be on display to visitors who are exhausted of gazing at the zoo's boring collection of painfully normal animals.

The organism can also digest food despite having no mouth or stomach.

As the director of the Paris Museum of Natural History noted, while researchers know that the creature in question is not a plant, they are as yet uncertain whether it's an animal or a fungus.

He added that despite the blob's lack of a brain, it shows the ability to solve problems and share information.

A Paris zoo has showcased a mysterious organism dubbed the "blob", a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus and acts like an animal but belongs to the protist family. It's been studied since the 1970s, but the mold remains mostly a mystery to scientists.

It has no legs, and yet it can move.

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For instance, it has 720 distinct genetic genders and if you cut it in half, it can heal itself in just two minutes.

When the world ends, the only surviving organism will probably be the "blob". In addition, it can heal itself in almost two minutes if it is cut in half, according to Reuters.

The blob takes its name from a 1958 cult horror-movie starring Steve McQueen, in which an alien life form takes over a small Pennsylvania town.

The unicellular mold is known officially as physarum polycephalum, or the "many-headed slime".

"It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn."
It's technically considered a slime mold, and it doesn't fit neatly into the plant, animal or bacteria categories. Scientists grew it in a petri dish until it was large enough to graft onto tree bark - its "favorite places" to hang include acacia trees and oak and chestnut bark - and then move to a terrarium.

"Venom is real!" Twitter user Ronan Tesoriere tweeted in French on Thursday, in response to the blob story.

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