Animals Worth a Ton of Money
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Animals Worth a Ton of Money

August 18, 2019


In no particular order, here are animals worth
a ton of money! Wait until you find out why that liquid in
the thumbnail is so valuable! 10 – Bear
Bear Gallbladder?! Wait what! Yes, we’re in the same boat as you. We had no idea bear gallbladders are expensive. In places such as Korea, they were at one
point selling for $15,000 dollars. In 2009, the market price for legally sold
gallbladders in Hong Kong had risen to between $30,000 and $50,000 per kilogram! So why are gallbladders from bears in high
demand? Unsurprisingly, it’s for medicinal benefits
that science kinda backs up. Inside of a bear’s gallbladder is a whole
lot of ursodeoxycholic acid, which breaks down molecules containing cholesterol. Apparently, this is an effective non surgical
treatment for gallstones in humans. It also has shown promise in the treatment
of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s kinda a big deal, but the thing is,
it can be made synthetically. So people don’t need to harvest it from
bears. And honestly, it’s way easier than getting
it from a bear. 9 – Ambergris
While we’re talking about waxy substances, let’s talk about Ambergris. Would this whale waste ever cross your mind? Probably not! The highest-quality ambergris is sold for
a whopping Twenty thousand dollars per kilogram! Sperm whales produce an intestinal waste that
bobs around the ocean for a while. Then it hardens, floats to the surface and
some of it ends up on shore. This rock like substance it’s actually a
super important part of the fragrance industry. High end brands such as Chanel use this substance
to help make their fragrances. In the U.S, Ambergris is banned in the fragrance
industry because Sperm Whales are endangered, but other countries such as France seem to
be cool with it. Fresh ambergris is useless. Fresh ambergris is jet black in color, and
it has a pliable, sticky texture. That and it basically smells like manure? So why would anyone want this in their fragrance?! Well, it lightens and smells better with age
because of oxidation from the salt water in the ocean. Well, the smell is subjective, but hey, experts
at Chanel think so. And that’s why, the lighter the color, the
more valuable it becomes! 8 – Pangolin
Before we get into how much the scales of a Pangolin cost, let’s talk about what a
Pangolin is. Found in parts of Africa and Asia, they hold
the distinction as the only mammals in the world with scales! And those scales are surprisingly valuable. Or maybe not surprisingly, because people
will always want to grind something rare into a powder, cross their fingers, and hope it
works for whatever problem they have! Pangolins are one of the most trafficked animals
in the world because of the demand for their scales, which go for roughly $600 per kilogram. Some people believe their scales contain healing
powers. Do we need to tell you guys that pangolin
scales work about as good as healing crystals do? In some countries such as China, and Vietnam,
they’re considered a delicacy. In southern China, a whole pangolin can go
for up to $1,000 in restaurants! While most countries ban the Pangolin trade
in an effort to conserve their shrinking population, it’s a tough task. Their scales look similar to fish and snakes,
and the scales are often packaged with them for disguise. 7 – Cobra
As one of the world’s most dangerous snakes, Cobras have some of the most toxic venom in
the world. And the theme seems to be, the more venomous,
the more valuable! And that’s totally true of the Cobra. Cobra venom is used to make life saving anti-venom. Making this anti-venom can be complicated. Typically it involves using a donor animal
such as a horse or sheep. These donor animals get injected with the
venom, and then their bodies produce antibodies. And that’s what’s given to someone that’s
been bitten by well, a snake! So with that in mind, Cobra venom can cost
roughly $153,000 per gallon. Of course, no snake is producing anywhere
near that amount. We’re talking milligrams at a time! Aside from producing anti-venom, many different
types of snake venom have a variety of different applications. For example, cobra venom has a compound that
can be used to make a pain reducing medicine roughly 20 times more powerful than the strongest
ones available on the market! 6 – Stag Beetle
We bet you didn’t know that there used to be a Stag beetle price bubble! Back in 1999, a Japanese man paid NINETY THOUSAND
dollars for an unusually large stag beetle! Of course, the bubble burst on the stag beetle
market and nowadays, stag beetles don’t nearly go anywhere for that much. However, in Japan, there’s a Stag Beetle
named Spike that’s extremely valuable. And it’s not for his size! It’s because he makes art that his owner
sells! Spike’s art can sell for more than $1,100
a pop. He even has his own twitter following, with
more than 120 thousand followers! Spike lives with his owners in Japan and can
hold all kinds of objects with his mandibles. This includes pens and markers, which he uses
to draw. Now, this isn’t exactly Monet or Van Gogh
level work here. But considering that it’s a stag Beetle,
people are willing to cough up some cash for his work! Spike’s owner is an English teacher named
Mandy. She first learned of Spike’s abilities when
she was playing around with him one day by giving him various objects to hold onto. When she gave him a marker, to her surprise,
he began drawing patterns! So she went on Twitter to tell her story,
and soon after, Spike began gaining a following! Before you know it, he’s selling his own
artwork. Whose with us on starting a Stag Beetle art
factory?! 5 – Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros are in high demand, and to be specific, it’s Rhino horns that people really want. Rhino horn can go for up to $60,000 per kilogram! The South African government placed a ban
on the trade of rhino horns back in 2009 but that hasn’t stopped anything. Rhino horns have been sold on the global black
market for years. One interesting little tidbit about these
horns is that they’re made of keratin, which is the same material as human fingernails,
so there’s no real use. But what’s driving the demand? Medicinal and recreational use of rhino horn
comes mostly from Vietnam. Even if it’s just the same stuff as fingernails! The South African government lifted the ban
on trade in 2017 in an attempt to reduce poaching and help save the rhino population. There are actually huge stockpiles of legally
harvested horns. Some of these come from conservationists who
have dehorned Rhinos to protect them. Plus, the government has confiscated a whole
lot of horns from poachers that might as well be sold anyway. Aside from government regulations, there have
been plenty of campaigns in Vietnam trying to stop the belief that rhino horn does anything. 4 – Totoaba Fish
The Totoaba fish bladder is a delicacy in China! The bladder averages about 20 thousand dollars
a kilogram! Found in the Gulf of California in Mexico,
the Totoaba can grow up to six and a half feet long and weigh up to 220 pounds! Their meat is sold on the black market and
can also be used to make soups. This market is partially driven by the false
belief that bladders can cure skin, circulatory, cholesterol and fertility problems. In reality, it does none of these things. Since 1975, there’ve been laws against fishing
Totoaba. In recent years, the Mexican government has
been proactive in protecting these fish. But because it’s extremely expensive, only
super rich people buy it. Enforcement is very weak because the issue
isn’t a top priority to China and probably because it involves such rich and powerful
people. The hunt for Totoabas has practically driven
another species extinct. The vaquita is a rare porpoise that keeps
getting caught in nets intended for totoabas! Watch our rarest animals video to find out
more. 3 – Deathstalker Scorpion
Generally speaking, Scorpion venom seems like a good thing to avoid. But it’s actually extremely valuable! So much so that scorpion venom can cost $39
million dollars a gallon?! We’re supposed to believe that?! Well…….maybe. Say hello to the Deathstalker scorpion. Native to desert regions in North Africa to
the Middle East, it’s considered to be one of the most venomous and most dangerous scorpions
in the world. So why’s their venom so valuable? Their venom contains some compounds that are
helping scientists develop breakthrough medicines. Chlorotoxins in the venom, for example, can
be used to identify the size and locations of tumors. Also, the venom is rich in Kaliotoxins, which
may help cure bone diseases. So that $39 million price tag we were talking
about really isn’t relevant nor practical. A single scorpion produces just two milligrams
of venom at a time. No one is exactly selling the stuff by the
gallon, because to get the venom, the scorpions have to milked by hand. $130 will get your a droplet smaller than
a grain of sugar! 2 – Horseshoe Crab
Did you know Horseshoe Crab Blood is blue? That’s because of high levels of copper
in their blood. And as weird as that is, it’s not even the
most interesting fact! It can be used to detect bacterial contamination
in small quantities, making it vitally important for the FDA! So how expensive is it? Try 60 grand a gallon expensive. It’s used to make a gel called LAL, which
is used to detect bacteria. Before horseshoe crab blood, scientists had
no easy way of knowing whether a vaccine or medical tool was contaminated with bacteria. However, drop a minuscule amount of LAL on
a medical device or vaccine, and the LAL will encase any gram-negative bacteria in a jelly
cocoon. While it can’t do anything to bacteria,
it basically sets off an alarm alerting scientists to the presence of them! An estimated 600,000 Horseshoe crabs are caught
each year and have about 30 percent of their blue blood drained. 1 – Elephant We’re pretty sure you guys aren’t surprised
that Elephant ivory are in high demand. Demand has been consistently rising for illegal
ivory. Poachers risk punishment in order to cash
in on ivory for about $1,500 per pound. And a single tusk can weigh over 200 pounds
for the largest examples. It’s estimated that poachers took out nearly
a third of the African elephant population between 2007 and 2014. Historically, many cultures have prized ivory. It’s up there with gold in some cases. People make ornaments, jewelry and art out
of ivory. In the US there’s already pretty much a
complete ban on ivory. But other countries haven’t exactly followed
suit. For example, although it’s technically illegal
in China, ivory is still culturally valued and the black market is rampant. Politicians have promised to crack down on
illegal trade, but we don’t think anyone is exactly holding their breath for that promise. Existing bans just aren’t enough to stop
the poachers. Watch this next video to find out about facts
you had no clue about rattlesnakes!

8 Comments

  • Reply Oih Gamer July 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    1st like and comment

  • Reply Beanboy 88 July 1, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    302 hundred thousand subs but only 38 views ;-;

  • Reply Brandished Nail July 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Wow! What an awesome coincidence! I just purchaced a few deathstalker scorpions last week and after some breeding I plan on starting a milking operation.

  • Reply Jason Irelan July 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    May the fourth be you who is me.
    Take care and God bless.

  • Reply Jan Peter July 1, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Lol

  • Reply Jeff & Rose July 2, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Is milking deathstalker scorpions looking like a good financial venture to anyone else right now?

  • Reply Nada Nada July 2, 2019 at 8:27 am

    At about 3:55 That girl is going to get a Pearl Necklace from that Snake 🐍😂

  • Reply Jaesung83 July 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    10. Bear (Gallbladder) $15k
    9. Ambergris Sperm whale intestinal waste (make fragrance) $20k per kg
    8. Pangolin (their scales) $600 per kg
    7. Cobra (venom make anti venom) $150k per gallon
    6. Stag Beetle $90k (Beetle art cost $1,100 per piece)
    5. Rhinoceros (horn $60k per kg)
    4. Totoaba Fish (bladder) $20k per kg
    3. Deathstalker Scorpion (venom) $39mil per gallon
    2. Horseshoe Crab (blue blood to make gel called ALA) $60k per gallon
    1. Elephant (ivory) $1,500 per lb.)

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