The grasshopper mouse (Onychomys torridus) is a fascinating creature. Roughly the size of a hamster, the tiny beast is native to the deserts of southwestern United States and Mexico, where it has come to love hunting the bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus). If you don’t think that’s enough gnarliness, you should know that the mouse can transform scorpion venom into a painkiller like some kind of adorable supervillain.
In a video released by zoologist Ashlee Rowe and her team at Michigan State University, you can watch the hypnotizing battle of “vermin vs. venom” in slow motion.
“It is sort of like an evolutionary martial art,” said Rowe, “where the grasshopper mice are turning the tables. They’re using their opponents’ strength against them.”