How is that even possible?

Nature is filled with creatures that challenge our definition of normal and even some that push our definition of possible.

y1 hero Zanstock-photo-chameleon-48221917e Zeitman forms a childhood friendship with a chameleon he names Balthazar. Lest you think a creature that turns bright orange in your hand is make-believe, please check out the video below. Of course, if you are interested in developing a friendship of your own with a chameleon,  please consider buying yours from the person who posted this video.

The music may not be to your taste and need to be turned down, and if the informative text at the start of the video does not interest you, just skip ahead to about the half way point to see the chameleon do his thing. It’s very, well, very orange. You would be truly astounded if the neighbor’s cat did this.  And probably even more astounded if the neighbor’s kid did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaKk5dDWo-U

 

Is shapeshifting actually possible?

Meet Zane Zeitman, a twenty-four year old who just wants to be himself.  Part of Zane’s problem?  His true self  seems to have an uncanny ability to alter his shape just a little more than the average person.  Okay, maybe a fair amount more.

Zane doesn’t believe in magic, and he’s gotten a whole degree in neuroscience just to try to figure out how he does what he does. When science offers few answers, he turns to the animal kingdom.  He discovers that octopi, cuttle fish and chameleons don’t believe in magic either, and they all do the very things that he does.

Check out this wonderful TED video on shapeshifters in the real world, and you’ll begin to understand how Zane comes to terms with just being himself.

And starting September 2, you’ll be able to read his entire story.