Though the blob is without a brain, it can solve problems.
The organism, which is set to go on display to the public on Saturday, has no mouth, no stomach and no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it.
A zoo in Paris has just unveiled one of its newest additions - a mysterious new organism which it has called the "blob".
"The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature's mysteries", said Bruno David, who directs the Paris Museum of Natural History. "[It] teaches us a lot about the richness of life on Earth".
Dussutour explained that while the "Physarum polycephalum", aka the blob, has always been studied, this is the first time it will be on exhibit at a zoo.
A picture taken on October 16, 2019 at the Parc Zoologique de Paris (Paris zoological gardens) shows Petri dishes containing cultures of Physarum Polycephalum better known as "Blob".
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Most importantly, slime molds can be taught new tricks; depending on the species, they may not like caffeine, salt or strong light, but they can learn that no-go areas marked with these are not as bad as they seem, a process known as habituation.
The mold is certainly freakish, but this isn't some deadly creature cooked up by a crazed scientist at the Paris Zoo. Separate cells can merge if their genes are compatible, according to Mike McRae of ScienceAlert, and organisms heal quickly if cut in half.
The "Blob", a unicellular organism neither plant, mushroom nor animal and capable of learning despite its lack of neuron.
"If we put it in a maze, it will learn and take the best route out of the maze to find its food", David told Reuters.
The Blob got its name from the 1958 science-fiction horror movie starring Steve McQueen, in which a blob from space terrorizes a Pennsylvania town.
With its new exhibit, the Zoological Park hopes to introduce visitors to this remarkable creature, which is far more complex than its blob-like appearance might indicate. 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.