Sunday, October 20, 2013

22 Bizzarre Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

Most of us don’t grasp the variety of animals species that inhabit the Earth today, and some even get surprised as they find out there’s an animal they haven’t heard of before. But seriously now – out of 1,367,555[1] identified non-insect animal species that live on Earth today, how do you expect to know every single one of them? To put it into perspective, take into account that this number represents only 1% of all animal species that ever lived!
Scientists themselves keep discovering new species every year and admit that modern science is not familiar with all existing animals. This leaves room to such unique and even bizarre discoveries and collected in this post! Inspired by reddit, we put together a selection of such unheard-of creatures as a Dumbo Octopus, Pink Fairy Armadillo, Star-Nosed Mole and many more. Warning – not all of them are super cute and fluffy!

Pink Fairy Armadillo

Image credits: reddit | wikipedia

Aye-aye

Image credits: animalsadda.com


The Maned Wolf

Image credits: imgur

Tufted Deer

Image credits: zoochat.com

Dumbo Octopus

Patagonian Mara

Image credits: zoochat.com

Naked Mole Rat

Image credits: extremelongevity.net

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Image credits: wwf.org | imgur

The Gerenuk

Image credits: Michael Despines | imgur

Dugong

Image credits: webecoist

The Babirusa

Image credits: oregonzoo.org

Lamprey

Image credits: forum.lowyat.net

The Fossa

Image credits: en.academic.ru | imgur

Star-Nosed Mole

Sunda Colugo

Image credits: identi.info

Zebra Duiker

Image credits: imgur

Yeti Crab

Image credits: oceanleadership.org

Superb Bird of Paradise

Blob Fish

Image credits: coloribus.com | monsterfishworld.com

Cantor’s Giant Soft Shelled Turtle

Image credits: wwf.panda.org

Gobi Jerboa

Image credits: tgran | wildofanimals.blogspot.com

Japanese Spider Crab

Image credits: telegraph.co.uk

Originally posted on: Bored Panda

24 comments:

  1. That mole naked rat is just Wrong!!!!

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    1. There are more than 30 species of mole rats; the naked one is just one of them. Check out National Geographic, friend. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/naked-mole-rat/

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    2. these are species that have been around for much longer than you---just rare and in uninhabited places--so we humans have not managed to kill them of -- yet--

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    3. I know for a fact that the 2nd image of blobfish is not a real blobfish. It's a sculpture, as is the man holding it. I saw this in January when I was at a gallery in New York. In fact I have a photo of me with this sculpture because I liked it so much!

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    4. mole rats are an amazing animal
      http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/07/14-fun-facts-about-naked-mole-rats/

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  2. its the blob fish with its human colouration and nose and lips!OH MY!

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    1. I think I took her home one night when I was drunk.. :-)

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    2. There is no missing link between man and monkey, yet there is one between man and fish. Lol.

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  3. Make no mistake! These are not spieces, these are only mutations.

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    1. I mean species*
      New species just don't conjure themselves up. Only mutations... either that or Aliens.

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    2. I don't think so! I've been aware of many of them for years. See my mole rat comment, for instance. They've probably been around longer than WE have. In fact, we may be the mutations!

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    3. They're not mutations, but existing species that you may not have necessarily heard of.

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  4. Blob Fish should be renamed the Jimmy Durante fish

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  5. Now please don't tell me that japanese eat that spider crab

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    1. i hope its not headed for a dinner plate extinction...

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  6. The Dugong is real, that's for sure and I've seen the Superb Bird of Paradise and Japanese Spider crab on docos......the aye aye did my head in! Lol. I wanna see one. X

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  7. Local legends regarding the Aye-Aye state that if you come across them in the night, your soul will be devoured. Some zoos have specimens living within the primate areas.

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  8. Had a giggle at the yeti crab :)

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  9. God makes all kinds of wonderful creatures

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