25 Unusual And Unique Animals You Probably Did Not Expect To Exist

The capacity of surprise in Mother Nature is comparatively high. There are times in which unbelievable new species were introduced at an unexpected moment. Some such creatures are the Red-Lipped Batfish, Pinocchio Frog, and the Saiga Antelope. All these animals have amazing physical features that make us doubt their existence.

Scientists discover 15,000 to 18,000 new animal species each year. Apart, there may be millions of new species left for us to discover in the future. Nearly 8.7 million species have been discovered so far.

We thought of making you content with a collection of images of strange creatures on Earth. You will see talons, nocturnal sloths as well as a small terrifying fella called the promachoteuthis sulcus. You will surely check under your bed when you see these images. Perhaps, you'd meet some of them in your dreams too.

#1 Chevrotain

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Chevrotain has a Southeast Asian origin and is also called the “mouse-deer”. They are the tiniest hoofed animals on Earth. Their lightest weight is around 2 pounds. It is called the jarinipandi in Telugu. The meaning of its Telugu name is “a deer and a pig.” So do you still think that the Island of Doctor Moreau is complete fiction?

#2 Aye-Aye

Aye-Aye is the largest nocturnal animal in Madagascar. It has a visible yellow-colored flash in its eyes. They were believed to be extinct in the early 20th century but were rediscovered in 1957. Locals believe them to be the harbingers of evil and death and this has led their way towards extinction since the locals have killed many Aye-Ayes.

#3 English Angora Rabbit

Angora rabbits are the oldest type of domesticated rabbits. They have high routines of grooming and they need at least a trim once a week. Those rabbits who are not engaged in the trimming process grow their fur into extreme lengths. These rabbits are considered Royal since the 16th century as they possess extraordinary features in them.

#4 Elephant Shrew 

This might be an elephant with whom you have lived together in your room. Although named as the 'Elephant Shrew' this is an insectivorous mammal native to Africa. The reason to get such a name is its long nose that resembles the trunk of the elephants. However, it was observed that these mammals have closer behavior to an elephant rather than a shrew. Therefore, they are considered the smallest elephants in the animal kingdom.

#5 Star-Nosed Mole

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This is a unique mole that is endemic to the US and the Eastern parts of Canada. It is easily observable due to their star-shaped nose that is covered in receptors which are called Elmer’s organs. These moles use their receptors to see the outer world and to smell underwater.

#6 Goliath Birdeater

It is found in South America and is considered the second largest spider species in the world. Tarantula was the first species that was supposed to prey on hummingbirds. But, the latest observations reveal the apparent possibility of Goliath birdeater to prey on birds, frogs, lizards, insects, and snakes.

They use their fangs to fight and kill when they sense a threat of danger. Hair present on their body is quite harmful to humans but not life-threatening. It is similar to a wasp sting. Locals of the area are interested in eating these spiders' roasted bodies while sandwiching between banana leaves. They say the taste is “shrimplike.”

#7 Gharial 

This is another critically endangered crocodile species that is easily identified by its extra-long snout and the row of 110 sharp teeth. These are the features that help the Gharial to perform as an incredibly skilled predator in the water. They have faced endangered due to the decrease of fish in their habitats.

#8 Mangalitsa Pig, A.K.A. ‘A Pig In Sheep’s Clothing’

It was first discovered in the mid-19th century. Why didn't it receive the look of a common cat or a dog?

#9 Rhinopithecus, Or Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

#10 Emperor Tamarin 

#11 Blue Footed Booby 

The turquoise legs of them never fail to grab attention. They also have unusual mating rituals.

#12 Malayan Colugo

Its eyes see a lot more than we expect!

#13 Venezuelan Poodle Moth

It was first discovered in 2009. It is somewhat like a poodle. Isn't it?

#14 Cloud Antelope 

The cloud antelope is a native creature of Nepal. It has a similar look to the lapdog of the Abominable Snowman. By the way, do you believe it to be a real animal?

The simple answer to the question is 'No'. But, that doesn't mean that it is a mere internet hoax either. This image is a piece of art that was done by CMWyvern.

But, someone has tried to pass a watermark less image among others to make them believe it is a real animal.

#15 Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Image source: Arthur Anker

This alien-looking moth has poodle-like fur on its thorax, head, wings, and even in the head and it was discovered in 2009 in Venezuela.

#16 Glaucus Atlanticus

Image source: Sylke Rohrlach

This is a blue sea slug that could be found in the warm waters of the oceans. It possesses a gas-filled sack in its stomach.

#17 Macropinna Microstoma

Image source: MBARI

This is a type of fish that lives at about 600 meters (2,000 ft) to 800 meters (2,600 ft) in the deep sea. They are normally seen hanging around with fewer motions. They have transparent fluid-filled domes in their heads too. Therefore, they look a bit strange since their eye lenses are visible through the head.

#18 Glass Frog

Image source: JurriaanH, Geoff Gallice

This frog is grouped under the class of Amphibians. It possesses outstanding features such as transparent abdomens. They were found in South America for the first time. They were given the name 'glass frogs' due to the visibility of the internal viscera.

#19 Fossa

Image source: Ran Kirlian

Fossa lives in Madagascar and it is a cat-like mammal. Although their physical appearances are similar to cats, their traits suggest a relation to viverrids. According to genetic research, they have been shown as a separate species of the viverrids.

#20 Panda Ant

Image source: Chris Lukhaup

This is a kind of wingless wasp which is also called the cow-killer. Females have thick fur but no wings. Their lifespan is around two years.

#21 Lilac-Breasted Roller

Image source: Prabir2011

The lilac-breasted roller is a colorful bird that is common in the southern Arabian Peninsula and sub-Saharan Africa. They have very bright plumage with lilac breast feathers.

#22 Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Image source: Caters News Agency

These creatures are also found in Madagascar. They have flat tails with a leaf-like look and they help the animal combination in the environment.

#23 Halitrephes Jelly

Image source: EVNautilus

This is a type of deep-sea hydrozoan that can be seen at a depth of 4,000-5,000 feet.

#24 Pink Fairy Armadillo

Image source: Cliff

Pink Fairy Armadillo is the smallest species of armadillo that are found in central Argentina. Small eyes, flexible Doral shells, and silky yellowish white fur are some of the special features in them.

#25 Okapi

Image source: cuatrok77

This is a mammal that is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. It's more like the giraffes. Their coats are reddish-brown. White horizontal stripes can be seen along with wings on the legs and white ankles.

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