25 Strange Animals You Didn’t Know Actually Exist

1. Bergamasco Shepherd.

This is a dog and their most distinctive feature is the unusual felt coat.


1_Bergamasco Shepherd


2. Ankole Watusi.

A breed of cattle originally native to Africa. Its large, distinctive horns can reach up to 8 feet and are used for defense and cooling of body.




3. Irrawaddy Dolphin.

These dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and South-East Asia and are known for their bulging forehead and short beak, giving them a far stranger appearance than other dolphins.


3_Irrawaddy Dolphin


4. Saiga Antelope.

A critically endangered antelope that inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. Its strange nose is extremely flexible and helps to filter out dust kicked up by the migrating herd.


4_Saiga Antelope

5. Red-lipped Batfish.

Known for its bright red lips and a bad swimmers, these use their highly-adapted pectoral fins to “walk” on the ocean floor.


5_Red-Lipped Batfish

6. Pacu Fish.

This fish native to South America, is nicknamed the “ball cutter” by local male fishermen, who fear swimming in the water because of the animals human-like smile.


6_Pacu Fish


7. Bearded Vulture.

Known as bird of prey Bearded Vulture and the only member of the genus Gypaetus.


7_Bearded Vulture

8. Eastern Long-necked turtle.

Found in Australia this long necked species turtle bends its head sideways into its shell rather than pulling it directly back.


8_Eastern Long-Necked Turtle

9. Chrysopelea.

Known as the flying snake or gliding snake this species can glide through air by flattening its body and flaring out its ribs.


9_ Chrysopelea

10. Ring-tailed Cat.

Native to arid regions of North America this animal is so easy to domesticate that miners and settlers once kept them in their cabins as companions and vermin hunters, earning the name “miner’s cat.”


10_Ring-tailed Cat

11. Gobi Jerboa.

A species of rodents found in China and Mongolia, these have kangaroo-like hind legs which make the creature an amazing runner and jumper. Along with disproportionately large ears and tails, which enhance hearing and balance.


11_Gobi Jerboa

12. Japanese Spider Crab.

A species of marine crab that lives in the waters around Japan. This creatures can reach heights of 12 feet tall and weigh up to 42 pounds.


12_Japanese Spider Crab

13. Frilled-shark.

Found in waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans this prehistoric beast boasts 300 trident-shaped teeth, aligned in 25 rows to rip through any prey.


14. Yeti Crab.

Found in the South Pacific Ocean is notable for the quantity of silky blond fur covering its legs and claws.


14_Yeti Crab

15. Snub-nosed monkey.

Found in Asia, at heights of up to 13,000 feet, these primates with a short stump of a nose are rarely spotted.


15_Snub Nosed Monkey

16. Aye-aye.

A lemur native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth and a special thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker.



17. Panda Ant.

Known to have a potent sting this creature has panda like markings and are found in South America.


17_Panda Ant

18. Leaf-Tailed Gecko.

Found in island of Madagascar this lizard is master of disguise.


18_Leaf-Tailed Gecko

19. Gerenuk.

A long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn shrubland and desert in the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region.



20. Sunda Colugo.

Found throughout Southeast Asia this lemur can glide as it leaps among trees.


20_Sunda Colugo

21. Zebra duiker.

Believed to be one of the earliest duiker species to have evolved, these can be found primarily in Liberia, as well as the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone.


22. Superb-Bird-of-Paradise.

These are distributed throughout rainforests of New Guinea. The species has an unusually low population of females, and competition amongst males for mates is intensely fierce.


23. Glaucus atlanticus.

Species of small, blue sea slug these can be up to 3 centimeters at maturity.


23_Glaucus Atlanticus

24. Shoebill.

It lives in tropical east Africa and are also known as whalehead or shoe-billed stork.



25. Hummingbird hawk-moth.

It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual.


25_Hummingbird Hawk-Moth
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