There are so many odd species of animals
roaming the corners of the Earth. Some are so bizarre looking that you
would never imagine anything like them existing at all! You may even have
to look closely at a few of the animals on the list to understand what
Here are 15 of the most bizarre
looking animals on the planet:
1) The Maned Wolf
The maned wolf can easily
be mistaken for a fox with long legs, but it's actually the largest canid
in South America. They adult ones can weigh about 51 lbs or 23 kg. They
do not form packs like other wolves, and prefer to hunt alone.
2) The Gerenuk
The Waller's gazelle can be
found throughout the Great African Lakes region. The name Gerenuk
translates to "giraffe-necked" in Somali. The long neck of the
Gerenuk allows it to reach for foods in large bushes or trees. They grow
around 150 centimeters or 59 inches in size.
3) The Star-Nosed Mole
What on earth is that
thing? The Star-Nosed Mole gets its distinctive name from its snout,
known as Eimer's organs. The snout helps the mole navigate around. These
odd looking moles can be found throughout various parts of Canada, and
the United States.
4) The Markhor
The markhor is a wild goat
that can be found throughout Northeastern Afghanistan and Northern
Pakistan. The origin of the name stems from its abilities kill snakes,
and from the shape of their coiled horns. The locals believe that the
dripping foam coming from their mouths can cure snake bites. They are
also an endangered species, with only 2,500 in existence today.
5) The Dhole
This particular canid is a
resident of Southeast Asia. Despite the ferocious appearance of the
dhole, they actually fear humans, believe it or not. The average male
dhole can weigh anywhere from 10 to 25 kg or (22 to 55 lb). They
typically hunt medium-sized ungulates.
6) The Raccoon Dog
These furry little guys
might look cute, but you wouldn't want any of them running around inside
your house. Raccoon dogs carry a widespread assortment of diseases along
with them. They are also omnivores, and can be seen throughout parts of
7) The Irrawaddy Dolphin
Irrawaddy dolphins are
related to killer whales, and can range anywhere between 200 lbs or 90 kg
to 440lbs or 200 kg. The species name is Latin for short-beaked. They can
be found swimming near sea coasts in parts of Southeast Asia and the Bay
8) The Pink Fairy
This tiny little critter
measures in at only 3.5 inches (8.9cm) to 4.5 inches (11.4cm) long. The
pink fairy armadillo can be found in central Argentina. Their sharp claws
allow it to swim effortlessly through the sands. The bony shell acts as a
defensive armor against large prey.
9) The Patagonian Mara
The mara appears
rabbit-like in terms of appearance, but they actually belong to the
rodent family. They are herbivorous, live throughout desert regions of
the Patagonia, and in Argentina. They can grow as large as 75 cm (3
feet), and weigh as much as 16 kg (35lbs).
10) Southern Red
The southern red muntjac
also goes by the Indian muntjac. They have canine teeth very similar to
that of dogs. Muntjacs are omnivorous, and can be found at very high
altitudes in certain parts of Southern Asia. The muntjacs will emit a
bark-like sound when threatened.
11) The Southern Right
This dolphin-whale hybrid
makes it home throughout cool waters of the southern hemisphere. They
don't have any visible teeth either. Their diet consists of other fish
and squid. Adult whale dolphins Adults grow as large as 2.9 meters or 9.5
feet, and weigh around 100 kg (220 lb).
12) The Zebra Duiker
The Duiker is actually a
small antelope that is found throughout certain parts of Liberia. Their
golden red-brown stripes give it their distinctive zebra-like appearance.
They live off fruits, seeds, and smaller rodents. Adults can grow up to
90 cm or (35 inches).
13) The Amazonian
The Amazonian royal
flycatcher is a species of the passerin family. The flycatchers build
enormous nests on branches near water, which makes it difficult for
predators to reach. They can be seen throughout forests and woodlands in
14) Yeti Crab
The Kiwa hirsuta is a
fuzzy-like crustacean that swims in the South Pacific Ocean. They can
reach a size of nearly 6 inches or 15 cm. They were discovered in 2005 by
a group of marine biologists, and named after the goddess of the
shellfish in Polynesian mythology.
15) Sunda Flying Lemur
The lemur is also referred
to as the Malayan colugo, and lives in certain parts of Southeast Asia.
They resemble squirrels in terms of appearance. They use the tips of
their fingers, toes and nails to glide from tree to tree. They are active
at night and grow anywhere between 34 to 38 cm (13 to 15 inches).