Animals are great, we watch them on The Discovery Channel, visit them at the zoo and cuddle them when we get home from work. But with new animals being discovered all the time, the world is constantly showing us that it’s filled with some of the strangest creatures imaginable. Here’s a rundown of some of some weird and wonderful animals you’ve never seen in your life!
1. Proboscis Monkey
This weird long nosed monkey lives in the southeast Asian island of Borneo and is one of the largest monkeys in Asia. As well as having a big nose, this unfortunate looking primate has a bulging pot belly. Beautiful!
2. Glaucus Atlanticus
The Glaucus Atlanticus is a form of small sea slug whose other names include the Blue Angel and Sea Swallow. If I ever saw something this pretty I’d probably call it an angel too!
The Tarsier is another Southeast Asian primate which is known for it’s long fingers and huge eyes. Each one of those massive eyes is around 16mm in diameter, making them as large as it’s entire brain! Despite being so top heavy, these little guys have no problem jumping from tree to tree in search of food.
4. Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Although this tiny creature looks a lot like a bird, it’s really an insect that’s evolved to imitate the behaviours of Hummingbirds. It even makes a humming sound while using it’s long nose to feed on flowers!
5. Red Lipped Batfish
This tiny fish looks like it woke up this morning and put it’s makeup on in the dark, and scientists think this was to help them identify each other. Looking at this guy I’d say it’s worked! Although they’re called fish, the Batfish can’t actually swim very well and walk on their fins to get around.
6. Star-nosed Mole
This creepy looking mammal is found in eastern Canada and northeastern America and uses its star shaped nose to feel it’s way around. It can even use it’s unique nose to smell underwater, blowing bubbles and then sniffing them back in to smell what’s around it.
7. Dumbo Octopus
This cute little octopus is no relation to elephants, but got it’s name from the big ear-like fins on it’s head which give it a striking resemblance to a certain Disney character. This isn’t the only Disney character it resembles though, just looking at it makes me wonder if it’s gonna tell me that “You guys made me ink”!
8. Aye Aye
The Aye Aye is a lemur from Madagascar that uses it’s long middle fingers to bore through tree bark to find food. It’s the largest nocturnal primate and it’s gotta be said that if I looked like that I’d only come out after dark too!
You can find these adorable little things in both Africa and Asia, where they’ll be stood around looking like they’re waiting nervously to ask you for something. As sweet as this baby pangolin looks, it will eventually grow up to a meter long when it’s not rolled up into a ball.
Although normally pretty regular looking birds, the male bird-of-paradise will expand into this strange looking thing as part of the species’ mating ritual. I don’t know about you but that would scare me right off! And don’t you think it looks a bit like an emoji?
I’ll bet you’ve never seen any of those species in a zoo, and maybe that’s for the best! As amazing as some of these animals are, I think I’ll be happy sticking with my cat. But how about you? Would you want to adopt any of these unusual animals? Let us know what you think of these wonderful weirdos!
Written by Laura Henderson