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Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Featured, Wildlife | 4 comments

Top 10 Strange Looking Animals

The Sucker-Footed Bat. The Star-Nosed Mole. The Aye-Aye. The Blob Fish. The animal kingdom is full of bizarre looking and unusual animals. Here’s a list of our Top 10 Strange Looking animals.

#10 – Angora Rabbit

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The Angora rabbit is a variety of domestic rabbit bred for its long, soft wool. The Angora is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit, originating in Ankara (historically known as Angora hence the name), Turkey, along with the Angora cat and Angora goat. The rabbits were popular pets with French royalty in the mid-18th century, and spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century. They are bred largely for their long Angora wool, which may be removed by shearing, combing, or plucking. Whilst there are many individual breeds of Angora rabbit the four main breeds are English, French, Giant and Satin.

#9 – Komondor

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The Komondor is a large white-coloured Hungarian breed of livestock guardian dog with a long, corded coat. They are sometimes referred to as mop dogs. It is an old-established powerful dog breed which has a natural instinct to guard livestock and other property. The Komondor was mentioned for the first time in 1544 in a Hungarian codex. The Komondor breed has been declared one of Hungary’s national treasures, to be preserved and protected from modification.

#8 – Sloth

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Sloths are medium-sized mammals. They are arboreal residents of the rainforests of Central and South America. Names for the animals used by tribes in Ecuador include Ritto, Rit and Ridette, mostly forms of the word “sleep”, “eat” and “dirty”. Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrition and do not digest easily. Sloths therefore have very large, specialized, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves. As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth’s body-weight consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take a month or more to complete. Even so, leaves provide little energy, and sloths deal with this by a range of economy measures: they have very low metabolic rates (less than half of that expected for a mammal of their size), and maintain low body temperatures when active (30–34 °C or 86–93 °F), and still lower temperatures when resting.

#7 – Tapir

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A tapir is a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. There are four species of Tapirs: the Brazilian Tapir, the Malayan Tapir, Baird’s Tapir and the Mountain Tapir. All four species of tapir are classified as endangered or vulnerable. Their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates, including horses and rhinoceroses. Size varies between types, but most tapirs are about 2 metres (7 ft) long, stand about a metre (3 ft) high at the shoulder, and weigh between 150 and 300 kg (330 to 700 lb). Coats are short and range in color from reddish-brown to grey to nearly black, with the notable exceptions of the Malayan Tapir, which has a white saddle-shaped marking on its back, and the Mountain Tapir, which has longer, woolly fur. All tapirs have oval, white-tipped ears, rounded, protruding rumps with stubby tails, and splayed, hoofed toes, with four toes on the front feet and three on the hind feet, which help them to walk on muddy and soft ground.

#6 – Sucker-Footed Bat

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The Madagascar Sucker-footed Bat, Old World Sucker-footed Bat, or simply Sucker-footed Bat (Myzopoda aurita) is a species of bat in the family Myzopodidae. It is endemic to Madagascar and is extremely threatened by habitat loss. It is named for the presence of small suction cups on its wrists and ankles. They roost inside the rolled leaves of palm trees, using their suckers to attach themselves to the smooth surface. Later scientists discovered that this species doesn’t use suction to attach themselves to roost sites, but instead uses a form of wet adhesion by secreting a body fluid at their pads.

#5 – Pink Fairy Armadillo

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The Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) or Pichiciego is the smallest species of armadillo (mammals mostly known for having a bony armour shell). It is found in central Argentina where it inhabits dry grasslands and sandy plains with thorn bushes and cacti. The Pink Fairy Armadillo is approximately 90 – 115 mm (3.5 – 4.5 inches) long excluding the tail, and is pale rose or pink in colour. It has the ability to bury itself completely in a matter of seconds if frightened. It is a nocturnal animal. It burrows small holes near ant colonies in dry dirt, and feeds mainly on ants and ant larvae near its burrow. Occasionally it feeds on worms, snails, insects and larvae, or various plant and root material.

#4 – Yeti Crab

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Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. This decapod, which is approximately 15 cm (5.9 in) long, is notable for the quantity of silky blond setae (resembling fur) covering its pereiopods (its thoracic legs, including claws). Its discoverers dubbed it the “yeti lobster” or “yeti crab”. The animal has strongly reduced eyes that lack pigment, and is thought to be blind. The “hairy” pincers contain filamentous bacteria, which the creature may use to detoxify poisonous minerals from the water emitted by the hydrothermal vents where it lives. Alternatively, it may feed on bacteria, although it is generally thought to be a carnivore.

#3 – Star-Nosed Mole

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The star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata) is a small mole found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States, with records extending along the Atlantic coast as far as extreme south-eastern Georgia. Star-nosed moles are easily identified by the eleven pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing their snout which are used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around. The star-nosed mole is covered in thick blackish brown water-repellent fur and has large scaled feet and a long thick tail, which appears to function as a fat storage reserve for the spring breeding season. Adults are 15 to 20 cm in length, weigh about 55 g, and have 44 teeth. Its most distinctive feature is a circle of 22 mobile, pink, fleshy tentacles at the end of the snout, from which they derive their name. These are used to identify food by touch, such as worms, insects and crustaceans.

#2 – Aye-Aye

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The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is 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. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unusual method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its narrow middle finger to pull the grubs out. The only other animal species known to find food in this way is the striped possum. From an ecological point of view the aye-aye fills the niche of a woodpecker as it is capable of penetrating wood to extract the invertebrates within. Among some Malagasy, the aye-aye is imitatively called “hay-hay” for a vocalisation it is claimed to make. It is supposedly from the European acceptance of this name that its common name was derived. However, the aye-aye makes no such vocalisation. The name was also hypothesized to be of European origin, with a European observer overhearing an exclamation of fear and surprise (“aiee!-aiee!”) by Malagasy who encountered it. However, the name exists in remote villages, so it is unlikely to be of European origins. Another hypothesis is that it derives from “heh heh” which is Malagasy for “I don’t know”. If correct then the name might have originated from Malagasy people saying “heh heh” to Europeans asking what the animal was, to avoid having to say the name of a feared, magical animal.

#1 – Blob Fish

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The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish inhabiting the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania. It is very rarely seen by humans. Blobfish live at depths where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy. Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water. This allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats by in front of it. Blobfish can be caught by bottom trawling with nets as bycatch. Such trawling in the waters off Australia may threaten the blobfish in what may be its only habitat.

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4 Comments

  1. Blob fish = holy crap!!!

    Mind you, there are a bunch of pretty weird looking animals in these parts as well, most of who claim to be “human”….

  2. Star-nosed mole? Seriously! O. M. F. W.

    I think I saw someone wearing that crab last winter.

  3. Found another one… Meet the brilliantly named Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

    “Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko” What a name!! And it suits it too.

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