Wonders will never end. Just when you are beginning to feel that you have toured the world tourist destinations and have seen it all, try to forgive yourself. You do yourself wrong by believing so. Each day, nature brings forth some of the strangest animals you never thought exist. Planet Earth is indeed a home to a variety of unique creatures and animal species. Statistically, there exist 1,367,555 non-insect animals on Earth. If you have been lucky enough to see a thousand animals then congratulations! You have seen approximately 1% of world’s inhibited animals.
It is no wonder the scientists themselves admit the unfamiliarity between science and all the existing animals as they continue to discover new species each year. With that in mind, we have decided to take you on a tour that will let you encounter a list of top ten most unique and bizarre animals ever seen on earth. Journey with us and take a deep breath each time you encounter a new thing to learn.
1. The Dudong
The dugong is a marine mammal of medium size. It falls among the four living species associated with the order Sirenia which, in essence, includes three other species of mantees. Hydradamalis gigas is its only known closest modern relative and it is the only living representative of the Dugongidae family which was once diverse. It is a strictly herbivorous marine. Its fusiform body has no hind limbs or dorsal fin. It also has paddle-like fore limbs. Its tail is fluked and dolphin-like. For thousands of years, dugong has been hunted for its oil and meat. Dugong is listed by the IUCN as a species vulnerable to extinction
2. Superb Bird of Paradise
The superb bird of paradise is famed for its elaborate plumage and fascinating, courtship displays. There is a great difference between the male and the female superb birds of paradise when it comes to their appearances. Whist the female one is cryptically and drab colored, the male superb bird of paradise is possesses the spectacular ornamental plumage. On the male superb bird of paradise are feathers known as the breast shield. These feathers are metallic greenish-blue, striking iridescent, and are erectable as part of display of courtship. Its scale-like brown feathers are somehow metallic green-blue. During a courtship, the bird can erect the long black feathers on the back of its neck to form a cape. On the contrary, the plumage of the female one has a mixture of grays and browns, with black barring on its underside, making it appear much duller.
3. The Babirusa
The babirusas are generally considered as non-ordinary pigs. They are traceable in the rain forests and the swamps of Indonesia. Their bodies are barrel-shaped and they find their balance on their deer-like legs which are practically delicate. The widely known babirusas species are distinguishable through their massive, curving tusks and naked bodies. They are considered as unique pigs with four distinct species. In the Malay language, the name babirusa refers to pig-deer. Most interesting is the fact that babirusas eat almost everything. They generally do very well in captivity and are known for their engagement in unusual ploughing behavior.
4. The Fossa
The fossa is a cat-like animal scientifically known as Cryptoprocta ferox. It is a carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. Given its long tail, the fossa can reach approximately six feet in length. One would think it is a cross between a cat, a mongoose, and a dog. Fossas have short, reddish-brown coats, muscular limbs, and slender bodies. Their heads are cat-like and small. They also have large rounded ears and dog-like muzzles. Their scientific name, Cryptoprocta ferox, means ‘hidden anus’. Fossas are the known top Madagascan predators, hunting day and night. They are solitary animals who only pair during the breeding season.
5. The Gerenuk
The gerenuk, scientifically known as Litocranius walleri, is a type of antelop which is somehow related to the gazelle and belongs to the bovid family. Looking at it from afar, you could mistake it for a baby giraffe or a deer. Gerenuk has a small head and a big body. Its long neck makes it resemble a miniature giraffe. The gerenuks commonly reside in Maasai Steppe, East Africa, Tanzania, ad Samburu. They live in open scrub lands, desert-like, and woody areas. Either way, considering their herbivorous nature, such areas must have plenty of vegetation. Ideally, it is their unique physical characteristics that enable them to survive the optimal levels as they can do pretty impressive things to get their meals.
6. The Star-nosed Mole
The facts about the star-nosed mole are completely bizarre. In their anatomy research, the scientists have been able to showcase record-breaking, surprising, and weird adaptations of the star-nosed mole. Despite sporting a more sensitive touch organ, star-nosed mole also eats very fast as compared to other mammals. It is also the first known mammal to smell underwater. Its brain body interface offers fascinating insights. Their sense of touch mirrors the human sense of sight, and their front legs are shovels.
7. Yeti Crab
Yeti crabs are bizarre little crabs whose sizes range from 15 cm to less than half a centimeter. It is the little hairs found on their bodies that give them their name. The microbes that these yeti crabs eat actually grow on such hairs, thus making the hairs to be of great importance to them. These animals have the tendency of living 2,600 m below the water surface, and close to very hot hydrothermal vents found in the freezing Antarctic cold water. The female yeti crabs have to go to colder waters during the breeding period in order to lay eggs.
The lamprey belongs to the ancient lineage of jawless fish. Adult lampreys may have toothed funnel-like sucking mouths. Its name, lamprey, is derived from a Latin word, lampetra, meaning the ‘stone leaker’. To date, there are about 38 known lamprey species, with the most known ones being parasitic carnivores. They bore into the flesh of other fish and eventually suck their blood as part of their meals.
9. The Thorny Dragon
The thorny dragon is a survival evolved animal found in the scorched earth. When approached, the animal becomes super aggressive. It tends to attack smaller creatures whenever they venture much closer to it. It generally has both standard and secondary bite attacks that it launches at different times depending on the surrounding circumstances. A good amount of stamina is drained by the ranged attack.
10. Zebra Duiker
Zebra duiker, scientifically known as Cephalophus zebra, is a mammal that belongs to the bovida family. Its head and body length ranges anything from 85-90 cm with its tail being approximately 15 cm. Its reddish-brown or light gold body is strikingly marked form the rump to the shoulders. Each individual zebra duiker has a unique stripping pattern. They have legs and shoulders that are darker than the rest of their bodies.