July 31, 2014

10 Awesome Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

10 Animals You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Planet Earth is filled with many sorts of strange creatures. Chances are, you probably already know about exotic animals like vampire bats, the flying squirrel, naked mole rat, and others. But, I bet you haven’t heard of animals like the Markhor, Tufted Deer, or Maned Wolf, have you?

10. Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

Amazonian Royal Flycatchers are found in forests and woodlands throughout the Amazon. Measuring about 6.5 inches in length, they dart out from branches to catch flying insects and snatch them from leaves. These amazing birds build large nests, up to six feet long, in trees and shrubs near water. Their nests hang over the body of water, making it easier for the birds to access their prey.


9. Star-Nosed Mole

Star-Nosed Mole

Star-Nosed Mole

The star-nosed mole is a hamster-sized mole found in eastern Canada and northeastern United States. Living in wet low areas, the star-nosed mole is identified by the 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages around its snout. The mole uses these appendages as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors known as Eimer’s organs.


8. Raccoon Dog

Raccoon Dog

Raccoon Dog

Raccoom dogs, or Tanuki by their scientific name, are found in East Asia. The raccoon dog is named for its amazing resemblance to the raccoon, but the two are not related. The raccoon dog is a great climber and regularly climbs trees.


7. Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is a small creature, measuring approximately 3.5 – 4.5 inches long – excluding the tail. It is pale pink in color and has the ability to bury itself completely in a matter of seconds. Like other armadillo, it is a nocturnal animal. It burrows small holes near ant colonies in dry soil and feeds mainly on ants and ant larvae it finds near the burrow. Using large front claws, the pink fairy armadillo practically swims through the ground like water.


6. Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is the largest of the South American canids. It looks like a large fox with reddish fur and long, deer-like legs. The mammal is found in open habitats like grasslands with scattered bushes and trees. The tall legs are likely an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.


5. Markhor

Markhor

Markhor

Markhor are a large species of wild goat that lives in Afganistan and Pakistan. they are classified by the IUCN as endangered and there are fewer than 2,500 of the animals known to exist. The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan.


4. Zebra Duiker

Zebra Duiker

Zebra Duiker

Zebra duiker are a small antelope found in the Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa. They have gold and/or red-brown coats with distinctive zebra-like stripes. Their horns measure about 4.5 cm long in males, and about half that in females. They live in lowland rainforests and primarily eat leaves and fruit.


3. Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Garenuk, also called Waller’s Gazelle, are a long-necked species of antelope found in Eastern Africa. Living in dry thorn bush scrub in the desert, Gerenuks have a small head, with proportionately large eyes and ears.


2. Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo, also called The Sunda Flying Lemur, is not a lemur and does not fly. It actually glides as it leaps from tree to tree. It is arboreal, active at night, and eats soft plant parts like young leaves, flowers, and fruits.


1. Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer

Tufted deer are a small deer species characterized by the prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead. It lives in a wide area of central China. It is a timid animal, mainly solitary or found in pairs and prefers places with good cover, where it is well camouflaged.


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