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15 Of The Most Bizarre And Unique Animals

August 7th, 2017

There are some truly bizarre animals in the wild.

There are animals that look like hybrids of other creatures, and there are animals that look like nothing else in the world. Many of these animals are extremely rare, and just a few lucky people have seen them in the wild. Here are 15 animals from around the world that have very unique looks.

1. Emperor Tamarin

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Brazil Vibes Source: Brazil Vibes

Emperor Tamarins are famous for their impressive facial hair. These cute little monkeys were given their name because their mustache looks like the one worn by the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II.

2. Mangalitsa Pig

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Elisabeth Eidjord Source: Elisabeth Eidjord

Most pigs have short and coarse hair that’s the same color as their body, but Mangalitsa pigs are the exception to this rule. These Hungarian pigs have an impressive coat of thick fur that looks similar to sheep’s wool. These pig-sheep hybrids are truly one-of-a-kind.

3. Raccoon Dog

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YouTube Source: YouTube

This animal may look like a raccoon with long legs, but it’s actually not closely related to raccoons. Racoon dogs belong to the canid family, which also includes dogs, wolves, and foxes. These interesting-looking animals have been around for millions of years.

4. Highland Cow

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Toolito Source: Toolito

In the Scottish countryside, you’ll find a truly unique cow breed: the Highland Cow. These fluffy brown cows are famous for their long, pointed horns and their floppy hair. These animals have an interesting look that sets them apart from all other cow breeds.

5. Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

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Syril Ruozo Source: Syril Ruozo

These colorful monkeys are known for their golden fur and bright blue faces. If you want to see one of these monkeys in the wild, you’d have to go to Central China—all 8,000 to 10,000 wild golden snub-nosed monkeys live here.

6. Coconut Crab

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Flickr/Rezza Custodio Source: Flickr/Rezza Custodio

The coconut crab is the largest land crab in the world. Its claws are super strong—they can easily rip apart whole coconuts! This giant crab is one of the most unique arthropods out there.

7. Magnificent Frigatebird

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Flickr/Tom Ranney Source: Flickr/Tom Ranney

The Magnificent Frigatebird is famous for its bright red, balloon-like throat pouch. This pouch is found on male frigatebirds, and they typically inflate it to get females’ attention.

8. Chinese Giant Salamander

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Flickr/Toby Jungen Source: Flickr/Toby Jungen

The Chinse Giant Salamander is the world’s largest amphibian. These huge salamanders live in mountainous streams in China, and they’re completely nocturnal.

9. Venezuelan Poodle Moth

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Igor Siwanowicz Source: Igor Siwanowicz

The fluffy Venezuelan poodle moth was just discovered in 2009. This strange moth somehow manages to look cute and slightly terrifying at the same time.

10. Hispaniola Solenodon

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Flickr/The Last Survivors Source: Flickr/The Last Survivors

The Hispaniola Solenodon is famous for its long, pointed snout. This snout is more flexible than it looks. It’s attached to a ball-and-socket joint, which allows the Solenodon to move their snout around and explore small crevices with it.

11. Malayan Colugo

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These amazing flying lemurs have big eyes that help them easily spot prey. The lemurs use their wings to glide from tree-to-tree in search of young leaves, their favorite food!

12. Blue-Footed Booby

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Blue-footed boobies are named after their bright blue feet. The birds’ feet are so blue because the carotenoid pigments that they get through their food are concentrated in their feet.

13. Patagonian Mara

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Goodnewsanimal Source: Goodnewsanimal

The Patagonian Mara may look like a tiny kangaroo with hare-like ears, but it’s actually a rodent. This animal has interesting behavioral traits to match its unique look—unlike other rodents, it’s awake during the day, and it’s completely monogamous.

14. Markhor Goat

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Klaus Rudolph Source: Klaus Rudolph

The Markhor Goat has an impressive set of horns that sets it apart from other goats. These mountainous goats’ huge spiral horns can reach over four feet in height!

15. Pangolin

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Pangolins are known for their unique scales that look like armor. The scales are made from keratin—the same material that makes up our hair!

Extra

This “cloud antelope” is actually too bizarre and unique to be real – this was created by a craftsman on the Internet and is an art doll!

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CMWyvern via Deviant Art Source: CMWyvern via Deviant Art

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