Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Most Unusual and Unknown Creatures [Photos & Videos]

Angora Rabbit, One Lucky Soul

 The Angora Rabbit (Turkish: Ankara tavşanı) is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbits. Mainly bred for its long soft hair, it originated in Ankara, Turkey, along with the Angora cat and Angora goat. Their long wool may be removed by shearing, combing or plucking. There are many individual breeds of Angora rabbits, four of which are ARBA recognised: English, French, Giant, and Satin. Other breeds include German, Chinese, and Swiss to name a few.

Angora Rabbit, One Lucky Soul
Aye-Aye, One Lucky Soul

 The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a nocturnal lemur native to Madagascar. It is the world’s largest nocturnal creature. It has prominent eyes, rodent like teeth and a long bushy tail. The aye aye is renowned for its unique method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its elongated middle finger to pull the grubs out. This bizarre looking creature is the only extant member of the genus, although it is currently an endangered species. A second species, (Daubentonia robusta) appears to have become extinct at some point within the last
1000 years.

Blobfish, One Lucky Soul

The Blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish that inhabits the waters off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania. It is rarely seen by humans due to the detachment of its habitat. The flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water which helps the fish to stay afloat without burning up all its energy on swimming. It normally swallows edible matter that floats in front of it. The poor guy is considered one of the ugliest animals alive. 

Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat:
Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat, One Lucky Soul
 This tiny creature is Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), also known as the bumblebee bat. It is a vulnerable species of bat that competes with the Etruscan pygmy shrew for the the title of the world’s smallest mammal. The bat is about 29 to 33 mm in length, and is now considered as one of the 12 most endangered species on the planet. It is found in Western Thailand and Southeast Burma.

Emperor Tamarin:
Emperor Tamarin, One Lucky Soul

 The Emperor Tamarin’s name (Saguinus imperator) was intended as a joke as it was named after German emperor Wilhem II, who sported a unique handlebar mustache during his reign. It is found in southwest Amazon Basin, East Peru, North Bolivia and in the West Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas. It reaches a length of 24 to 26 cm with a 35 cm long tail.

Giant Salamander:
Giant Salamander, One Lucky Soul

 The Giant Salamander (Cryptobranchidae) is the largest amphibian known today. It can grow up to 6 feet long. They are usually found in ponds and brooks of China, Japan and USA.

 The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal found in Eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It is one of the five existing species of monotremes — the only mammal that lays eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is also one of the few venomous mammals with the male Platypus having a spur on the hind foot which delivers a poison capable of causing severe pain to humans. 

Yangtze River Dolphin: Yangtze River Dolphin, One Lucky Soul
The Yangtze River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) is also known as the Baiji or the Whitefin dolphin. Nicknamed "Goddess of the Yangtze" by the Chinese, it is found only in the Yangtze River in China. Unfortunately, due to the country’s industrialization, the animal has been ‘functionally extinct’ as there are only between 0-13 yangtze dolphins left in the world.

Tarsier, One Lucky Soul

 Tarsiers (Tarsius) are little apes found only in the islands of Southeast Asia. They are, however, mostly found in Borneo. Tarsiers are 4-6 inches tall and their eyes are each the size of their brains. What makes these minuscule primates so rare is the fact that they are entirely carnivorous they eat bugs, birds, lizards, snakes and bats.

Finger Monkey:
Finger Monkey, One Lucky Soul
Finger Monkey, One Lucky SoulFinger Monkey, One Lucky SoulFinger Monkey, One Lucky Soul

Finger Monkey, One Lucky Soul These adorable little guys are native to the rain forests of Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia. Finger Monkeys (Cebuella pygmaea) are actually pygmy marmosets. They are also dubbed Pocket Monkey and Tiny Lion. How cute. Such as here, these notoriously tiny primates are usually seen in photos hugging and gripping on to human fingers, which gives us a needed sense of perception. The finger monkey is the tiniest living primate in the world. Check the below video to be 100% certain its a real animal.

the pygmy marmoset who was born deaf

If it weren’t for the Internet, most of us would have never seen or known all these magnificent, bizarre creatures! And for that, we thank you. Check the sequel, The Most Unusual and Unknown Creatures II for even more bizarre animals.

On a parallel note, also check
Animals That Are Not To Be Confused. Here is another Angora Rabbit... because why not.
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