The world is full of wonders. The unique and surprising diversity of the Animal Kingdom is one marvel that our planet has to offer. Some of the most strange animals that you have probably never seen are depicted below:
The Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) inhabits Southeast Asia’s tropical rainforests. It is the smallest member of the bear species; it is approximately 4 feet, or half the size of the American Black Bear. Due to its irregular size among the bear family, it is also known as the “Dog Bear”.
Also known as the “Mop Dog”, this breed is unusually large for canines. The average height of the Komondor Dog is over 30 inches, or, more than 2 and 1/2 feet! The agility of this dog is shocking, considering its size and unique coat.
This rabbit is a domestic breed, notable for its extra long and soft hair. It is among the oldest of domesticated rabbits, originating in Turkey. This rabbit was a popular pet for French royalty in the mid 1700s. They spread to other European countries by the end of the century.
This creature is a bit larger than a domestic cat, approximately 55 cm long. It has “semi-retractile claws” and a “false thumb”, which is merely an extension of the Panda’s wrist bone. To protect the soles of this quadruped it has thick fur surrounding the feet.
The Sloth inhabits both Central and South America. They are surprisingly related to Anteaters, and their similarity to them can be seen in their specialized claws. This species of sloth, the Ground Sloth, is endangered and nearly extinct. When around they are noted for hosting a variety of moths, beetles, cockroaches and fungi.
The name for the Emperor Tamarin is derived from its similar appearance to the German Emperor, Wilhelm II. Originally the name was a joke, but eventually this name became its official scientific classification.
White-faced Saki Monkey
This New World Monkey is also known as the “Golden Faced Monkey” as well as the “Gianan Saki”. It is present in Suriname, Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela and French Guiana. Its diet consists of fruits, seeds, nuts and insects.
The Tapir is a large mammal that inhabits Central and South America as well as Southeast Asia. It is pig-like in stature, and is well known for its prehensile, or grasping, snout. Their relatives include odd-toed ungulates (or mammals with hooves and irregular toes), horses and rhinoceroses.
The Hagfish is eel-shaped and produces a slimy substance. They are the only known animal that contain a skull, yet have no vertebrae. The classification of the Hagfish is controversial due to the age of the species and their physical features.
The Star-Nosed Mole can be found in eastern Canada and northeastern America. This critter’s most pronounced characteristic is the appendages that surround its snout. These apparatuses serve as sensory receptors for the Mole.