Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before

I love watching a lot of wildlife documentaries and films, so I know and indeed have heard about a lot of different animals. But there are some that I have never heard of or seen before, so I hope that this top 10 will surprise both myself and all of you reading it at the same time. Well, that is the plan anyway. So grab a set of binoculars and join me…


Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before


Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Babirusa

10 – The pig-deer!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babirusa

This animal is of course much more pig breed than deer, but it does have both! The really strange thing about this animal is that less are killed every year from humans, than the amount that dies because it’s own horns grow into it’s own skull, therefore killing it!

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Lamprey

9 – The stone licker!
digitaljournal.com/article/344422

Now this is the stuff of nightmares, and sadly it is very real indeed. It is, in fact, a lamprey eel, and one of the world’s only jawless fishes! And you probably don’t need me to tell you this, but they are deadly and will basically attack just about anything and everything that they fancy taking a bite out of.

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Tufted Deer

8 – Elaphodus cephalophus
www.zoochat.com/41/michies-tufted-deer-male-283208/

This scary looking tufted deer is characterised by a prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead, but more importantly the rather long fang-like canines! But the strange part is that they serve no purpose at all because despite having them it is still just a grass munching deer! I would not like to stumble across this in the middle of the woods!

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Raccoon Dog

7 – The Magnut
www.factzoo.com/mammals/raccoon-dog-night-wanderer.html

Well, it might look like more like a Racoon, but this is, in fact, a wild dog! And one that so far has escaped the nightmare of domesticated breeding, so I hope it stays that way.

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Dumbo Octopus

6 – Grimpoteuthis
reelfoto.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/claire-nouvian-deep-sea-beauties.html

Call the “Dumbo octopus” because of the ear-like fins protruding from the top their heads that often looks like the ears of Walt Disney’s flying elephant Dumbo, they are also one of the cutest octopuses I have ever seen, and I have definitely never heard of them before.

Bearded Vulture
Bearded Vulture

5 – Bearded Vulture
www.randomlynew.com/4206/10-rare-animals-well-soon-lose-forever.html

Said to be one of the world’s rarest birds, it is said there are less that 1,000 left in the wild!

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: Sunda Colugo

4 – Galeopterus variegatus
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/09/aye-aye-ugly-animal_n_3385919.html

This is otherwise known as the Malayan flying lemur, and I think it is one of the cutest creatures I have ever seen. It is mostly unseen because it only comes out at night, but this rare daytime shot shows it’s spotted fur in all its glory.

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Panda Ant

3 – The Mutillidae
prototypealpha.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/panda-ant-it-sting-can-paralyzed-cow.html

If like me you think this is quite possibly the cutest species of ant you have ever seen before, you would be right, and also fooled as well. Because this ant might well have a super cute panda style theme, but it can actually sting and it is so powerful it has been known to paralyse a whole cow! And that is each ant!!!

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: The Maned Wolf

2 – Chrysocyon brachyurus
frimminjimbits.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/maned-wolf.html

It might look very much like a fox on stilts, but this wolf really is one of the rare breeds. It is thought that within just 20 years they will no longer exist, which is a real shame considering some local people call them the Golden Desert Dogs.

Top 10 Strangest Animals You Have Never Heard of Before
Strange Animals: Pink Fairy Armadillo

1 –  The Pichiciego
www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/01/absurd-creature-of-the-week-pink-fairy-armadillo-crawls-out-of-the-desert-and-into-our-hearts/

It’s a pink, furry armadillo! What more can you possibly want from a strange creature top 10 list than one of the worlds cutest animals! Yes it is very strange and I don’t know about anyone else, but I have never heard of this before that is for sure.

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