We all know that earth is blessed with an impressive number of special species of animals, which is why it’s completely reasonable to assume that the animal kingdom is full of strange and surprises animals we’ve never heard of before. From the pygmy hippopotamus to the fish that has existed for more than 100 million years, we want to invite you to learn about 14 extraordinary animals that exist in our world.
1. Celestial eye goldfish
When they’re born these fish look quite ordinary, but after about 6 months their eyes end up undergoing an upward angle shift, resulting in a rather surprising appearance. Despite its peculiarity, this feature has many advantages, one of which is to help these fish find food, and even though they don’t have fins, they are considered quick swimmers with good maneuverability.
These monkeys have thick golden hair, but their heads are completely bald and their faces certainly help them stand out in almost every situation. When Uakari monkeys are healthy, their skin color is dark red and it will become brighter if they are sick or weak, making them less attractive to Uakari females.
3. Cuban solenodon
As their name implies, these insect-eating mammals can be found on the island of Cuba, where unfortunately they have been severely affected by the development of the human population and are now in danger of extinction. It is important to note that this is one of the only venomous mammals in the world, and their saliva allows them to devour not only insects but also birds, lizards, and various rodents.
4. California Condor
This is the largest inland bird in North America, which boasts an average body weight of 8-9 kg and a wingspan of 2.5-3 meters The California Condor currently lives only in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park in the United States, where they usually fly 250 km in a day, and sometimes even more, in search of carcasses which they eat.
5. Proboscis monkey
These monkeys have two main characteristics worth noting, the first of which you can easily identify in the picture. Beyond the nose that gives them their name, these monkeys are also special because of their upright walking, which is typical of the way they travel on land and cross shallow water crossings, even though they are considered skilled swimmers.
6. Ghost bat
This bat is one of the largest Micro bats in the world, and when you attach large ears, a threatening nose, and strong teeth to this creature, you get something that no one would want to encounter on a dark night. Fortunately, these flying mammals live only in Australia, and at night they hunt not only insects but also mice, birds, big reptiles and other bats that they kill by biting them on the neck.
At first glance, it is difficult to decide whether this animal is a lamb or an ox. The Muskox can be seen throughout Greenland, northern Canada, and Alaska. The males of these “lamb-ox” have glands under their eyes which emit a strong musk smell after they scratch them, specifically for attracting females during mating season.
8. Melon-headed whale
Despite its name, this mammal is actually a single species in the dolphin family with a close connection to the killer whale, as well as a predator animal whose main food is squid. The body structure of this animal resembles a torpedo due to its rounded head, usually gray in color which distinguishes it from the rest of its body.