Creatures with the Most Unusual Appearances

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Animals are truly wonderful creatures that’s why thousands of articles have already been written and published

and thousands more can be written about animals for there are thousands of animal species in the world.

Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus)

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The cute and pretty Pink Fairy Armadillo or Pichiciego of Argentina is the smallest species of armadillo. This

unique animal has the ability to bury itself completely in a matter of seconds if frightened. It spends much of its

time under the ground as it is a ‘sand swimmer’ and uses its large front claws to agitate the sand, allowing them to

almost swim through the ground like it is water. It is torpedo-shaped and has a shielded head to prevent abrasion

from the sand.

Saiga (Saiga tatarica)

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This unusual-looking animal with a unique snout is called Saiga, an antelope that can be found in Mongolia. It has

a lifespan of 6 to 10 years.

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The horns have some value as Chinese traditional medicine and for that reason Saiga are now endangered by

poaching. The Saiga is recognizable by an extremely unusual, over-sized, and flexible, nose structure. The nose

is supposed to warm up the air in winter and filter out the dust in summer.

Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)

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I wonder if you have spotted right away the real eye of this animal called the Blue Wildebeest of Southern and

East Africa. This large animal that looks like a combination of a horse and cattle grows to 1.7 meters shoulder

height and attains a body mass of up to 380 kilograms.

Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)

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The funks! The Alpaca of South America which is bred for its fiber resembles a small llama in superficial

appearance. They graze at an altitude of up to 5,000 meters above sea-level, throughout the year. Its fiber is

used for making knitted and woven items like blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles

and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber

comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia and 16 as classified in the

United States.

Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)

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The limbless lion! The South American Sea Lion has a very large head with a well developed mane making it the

most lionesque of the eared seals. It can be found off the coast of Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Argentina. Its local

names include “lobo marino” or sea wolf and “”leon marino” or sea lion. It can grow up to 9 feet long and can

weigh up to 350 kg. It is also called the Southern Sea Lion and the Patagonian Sea Lion.

Black Wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)

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The unique Black Wildebeest or White-tailed Gnu is endemic to the southern region of Africa. It has been almost

completely exterminated, but the species has been reintroduced widely, both in private areas and nature

reserves.

South American Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

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The peculiar-looking South American Tapir is the largest wild land animal in South America. It can attain a body

length of 1.8 to 2.5 m (6 to 8 ft) with a 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) short stubby tail and 270 kg (595 lbs) in weight. It

stands somewhere between 77 to 108 cm (2.5 to 3.5 feet) at the shoulder. It is also informally named Brazilian

Tapir, Lowland Tapir and Anta.

Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina)

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The odd-looking Southern Elephant Seal is the most massive pinniped and the largest Carnivoran to have ever

lived. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large proboscis of the adult males, which is used in

making extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.

Oryx (Oryx beisa)

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The masks of Zorro! Of course not, these animals with unique faces are the East African Oryx or simply known as

the Beisa. They are found in steppe and semi-desert throughout Tanzania and Kenya.

Spotted Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei)

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The unique Spotted Ratfish of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans is often seen by divers at night. Its

characteristic name is from a pointed rat-like tail. This unusual fish has smooth skin and large green eyes with a

rabbit-like face. It feeds on shrimp, worms, small crustaceans, clams and small fish. This fish that range in depth

from 40 to 3000 feet also has a venomous spine located on the front of their dorsal fin. Ratfish contain both

cartilaginous and ossified bone.

Australian Ghost Shark (Callorhinchus milii)

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The Australian Ghost Shark of Australia, East Cape and New Zealand can be found at depths of 200 meters to

500 meters. It can grow to a length of up to 120 centimeters. This peculiar fish are exploited commercially. Its

white flesh fillets are very popular with “fish-and-chips” restaurants in New Zealand and Australia. Other names for

this species include Elephant Shark, Makorepe, Whitefish, Plownose Chimaeras and Elephant Fish.

Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

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The solitary Giant Anteater of Central and South America is the largest of all anteaters. It feeds mainly on ants

and termites and can consume up to 30,000 insects in a single day. The Giant Anteater together with the

Pangolin are the only to mammals without any teeth. It also has one of the lowest body temperatures of all

land-living mammals at 32.7oC. This mammal grows to a size of 6 feet or 1.8 m to 8 feet or 2.4 m long, including a

3 foot (90 cm) to 4 foot (1.2 m) torso and tail. Generally it weighs from 65 (29 kg) to 140 pounds (65 kg).

Hope you enjoyed reading this. Thank You!

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