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Weird Animals Living Today That Will Amaze Or Haunt You

Devil Bird


Ulama is the native name for the Forest Eagle Owl in Sri Lanka. The bird is also known as the Devil Bird. This bird is capable of emitting bloodcurdling human sounding shrieks at night. Many believe that Ulama’s cry signifies death.

Purple Indian Frog


Another endangered animal today is the Indian purple frog, or the pignose frog. This species can be found in the Western Ghats in India. They usually spend most of their life underground and would surface only for mating during the monsoon.

Gobi Jerboa


This kind of rodent is the most desert loving of them all. Gobi Jerboa is found in the Gobi Desert between China and Mongolia. They eat seeds, roots, tubers, insects, and larvae. They can live for up to 6 years in the wild.

Golden Lion Tamarin


The Golden Lion Tamarin is also known as the Golden Marmoset of the New World Monkeys. It can be found in Brazil’s Atlantic coastal forests. It has bright reddish orange pelage and extra-long hairs around the face and ears.

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth


This kind of hummingbird is distributed in warmer climates from southern Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia. It is a heavy flier insect and cannot survive the winter season.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec


In the northern and eastern parts of Madagascar lives the lowland streaked tenrec. It’s a small animal with a long snout and limbs. It also has black and yellow stripes. Some of them live in the ground while others live in the water and feed on fish and frogs.

Naked Mole Rat


Burrowing in the lands of East Africa is the Naked Mole Rat. It is also known as the sand puppy or desert mole rat. It has very low metabolic and respiratory rates. The Naked Mole Rat is known for its longevity and resistance to cancer.



Congo is the home of the Okapi. This kind of mammal is closely related to the giraffe though its limbs bear the markings of a zebra. It has a long neck with large and flexible ears like the giraffe. Okapis are herbivores.

Star-nosed Mole


A native to eastern Canada and northeastern United States, the star-nosed mole has twenty-two pink fleshy appendages which serve as its touch organ.



The deer-pig is native in the islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula, and Buru in Indonesia. Only the male babirusa possesses those distinctive tusks though. The tusks actually keep growing to the point that they can even penetrate into the skull of the male babirusa.

Bush Viper


Bush vipers are venomous snakes living in tropical sub-Saharan Africa, excluding southern Africa. It has a broad triangular head and only grows up to 78cm.

Giant Coconut Crab


The palm thief, as it is also known, is the largest land-living arthropod in the world. It grows up to 1 meter from leg to leg measurement and can weigh up to 4 kilos. This species is living in the islands across the Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific.

Maned Wolf


Maned wolf is a near threatened species. It resembles a fox but it isn’t. It lives in an open and semi-open habitat in the countries of Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.

Panda Ant


Panda ants are the black and white specimens of velvet ants or mutillidae. Their nickname is due to its hair coloration which resembles that of a panda. They have extremely painful stings.

Saiga Antelope


Saiga antelopes are critically endangered animals today. They inhabit the Eurasian steppe zone. They graze in semi-deserts, steppes, grasslands, and in open woodlands.



Scorpionflies are also known as mecoptera. They are consumers of dead organisms. The males have enlarged genitals which look similar to the stingers of scorpions.

Thorny Dragon


The thorny dragon or thorny devil is an Australian lizard. Some call it the mountain devil or the thorny lizard. It loves to camouflage itself in the shades of desert browns and tans. Its scales are ridged to allow it to collect water from any part of its body.

Venezuelan Poodle Moth


It is a new species of moth just discovered in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This moth was discovered in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela.

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