The world's most unusual animals

All of these animals are real. 

The creeper is a mammal of the insectivore family, divided into two main species: the Cuban creeper and the Haitian creeper. It is relatively large compared to other types of insectivores, with a length of 32 centimetres and an average tail of 25 centimetres, a weight of about 1 kg and a dense build.

THE GRIZZLY WOLF. Occurs in South America. The wolf's long legs are the result of evolutionary adaptation to its habitat; they help the animal to overcome obstacles in the form of tall grass growing on the plains. 

The AFRICAN WILD is the only representative of the genus of the same name. It is found in Africa in open grassy areas from Senegal to Somalia, southern Namibia and eastern South Africa. The size of the beast can visually increase quite a lot when the civet lifts its fur when excited. And its fur is thick and long, especially on its back closer to the tail. Its paws, muzzle and the tip of its tail are completely black, while most of its body is spotted.

PROEHIDNA. This natural wonder usually weighs up to 10 kg, though larger specimens have been observed. By the way, the body of a prohechidna reaches 77 cm in length, not counting their cute five- to seven-centimetre long tail. Any description of this animal is based on comparison with an echidna: the paws of the pro-echidna are taller and the claws are more powerful. Another peculiarity of this species appearance is spurs on hind legs of males and five-fingered hind legs and three-fingered front legs.

CAPIBARA. A semi-aquatic mammal, the largest of the modern rodents. It is the only member of the family Hydrochoeridae. There is a dwarf species Hydrochoerus isthmius, sometimes considered a separate species (lesser waterfowl).


HELL WAMPIRE. Mollusk. Despite its obvious similarity with the octopus and squid, scientists separated this mollusc in a separate order Vampyromorphida (lat.), because only it has retractable, sensitive bipartite filaments.

THE JAPANESE GIANT SALAMANDER. It is the largest amphibian today, which can grow to 160 cm in length, weigh up to 180 kg and live up to 150 years, although the officially recorded maximum age of the giant salamander is 55 years.

LUNA FISH or MOLA MOLA. This fish can be over three metres long and weigh about one and a half tonnes. The biggest specimen of a moonfish was caught in New Hampshire, USA. Its length was five and a half metres, with no weight data available. The body of the fish is shaped like a disc, a feature which has given rise to its Latin name. The skin of the moonfish is very thick. It is elastic, and its surface is covered with small bony protrusions. The larvae and juveniles of this fish species swim normally. Large adult fish swim on their sides, quietly moving their fins. They seem to lie on the surface of the water, where they are very easy to spot and catch. However, many experts believe that only sick fish swim this way. The argument they make is that the stomachs of surface-caught fish are usually empty.

THE TASMANIAN DEVIL. The Tasmanian devil is the largest of the modern marsupials of prey, this black-coloured beast, with white spots on its breast and rump, a huge mouth and sharp teeth, has a dense build and a harsh temper, which is why it was actually named the devil. Producing ominous cries at night, the massive and clumsy Tasmanian Devil resembles a small bear: forelegs slightly longer than hind legs, a large head and a blunted snout.


ROSOMACHA. It moves quickly and agilely. It has an elongated muzzle and a large head with rounded ears. Its jaws are strong and its teeth are sharp. Wolverine is a "big-footed" animal; its feet are disproportionate to its body, but it can move freely in deep snow. Each paw has large and curved claws. The wolverine is an excellent tree-climber and has keen eyesight. Its voice is similar to that of a fox.

And these, of course, are not all unusual animals. There are many more in the world.


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