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10 Outlandish-Looking Mammals. I Couldn’t Believe These Were Real.

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It’s always exciting when a new species is discovered. But there are probably hundreds of species already known to the scientific world that most of us have no clue about. No this isn’t science fiction or fantasy. These mammals are very weird and very real. Check out these incredible creatures!

The Saiga

Saiga

Saiga (boredpanda.com)

This species of antelope is critically endangered and lives in the steppe zone of various European regions. The most striking physical characteristic is the flexible, over-sized, and extremely unusual nose structure.

The Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo (flickr.com)

Only growing as big as 3.5 to 4.5 inches this pink colored mammal is the smallest species of armadillo. It is a nocturnal animal that spends most of its time underground, where its large front claws allows it to glide effortlessly through the ground as a swimmer glides through water. If frightened it can bury itself underground in a matter of seconds.

The Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf (imgur.com)

This large fox-dog-coyote looking mammal is found in the grasslands of South America. It is the tallest of the wild canids and it’s believed this is because it adapted to the tall grasslands of its native habitat. It also carries a particularly pungent odor, earning it the nickname “skunk wolf”.

The Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer (zoochat.com)

This small species of deer is located in the forested mountain areas of China high above sea level. Its most prominent features are the thick tuft of hair on its forehead and (in males) its fang-like canines. Despite its vampire-like appearance the tufted deer is timid and easily frightened.

The Okapi

Okapi

Okapi (wikipedia.org)

This living fossil, and what early European explorers called the “African unicorn” because of the difficulty locating a live specimen, is found in Central Africa. Though the Okapi looks somewhat like a zebra it is more closely related to the giraffe (though with a much shorter neck). The Okapi’s tongue is so long it can clean its eyelids and the inside of its ears.

The Sunda Flying Lemur

Sunda Flying Lemur

Sunda Flying Lemur (imgur.com)

Also known as the Malayan flying lemur this mammal is part of a species known as colugo, which are gliding mammals characterized by the flaps of skin between their legs that allow them to glide about. Though it can’t actually fly and it’s not actually a lemur this animal is strictly arboreal, meaning it only lives in the trees and avoids touching the ground.

The Raccoon Dog

Raccoon Dog

Raccoon Dog (imgur.com)

No, that’s not a terrifyingly large raccoon. It’s actually from the canid species and is found in East Asia. These fluffy mammals are surprisingly good at climbing, and they often climb trees to forage for various fruits and berries.

The Gobi Jerboa

Gobi Jerboa

Gobi Jerboa (telegraph.co.uk)

The Gobi Jerboa is a species of rodent found in Mongolia and China. It’s nocturnal, hops about like a kangaroo, is extremely fast, and it’s large hears give it incredible hearing. The are many different types of Jerboas, each as little and cute as the next.

The Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Gerenuk (Christophe: freemages.co.uk)

This awkward-looking spindly mammal is known as the Gerenuk, which is Somali for “giraffe-necked”. Despite its similarities to the giraffe the Gerenuk is actually a species of antelope located in East Africa. It’s long neck helps it reach foliage in the upper limbs of trees. Its long and skinny legs are great for running quickly, but they are fragile and prone to breaking if the Gerenuk trips.

The Patagonian Mara

Patagonian Mara

Patagonian Mara (imgur.com)

This large rodent looks like some kind of cross between a hare and a woodchuck-type creature. Found in open and semi-open habitats of Argentina the Patagonian Mara is monogamous, which means it sticks with its mate until one of them dies. Another neat fact is that the offspring can walk almost as soon as they are born.

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