15 Most Unusual Animals On Earth

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Our planet is home to a vast variety of fascinating creatures, from the deepest parts of the ocean to the highest cliffs of the mountains. In this exploration of the natural world, we will introduce you to 15 of the most extraordinary animals on Earth. Get ready to learn about some incredible creatures that will leave you in awe!


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Known to some as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, it has a dark brown coat with white stripes on its legs, resembling a zebra, but its lengthy neck and face are more similar to a giraffe. Okapis are herbivores and feed on leaves, grasses, and fruits. They have an elusive nature, as they are primarily solitary animals and are rarely seen in the wild.


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One of the axolotl’s features is its ability to regrow lost body parts, including limbs, tail, and even parts of its brain. This ability makes them popular in scientific research. Axolotls are fully aquatic and have feathery external gills, which they use to breathe underwater. They reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis, retaining their larval features.


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The narwhal is a medium-sized whale species. They are easily recognizable by their stretched, spiral tusk, an elongated tooth that can grow up to 10 feet long. The purpose of the tusk is not entirely clear, but it is believed to play a role in mating rituals, as well as in sensing the environment and breaking through ice.


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This carnivorous mammal is endemic to Madagascar. It is the largest carnivore there and has cat-like looks and mongoose-like behavior. Fossas are agile climbers and hunters, preying on lemurs, birds, and other small mammals. They are active during the night.


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With its reputation as the happiest animal on Earth, the quokka is friendly and curious. Quokkas are herbivores and feed on grasses, leaves, and other vegetation. These beasts can survive in arid conditions by conserving water.



A particular type of lemur living in Madagascar, the aye-aye, has an unusual appearance, with large eyes, bat-like ears, and a long, thin middle finger. It uses its elongated finger to tap on trees and listen for hollow sounds, indicating the presence of grubs inside. Once it detects prey, the aye-aye uses its finger to extract the insects, making it one of the few primate kinds that use echolocation to find food.

Sunda Colugo

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Also called the Sunda flying lemur, the Sunda colugo is a fascinating mammal. Despite its name, it is not a lemur and does not fly; instead, it glides using a membrane called a patagium that stretches between its limbs. This membrane allows it to glide for impressive distances, often between trees in its forest habitat.

Pink Fairy Armadillo


This species of armadillo has pinkish shells, which are thin layers of skin covering their body. The pink fairy armadillo is a burrowing animal, spending much of its time underground in sandy soils. It eats insects, larvae, and plant material, using its sharp claws to dig burrows and locate food.

Mantis Shrimp

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These colorful crustaceans are found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide and are famous for their powerful claws, which they use to strike prey with incredible speed and force. Mantis shrimps have complex eyes that can see polarized light and a wide range of colors. They have aggressive behavior and complex social interactions.

Star-Nosed Mole


The star-nosed mole is found in eastern North America. It is named for the star-shaped appendage on its nose, a highly sensitive organ covered in tiny touch receptors called Eimer’s organs. This specialized nose allows it to detect and capture underwater prey, such as worms and insects. Star-nosed moles are excellent swimmers and spend much of their time in marshy or wetland habitats.



This deep-sea fish has a gelatinous appearance due to its low-density flesh, which allows it to float above the sea floor without expending much energy. Despite its unappealing looks, the blobfish is well-adapted to its deep-sea environment, where pressures are extremely high and food is scarce. It eats small invertebrates that drift past its mouth.

Siberian Musk Deer

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This small deer species is named for the musk gland on the male’s abdomen, which produces a musky scent used in territorial marking and mating rituals. Siberian musk deer are solitary animals and are most active during twilight. They eat various vegetation, including twigs and grasses.



Also known as the Vu Quang ox or Asian unicorn, this rare mammal is known for its distinctive appearance, with lengthy, straight horns and a chestnut-colored coat. The saola is critically endangered, with only a few hundred individuals believed to remain in the wild. It is a shy and elusive animal, making it challenging to study and conserve.


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The dugong is a large marine mammal closely related to manatees and is sometimes called a “sea cow” due to its grazing habits. Dugongs feed mainly on seagrass, using their strong, muscular lips to uproot the plants from the seabed. They are slow-moving and docile animals, often found in shallow, protected waters.

Red Panda

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Living in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, the red panda is a charming mammal slightly larger than a domestic cat. It boasts reddish-brown fur, a long, bushy tail, and a distinctive waddling gait. Although primarily herbivorous, feeding mainly on bamboo, red pandas enjoy fruits and berries.


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