Nature Had Fun Creating These 12 Rare Animals

MAY 06, 2020 AT 05:30 AM

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Nature has created the most amazing and unusual animals. Some are majestic, others adorable, while others are downright terrifying. But nature also has a sense of humor, which we’ll showcase here.

 

Takahē bird

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Takahe bird

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This colorful bird was thought to be extinct, but scientists rediscovered it in New Zealand in 1948. Without wings, this land-bound bird resembles a feathered Christmas ornament with a beak.

 

African frog

Short-mouth frog

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The African short-mouth frog is known for its grumpy appearance, no doubt because it has a tiny mouth that makes eating difficult.

 

Funny hairstyle

Mini troll

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A bristly shock of hair makes this insect look like a miniature troll. While this species was only discovered in 2012, they’ve already become the favorite of many biologists.

 

Bizarre kingfisher

Bizarre kingfisher

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This colorful species of kingfisher is quite rare as it’s an accomplished predator that waits until its prey is quite close to ambush it.

 

Golden turtle bug

Golden turtle bug

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The jewel-like Golden Turtle bug bears a striking resemblance to a turtle. They change color when threatened, when mating, and when they get old.

 

Grey peacock-pheasant

Peacock-pheasant

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The grey peacock pheasant presents the most magnificent display of feathers. Interestingly, it’s also considered the world’s most silent bird.

 

Satyr tragopan

Satyr tragopan

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This stunning bird is called by its species name rather than a common name. The blue neck on a satyr tragopan identifies it as male.

 

See-through caterpillar

Marmalade caterpillar

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This transparent caterpillar is sometimes known as the marmalade caterpillar or crystal caterpillar. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s absolutely beautiful.

 

Looks like President

President bird

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This striking bird has an almost human-like expression. For this rare species, breeding is quite a challenge. They can lay only one egg at a time and the chicks usually don’t survive.

 

Unique monkey

Yellow-tail monkey

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The yellow-tail monkey is found only in Peru. Apart from strongly resembling a stuffed animal, it’s also very intelligent and can quickly adapt to new situations.

 

Indian spider

Spaceship spider

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This spider looks more like an alien spacecraft than an insect. Found in India and Bangladesh, it’s toxic to humans and hides quite effectively in forests.

 

North American river otter

River otter

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This unusual otter is distantly related to elephants, which explains fangs that resemble tusks. Considered aggressive, they’re at risk of extinction.