YES, these animals really exist!

YES, these animals really exist!

Interesting looking animals that still exist, despite some of them, are nearly extinct. 

Living in the 21st century, having discovered all continents, all oceans, and knowing so much about science and all kind of animals in this planet, we should believe we had it more or less discovered. 

But have a look at these 8 bizarre animals, who would have thought they exist?
Don’t they just incredible?

 

Mangalitsa pig,

“Don’t be fooled by a wolf in sheep’s clothing”, Well this it’s actually a pig in this case, but it’s a pig in sheep’s closing, that’s behaving like a dog.

Well, that is how the Mangalista pig is mostly described. 

It was discovered in Hungary in the mid 19th century. Its fur is looking completely like a sheep’s curly fur, hence its name. And they come in different hair colours too, black, red or most commonly blonde.

It’s the last pig breed in the world with a furry winter coat like this, and sadly it was nearly extinguished in the 1990’ies, as their lard is supposedly extremely tasty. Less than 200 Mangalitsa pigs were still alive.

The good news is that now a lot has been done to rescue them as a species and their future of survival looks much brighter.

 

Golden snob-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus

Too cute, and with a blue face! Yes, they actually have blue coloured faces.

Roxallena is the actual name of this species, and there is a quite fun story behind that name. The story goes that they were called this because of the snub-nosed courtesan of “Suleiman the magnificent” a 16th-century sultan of the Ottoman Empire. 

Another interesting thing about these monkeys is that the male is twice as heavy as the females and they have a different colour. Females have dark spots and sometimes completely black tones in their upper parts and heads. Babies and toddlers have such a light coat that it seems white in the sunlight.

 

Malayan Colugo
It’s also known as the flying lemur, but that’s so wrong as it can neither fly, nor is a lemur. But then why call them that?

Well, it does have a large interesting membrane like a flying squirrel, and they can in fact glide a large distance from tree to tree. 

The paradox with these small animals that weigh no more than 1-2 kg / 2,5-4,5 pounds, is that even though they live in trees then they are extremely bad climbers, and are not very strong.

 

Emperor Tamarin

Wow, look at him, what a moustache! He looks like an old emperor or a wise old man. And funny enough they actually got their name because of the resemblance of their moustache to the German Emperor Wilhelm the II.

They are social monkeys living together in groups of 4 – 20. They are very family-oriented and help each other bringing up the babies, as many often give birth to twins. They are not completely vegetarians, delicacies on their menu is frogs, snails and even small birds.

This little cutie is only 10 inches / 26cm tall, but their tale is something else. It can be up to 16 inches / 40 centimetres long.

A fun fact is that they have this very long furry tail,  but they can’t use it to swing in, they use it as a cushion. They roll it up and sit on it.

 

 

 

Markhor Goat

Imagine a 180 cm / 6-foot tall man, lying down…well that’s the size that these goats often becomes from head to tail!

But even more shocking is that the males’ horns can grow up to 160 cm / 5,2 foot long and they use them intensely to fight off other males during the mating season. It can become some quite violent fights and the sounds of the horns clashing against each other can be heard from a far distance. Females are cuties compared to the males, and their horns only become 25 cm / 10 inches long. They are totally vegans; grass, leaves, fruit and beautiful flowers are their favourite food. 

 

Blue-footed Booby

 Galapagos Islands just have a treasure box of special species and these eye-catching blue-footed birds are no exception. And just as funny and clumsy they look while at the shore,  just as amazing are they at swimming and flying. Their mating rituals are one of a kind and hilarious. The males have high stepping dance steps and at the same time, they are sky pointing their beaks into the air, accompanied by a very high whistling. If he is so lucky to impress a female enough, then she will come and join and dance and the whistling.

Their blue feet do have an interesting scientific explanation, it comes from their fish diet and indicates their healthy immune system

 

Venezuelan poodle moth

It was only discovered about approx 10 years ago, in 1009. And it looks like such a little, cute furry poodle, doesn’t it? Mammals need hair to keep their body heat, but insects don’t. So is the poodle moth having all this hair because it lives in Antarctica? Well no, actually it is Venezuelan and living in a tropical climate. So the hairs do not help it to stay warm,  but is most likely like other hairy insects there for protection, or smelling or sensing the environment. But science still knows very little about this, because the poodle moth has been discovered so recently. 

 

Water dear – The vampire Bambi

A dear with vampire looking fang teeth was spotted for the first time 60 years ago. It still exists and lives in the northern Himalayas. Only the male deers have the fangs, and no, to our knowledge they are not used to suck other animals blood as a vampire ;-).

They are quite small animals, about 60 cm /23 inch tall, and 90 cm/35 inch long, however, their tusks can become up to 7 cm / 2,8 inch long, and that gives the deer it’s distinctive look. 

Sadly they are now an endangered species, they have been hunted too much by us humans, their meet is considered a unique delicate but they’ve mainly been hunted to almost distinction because of the musk the males’ scent glands that are used for perfume, soap and Chinese + Indian medicines and on top of that it’s natural habitat has shrunk by 50% since the 70’ies. Guess, why? Deforeesting.  

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