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World's Most Preposterous Animals

Nature has a funny sense of humor. Some animals look too ridiculous to be real, but rest assured they are. Check out these startling examples.

World's Most Preposterous Animals

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Echidna

Echidna

A down-under version of a porcupine/anteater. The Echidna, along with the platypus, is an usual relic of evolution: an egg-laying mammal. Echidna's are native to Australia and New Guinea. They're excellent diggers and feed almost exclusively on ants and termites.

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Narwhal

Narwhal

Unicorns of the sea. These Arctic whales have a unique tusk that protrudes up to 10 feet from their head. Oddly enough, this tusk isn't used for hunting or icebreaking, but simply to attract females (although that can be considered a form of icebreaking in itself). Narwhal travel in packs, feeding on cod, halibut, and shrimp.

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Sloth

Sloth

The laziest animal in the world. Sloths are slow-moving, arboreal, leaf-eaters found in the rainforests of South and Central America. They are uniquely adapted with a low metabolic rate, maximizing their low-energy diet of tubers and leaves. Sloths are virtually defenseless, but ironically, their slow speed and murky coat makes them virtually invisible up in the treetops.

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Star Nosed Mole

Star Nosed Mole

As close to a live Cthulhu as you're gonna see. Star-nosed moles are hamster-sized burrowers found in Northeast America and Canada. Their most notable feature is a fleshy-pink, tentacled snout with over 25 thousand tiny sense-receptors use for feeling out prey. Star-nosed moles are excellent swimmers and feed on worms and small invertebrates.

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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

The official bird of Quebec, the snowy owl the aerial predators can be found across the Arctic circle. They nest in the ground borrows around large rocks. These sit-and-wait hunters prey on lemmings, rodents, other birds, and fish. An adult Snowy Owl can eat over 1,500 lemmings a year.

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Walrus

Walrus

The Walrus is an Arctic marine mammal found on the ice-shelves of the Northern Hemisphere. A walrus' primary diet consists of calms and various mollusks foraged from the ocean floor. They are social creatures, huddling in large clans numbering in the hundreds. The walrus was vigorously hunting in the 19th century for its blubber and ivory.

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Ostrich

Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest living, and fasted running, bird in the world, native to the savannah of Africa. Its bulk makes it unable to fly, but the ostrich can run at nearly 50 miles per hour. Ostriches herd in groups of up to 50 individuals and are farmed extensively around the world for their meat, feathers, and leather.

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Wrinkle-Faced Bat

Wrinkle-Faced Bat

Dusk till dawn. The wrinkle-faced bat is native to Central America and feeds on fruit, although it is not classified as a fruit-bat proper. Specially-adapted pouches in its mouth allows it to store food like a hamster. Its oddly-shaped skull allows it to produce a stronger bite force than other bats its size.

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Golden Snub Nose Monkey

Golden Snub Nose Monkey

Bat-monkey! The snub nose is an arboreal old world monkey native to the temperate forests of Southwestern China. They are diurnal, live in complex social groups from 5 to 600 individuals, and primarily feed on lichen. Snub noses are endangered, with only about 10,000 individuals remaining. Their survival is threatened by habitat loss.

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Long-eared Jerboa

Long-eared Jerboa

Few rodents have ears to leave Mickey-mouse jealous. The Jerboa is a mouse-like rodent with long tail and powerful kangaroo-like legs, which it uses for rapid hopping. Very little is known about the long-eared variant of the Jerboa, which is only found in the Altai Govi and Gobi desert in China and Mongolia.

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