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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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Pallas Cat

Pallas Cat

Garfield? This plushy wildcat can be found in the rocky hills of the Asian steppes around the Caspian sea. Its dense fur and short legs give it a pudgy appearance. A slow runner, the Pallas cat prefers to stalk or ambush its prey, which mostly consists of rodents and birds.

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Pangolin

Pangolin

This chain-mailed critter inhabits tropical regions of Chad, Sudan, and Kenya. The Pangolin is a mix between an anteater, armadillo, and sloth. It's one of the only mammals to have scales. Having no teeth, the Pangolin scoops up ants and other insects with its long, sticky tongue.

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Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark

Aptly named, this long-nosed monstrosity can be found all across the Pacific, from Australia to Japan, where it was first discovered. The Goblin shark lives in deep water and feeds on fish, crabs, and squid. Its body has an unusual pink coloration.

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Mara (Patagonian Cavy)

Mara (Patagonian Cavy)

Odd mix of rabbit and deer. Mara are actually most closely related to guinea pigs. They're native to the Patagonian steppes of Argentina. They use strong hind legs to hop around like a rabbit.

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Cantor's Softshell Turtle

Cantor's Softshell Turtle

This collasal fresh-water turtle can grow up to 6 feet in length and lives across Southern Asia. Its diet consists of crustaceans, mollusks, and fish, which it ambushes lying buried in silt. Cantor turtles are dwindling in numbers, now considered endangered.

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Beluga Sturgeon

Beluga Sturgeon

The king of caviar. Beluga sturgeon are the single most expensive fish in the world. Prized for its roe and fished near to extinction, this massive fish can reach up to 3,000 lbs and live over 100 years. Beluga thrive in salt or fresh water, inhabiting the Caspian sea and adjacent water systems. Beluga caviar is illegal in the Unite States.

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Hamadryas Baboon

Hamadryas Baboon

This baboon species is native to North Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. It prefers semi-arid climate and rocky areas, taking advantage of cliff edges for shelter. Hamadryas baboons are omnivorous and diurnal. Baboons live in strict, multi-tiered, hierarchical societies, with bands often composed of up to 200 members. Males are fiercely aggressive, often fighting for mating rights.

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Frigate Bird

Frigate Bird

A bird with its own airbag. Frigates are large seabirds found around the coasts of the tropical Pacific and India oceans and the Galapagos islands. They have black, iridescent feathers and the greatest wing-span-to-body ratio of any other bird. Males have large, red, inflatable "gular" pouches which they us during mating season to attract females.

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Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

The naked mole rate is a hairless, half-blind rodent native to Ethiopia. It's uniquely adapted to living in harsh subterranean conditions: the mole rat has a very low metabolic rate, unusually high blood oxygen affinity, and large front teeth used for digging. Mole rats live together in colonies of up to 100 and unlike other mammals, are largely unable to self-regulate body temperature.

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Mata Mata

Mata Mata

The Mata Mata is a sedentary, freshwater turtle native to the stagnant backwaters of Central South America and the Amazon. This turtle has a unique hunting tactic: it sits motionless in the silt with its large mouth wide open, creating a pressure vacuum that sucks in fish and small aquatic invertebrates.

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