20 Weird Animals You’ve Never Heard Of
You’ve been to the zoo, you’ve gone on plenty of hikes, and maybe you’ve even had a camping trip to an exotic locale. That means you probably think you have a good grasp of what kind of animals exist on Earth. However, there are precisely 1,367,555 known species (not including insects) that still exist on Earth today.
Some, like the Yeti Crab, are relatively new discoveries. Others, such as the Penis Snake, were thought to be extinct, but turned out to be living in the rain forests of Brazil. Some are a crazy mashup of species, like the Panda Ant. And still others, like the Goblin Shark, are waiting for their opportunity to star in a horror movie!
Many of these species are endangered, so we recommend getting to know these 20 weird animals so that their lives can be preserved for all humans to enjoy.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo sounds like a creature that was imagined by Lewis Carroll for Alice in Wonderland. Unlike its larger cousin, the pink fairy armadillo is fun-sized, just big enough to fit in your hand.
This five-inch little thing has a pink shell sitting atop a nice fuzzy overlay just to be cuter. The pink fairy armadillo is tough to even catch, but researchers who have studied the creature discovered that its shell isn’t fully grafted onto its body. Instead, it is connected to the body via a membrane full of blood that connects to the spinal cord. The pink color is derived from the blood, which makes this cutie a bit creepier.
It hails from Argentina and is rarely above the ground. The pink fairy digs little tunnels six inches under the ground, where it hides out and stays warm. It has a tail that is more akin to a fifth limb, which helps it dig and prevents it from being trapped in the event of a tunnel collapse. Your best chance of seeing one is to hang out in the dirt after a rainstorm.