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21 Strangest, Weirdest, Ugliest, Creepiest Animals in the World

    It’s like the animal kingdom's version of a punk-rocker. The lowland tenrec's colorful quills can create high-pitched sound when rubbed together. (Shutterstock)

    In the age of digital photography, we’ve all seen so many foreign and strange things. Even so, these animals are surprising sights. Imagine coming across one of these in the wild.

    A few of these unusual animals are cute, such as the Kirk’s Dik-Dik, but some are creepy, like the naked mole rat. 

    1. Kirk’s Dik-Dik

    Kirk's Dik-Dik
    (Chester Zoo)


    2. Pink Fairy Armadillo

    Pink Fairy Armadillo
    (Wikimedia Commons)


    3. Aye-Aye

    (Rob Cousins/Bristol Zoo via Getty Images)

    (Rob Cousins/Bristol Zoo via Getty Images)


    4. Leaf-Tailed Gecko

    Leaf-Tailed Gecko
    Image of a leaf-tailed gecko via Shutterstock


    5. Naked Mole Rat

    Naked Mole Rat
    (Wikimedia Commons)


    6. Atretochoana Snake

    Atretochoana eiselti
    (Musa Sudai/Wikimedia Commons)

    Atretochoana eiselti
    (Wikimedia Commons)


    7. Idolomantis

    Image of an idolomantis via Shutterstock


    8. Tufted Deer

    Tufted Deer
    Image of a tufted deer via Shutterstock


    9. Dugong

    Image of a dugong via Shutterstock


    10. Shoebill

    Image of a shoebill via Shutterstock

    (Bryan Shrode/Wikimedia Commons)


    11. Mantis Shrimp

    Mantis Shrimp
    Image of a mantis shrimp via Shutterstock


    12. Marabou

    Image of a marabou via Shutterstock


    • rg9rts

      A little bio would be nice don’t you think? Like where they live etc??

      • Winky Cat

        Which one(s) are you planning on visiting (or avoiding)?

        • chezmoi

          I’ll avoid the snakes and moles, thank you, though lizards are my pals. The little punk hedgehog is kind of cute, and the jerboas, definitely adorable. I’ve always had a weakness for the dik-dik – I once nearly bought a pair of life-size bronze sculptures of them. That mantis and its shrimpy cousin are a cool pair, too. All that variety on basic themes is simply astounding.

          • Winky Cat

            Hi Chezmoi! These are really unusual. My favs: The dik-dik, the dugong (reminds me of a manatee), okapi and the tufted deer. I can do without the snakes and moles too!

            • chezmoi

              Hey, Winky! How’s it going?
              That photo of the dugong makes me think of an underwater industrial vac. The tufted deer, with its little fangs, is new to me – I looked it up, and it appears that they are defensive equipment, perhaps for the mating season. I had never considered the idea of saber-toothed herbivore. A nice zoological oxymoron.
              Our scientific association had the pleasure of a presentation on the giraffe at our general assembly a few weeks ago, where we learned that the okapi is a short-necked cousin to that amazing critter. It almost looks as if they had stirred up a giraffe with a zebra, eh?

      • chezmoi

        I agree. I come to ET to get information as well as groans and giggles.