Often, what sets you apart from others acts as a burden. But what you should know is it is what makes you great. I hope these animals know this.

Unique animals with exceptional and odd traits and habits reside worldwide. Each animal is fascinating, but some are more fascinating than others. 

The animal’s appearance, behavior, reproduction, or a combination of those features may pique people’s interest.

1. Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer
Tufted Deer | Image Credit – Flickr
NameTufted Deer
Found InCentral China and Northeastern Myanmar
Unique traitsProminent tuft in the forehead, Fang-like teeth in males
StatusNear-threatened

The tufted deer (Elaphodus cephalophus) is a deer species native to central China and northeastern Myanmar on the East Asian continent. It’s a little deer with a tuft of hair on its forehead that gave it its name. 

One of the unique features of the tufted deer is its fang-like teeth, which are unique to males and give this type of deer a prehistoric appearance similar to that of the Muntjac. 

Territorial males use these protruding teeth, or fangs, to battle amongst themselves over breeding partners or territory. 

The tails and bodies of these shy animals are dark browns with a white underbelly. They like to be active in the dark since it allows them to blend in better with their surroundings.

2. Thorny Dragon

Thorny Dragon
Thorny Dragon | Image Credit – Flickr
NameThorny Dragon
Found InCentral Australia
Unique TraitsThrones throughout the body
StatusLeast Concern

The Thorny Dragon is a lizard species belonging to the Agamidae family with the scientific name Moloch horridus. 

Thorny devil, Mountain devil, Thorny lizard, and Moloch are some of the names given to the Thorny dragon. 

It is the only animal that belongs to the Moloch genus. Moloch is the name of a deity from the ancient Near East who means “horrible beast.” 

3. Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkeys perched on a branch
Proboscis Monkeys perched on a branch | Image Credit – Flickr
NameProboscis Monkey
Found InBorneo Jungle
Unique TraitsMassive snout
StatusEndangered

Probosci’s monkeys are found only in Borneo’s jungles, never leaving the island’s rivers, coastal mangroves, or swamps. 

The Proboscis Monkey is well-known for its massive snout. Male probosci’s monkeys utilize their fleshy, pendulous noses to attract mates, which may look strange. 

These enormous organs produce an echo chamber in which the monkey’s call is amplified, impressing females and scaring rival males.

4. Okapi

Okapi
Okapi | Image Credit – Flickr
NameOkapi
Found InIturi Rainforest
Unique TraitsLike deer Like zebra
StatusEndangered

The okapi, sometimes known as the “forest giraffe,” resembles a mix between a deer and a zebra and dwells among lush plants. It is, however, the giraffe’s only living relative. 

The okapi is only found in the wild in the Ituri Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it possesses thick, oily fur that helps it stay dry in the rain. It also contains scent glands on the bottoms of its hooves, which aid in marking its territory. 

The okapi’s small horns are covered in skin save for the tips. Unlike males, most females have knobby bumps instead of horns.

5. Pink Fairy Armadillo

Pink Fairy Armadillo
Pink Fairy Armadillo | Image Credit – Flickr
NamePink fairy armadillo
Found InArgentina
Unique TraitsPink robe backside
StatusUncertain

The pink fairy armadillo is the tiniest and cutest armadillo species. These Armadillos live in Argentina’s sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal species that eat insects and plants to survive.

6. The Maned Wolf

Not a Deer, Wolf or Fox, the Maned Wolf is Fascinating | Video Credit – Animalogic
NameManed Wolf
Found InBrazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina
Unique TraitsWalking on grass like floating (in dark)
StatusNear-threatened

Did you know there’s a wolf that looks like a mix of a red fox and a gazelle? It’s known as a “maned wolf” and may be found in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina’s dry, shrubby woods and grasslands.

The maned wolf has long, almost black legs that allow it to walk effortlessly through the tall grasses where it lives and hunts for prey. 

They may have the appearance of a fox and the name of a wolf, but they lack many of the features of these animals, such as diet. They are more closely related to the South American bush dog.

7. Fossa

Fossa
Fossa | Image Credit – Flickr
NameFossa
Found InMadagascar
Unique TraitsResemble cats but relate to mongoose
StatusCritically Endangered

The fossa, a mongoose relative, is only found in the forests of Madagascar, an African island in the Indian Ocean. 

From nose to tail tip, they can grow to be 6 feet long and weigh up to 26 pounds. Although it shares many characteristics with cats, it is more closely linked to the Mongoose. The fossa can hunt at any time and is only found in woodland areas.

8. Japanese Spider Crab

Japanese Spider Crab
Japanese Spider Crab | Image Credit – Flickr
NameJapanese spider crabs
Found InWaters near Japan
Unique TraitsGaint long limbs
StatusNot evaluated

Japanese spider crabs may resemble creatures from a 1950s science fiction film, yet they are gentle giants.

As its name indicates, the Japanese spider crab exists in the waters surrounding Japan. Although it is challenging to catch, this crab is considered a delicacy in many parts of Japan.

9. Pacu Fish

Pacu Fish
Pacu Fish| Image Credit – Flickr
NamePacu Fish
Found InSouth American freshwater
Unique TraitsHuman-like teeth
StatusNot Evaluated

The fish, which is assumed to be a South American pacu, is famous for its teeth, which eerily resemble human teeth.

Despite their piranha connection, Pacus eat plants predominantly and are generally considered harmless to humans. 

However, they eat other fish on occasion and may thus outcompete native species or spread parasites or diseases.

10. Slow Loris

Slow Loris
Slow Loris | Image Credit – Flickr
NameSlow Loris
Found InSoutheast Asia
Unique TraitsCute and deadly
StatusEndangered

The slow loris is a nocturnal Southeast Asian species. The loris’ teeth are actually highly deadly, despite their cuteness.

To protect its young from predators, the toxin on their teeth can be administered to their fur by grooming. These species forage and spend time alone, though they are occasionally seen alongside other slow lorises.

 Aside from their poisonous teeth, sluggish lorises have another protective mechanism: they move almost totally silently to avoid being discovered.

11. Angora Rabbit

Angora Rabbit
Angora Rabbit | Image Credit – Flickr
NameAngora Rabbit
Found InEurope (originally: Turkey)
Unique TraitsHairiest rabbit breeds
StatusCritically endangered

These adorable, fluffy bunnies are among the hairiest wild and domestic rabbit breeds. The origins of these rabbits can be traced back to Turkey. 

Angora rabbits are grown for their long, velvety wool; they are also regarded as excellent pets.

12. Axolotl

Axolotl Care Guide | Video Credit – Girl Talks Fish
NameAxolotl
Found InLake Xolchimilco
Unique TraitsLarva when mature
StatusCritically endangered

The axolotl is a salamander species with a particularly distinct genetic makeup. Due to an uncommon trait called ‘neoteny,’ they retain most of their larval characteristics into maturity.

Axolotls are predators that eat worms, insects, crustaceans, mollusks, and a few small fish species. 

They were placed at the top of the food chain in their distribution area until recent decades. Still, invasive species like perch and tilapia pose a danger, contributing to a drop in their populations.

13. Liger

Liger
Liger | Image Credit – Flickr
NameLiger
Found InZoos and sanctuaries
Unique TraitsHalf lion, half tiger
StatusNot Evaluated

Do you know what a liger is? It’s the result of mating between a male lion and a female tiger. There’s also the tigon, which has a mother who is a lion and a father who is a tiger. 

The leopon, a lion-leopard hybrid, is not to be surpassed by the julep, a jaguar-leopard hybrid. 

As lions and tigers do not share the same habitat in the wild, tigers appear to only live in captivity or in zoos. 

Despite being larger than both the lion and the tiger, these creatures do not live very long or are sterile. While these animals are fascinating and one-of-a-kind, they are neither natural nor sustainable.

14. Blobfish

Blobfish
Painting of a Blobfish | Image Credit – Wikimedia Commons
NameBlobfish
Found InAustralia, Tasmania, and New Zealand
Unique TraitsUgly but cute
StatusCritically endangered

This blobfish is, in some ways, so ugly that it’s cute (although it does resemble a specific Pokémon).

It dwells in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand’s deep oceans. The density of the blobfish is only slightly higher than that of water. 

Rather than exerting energy, the fish primarily hunts by floating about and allowing creatures to fall into its mouth.

15. Bearded Vulture

Bearded Vulture
Bearded Vulture | Image Credit – Flickr
NameBearded Vulture
Found InWorldwide
Unique TraitsMost dangerous flying carnivores
StatusNear-threatened

The bearded vulture is one of the highest, most dangerous flying carnivores on the planet. This animal is intense, attractive, and powerful, making it a unique creature. 

Vultures can be found worldwide, from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent and Tibet.

Although the bearded vulture, like other vultures, prefers to devour dead animals, it has been observed that it attacks live prey more frequently than other vultures.

16. Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark
Goblin Shark | Image Credit – Flickr
NameGoblin shark
Found InOcean Bottom near Japan 
Unique TraitsProtruding mouth
StatusLeast concern

A shovel-like snout, a flabby body, and a tail with a minimally developed lower lobe characterize the Goblin Shark.

The Goblin Shark’s protruding mouth is one of its most distinguishing traits. The mouth can either retract beneath the eye or stretch forward beneath the snout.

Because they are the last living representative of sharks that lived roughly 125 million years ago, this rare shark is also known as a “living fossil.”

17. Red Panda

Red Panda
Red panda yawning | Image Credit – Flickr
NameRed Panda
Found InEastern Himalayas and Southwestern China
Unique TraitsHunts at night and morning
StatusEndangered

The eastern Himalayas and southwestern China are home to this adorable little panda. The red panda is a little animal around the size of a domestic cat.

Bamboo, eggs, insects, and various other tiny mammals are among its favorite foods. During the day, the red panda is primarily sedentary, but at night or in the morning, it goes out hunting.

18. Saiga Antelope

Saiga Antelope
Saiga Antelope | Image Credit – Flickr
NameSaiga Antelope
Found InKazakhstan, Russia, and North America
Unique TraitsHuge Nose
StatusCritically endangered

The Saiga Antelope is a severely endangered antelope found in Kazakhstan, Russia, and North America. 

Saiga antelope is one of the most stunning animals, with a unique look and a huge nose.

19. Gerenuk 

Gerenuk 
Gerenuk | Image Credit – Flickr
NameGerenuk
Found InEast Africa
Unique TraitsEnormous eyes and ears and tiny heads
StatusNear Threatened 

The gerenuk is a long-necked antelope with a Somali name, “giraffe-necked.” Their eyes and ears are enormous, but their head is small for their size. 

Only the males have broad, highly ringed horns, and the males have a more powerfully muscled neck than the females.

20. Cheetah

Cheetah
Cheetah | Image Credit – Flickr
NameCheetah
Found InSouth Africa (primarily)
Unique TraitsToo Fast
StatusVulnerable

While less famous than some of the other creatures on our list, cheetahs are unique. Many parts of Africa and Iran are home to them. 

These incredible cats can achieve speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and spin quickly and abruptly with their tails.

These incredible cats also have semi-retractable claws, which aids in speed. On the other hand, the cheetah doesn’t have anything to defend itself except speed.

Conclusion

We may find amazing animals all around the world. They are all so outstanding that whittling them to just 20 seemed virtually impossible. 

Describing what makes the most intriguing and unusual animals in the world so irresistibly attractive and unique does not secure these species. The effort, care, and action will save these animals from extinction.

Rishu Shakya, a bachelor’s degree graduate in Business Information Management, holds an extraordinary empathy towards mother nature and her ecosystem. She has always been captivated by green Earth and its charm. She regards spreading awareness about clean energy and sustainable development as her passion as well as responsibility. She believes her compassion about the Earth and human relationships will undoubtedly assist our planet to be a better place.