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.
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1. Tufted Deer
|Found In||Central China and Northeastern Myanmar|
|Unique traits||Prominent tuft in the forehead, Fang-like teeth in males|
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
|Found In||Central Australia|
|Unique Traits||Thrones throughout the body|
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
|Found In||Borneo Jungle|
|Unique Traits||Massive snout|
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.
|Found In||Ituri Rainforest|
|Unique Traits||Like deer Like zebra|
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
|Name||Pink fairy armadillo|
|Unique Traits||Pink robe backside|
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
|Found In||Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina|
|Unique Traits||Walking on grass like floating (in dark)|
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.
|Unique Traits||Resemble cats but relate to mongoose|
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
|Name||Japanese spider crabs|
|Found In||Waters near Japan|
|Unique Traits||Gaint long limbs|
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
|Found In||South American freshwater|
|Unique Traits||Human-like teeth|
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
|Found In||Southeast Asia|
|Unique Traits||Cute and deadly|
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
|Found In||Europe (originally: Turkey)|
|Unique Traits||Hairiest rabbit breeds|
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.
|Found In||Lake Xolchimilco|
|Unique Traits||Larva when mature|
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.
|Found In||Zoos and sanctuaries|
|Unique Traits||Half lion, half tiger|
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.
|Found In||Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand|
|Unique Traits||Ugly but cute|
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
|Unique Traits||Most dangerous flying carnivores|
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
|Found In||Ocean Bottom near Japan|
|Unique Traits||Protruding mouth|
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
|Found In||Eastern Himalayas and Southwestern China|
|Unique Traits||Hunts at night and morning|
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
|Found In||Kazakhstan, Russia, and North America|
|Unique Traits||Huge Nose|
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.
|Found In||East Africa|
|Unique Traits||Enormous eyes and ears and tiny heads|
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.
|Found In||South Africa (primarily)|
|Unique Traits||Too Fast|
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.
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.
(Last Updated on May 26, 2022 by Sadrish Dabadi)