22 Animals That Are Rare To See

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We learn all about common animals when we’re young: dogs, horses, elephants, and so on. But there are dozens of animals out there that you never knew about. Not only are they unknown by most people, but they’re incredibly unique and some are even adorable. Here are 22 of the most unknown animals that we thought you would be interested in.


1. Dhole

It is found in South and Southeast Asia. Dholes are social animals and known to live in large clans where they sometimes split up into smaller packs to hunt. They primarily prey on ungulates by tiring them out in long chases.


2. Babirusa

Baribusa are members of the pig family found in the Indonesian islands. If it does not grind its tusks (achievable through regular activity), they will eventually keep growing until they penetrate the animal’s own skull.

3. Pink fairy armadillo

This animal is approximately 3.5-4.5 inches long, excluding the tail. It can completely bury itself in a matter of seconds when scared. It is known to be nocturnal and burrows small holes near ant colonies. They mainly feed on nearby ants and ant larvae.

4. Fossa

This is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is the largest mammalian carnivore on Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar. Its claws are semi-retractable and have flexible ankles that allow it to climb trees.

5. Gerenuk

Gerenuks are found in dry thorn bushes and deserts in Eastern Africa. Gerenuks have a relatively small head for their body, but their eyes and ears are large. They seldom graze but browse on prickly bushes and trees using their long necks and hind legs.


6. Naked Mole Rat

This creature is resistant to cancer. They also remain “young, healthy and fertile for all its days”. They are used in laboratory experiments for finding a cure for cancer and for decreasing aging.


7. Irrawaddy dolphin

This is a species of oceanic dolphin found near sea coasts and in estuaries and rivers in parts of the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia. Genetically, the Irrawaddy dolphin is closely related to the killer whale.


8. Markhor

The markhor is a species of wild goat in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While chewing cud, a foam-like substance comes out of the markhor’s mouth which drops on the ground and dries. The substance is sought after by locals who believe it extracts snake poison from snake bites.


9. Kiwaidae

This is a type of marine decapod living at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. They are commonly referred to as “yeti crabs” because of their claws and legs which are white and appear to be furry.


10. Snub-nosed monkey

These monkeys live in parts of Asia and get their name from the short stump nose on their face. They inhabit mountain forests and spend the majority of their life in trees and live together in very large groups.


11. Maned Wolf

This wolf resembles a large fox with reddish fur. It is found in open and semi-open areas, especially grasslands with scattered bushes and trees throughout South America.


12. Southern right whale dolphin

This dophin is a small species of mammal found in the southern hemisphere. They are fast swimmers and have no visible teeth and no dorsal fin. They are graceful and move by leaping out of the water repeatedly.


13. Southern Red Muntjac

It has soft brownish/grayish hair and is omnivorous, as they like feeding on grass, fruits as well as small animals. It gives calls similar to barking, usually upon sensing a predator. Males are extremely territorial and can be fierce.


14. Cyphonia Clavata

This species of treehopper has an ant-like structure that’s growing out of its head. The ant-like section on its head is an appendage that hides the treehopper’s actual body.


15. Sunda Colugo

This animal glides as it leaps among trees. It is mainly arboreal, nocturnal, and consumes soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, and fruits.


16. Tufted Deer

It is a small species of deer characterized by the tuft of black hair on its forehead. It lives further north over central China. It is mainly solitary or found in pairs and prefers places with good cover.


17. Lampreys

They are a type of jawless fish that lives chiefly in coastal and fresh waters. Adults are known by having a toothed, funnel-like mouth. They attach themselves to fish and suck their blood.


18. Raccoon Dog

The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon, to which it is not directly related. They are very good climbers and can climb trees.

19. Patagonian Mara

This herbivorous, rabbit-like animal has distinctively long ears and limbs and its hind limbs are longer and have more muscle than its forelimbs.

20. Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

It is found in forests and woodlands throughout Amazon. They span 6 1/2 inches in length and like to dart from branches to catch insects. They build large nests up to 6 feet long on branches near water.


21. Zebra Duiker

The Zebra Duiker is a small antelope found in the Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa. They have gold/red-brown coats with distinctive zebra-like stripes. They live in lowland rainforests and eat leaves and fruit.


22. Star-Nosed Mole


It is found in wet ranges of eastern Canada and the United States. It is characterized by the 11 pairs of fleshy appendages surrounding its snout, which is used for touch. It is how this mole feels its way through areas.

They’re all so unique, but the gerenuk and the raccoon dog are especially welcome in my house any time. Share these awesome, unique, barely known animals with others. Spread the knowledge and fun!

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