Mother nature can be diabolically cruel sometimes, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a sense of humour.
Take these strange animals for example. Each of them looks like one of nature’s practical jokes and made millions of internet users squeal “fake, fake, faaaake!!” They are, however, totally real.
We are talking about strange animals such as:
#1. The Pacu Fish
Yes, that really is a fish with human teeth… Pacu fish are cousins to the Piranha but are mostly fruit eaters that use their human-like teeth to crack nuts and fruits. Apparently, they are not that picky on what kind of nuts as there have been reports of men bleeding to death after a Pacu Fish had bitten off their testicles…
#2. The Gerenuk
The Gerenuk, Litocranius walleri, also known as the Waller’s gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn bush scrub and desert in East Africa, from Somalia, Djibouti and eastern Ethiopia through northern and eastern Kenya to northeastern Tanzania. The word gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”. This strange animal is the sole member of the genus Litocranius and we are proud to give it 4 out of 5 stars on the bizarro meter, simply for looking like a perfect giraffe, gazelle photo-mashup.
#3. The Cassowary, aka the Australian Velociraptor
What seems like a CGI scene lifted from Jurassic Park is in fact a flightless bird called the Cassowary. Not only is this the world’s deadliest bird, but it’s also one of the most dangerous things you can bump into in Australia period, which is saying a lot when 90% of the wildlife there is capable of destroying you. This Ostrich from hell takes protecting it’s territory very, VERY seriously, and will brutally murder anything perceived as a threat (you!) with it’s razor-sharp claws. They can reach heights of up to 7 ft and there are many records of natives being seriously injured or killed by this, finely-tuned, writing machine of death. Oh… and if you think I’m exaggerating then be sure to check out the video.
The only uplifting thing to say — after realizing that such a horrifying thing exists — is that it seems to have a taste for Doritos, rather than human brains. This strange creature is related to the common Pill Bug and, according to fossil record, have existed for over 160 million years. Even though it looks like these creatures could easily take over the world if they wanted to, they are actually quite harmless, deep-sea scavengers.
#5. Snakehead Fish
This scary looking fish is called a Snakehead. They are known for its voracious appetite, often consuming all other fish in a lake or pond and even eating its young. It can also slither across land and stay out of water for up to three days to find new sources of food. Once on land, the Snakehead fish can eat almost any small animal in its path, and have even attacked people who got too close to Snakehead egg nesting areas. If these things could fly, mankind would have declared war on them a long, long time ago…
#6. The Saiga Antelope
The Saiga Antelope is one of the world’s most ancient mammals, having shared the Earth with saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths, 250,000 years ago. Thought to be extinct at one time, they are also referred to as living fossils.
#7. The Smooth Long Necked Turtle
I know what you’re thinking… This is either a Photoshop or someone threaded a snake through a turtle. But this is in fact a Smooth Long Necked Turtle. A species of turtle with such long necks that they aren’t able to pull it back into their shell, which is basically the only good thing about being a turtle. They do have skunk superpowers though and can produce a offensive smelling liquid if threatened.
#8. The Rain Frog
In this case I suggest you just watch the movie as no words can do this ridiculously cute animal justice.
#9. Dumbo Octopus
Living at a depth of 7,000 meter below sea level, the Dumbo octopus is the deepest-living octopi discovered. It sure is good to know that after miles of vertical water and untold horrors, deep sea creatures start to turn into Disney cartoon characters.
Aww… look at the little guy, finally something from the abyss that doesn’t make us want to fire nukes into the deep blue, “just in case.”
#10. Goliath Frog aka Toadzilla
Most frogs can fit in the palm of your hand, or even on the tip of your finger. But the Goliath frog, the world’s largest frog, may grow up to 3 feet long when it is stretched out and can weigh as much as a newborn baby, about 7 lbs (3.2 kg)! The goliath frog is normally found in and near fast-flowing rivers in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. They feed mostly on insects but smaller frogs or snakes best be on the lookout for this behemoth as they are also known to end up on its menu.
#11. Brutus the 20ft Saltwater Crocodile
This giant 80 year-old crocodile, which lives on the Adelaide River in Australia, can be lured out of the water by dangling kangaroo meat from a pole. Obviously, that makes for some seriously cool holiday pictures! Brutus is not invincible though, as you can see he is missing his right arm…
#12. The Zebroid
The Zebroid is actually a cross between a horse and a Zebra, so why isn’t it named Hobra? We don’t have the faintest idea, but Zebroid does have a nice ring to it.
#13. The Blue Parrot Fish
This weird but amazing looking fish is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. In Polynesia, it is served raw and was once considered “royal food”, only eaten by a King. Now, I understand that this photo doesn’t even look like a good Photoshop and more of a Windows Paintat best. But please keep in mind that some species of Parrot Fish can envelope themselves in a transparent cocoon (which is made from an organ on their head). They do this to hide their scent from predators and, obviously, to look like a Pixar cartoon animal.
#14. The Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox
I Know what you are thinking… That has to be either a Photoshop or a toddler planking while wearing a bat costume. The truth, however, is far more frightening… This creature is called the “giant golden-crowned flying fox” and is one of the largest bat species in the world! They are extremely rare and confined to the forests of the Philippines. Also they feed primarily on figs- and not hapless teenagers, who manage to get lost in the woods, as you would expect.
#15. Giant Rabbit
When I first laid eyes on this amazing animal, I wasn’t sure if this is the cutest or the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen, until I learned the back-story. First horrifying detail: it’s real and the man is of average height, not Hobbit size. Second, is that this species of giant gray bunnies are bred by a guy in Germany for food.
#16. World’s Biggest Horse
Brooklyn Supreme was a Belgian stallion noted for his extreme size. He stood (78 inches, 198 cm) tall, weighed 3,200 pounds (1,500 kilograms) and had a girth of over 10 feet (3 meters). He was basically the SUV among horses.
#17. The Largest “Gold Fish” Ever Caught!
This super-sized “Goldfish” is considered to be one of the largest of its kind ever captured. Raphael Biagini spent 6 years hunting for the legendary “Giant Goldfish” in the south of France and it took him another 50 minutes to get this behemoth Orange Koi Carp out of the water. The only problem with this behemoth catch is finding a toilet big enough to flush it, when it dies …
#18. Coconut Crab
For something that looks like it can only be killed with a flamethrower, they sure gave this “Coconut Crab” an innocent sounding name.
Weighing up to 9 kilos, the Coconut crab is the largest example of arthropods in the world. As the name suggests, the animal are known to climb trees to pick coconuts and then crush them with their powerful claws. Considered a delicacy by some, these crustaceans are protected in some areas.
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