Almost imaginary animals.
Amazing animals live all over the world. Choosing just 20 seemed impossible. In order to determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as cuteness and how much they looked like Pokémon. Wow. This list contains some of the coolest animals on earth.
1. A pink armadillo
One of the cutest species of armadillos is the pink fairy armadillo. This species is a threatened species, found in the sand dunes, grasslands, and sandy plains of Argentina. Pink fairy armadillos are nocturnal creatures that feed mostly on insects and plants.
Located in Africa, the okapi is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the stripes make many people think okapi are related to zebras, they are actually more closely related to giraffes. Okapi are solitary creatures and breed in groups. They eat mostly leaves, grass, and other plants.
3. The Blue Dragon, Glaucus Atlanticus
Often about a few inches long, these small dragon-like creatures are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Blue dragons float upside down so that their blue side blends with the water, while their silver side blends with the ocean surface. Man o’ war-like creatures are fed on by this tiny dragon, which even delivers a similar sting.
4. A Maned Wolf
Brazil’s southern, central-western, and southeastern grasslands are favored habitats for the maned wolf. In spite of its appearance and name, it is not related to wolves or foxes, but rather to dogs. Maned wolves hunt alone and consume mostly meat and plants (about 50% of their diet).
Madagascar is home to the fossa, a carnivorous animal. Despite having many similarities to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. Forest habitats are the only habitats where the fossa lives, and it can hunt day or night. It mainly eats lemurs.
6. Spider crabs
Japanese spider crabs inhabit Japan’s surrounding waters, as the name suggests. The crab is considered a delicacy in many parts of Japan, but it can be difficult to catch. Japanese spider crabs can grow up to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature (aka crustacean) that can match the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American lobster.
7. Papua Fish
Do the teeth look familiar when you look closely at them? The fish comes from South America. Although related to the piranha, this fish can grow much larger. Also found in rivers such as the Amazon, they are helpful to the fishing industry. Unlike piranhas, pacu eat only seeds and nuts, but can still cause serious injuries to other animals if necessary.
8. Slow Loris
In Southeast Asia, slow loris are nocturnal animals. Although the teeth of the loris are very cute, they are actually quite venomous. To protect their babies from predators, the toxins on their teeth are also applied to their fur through grooming. It is not uncommon to see these creatures foraging alone, although they can occasionally be seen with other slow lorises. Besides their poisonous teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism by which they move nearly silently in order to avoid detection.
9. Rabbits made of angora
These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbits, wild and domestic. The rabbit originated in Turkey but spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. Wool from these rabbits is often used to make clothing, and they shed their own coats every 3-4 months.
The axolotl or Mexican salamander (who looks like a Pokémon, if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes throughout Mexico. Despite spending much of their adult lives in water, these salamanders are amphibious. Nevertheless, their numbers are declining due to non-native predators and continued urbanization in Mexico. An axolotl survives by eating insects, worms, and fish.
Despite how made up it sounds, the liger is a real (and cute) animal created when a lion mated with a tiger. Because lions and tigers do not share the same habitat in the wild, tigers seem to exist only in captivity or zoos. Despite being bigger than both the tiger and the lion, these animals don’t live very long or are sterile. These animals are cool and unique, but they are not strictly natural or sustainable.
12. Vulture with a bearded head
This vulture reminds me of a phoenix, which is why I was initially intrigued by it. Vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, including Tibet. The bearded vulture eats dead animals like other vultures. However, it has been documented that it attacks live prey more often than other vultures.
As the last representative of a group of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago, this shark is known as a “living fossil.” This shark can grow between 10 and 13 feet in length. Every major ocean has been home to the goblin shark. Goblin sharks are not fast swimmers and often ambush their prey.
A cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is a rather small cat, about the same size as most domestic cats. From bamboo to eggs to insects, it eats a variety of small mammals, including bamboo. The red panda spends most of its day sedentary, and at night or in the morning it hunts as it needs to.
The blobfish is actually so ugly that it’s cute (even though it reminds me of a certain Pokémon) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Blobfish have a density only slightly above that of water. Rather than expending energy, the fish just floats along and lets creatures wander into its mouth.
16. Deer with leaves
Putao’s northwest region is covered with dense forests that are home to the leaf deer. Adult leaf deer are about 20 inches tall, and males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. Leaf deer are so named because hunters could wrap the deer in a large leaf.
It is still one of the coolest animals in the world, even though tigers are more common than many other animals on this list. Tigers are the largest of all cats and were once found in Russia, Turkey, and many parts of Asia. Despite being on the
Narwhals are whales that live around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. Narwhals eat different kinds of fish depending on the time of year: in the spring they eat cod, and in the winter they eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and often die from suffocation when trapped under the ice.
Even though you may not be familiar with cheetahs like you might other animals in this list, they are still incredibly cool. Cheetahs are often found in Africa and Iran. These incredible cats can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. In addition, these amazing cats have semi-retractable claws that help with speed. The cheetah, however, has little defense other than speed.
20. A magnificent Bird of Paradise
The male superb birds of paradise perform this mating dance in this GIF. An average female rejects about 20 potential mates before selecting one she wants to mate with. Although it is unknown how many of these birds exist in New Guinea, they are often found there. Scientists believe that the population remains stable.