The animal kingdom is more vast and more diverse than most of us could ever imagine. While your pet dog or cat can mean the world to you, they are not the only interesting animals walking among us. The truth is, the world is full of so many diverse ecosystems, climates, and environments that animals have developed to have some fascinating looks, abilities, and features. The more we learn about the plane on which we live, the more amazing creatures we find and the more interesting facts we learn. Don’t believe us? Sit back, as we bring to you a list of some of the most unique animals from around the world.
If you ever want to see a cross between giraffes and zebras, head straight to Central Africa where you can watch the Okapi go about its business. Popularly known as forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, Okapi is native to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though the striped marks on the animal’s body closely resemble zebras, the Okapi is more closely related to the giraffe.
2. Marine iguana
The scenic Galapagos Islands are home to this magnificent creature, as well as a large number of other unique animals that only exist in this isolated chain of islands. The marine iguana goes where no other lizard dares to go – under the sea. The iguana can dive up to 30 feet into the water. Its unique ability to swim has earned it the title of marine reptile.
3. White tiger
Despite what it might sound like, the white tiger is not a different subspecies of tiger. These tigers belong to the royal Bengal tiger family. Their unique color is due to their white fur (a result of pigmentation).
These magnificent creatures are found in different parts of India such as Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, and Madhya Pradesh.
4. Angora rabbit
Native to Turkey, the Angora rabbit has a unique coat that includes extra long fibers. They were first domesticated for their fur, which is soft and valuable. Because of this, the Angora rabbit was among the first species of rabbits to be domesticated.
5. The maned wolf
Our next one is one of the most unique animals on this planet.Found in South America, the maned wolf is known for its unique body markings. Though these markings closely resemble those found on the bodies of foxes, the two animals are not related. Despite its name, the maned wolf is also not from the wolf family.
6. Sally lightfoot crab
Nicknamed the red rock crab, the Sally lightfoot crab is found in abundance along the coasts of North America, Central America, and Mexico. This incredible creature has five pair of legs.
7. Red Panda
This exceptionally cute and shy creature is similar to house cats in terms of size. Found in China, the red panda has a long tail and a distinct fur that it wraps around its body to keep itself warm during winters.
This creature a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers dwarf both of their parents in size and are known to be very good swimmers.