Rare Exotic Animals
Here are some rare exotic animals that you may not have encountered before. Despite the wonderful variety of nature documentaries, and the increasing ease of access to them, there remain some weird and wonderful creatures that have to be seen to be believed – and even then they make you look twice and question what you’ve been drinking. Nature is truly amazing in the diversity of creatures that it creates, and who knows what other unusual species are yet to be discovered, or have yet to evolve.
The Flying Anteater.
The Flying Anteater doesn’t actually fly, but rather glides using large, loose flaps of skin between it’s limbs as a wing. This is the same method employed by the more commonly found flying squirrel, and the less well-known flying lizard. Definitely one of the more curious of these rare exotic animals, zoologists have speculated that the anteater took to the tree in a search for ant nests, and evidently found the canopy to it’s liking. As the anteater is usually lacking in natural predators, zoologists remain puzzled as to how it evolved it’s ability to glide, without the incentive of something chasing it. Nevertheless, glide it does, and whilst in the air supplements it’s diet with airborne insects.
Western Caribbean Pond-Shark
Truly giving some weight to the saying ‘big fish in a small pond’, the Pond Shark is the apex predator in it’s confined environment. Due to the limited space, and even more limited food supply, young pond sharks have to immediately seek alternate waters unless they want to feature as someone’s lunch.
The Albanian Tree-Camel
Camels are found throughout Asia and Africa in a variety of different climates. However, so far only one small sub-species, the Albanian Tree-Camel, has taken to the tree tops. This strange animal is practically immune from all predators, due to all potential rivals steering clear of it's foul temper - a personality trait it shares with more common terrestrial camels
The camel has so far proved to be a very adaptable species and who knows how much further this immensely hardy animal will continue to spread.
The world’s only ocean going frog, this large-limbed amphibian propels itself swiftly through the waters with its elongated legs. The powerful legs also enable it to hop great distances on its rare trips to land. Fortunately for this creature, it’s flesh is far too salty to the taste, thus sparing the frog from the plates of French, and other frog eating lovers, the world over.
The spitting mongoose.
Zoologists have speculated that the spitting mongoose developed its spitting ability as a response to the spitting cobra. While the snake is able to squirt venom, the mongoose’s spittle is entirely harmless, although it does serve the useful purpose of momentarily confusing the cobra enabling the mongoose to close the distance and seize the initiative. It is kind as though variant of the mongoose family has evolved a first-strike capability.
The Congo Mega-Guppy
The Mega-Guppy is by far the rarest and largest member of the Guppy family yet discovered. Collectors and fishermen have made occasional expeditions to try and capture a live specimen of this very rare fish, but have yet to find a jam-jar large enough to contain the fish.
Although protected from most danger by it’s shell, this reptile has evolved a truly unique way of evading predators by way of being able to skim itself across rivers and ponds in the manner of a skimming stone. Reports of Barnes-Wallis (the inventor of the WW2 British bouncing bombs) being influenced by this creature when on a high school field trip to Venezuela are unfounded. Scientists have yet to fully understand how the turtle builds up the momentum necessary to undertake the bouncing movement.
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The Lesser-Spotted Leopard
Truly one of the rarest of all rare exotic animals, this particular leopard is even more elusive than other relatives from it's family. In fact the Lesser-Spotted nomenclature could equally well apply to the extremely sporadic sightings of this big feline.
Who knows what rare exotic animals were once with us but have no departed from the earth? What species failed to keep up with the times, or out of the dinner pot? Maybe that's a theme I can explore another time.
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