Bizarre and Cool Animals in the Animal Planet May 26, 2012
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Bizarre and Cool Animals in the Animal Planet May 26, 2012

Here is another list of unusual animals that you may or may not have heard of. They are all beautiful in their own way and each has something to give to the environment. We should spend more time familiarizing ourselves with the beautiful animals that inhabit our world with us.
  • Addax 

These very cool looking ruminanants, cud chewers like cattle and deer, are native to the Sahara Desert and are also called screwhorn antelope. The horns on the males can get about 2 feet 3/4 inches in length and are black in color. The word addax is arabic for wild cow.

  • Xenopus 

Better known as the South African clawed frog. They eat pretty much anything and use their back claws to rip food apart. They grow to about 5 inches long and have no tongues. They have been known to live as long as 25 years!

  • Saki Monkey 

These guys hail from South Amnerica and I just love the blond hair on their faces! They are not really large animals but are distiguished by their long tails that are bushy and their blond colored fur around the face.

  • Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly 

These absolutely beautiful butterflies are the largest in the world! As usual in the animal world, the males are blessed with all the color while the females are brown. The females get to be about the size of a ruler with their wings spread and the males are smaller. 

  • Tayra 

This cute guy is a type of weasel and comes from Central America. They grow to about 3 1/2 feet in length with the tail and weigh from 6-16 1/2 lbs. They are known to leap from tree to tree when they are feeling threatened and are also avid climbers and swimmers. They are incredibly smart as they will take an unripened fruit and place it in a cache and wait until it is ripe before eating it.

  • Uakari 

No this guy is not embarrassed, his face is actually that color, urakaris that are sick tend to have pale colored faces due to health issues. Uakaris come from the Amazon and are members of the monkey family. At night they like to sleep high up in the canopy and, unlike some other primates, they have short tails buy move about with the use of strong arms and legs.

  • Wapiti 

Most North Americans can tell you that the common name for this rumanant, cud chewer, is an elk, but they are also know as Wapiti, which is a Shawnee word that literally translates as white rump. If you have never seen these beautiful, majestic creatures you don't know what you have missed. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains so I have had the honor of seeing these beautiful creatures a lot. Wapiti, or elk, are huge. The females don't have horns and weigh in at about 500 lbs. The males can weigh about 700 lbs or better. The rack, or antlers can be as long as about 4 feet in length and can weigh about 40 lbs. When the animals are hunted the rack is counted by points, which means if you say you got a 5 point elk you count the tines on one side of the rack. Eastern hunters typically count both sides so they would call it a 10 point. Males will roll in a wallow which is a spot where they pee and then roll around in it to leave their scent. 

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Comments (3)

Truly weird-looking. The butterfly looks so beautiful.

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P.Guims....Thank you, I thought so too

Hey Jaz, the more I get to know you, the more I see how much we have in common.  I too, am new in my spiritual search and I believe my search began for the same reasons as yours.  Feel free to email me anytime.  I am reading the articles you have here.  I love anything and everything about animals.  The pics are captivating.  Such beauty in our world.