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Animals that make our eyes wide-opened!

There are many weird looking animals in this planet; some are adorable and some may look odd. These unique animals caught my attention and I would love to share some cool facts about them:

1. Komondor dog

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When I first saw this picture, the first thing that came across my mind was ‘Bob Marley”. This dog is called the Komondor dog and a male Komondor can grow up to 30 inches tall, making it one of the biggest common breeds of dog. Its dreadlock fur is long, soft, and thick; it almost looks like a mop! Komondor owners would have to bath and maintain its fur to ensure that it maintains its white coat colour. Damn, this dog is so adorable! I wonder whats hiding under that white coat? =p

2. The Angora rabbit

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The Angora rabbit is a domestic rabbit and bred for its long, soft hair. This Turkish rabbit was a pet of the French royalty in the mid 1700s, and was spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century. Due to its soft fur, its fur is used to make long wool. This is done by simply shearing or plucking its soft fur.

3. The sloth

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If I happen to walk behind someone who walks as slow as a sloth, trust me, I would take out my book and start reading. This animal moves slowly on the tree and it can spend its whole time moving from one place to another. They live in Central and South America and they eat both insects and leaves.

4. Proboscis monkey

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The proboscis monkey is found in Borneo and Sumatera and they are known as “Monyet Belanda” or “Dutch Monkey”. Check out its long pendulous nose and big belly! Look at its long legs, “I’m sexy and I know it”

5. The aye-aye

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Do you know what an “aye-aye” is? The aye-aye is a lemur and it lives in Madagascar. However, it may not look as good as its cousin, the black and white lemur. This animal has rodent-like teeth and a middle finger to fill the same niche as a woodpecker. It uses its middle finger to pull out grubs out from the hole.

6. The Blob fish

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Yes, I am thinking what you are thinking; it looks weird and funny. It’s so amazing how creatures like this actually exist! This animal is called the blob fish (Psychrolutes marcidus) and it is a fish that inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania. We don’t really get to see this animal due to the inaccessibility of its habitat. You are pretty lucky if you can capture a picture of it!

7. The Shoebill stork

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The Shoebill is a tall bird, with height of 120 cm tall and has a huge, bulbous bill of about 19 cm long! The sharp edges in the mandibles help it to decapitate its prey and also to discard the vegetation after the prey has been caught. It has a beak that looks like a shoe and this bird is believed to be an ancient bird known by the Arabs & Egyptians. The Arabs called it “Abu Markub”.

8. Angler Fish

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The Angler fish is an ugly and angry looking fish in my dictionary. It looks traumatised; I wonder why it looks atrocious all the time! This fish has a glowing “fishing rode” in front of it. What’s unique about this fish is that the male angler fish actually feeds on the female’s ex-uterus until he eventually loses his eyeballs, then internal organs and finally his life. What a creepy sexual intercourse! This fish lives in the deep sea and hides from predators.

9. Star-nosed mole

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Did you know that the Star nosed mole has a weird looking nose that looks like a star? That was how it got its name! It can withstand severe cold and feeds on high protein food such as worms and snails.

10. Mata-mata

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A mata mata is a freshwater turtle that lives around the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America. These unique turtles spent most of their time in the water, especially in shallow water, where they can easily reach their head out of water to breathe. The mata-mata feeds on fish and they are harmless to humans. They are very sensitive to pollutants.

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2 thoughts on “Animals that make our eyes wide-opened!

  1. wow…i like Angler fish.

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