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Just 17 Slightly Strange Animals I Thought You Should Know About

Don't thank me, thank nature.

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1. Dugong

Imagine having the privilege of this guy vacuuming your living room carpet – he'd do a great job, as I'm sure the ocean floor can attest to.
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Imagine having the privilege of this guy vacuuming your living room carpet – he'd do a great job, as I'm sure the ocean floor can attest to.

2. Shoebill

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Are they pretending to smile after hearing a bad joke or plotting an evil scheme? Either way, I want to be involved.

3. Okapi

The Okapi looks like a couple of animals have been stitched together, the result of which was a super-adorable animal, greater than the sum of its parts.
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The Okapi looks like a couple of animals have been stitched together, the result of which was a super-adorable animal, greater than the sum of its parts.

4. Hummingbird hawk-moth

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Are they a bird or a moth? Science says a moth, but I'm still not fully convinced tbh.

5. Ankole-Watusi

Now those are some serious horns – you could hang an entire wash out to dry on those things, easily.
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Now those are some serious horns – you could hang an entire wash out to dry on those things, easily.

6. Markhor

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Why have straight horns when you can have fancy, twirly ones? I'm starting a petition stating that the markhor should replace reindeers as the official animal of Christmas.

7. Axolotl

Lakes are a strange, strange place, and that's all I have to say on the matter.
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Lakes are a strange, strange place, and that's all I have to say on the matter.

8. Galago

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Oh wow, those are some super-big eyes. Can you imagine how much bigger they must get when she's surprised? I can't.

9. Fennec fox

This animal easily wins the award for the most adorable creature in the universe. Give her the crown.
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This animal easily wins the award for the most adorable creature in the universe. Give her the crown.

10. Silkie chicken

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Another animal from the genre of extra fluff equals extra cuteness.

11. Frilled-neck lizard

Hang on a second, didn't this guy have a cameo in Jurassic Park? That frilly neck collar made of skin looks like it would be useful for stopping crumbs spilling down his lap.
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Hang on a second, didn't this guy have a cameo in Jurassic Park? That frilly neck collar made of skin looks like it would be useful for stopping crumbs spilling down his lap.

12. Arctic hare

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Hey, I nearly missed seeing you there, but I'm so glad that I didn't. Normal rabbits or hares are 10/10 on the cuteness scale, but Arctic ones are a solid 11/10.

13. Elephant shrew

The elephant shrew is basically a Pixar character wished into existence. Just look at those cute lil' eyes!
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The elephant shrew is basically a Pixar character wished into existence. Just look at those cute lil' eyes!

14. Kakapo

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A kakapo is like a standard parrot, but without the sass. However, if they could talk, I'm sure they'd speak in soothing poems about how great berries are.

15. Purple frog

This amphibian is basically a sentient blob. A big, squishy, and beautiful sentient blob.
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This amphibian is basically a sentient blob. A big, squishy, and beautiful sentient blob.

16. Snub-nosed monkey

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Why does this monkey look so sad? If I could I'd invite the entire species over for afternoon tea and tell them how beautiful and wholesome they look.

17. Red-lipped batfish

I'd follow this fish's Instagram account in a heartbeat. Seriously, where's the link to their YouTube makeup tutorials?
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I'd follow this fish's Instagram account in a heartbeat. Seriously, where's the link to their YouTube makeup tutorials?