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15 Amazing Animals From Around the World

Published by nobert soloria bermosa in Science
June 1st, 2008

These animals may look ordinary but somehow possess bizarre characteristics.

Animals are one of the largest groups of living things inhabiting the Earth. Our planet is full of peculiar animals. We still have lots of things to discover about the earth and its diverse and unique creatures.

Here are some of the many amazing animals from around the world. Some of them seem ordinary animals but somehow possess bizarre characteristics.

  1. African Civet

    The African Civet is a common viverrid that ranges across tropical Africa. African civets are raised commercially for an oily secretion produced by a pair of glands near their tail, also called civet, which is used as a fixative in the perfume industry.

  2. Earthworm

    Unbelievable it may seem, but this simple looking organism has 5 pairs of hearts that connect an upper (dorsal) and a lower (ventral) blood vessel. An Earthworm is hermaphrodite, meaning it has a female and male sex organ.

  3. Squid

    Another organism with more than one heart is the squid. A squid has two hearts, a brachial heart that pumps blood through the gills, and a systemic heart that receives blood from the gills and pumps it to the rest of the body.

  4. Lobster

    When a lobster loses a claw or a leg, a new one grows. A lobster grinds its food with 6 pairs of jaws and it can live up to 100 years.

  5. Leech

    A leech can ingests up to 5 times its weight in blood and can live up to 18 months without food. An adult leech bears both male and female sex organs and reproduces by cross-fertilized eggs.

  6. European Catfish or Wel

    European Catfish or Wel is the largest freshwater fish in the world reaching 10 ft. (3 m) in length and weighing up to 450 lbs. (200 kg).

  7. Apteryx

    Apteryx or kiwi, a wingless, tailless, and flightless bird of New Zealand, is the only bird with nostrils at the tip of its bill.

  8. Kea

    A kea is a large New Zealand parrot, olive-brown variegated with blue and green, which feed on carrion in addition to fruits. Kea had been known to kill sheep by driving their powerful bills into the sheep’s back to get at the kidney fat.

  9. Chameleon

    A chameleon is a tropical tree-dwelling lizard that has the ability to change color and to move each eye independently. Its sticky, blunt-tipped tongue is almost as long as its body.

  10. Camel

    The dung of a camel is used as a fuel with no drying necessary.

  11.  Raccoon

    A raccoon is an American nocturnal plantigrade carnivore. Before a raccoon eats its food, it often holds the food in its long-fingered paws and dips it into the water several times. The reason why a raccoon douses or washes its food is not known.

  12. Red Deer

    Red deer is a common Asian and European stag. Red deer have been commercially raised in New Zealand for their meat and antlers. Their antlers are exported to South Korea where they are ground into powder for use in herbal teas.

  13. Rhinoceros

    Horns of rhinoceros are ground into powder and used in folk medicines in China, Korea and Japan. And in North Yemen, their horns are made into handles for ceremonial daggers.

  14. Beaver

    A beaver is an amphibious rodent with scaly flat oval tail, webbed hind feet and noted for skill in damming shallow streams. Beavers can cut down a tree 2 feet thick using their teeth. They use these trees for food and for building dams.

  15. Babirusa

    The male babirusa, a pig-deer in the forest of Celebes and nearby islands, has long upper tusks which are the upper canine teeth that grow vertically through the upper jaw piercing the skin and continue to grow throughout life, sometimes forming a complete circle. The lower canine teeth also grow upward, and pass outside the upper jaw.

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  1. william rodriguez II
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for the knowledge, bro. Keep it up!

  2. Anne Lyken-Garner
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Good pictures. I’d never heard of the last one. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. tracy sardelli
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    very interesting and informative, thank you for sharing.

  4. salvatore
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    great one buddy, keep it up.

  5. Lucy Lockett
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I learn new things from your informative articles,thanks.

  6. Dave
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “Animals are one of the largest groups of living things on the planet”?

    After bacteria, fungi, protists and plants they beat… uh… nothing. There are only five kingdoms. But yes, animals are definitely in the top five largest groups of living things.

    As far as being the largest living things, in fact plants take that crown. Aspen trees are often all connected by a single root system making a grove of them, in fact, a single organism. The largest one found covers just over 100 acres.
    There is a fungus in North America somewhere (sorry, my memory’s not what it used be) that is around 1000 hectares or 9 square kilometres in size but it isn’t quite as voluminous or as heavy as the Aspen trees.
    Animals come in third in this category.

    Other random interesting facts:

    Civets in South East Asia are used to produce the most expensive coffee in the world: Kopi Luwak. First, the civet eats the coffee berries, then they are fished out of its poo, washed and lightly roasted. People pay up to $600 per pound for this stuff.

    Depending on the species, leeches have a mouth at each end with thousands of extremely sharp teeth. Some species of leech have a single mouth in the middle of their body. Their saliva contains an anesthetic which helps prevent you feeling their bite and an anticoagulant that keeps the blood flowing long after the leech has dropped off. Leeches also have six eyes at each end, right in the middle of their mouth. They have very powerful heat receptors which enable them to “see” the warmth coming off warm blooded animals from considerable distances and make their way towards it. Leeches can also survive 18 months without water. They are amazingly tough little creatures.

    Zeb Hogan is on a quest currently to find the largest freshwater fish. He has caught stingrays weighing up to 485lb and there are stories of local fishermen catching rays that weighed 1100lb. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1036789/Quest-worlds-biggest-freshwater-fish-lands-6-foot-stingray–mere-tiddler.html Of course, it’s quite possible there are catfish this big too. The arapaima from the Amazon also grows to 450lb. An honourable mention from my native Australia is the Murray cod which gets up to the 250lb mark. I have personally seen one that was around 150lb.

    Kiwi fruit are named after Kiwi the bird because they look so similar. Kiwis lay the largest egg for their body size – up to one quarter of the weight of the bird. Kiwis are also unique amongst birds in having a functioning pair of ovaries. The name Apteryx is the Greek genus name but no one calls them that.

    Keas are well known for being very intelligent (for a bird). They can solve logic puzzles and have been known to work in teams to get food. Keas don’t wait for the sheep to die before eating, the keas are usually long gone by the time the sheep dies from blood loss.

    Rhinos have very poor eyesight and very good hearing. At more than 10 metres away they can’t tell you from a tree unless you make a noise.

    Beavers are the second largest rodent in the world after the Capybara. (There’s one to look up. Capybaras are way cool. They are the most chilled-out animal I have ever seen. They live in the swamps of South America and their main predator is the anaconda. Apparently, the Catholic Church declared that they should be classified as a fish in the 16th century so you can eat them during Lent.) Beavers can create very large dams, one was found that was 850m long. Beavers have also been classified as fish by the Catholic Church for much the same reason as the capybaras: the locals would have starved if they didn’t.

    Here to help…

    Dave.

  7. Posted February 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I lykd dis very much coz itz very informative……………

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