10 Strange Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist
With over 7 billion people on Earth and counting, you’d think we’d have mapped out everything in its entirety rather thoroughly by now, but that’s far from the case. In fact, we’ve only explored about 5% of the total area of the ocean, which covers about 80% of the planet, and there are large areas of the Amazon and other dense forest regions that remain largely unexplored. So, it’s no wonder that many animals on the planet still go unnoticed, unclassified, or at least, only regionally known.
Such is the case with the animals you’ll find here today. Some are rare and on endangered species lists. Some were endangered, but conservation efforts have succeeded to bring them back to “Least Concern” status. Some reside in only remote areas of the planet, or are just extremely shy. How many of these strange animals do you recognize?
The Aye Aye
These bug-eyed mammals can only be found on the island of Madagascar. Though they may seem to resemble a rodent species, they are actually far closer in relation to chimpanzees, apes, and yep, humans.
Their big eyes probably help these nocturnal, dark-haired creatures see in the dark, while their opposable thumbs are great for dangling from rainforest trees, which researchers believe the Aye Ayes spend their entire lives in, never coming down to earth. Hello, earth to Aye Aye? They are also the only primates believed to use echolocation to find their prey.