I think we can all agree that nature can be a cruel douche sometimes. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a sense of humor. Take these weird animals for example.
Each one of them looks like one of nature’s practical jokes and made millions of internet users squeal “fake, fake, faaaake!!” They are, however, totally real. We are talking about weird animals such as:
Weird Animals: Top 10
The Pacu Fish
Yup, that really is a fish with human teeth and it seems to be a smoker! Pacu fish are cousins to the Piranha. They are mostly fruit eaters and use their human-like teeth to crack nuts and fruits. Apparently, they are not that picky on what kind of nuts, though. And there have been reports of men bleeding to death after a Pacu Fish had bitten off their testicles…
The gerenuk, Litocranius walleri, also known as the Waller’s gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope. They can be found in dry thorn bush scrub and desert in East Africa, from Somalia, Djibouti and eastern Ethiopia through northern and eastern Kenya to northeastern Tanzania. The word gerenuk (pronounced with a hard g) comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”. Gerenuk are sometimes also called the giraffe-necked antelope. This weird animal is the sole member of the genus Litocranius and we are proud to give it 4 out of 5 stars on the strange’o meter. Simply by looking like a perfect giraffe, gazelle photo-mashup.
The Cassowary, aka the Australian Velociraptor
What seems like a cgi-scene lifted straight from Jurassic Park, is in fact a flightless bird called the Cassowary. Not only is this the world’s deadliest bird, but it’s also one of the most dangerous things you can bump into in Australia period. Which is saying a lot when 90% of the wildlife there is capable of destroying you. This Ostrich from hell takes protecting it’s territory very, VERY seriously, and will brutally murder anything perceived as a threat (you!) with it’s razor-sharp claws. They can reach heights of up to 7ft and there are many records of natives being seriously injured or killed by this, finely-tuned, writing machine of death.
Surely, you will be glad to hear that these weird animals seem to have a taste for Doritos, rather than human brains. This strange creature is related to the common Pill Bug and, according to fossil record, have existed for over 160 million years. Even though it looks like they could easily take over the world if they wanted to, they are actually harmless deep-sea scavengers.
This scary looking fish is called a Snakehead. They are known for its voracious appetite, often consuming all other fish in a lake or pond and even eating its young. It can also slither across land and stay out of water for up to three days to find new sources of food. Once on land, snakeheads can eat almost any small animal in its path. They have even attacked people who got too close to their nesting areas. If these things could fly, mankind would have declared war on them a long, long time ago…
The Saiga Antelope
This strange looking creature is called a Saiga Antelope. They are one of the world’s most ancient mammals. And have have shared the Earth with saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths over 250,000 years ago. Thought to be extinct at one time, they are also referred to as living fossils.
Smooth Long Necked Turtle
I know what you’re thinking. “This is either a Photoshop or someone threaded a snake through a turtle”. But this species of turtle have such long necks that they aren’t able to pull it back into their shell, which is basically the only good thing about being a turtle. They do have skunk superpowers though and can produce a offensive smelling liquid if threatened.
This weird looking snake can be found in the Takamanda Forest Reserve, Cameroon. Its unusual scales give it the ability to blend in with its surroundings to hide from predators or ambush prey. Humans are normally not on their menu but a bite can still be deadly!
Giant Coconut Crab
For something that looks like it can only be killed with a flamethrower, they sure gave this “Coconut Crab” an innocent sounding name.
he Oarfish — also known as ribbon fish — are among the largest fish in the ocean, with some that can grow to up to 50 feet long. Because of its size, many believe Sea serpent folklore and stories of mythological sea creatures originated from the Oarfish. If you’re worried that this image will stop you from ever setting foot in the ocean ever again, don’t be. They commonly reside 3,000 feet deep and sightings of this sea monster are extremely rare.
The Proboscis Monkey is a medium-sized monkey that is found exclusively in the rain-forests of Borneo. The male Proboscis Monkey is one of the largest monkeys in Asia and — with their fleshy nose — this is one helluva weird looking animal.
Nope, that is not a prank that involves novelty wax Dracula teeth. It really is a deer with friggin’ 3-inch long fangs! On a first encounter, we’re sure nobody would blame you for stabbing one through the heart with a wooden stake.
Now, before you go out there on a quest to slay some unholy scourge. Keep in mind that these weird animals are actually completely harmless. As far as we know, there has been no person bitten by one — who then returned from the grave to walk the earth as an undead Vampire Deer. Then again, there is no record of it not happening either, which could just mean they’re really good at getting away with it…
Blue Parrot Fish
This weird but amazing looking fish is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. In Polynesia, it is served raw and was once considered “royal food”, only eaten by a King. Now, I understand that this photo doesn’t even look like a good Photoshop and more of a MS Paint at best. But please keep in mind that some species of Parrot Fish can envelope themselves in a transparent cocoon (which is made from an organ on their head). They do this to hide their scent from predators and, obviously, to look like a Pixar cartoon animal.