Earth Day special in pictures: 15 weirdest animals on the planet

Updated: 07 May, 2016 12:12 IST
  • Earth Day special in pictures: 15 weirdest animals on the planet
  • Saki Monkey
    Saki monkeys are mostly found in South America. Sakis are shy animals, living in the trees of the rain forests. They rarely get down from the trees and feed mostly on fruits, seeds and sometimes insects
  • Saiga antelope
    The saiga is a critically endangered antelope, which is found in areas of Mongolian desert, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other parts of Eurasia. The saiga is distinguished by an extremely unusual, over-sized nose that resembles a small trunk
  • Shoebill stork
    The shoebill stork is an unusual looking large bird found in tropical east Africa. It derives its name from its huge bill that resembles a shoe
  • Tarsier
    Tarsier is a peculiar looking animal with enormous eyes and large ears that resemble an alien being. It is a primates endemic to the islands of South East Asia. Tarsiers mainly feed on insects
  • Fossa
    The fossa is carnivorous mammal found in Madagascar. Though it has features like cats, scientists relate the fossa to a mongoose
  • Platypus
    The platypus is a semi aquatic mammal found in Australia. It is one of the five species of ‘monotremes’ mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. It has an unusual appearance with a bill resembling that of a duck, a tail like a beaver, and a foot similar to an otter
  • Proboscis monkey
    The proboscis monkey also known as the long-nosed monkey, is found in Southeast Asian island of Borneo. The monkey has a reddish-brown appearance and is easily identifiable because of its unusually long nose
  • Komondor dog
    The Komondor is a weird looking dog that resembles a mop; it is occasionally referred to as the 'mop dog'. This breed of canine is a native of Hungary
  • Tapir
    Tapirs have a strange appearance with a body shaped like a pig and a short snout similar to an elephant. These herbivorous animals are found in the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia
  • Gerenuk Gazelle
    Gerenuk means “giraffe-necked” in the Somali language. it is an antelope found mostly in the dry and desert zones of east Africa. Gerenuks can reach higher branches and twigs of bushes to feed by standing tall on their rear legs and elongating their necks
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish are so well camouflaged that they can easily be mistaken for a sponge lying in the ocean. Frogfishes are found in almost all tropical and subtropical seas around the world
  • Narwhals
    Narwhals are medium-sized whale species that have unusual long tusk and have been hunted by humans for centuries for its ivory and meat. These whales are mostly found in the icy waters of Greenland and Canadian Arctic
  • Frogmouth birds
    Frogmouths are nocturnal birds named for their large flattened hooked bills and huge frog-like gape, which they use to capture insects. These birds are often confused for owls because of their nocturnal habits and owl-ilke appearance, but forgmouths are related to the nightjars
  • Okapi
    The okapi, also known as the forest giraffe is endemic to the rainforests of central Africa. Although the okapi has stripes markings similar to zebras, it is more closely related to the giraffe
  • Frill-necked lizard
    The frill-necked lizard, also known as the frilled dragon, is found mainly in Australia and New Guinea. When this lizard feels threatened, it rises on its hind legs, opens its mouth, it spreads out its frill, displaying bright orange and red scales and hisses to scare and discourage predators
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About The Gallery

These unfamiliar animals appear strange to the human eye because of their unique behaviour and looks, and sometimes they are categorised as freaks of nature. But what we must never forget is that Mother Nature has made every living being unique and each one has a vital role to play in the ecosystem. We have put together a collection comprising few of these bizarre and strange animals that inhabit our planet Earth. Here's a look...

First Published: 22 April, 2016 07:45 IST