Most of us don’t grasp the variety of animals species that inhabit the Earth today, and some even get surprised as they find out there are some cool animals they haven’t heard of before. But seriously now – out of 1,367,555 identified non-insect animal species that live on Earth today, how do you expect to know every single one of them? To put it into perspective, this number represents only 1% of all animal species that have ever lived! Not to mention the depths of our Oceans, where there’s probably even more weird looking animals waiting to be discovered.

Scientists themselves keep observing new species every year and admit that modern science is not familiar with all of the strange animals existing today. This leaves room to such unique and even bizarre discoveries collected in this post! Inspired by Reddit, we put together a selection of such unheard-of creatures and weird animals as a Dumbo Octopus, Pink Fairy Armadillo, Star-Nosed Mole, and Aye-Aye.

The last one, Aye-Aye (not to be confused with aye aye, captain), deserves a paragraph of his own, not only because it’s a weird animal, but also of its unique foraging method, called percussive foraging. That means that the Aye-Aye taps on wood to locate grubs by the sound of a hollow tree trunk, then gnaws the wood to make a hole from which then, using his elongated middle finger, he extracts out the grub and eats it. The other most known animal to forage this way is a woodpecker. In other words, Aye-Aye is probably one of the coolest animals there is.

Scroll down below to get acquainted with the strangest animals there is, and consider yourself warned as not all of them are super cute and fluffy!

Pink Fairy Armadillo

Image credits: reddit | wikipedia

Aye-aye

Image credits: animalsadda.com

The Maned Wolf

Image credits: imgur

Tufted Deer

Image credits: zoochat.com

Dumbo Octopus

Image credits: interactiveoceans.washington.edu

Patagonian Mara

Image credits: zoochat.com

Naked Mole Rat

Image credits: extremelongevity.net

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Image credits: wwf.org | imgur

The Gerenuk

Image credits: Michael Despines | imgur

Dugong

Image credits: webecoist

The Babirusa

Image credits: oregonzoo.org

Lamprey

Image credits: forum.lowyat.net

The Fossa

Image credits: en.academic.ru | imgur

Star-Nosed Mole

Image credits: synapsebristol.blogspot.com

Sunda Colugo

Image credits: identi.info

Zebra Duiker

Image credits: imgur

Yeti Crab

Image credits: oceanleadership.org

Superb Bird of Paradise

Image credits: BBC Planet Earth | National Geographic

Blob Fish

Image credits: coloribus.com | monsterfishworld.com

Cantor’s Giant Soft Shelled Turtle

Image credits: wwf.panda.org

Gobi Jerboa

Image credits: tgran | wildofanimals.blogspot.com

Japanese Spider Crab

Image credits: telegraph.co.uk

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