Weird Animals That You Won't Believe Are Real

Posted by Michael Avery in Nature and Travel On 12th April 2018
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#6 Dugong

Dugongs are related to manatees and sea cows. They are the only mammals that are strictly marine herbivores. Dugongs are most highly concentrated in the waters between Australia's Moreton Bay and Shark Bay. Unlike manatees, the dugong has a tail similar to a dolphin. They also have unique skulls and teeth. Due to overhunting for its oil and meat, the dugong is dangerously vulnerable to extinction. This is exacerbated by its 70-year lifespan and slow reproductive rate.

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#7 Naked Mole-Rat

Made popular with recent generations by the Disney show, Kim Possible the naked mole-rat is a very weird looking rodent that is native to Eastern Africa. In order to survive its harsh natural environment, it has developed several strange traits. It's the only "cold-blooded" mammal on earth and has super low respiratory and metabolic rates. Combined with its lack of pain sensitivity for its skin, the naked mole-rat is truly in a class all its own. They are even resistant to cancer and can survive for long periods of time without oxygen.

#8 Gerenuk

This long-necked antelope is normally found in East Africa. Known also as the gazelle giraffe, this animal is recognizable by its very long, slim limbs and neck. It can weigh up to 115 lbs and grow up to about 4 feet tall.

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