The Pictures of 7 Odd Animals Will Blow Your Mind.

By Dustin Walker on 03/Apr/2014
A nocturnal parrot that can’t fly, a goat with drill-like horns and a gigantic turtle that spends 95% of its life buried in sand.

These are among the world’s most bizarre creatures. But unfortunately, the odds of seeing one of these amazing specimens in the wild has become heart-wrenchingly slim.

Poaching, habitat destruction and other forces have resulted in dozens of mind-boggling animals being placed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

So after scanning this list of 7 strange creatures that are struggling to survive, consider sharing the article with a few of your pals. The more awareness there is about the challenges these little-known critters face, the more support they’ll get. After all, weird animals need love too.

Saiga Antelope (critically endangered)

This odd antelope looks a lot like a creature from the bar scene in Star Wars. Found mainly in Russia and Kazakhstan, their population plunged 95% in just 15 years due to poaching and habitat destruction. Fortunately, they’re now making a bit of a comeback.

 The Saiga Antelope is found mainly in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Image source: Wikkipedia

Pink Fairy Armadillo

And cue the awws. These are the world’s smallest armadillos at a mere 4-inches long. They can also completely bury themselves in the ground within seconds if they feel threatened, which comes in handy when you’re that teeny. So little is known about these Argentina-based critters that it’s not clear exactly how endangered the species is.

 The Pink Fairy Armadillo can also completely bury themselves in the ground within seconds if they feel threatened.
Image source: Wikkipedia

Markhor (endangered)

With its impressive set of spiral horns, these goats are the national animal of Pakistan. But unfortunately, their elevated status hasn’t stopped shady hunters from killing them for their massive antlers. There are fewer than 2,500 adults left in the world.

 The Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan.
Images source: Wikkipedia

Kakapo (critically endangered)

One of the many unusual critters that evolved in New Zealand, this hefty parrot weighs about 8 pounds and never flies. Instead, it prefers to hike through the forest at night. There are about 100 of these rare birds left in the world.

 The Kakapo weighs about 8 pounds and never flies.
Image source: Wikkipedia

Cantor's giant softshell turtle (endangered)

More work has been done lately to help preserve these remarkable turtles, which spend about 95% of their lives buried in the sand. But despite conservation efforts, they’re still listed as endangered by the IUCN.

Cantor's giant softshell turtles spend about 95% of their lives buried in the sand.
Image source: Wikkipedia

Aye-ayes (endangered)

An intense-looking Madagascar lemur that was recently reclassified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. These nocturnal creatures are hunted down because many villagers consider them to bring death and evil.

Cantor's giant softshell turtles spend about 95% of their lives buried in the sand.
Credit: Edward Louis

Sunda pangolin (endangered)

They've earned the nickname ‘scaly anteaters.’ With an almost dragon-like appearance, the sunda pangolin are hunted for food, fashion and use in traditional medicine.

The sunda pangolin are hunted for food, fashion and use in traditional medicine.
Image source: Wikkipedia

Tweet this article to tell others about these odd endangered animals. And for more information about these creatures, drop by the IUCN Red List Of Threatened Species.
By Dustin Walker on 03/Apr/2014
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