What is this little mouse-like insectivore with an imposing snout? Really, what is this little animal all about? Elephant shrews are uncommonly seen yet distributed all across Southern Africa, in almost every biome.
They are very funny to watch as they sniff out small invertebrates, gathering them with their weird tongue. Despite their name, Elephant shrews are not, in fact, shrews at all. Recent evidence suggests that they are more closely related to a group of African mammals that includes elephants and aardvarks.
The emperor tamarin is just about as amusing as any creature on our list. For the most part, the emperor is just a typical small-sized, black monkey that enjoys swinging from treetops and eating plants. They use high-pitched, shrill sounds to warn trespassers what their territory is. They also engage in tongue-flicking, rapidly moving their tongue in and out of their mouth to indicate displeasure.
Its giant white curly mustache makes it a dead-ringer for German Emperor Wilhelm II. What was first a comical nickname is now the animal’s official scientific title. The emperor tamarin is native to the rain forests of Peru and Bolivia.
The platypus is among nature's most unlikely animals. In fact, the first scientists to examine a specimen believed they were the victims of a hoax. This small amphibious Australian mammal was noted for its odd combination of primitive features and special adaptations, especially the flat, almost comical bill. Early observers thought it was a duck's bill sewn onto the body of a mammal!
Adding to its distinctive appearance are conspicuous white patches of fur under the eyes. This is one of the only venomous mammal species in the world.
A rodent with spikes, that’s how weird the porcupine is. Porcupines are now found all over the world but they have their origins in Africa.
These nocturnal herbivores forage along the ground and are somewhat of a delicacy, especially in parts of East Africa. Those spiky quills are used as a form of defense, helping the porcupine stay off the dinner menu of African cats.
Can we talk about cool bugs now? Because the Hercules beetle is cool. Named after Hercules himself, the Hercules beetle comes into the ring up to 3.3 inches in length. Their massive horns can bring them up to 7 inches.
They’re not just named after Hercules because they look cool, they can reportedly lift something 850 times heavier than their own body weight. That’s like lifting 30 cars for the average person!