These sluggish tree-dwellers are stupefyingly cute and adorably slow. Native to Central and South America, sloths spend the majority of their lives moving through trees in tropical rainforests. They move at a rate of about 40 yards per day, munching on greenery.
Sloths are known for their exceptionally low metabolic rate. Yet surprisingly enough, these long-armed creatures are excellent swimmers. They occasionally drop from their treetop perches into the water for a little swim. Aside from their lack of speed, they always seem to have a permanent grin.
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!
This weird African animal is an evolved hare species with kangaroo-like hind legs. The vernacular name of this creature is misleading since the springhare is, in fact, a rodent and not a hare. Purely nocturnal, these vegetarian creatures forage at night and retreat to their sandy burrows during the day.
Similar to kangaroos, they are also saltatorial animals who use their tails for balance. Springhares are reported to be able to make hops of 20 cm (7.9 in) and leaps of up to 2 m (6 ft 7 in).
Okay, it’s not that exotic and you’ve probably heard of it, but take a moment to analyze this enormous flightless bird. Ostrich can run at 70 km/h and are highly entertaining when they do so. With their bizarre necks and strange gait, this is one of Africa’s weirdest animals.
Ostrich always appears like they are about to fall over. The way they run is just too funny but their design is perfect. Their long spindly legs mean long strides and their wings help to maintain balance at high speeds.
The red panda looks like a fusion between a panda bear and a raccoon, made instantly recognizable by its red coloring. This arboreal mammal is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. They are highly territorial and mostly live a solitary existence.
It’s related to raccoons, weasels, and skunks and is slightly larger than an average house cat. Its front set of legs is shorter than the back ones, which gives it its strange waddling walk.