10 weirdest animals you didn't know

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Pangolin

Pangolins are truly bizarre creatures that look a bit like armoured anteaters. In fact, another name for them is ‘scaly anteaters’!

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Aye-aye

Madagascar is known for being home to a great many strange animals, most of which are found nowhere else in the world.

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Magnificent frigatebird

These incredible birds, endemic to the Galapagos Islands, boast wingspans of nearly two and a half metres and have been spotted flying as high as 2,500 metres above sea level.

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Fossa

These cat-like animals can measure up to 4ft in length and researchers believe they are most closely related to the more familiar mongoose and other animals like it, although they look a lot like cougars.

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Capybara

Capybaras are the largest living rodents and are found across much of Latin America. They tend to live near bodies of water in large social groups, which can reach up to 100 individuals during the dry season.

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Velvet ants

Confusingly, these insects are actually wasps of multiple different breeds. The females are wingless and hairy, and very much resemble ants.

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Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is a tiny creature found only in central Argentina, and they are so rare that scientists have not even been able to classify their conservation status.

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Maned wolves

Maned wolves are not, in fact, wolves; just to be confusing. These long-legged beauties are in a genus all of their own and are related to wild dogs, foxes, wolves, and all other species of canid.

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Lamprey

Lampreys are an ancient extant lineage of jawless fish of the order Petromyzontiformes, placed in the superclass Cyclostomata

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Naked Mole Rat

The naked mole-rat, also known as the sand puppy, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa. It is closely related to the blesmols.

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