Weirdest Creatures of the World

Check out some Mother Nature's strangest creatures that live among us.

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The sea cucumber, it's scientific name is Enypniastes eximia, can be up to a foot in length. It's one of a small group of swimming sea cucumbers. Through the transparent body wall, one can see the intestine and other internal organs. This weird creature was even featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 2000.
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A Spectacled bear named Dolores walks around her enclosure at the zoo in the eastern German city of Leipzig on November 4. Dolores, along with the other female Spectacled bears at the zoo have baffled zoo vets who are trying to figure out whats causing the bears to lose their fur.
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Star-nosed mole is found in Eastern Canada and the North-Eastern United States. Usually it lives in wet lowland areas and eats aquatic insects and mollusks. It remains active in winter and can tunnel through the snow and swim in ice-covered streams.
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Male proboscis monkeys have the longest noses of all primates. Their nose can grow up to 6.8 inches long, which is a quarter of their body length. Experts think the size of the nose may be a way for the males to attract female mates.
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The guineafowl puffer, when fully expanded, can reach up to 50 cm in length
This conjoined-twin soft shell turtle lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Most soft shell turtles aren't twins and are most commonly found in Africa, Asia, North America and the East Indies.
The Yeti crab, a new species found near Easter Island, is notable for the quantity of silky blond setae resembling fur on its arms and legs.
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Hairy Frogfishes do not swim; instead, they "walk" on their pectoral fins or use "jet propulsion," forcefully expelling water from an opening generally behind and below the pectoral fins.
The South American Tapir is the largest wild land animal on the continent. It can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to almost 600 pounds.
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The Hispaniolan solenodon looks like an oversized shrew and has glands in the armpits and in the groin which allegedly give off a goat-like smell.
The Aye-aye is the world's largest nocturnal mammal, and dwells predominantly on the east coast of Madagascar. Aye-ayes have elongated and bony middle fingers so they can dig out grubs from holes in trees.
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The Red Panda (aka Firefox) is about the size of a cat. It has semi-retractable claws and washes itself like a cat by licking its entire body. Awwww.
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The Philippine Tarsier's eyeballs are approximately 16 mm in diameter and are as large as their entire brain.
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The Long-eared Jerboa is a nocturnal mouse-like rodent with a long tail, long hind legs for jumping, and exceptionally large ears. The mouse-like rodent lives in the deserts of China and Mongolia.
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The Shoebill is a very large stork-like bird who's name (obviously) derives from its massive shoe-shaped bill. This species was only discovered in the 19th century.
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The hagfish is notorious for its slimy skin. When disturbed, it oozes proteins from glands in its skin that become an outer slimy coating, expanding it into a huge mass of slime.
The slender loris inhabits tropical moist lowland forests found in India or Sri Lanka. A baby Loris is about the size of a human thumb when born.
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The Frill-necked lizard is obviously named after its neck-frill, which is supported by long spines of cartilage. When the lizard is frightened, it gapes its mouth showing a bright pink or yellow lining, and the frill flares out, displaying bright orange and red scales.
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Sphynx cats appear to be hairless, but in fact they are covered with very soft hair that is often described as peach fuzz.
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The vicious-looking saber-toothed viperfish appears to be something out of a horror movie with its fearsome fangs. The viperfish has a light producing organ which lures its prey and then immobolizes it with its fang like teeth.
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The Pygmy Marmoset is the worlds smallest monkey.
The smallest member of the bear family is the sun bear. Unlike other bears, the Sun Bear's fur is short and sleek and they do not hibernate.
The outstanding feature of the Gharial is their long slender snout, with sharp inter-locking teeth to grip their slippery prey.
Axolotls, Mexican mole salamanders, are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate most body parts.
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The Komondor dog has a long corded coat and a natural guardian instinct to guard livestock and other property.
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The Sea Pig lives on or just underneath the surface of the bottom of the ocean, on the abyssal plain.
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The Leafy sea dragon has long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body which serve as camouflage.
The long-beaked echidna, which was just discovered as a new species in 2005, is one of only two mammals that lay eggs.
The Saiga, which is a breed of antelope, has an unusually over-sized and flexible nose that warms up the air in winter and filters out the dust in summer
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