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Looking at this beautiful and yet strange specie you might assume, it is  some Photoshop hybrid of a zebra and giraffe. But this is a real animal which you might have not seen yet.

It is a mammal called Okapi, found in the rain forests of Congo, central Africa. It has black-and-white stripes on its front and back legs, this makes okapi resemble a zebra. There could be many evolutionary reasons like camouflage and separate identity for these stripes to originate.

Body structure of the okapi resembles to the giraffe, but has a much shorter neck than the giraffe.  Okapis are herbivores and eat grass, fruits, tree leaves etc.




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Solenodons are insect-eating mammals living in burrows. Yes, a mammal that eats insects. Their other unique trait is their venom; they have poisonous and fatal saliva. Very few mammals share the same characteristics. As they live in borrows, they also give birth to young ones in borrows, they are around the mother until they reach adulthood.
Sadly, they are on the list of endangered species, and their quantity is decreasing rapidly.


Yeti crab


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World did not know of this creäture prior to 2005. The Yeti crab was discovered in South Pacific Ocean. They are admired for the fur-like hair, covering parts of their body.
It is suggested that the yeti crabs grow their own food, they feed on bacteria growing in their fur, yet they are generally known to be a carnivore.


Japanese giant salamander

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When you hear about a salamander, an image of a small colorful creäture comes into your mind. But the Japanese salamander doesn’t resemble to this general image. It is the salamander which is up to 1.6 meters long.
They have poor eyesight, but nature has equipped them with very sensitive cells in their skin, which can detect every movement in the surroundings. Their diet mainly consists of fish and frogs. Unlike other salamander’s families, fertilization is external rather than internal between the Japanese salamanders.




narwhals in the sea tuskingCredit: wikimedia commons

Narwhals are medium-sized whales living in the arctic.
The most striking feature of the narwhal whale is its long tusk, which projects out of its upper jaw; Some  of them have two tusks. The tusks grow in size during their lives. Narwhals have a very specialize diet consisting of cod, cuttlefish, shrimp and few kinds of squid. They are known to live for about 50 years of life.