The fennec fox is the smallest and most adorable type of fox in the world. Their ears, however grow up to 6 inches. Their silly bat-like ears radiate body heat and help to keep the foxes cool. You’ll find the fennec fox in the Sahara and in other areas of North Africa.
Look at this little dummy! The Dumbo octopus is known as the deepest living octopus. Because their fins look like giant ears, this creature is named after the Disney character, Dumbo. The Dumbo octopus is a species known as an "umbrella octopus,” because they look like an umbrella when they float.
This ridiculous looking creature is called the Axolotl, also known as the Mexican Walking Fish even though they are a salamander and not a fish. The Axolotl stays in its larval form throughout its entire life. Because of this, they retain gills and fins but they don’t develop the protruding eyes and eyelids like other adult salamanders.
Oh wow, this thing is adorable. Pangolins are also known as “scaly anteaters,” because they are covered in tough scales. These mammals burrow and eat ants and termites using their long sticky tongue. They are also able to quickly roll into a little ball whenever they feel scared or threatened. Sounds like a popular Pokemon character.
Quolls are carnivorous marsupials that can be found in Papua New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania. They live in rainforests, scrublands and grasslands but are becoming extinct because of other species (like the poisonous cane toads, foxes, cats and dogs) decreasing the amount of food in their area. Most of the six species of quolls are listed as threatened or endangered. I want a baby Quoll, Daddy, and I want it now!
Even though Tapirs look like little pigs with short trunks, they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses. They use their trunks to grab branches off leaves or to pick fruit off trees. According to scientists, these animals haven’t changed much over tens of millions of years. What a nugget!
A shrew is a mole-like mammal, however an elephant shrew is not a shrew at all. They are actually more closely related to elephants, sea cows and aardvarks. Yea, I don't see any resemblance to a sea cow either! They are named "shrew" because of their long, pointed head and silly trunk-like nose.
Look at these teeny, tiny, little fluff balls. They are so ugly that they are cute! Their ears, face, nose, legs and wings are bright orange and they are sometimes called "leaf-nosed bats." They have a black membrane over their skull that acts as a natural form of sunscreen and protects them from ultraviolet radiation. Have you seen the movie Troll 2? I think this little guy made an appearance.
Sugar gliders are small, little marsupials related to a kangaroo and a koala bear. Why the sweet name? Because they love to eat sweet fruits and vegetables. Like the flying squirrel, they have a membrane from their wrists to ankles that allows them to glide from tree to tree. Weeeeeee!
Well, what do we have here? Like the fennec fox, this little African fox is also known for their giant ears. Their ears are full of blood vessels that help shed heat and keep them cool. Their big ears also give them excellent hearing. What? Never mind.
These animals are tiny little antelopes. Unfortunately, the adorable little dik-dik are often hunted to make jewelry and gloves. Hunters sell their small bones for jewelry and their skin is made into suede for gloves. Why as humans such a-holes?
The Okapi may resemble a zebra, but it is actually related to the giraffe. If you look at their head, you can kind of see it. They have a long, dark tongue just like a giraffe to help eat leaves off trees. They live in the Ituri Forest, a dense rain forest in central Africa. What a weird little guy.
Does anyone else feel like the Tarsier looks a little like their grandfather? Because these little weirdos are so small, they are often preyed upon by multiple species, including cats, birds of prey, large snakes and small carnivores, depending on where they live. Their biggest predator however, are humans because of forest clearance, mining and exotic pet trade.