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These Animals Are Far From Being Cute

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When we think of animals, we generally picture cute, fluffy animals that we wish we could have. Trips to the zoo are so fun because we get to be up close with magnificent animals that we wouldn’t be able to see otherwise unless we went on a safari.

Yet, not all animals make us feel warm to look at because some are just downright terrifying or ugly. These animals are far from being cute and probably not known to the world for that reason. Check out these 10 weird-looking creatures that you probably didn’t know roamed the earth.

10. Babirusa

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I would be terrified if I stumbled upon this animal but I don’t think I am going to be in Indonesia anytime soon. This rhino-looking animal is actually a wild pig and only the males have these weird growing double tusks. Babirusa’s have to keep their tusks short, though, because if they don’t, the tusks will grow right into their head!

9. Shoebill

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You will find these angry looking birds in swamps in South Sudan and some surrounding countries in Africa. What’s even more terrifying about them is that they, on average, are four feet tall but can get as tall as 5 feet! They use that large beak to eat fish, turtles, and even baby crocodiles.

8. Gelada

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You know what, if I could can through my life without seeing this monkey, that’d be great. Geladas are the last grass-eating primates and can be found in the Ethiopian mountains. They are unique because they have this fluffy fur coat but then a hairless chest.

7. Proboscis monkey

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You know how, generally, we are attracted to people with smaller noses? Well, if you were a Proboscis monkey, the bigger your nose the better. Males use their big noses to mate with other monkeys and apparently, it makes their calls louder.

Proboscis monkies live on the pacific island, Borneo, but are endangered because people keep killing them for their meat and bezoars (stone-like objects used in chinese medicine) and their home keeps being taken over by human expansion.

6. Goblin shark

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This is exactly why I’m terrified of the ocean and normal sharks were scary enough without having to look like this. The Goblin Shark is a really old species of shark and there aren’t that many of them in the deep blue.

They are, generally, between 10-13 feet long but they can also get as long as 20 feet. The creepiest thing about this shark is that it extends its jaw forward when capturing/eating its prey with those razor shark teeth.

5. Narrow-headed softshell turtle

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Sometimes I feel like this turtle. This soft-shell turtle can get up to 45 inches long and love to blend into the bottom of sandy rivers so that they can sneak attack their prey. You will find this lazy turtles in Southern Asia.

4. Coconut Crab

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I would literally pee my pants if I came home and found this crab on my trashcan. They are known as “coconut crabs” because they love to eat coconuts and are actually just very large terrestrial hermit crabs that live near the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Their size can get up to 3 feet long and weigh as much as 9 pounds! Unlike most hermit crabs, when they mature, they grow their own outer shell and live for 60 years or more!

3. Gharial

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This looks like one of those animals straight out of the movie Ice Age. Gharials are like most crocodiles except for the fact that they have really long, narrow snouts and are one of the largest crocodile species, as they can get up to 20 feet long. They feed on fish and are native to India. Due to loss of habit and resources, Gharials are currently an endangered species.

2. Atretochoana

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Hey, that looks like a… Yes, we know. That is why it is known as the penis snake despite the fact that they are actually just limbless amphibians, not snakes. This species was only discovered a couple of years ago in the Amazon in Brazil and so, we don’t know much about them except that they seriously look like a penis.

1. Bald Uakari

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Is it just me or does this monkey look like the comic villain Red Skull? Bald Uakaris will definitely catch anyone’s eye in the jungle with their bright orange fur and very red hairless face. The redness comes from the capillaries (blood vessels) underneath their skin and a lack of skin pigments. Their average length is about 18 inches long and they are different from most New World Monkies for having very short tails.

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