There have been countless times in the past when people thought they saw an animal that wasn’t real. Some of these animals are the mythical unicorn and the Loch Ness Monster, while some are more realistic, like Bigfoot.
It’s not uncommon for people to think that some animals, like the okapi or the golden cat, are made up and don’t actually exist. And while they may not be as famous as lions or tigers, there are quite a few animals out there that are a bit more exotic.
The most surprising one? The maned wolf (or cuon alpinus), which looks a lot like a fox but is actually the largest member of the dog family. It lives just in parts of South America and is largely nocturnal.
Many people have seen a strange animal and then tried to find proof online or elsewhere that it was a real creature. The following seven animals are all creatures that many people believe to be real, but in fact are not.
The Axolotl is a salamander that is native to Mexico. They are mostly found in Lake Xochimilco, Lake Chalco, and Lake Texcoco. The Axolotl also possesses the ability to replace these lost body parts with stem cells from other tissues. They have a strange property called neoteny, meaning they stay in the larval stage their whole lives. They have a very long life span and can reach an age of 3-4 years in the wild or up to 20 years if they’re captive.
It’s called the “African Unicorn” because of its long, thin legs and striped hinds. The Okapi is capable of reaching speeds up to 50mph and live for about 20 years in the wild. The okapi is a threatened species according to the IUCN. Scientists think that numbers have been cut in half in the past two decades but they are uncertain of how many are left.
#3. Tufted Deer
Tufted deer live in central and eastern Asia. They are a small deer that can often be found hiding in trees during the day. They’re built for jumping, not running, which is how they became known as the fastest animal on two feet. They’re found in the forested areas of China and northern Vietnam. They have white spots on their stomachs and they’re often seen grazing on grasses or eating berries.
They have a short, sharp antler with two tines on it. This makes them seem like they are rare, but in reality they are quite common. The tuft of hair on their head is not real, but a dense growth of coarse hair that most likely protects their ears during winter.
#4. Royal Penguin
The Royal Penguin is a species of penguin that is native to Antarctica. The penguins are about 4.5-4.9 pounds and have black feathers with blue and purple markings on the chest. They typically live to be 3-5 years old, but can survive up to 12 years in some cases.
The Royal Penguin is found in Antarctica and was first discovered in 1844. The Royal Penguin is a type of penguin that has small orange legs, a dark brown plumage, and large black eyes. You may think the royal penguin was invented for the movie Happy Feet but it is actually real!
#5. Mulga Parrot
Mulga parrots are extremely rare, with only around 300-500 still existing in the wild. They live in a small area of northwest Queensland, Australia and are described as inquisitive, noisy, and very territorial. Mulga parrots are about 20 inches long and mostly green with some yellow on their head and neck. They rarely fly more than 30 feet from where they perch.
#6. Pink Fairy Armadillo
The Pink Fairy Armadillo is a small mammal that can be found in the jungles of South America. It is only about six inches long and weighs up to three pounds. They are endangered and there is little information available on this creature. It might sound like a creature from a Dr. Seuss story, but the pink fairy armadillo is very real.
It’s native to central Argentina and Paraguay and it has the smallest body size of any armadillo. The pink fairy armadillo can grow up to 16 inches long with a maximum weight of about two pounds making it one of the smallest types of armadillos in the world. This animal lives on termites and ants in dry soil with thorny plants.
Kakapo are a type of bird that is only found in New Zealand. They have round faces, orange heads, and large beaks. Kakapos are nocturnal which means they will spend most of the day resting in trees or on the ground. They can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 18 pounds.
It is the largest living parrot. These birds don’t fly and instead climb trees to escape predators. They also have an extra set of muscles in their mouth that allows them to eat tough plants with no teeth. Finally, they are one of the rarest birds in existence with only 125 known to exist today.
After reading this article, you may look at an octopus and think: “I knew it!” The point of the article was to highlight that many animals are just as fascinating, crazy, and weird as any animal dreamed up by a Hollywood set designer. If we want to learn more about these animals, then we must put down our TVs and step out into nature.
To conclude, these animals are real!