A slow Loris can be found in India

A slow Loris can be found in India

If you enjoy the things in life that are a little different and fancy a trip around the world, then this is for you. Check out some of the weirdest animals that grace our planet and hop on a plane to find them.

India - Slow Loris

The Slow Loris, commonly found in India, but also seen in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, is the only poisonous primate in the world, but scientists are still unsure why. The animals are becoming endangered and are their attractive looks mean that they are popular in the illegal pet trade. They are also used in street shows and are often killed for traditional Asian medicines.

North America/Canada - Star Nosed Mole

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Star Nosed Moles are found in North Eastern parts of America and Eastern Canada in damp, muddy areas. About the size of a guinea pig, the moles use their noses as feelers to detect food. They are also the fastest eating mammals in the world, taking, on average, one fifth of a second to detect and swallow their prey - which is mainly worms and insects.

Mongolia/China - Long Eared Jerboa


Not a lot is known about Long Eared Jerboas, but they can best be found in Mongolia and North West China. The small rodents live in waste land and deserts, catching insects and small bugs. However, unlike most rodents, they hop, rather than run to get around.

Madagascar - Aye-aye

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Madagascar was always going to appear on a list of strange animals, but with so many to choose from, how do you pick? Well, Madagascar’s most recognisable creatures are Lemurs. There are many different types, but the Aye-aye is probably the strangest looking.

The nocturnal, grub eating animals are linked to mythology by local villagers and are said to be a sign of death. Local myths say that the Aye-ayes sneak into homes during the night and murder the residents. Unfortunatelty, this has led to a large decline in numbers, as locals kill them off. 

Indonesia - Hairy Frogfish

Found in the subtropical waters of the Southeast Asian Islands, but predominantly in Indonesia, the Hairy Frogfish, or the Striated Frogfish, do not swim, but walk along the seabed, using their fins. The fish eat crustaceans and other fish, as well as eating each other, while camouflaging themselves in the reef surroundings.

Philippines - Tarsier

Southeast Asia appears to be the home of odd animals, with this primate mainly being spotted in Philippines, although many fossils of the animal have been found across other parts of the world. The most noticeable features are its eyes - each of which is the same size as its brain. They are nocturnal and live off a variety of insects and other animals.

What strange animals have you seen while travelling? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @FemaleFirst_UK

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