The world's knowledge is vast, such that new things are likely to be learnt each day for a life time. This also applies to the case of knowing Animals. Some of the world's known creatures are usually found in Africa and Asia ; which would include the Big cats, snakes , great Apes, rulers of the sky and sea creatures. However, there are a lot of creatures that would appear terrifying or strange when being come across for the first time. This could be due to its rare status or its unconventional appearance. Today, we will be profiling a top 5 selection of some of the world's strangest looking creatures and where they can be found
1 - The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
This strange looking birds go by many names. They are sometimes called the Whaleheads or Whale-headed stork. These alternative names are due to their appearance and their enormous shoe-shaped bill.
They are really large birds, with the adults mainly having a grey color while the juveniles are browner. They can be found in the tropics of east Africa in large swamps from South Sudan to Zambia and in parts of Rwanda, eastern Congo, western Tanzania, Uganda and central tropical Africa.
2 - Gelada
The Gelada baboons are also called the bleeding-heart monkeys due to the red inverted heart-shaped coloration they have on their chest.
They belong to a species of Old World monkeys which are only found in the Highlands of Ethiopia, with a significant population in the Simien Mountains. Despite their fully developed canine teeth, these creatures are herbivores.
3 - Giant golden-crowned flying fox
Alternatively called the golden-capped fruit bat, it belongs to a species of megabat that can be naturally found in the Philippines. However, since its description in the 19th century, three subspecies of the giant bat have been recognized, one of which is now extinct. From its name, it is clear that its major diet is fruit.
4 - Armadillo Girdled Lizards
Regular small lizards are known to have scales, but not scales as relatively enormous as the ones found on the Armadillo Girdled Lizards.
These lizards are found in South Africa's Northern and Western Cape provinces . The lizards have the resemblance of a tiny dragon; a resemblance that becomes more obvious when they roll themselves up to protect themselves from potential danger.
Unlike so many other lizards who lay eggs, the interesting fact about Armadillo Girdled Lizards is that they give birth to their young ones alive.
5 - Magnificent Frigate Bird
If you have been thinking of a perfect "holding grudges" picture for a meme, think no further as this bird's appearance is a best fit. These truly magnificent birds are found in the Galapagos Islands, having wingspans of almost 2.5 meters. Although they are not the regular flying birds, they have been seen flying as high as 2,500 metres above sea level.
They are sometimes referred to as the ‘man-o’-war’ birds. This is due to the fact that they love to attack other birds while they’re flying and even occasionally attempt to steal their food.
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