Weirdly Wonderful Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

The world is full of strange sights like the elusive hot pocket, and the daring house cat.  Speaking of animals, you may be surprised to learn that your high school biology class, try as it might, didn’t even cover a fraction of the weird flora and fauna that exist on this planet.

"We did once prepare a slide with the cross section of a hot pocket once."

“The teacher on the other hand was an incredibly strange creature with a mustache that would make Tom Selleck blush.”

Check out these animals that your school deemed too hot for TV (or science class incidentally)!

Panda Ant

panda ant animals

Aww isn’t that cute?  That arthropod thinks that its a giant, playful marsupial!  It turns out that only the females have this kind of coloring, and more importantly, they’re neither pandas nor are they ants.  In fact, they’re nature’s worst creature: wasps.

"Sup."

“Sup.”

Coming from Chile, these Decepticon bugs are actually known as “Cow Killers” since their powerful stings have been known to incapacitate poor Daisy, though rarely is it actually fatal.

"What did I do to you, wingless wasp?"

“What did I do to you, wingless wasp?”

Guess they’re not so cute after all.  Moving on.

Tufted Deer

tufted deer animals

Aww, its a little deer!  How adorable.  Wait, does that deer have fangs?  Turns out that the tufted deer is named for the tuft of black fur on its head, which indicates that the person who named it was probably the world’s worst biologist.

"Behold! Planty McPlantface!"

“Behold! Planty McPlantface!”

Turns out that they’re merely elongated canines, which actually doesn’t make it any better, does it?  That said, the males, who have the murder fangs, don’t seem to employ them for anything other than looking cool.  Other than that, they basically do regular deer things, like look for salt licks, run, and inconveniently get overhunted.

Mantis Shrimp

shrimp animals

The Mantis Shrimp has become one of the internet’s favorite animals, due to a few pieces detailing how awesome the undersea bug is.  The Mantis Shrimp is capable of seeing far more colors than a human being can, due to the structure of its eyes.

Every day is a Pink Floyd laser show for this guy.

Every day is a Pink Floyd laser show for this guy.

The Mantis Shrimp is also able to shoot its leg out with the force and speed of a gunshot, which means that aquariums typically have to put them in tanks with reinforced glass.  A Mantis Shrimp once hitched a ride into the wrong tank, and was only found after it had decimated most of the tank one by one, like an aquatic Rambo.

"I'll give you a war you won't believe."

“I’ll give you a war you won’t believe.”

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