10 Most Amazing and Rarely Seen Animals on Earth
Time and time again, nature shows us fact can be stranger than fiction.
Check out these 10 most wondrous and outlandish animals to walk on, crawl over, swim through, and soar above this planet.
Warning: Some of the pictures below may be disturbing.
1. The Red Panda
The red panda is also known as the shining cat. It is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.
It is the sole member of its genus, Ailuirs. Its diet mainly consists of bamboo, but it is an omnivore and eats anything the woodlands provide.
Red pandas are typically shy creatures that live solitary lives except around mating season.
Females give birth to one to four cubs, usually in the spring and summer. Young pandas remain in their nests for about 90 days before venturing out on their own.
2. The Giant Coconut Crab
With the exalted title of the largest land-based arthropod in the world, it's a wonder that the giant coconut crab doesn't get more press than it does.
These animals are generally nocturnal and live in many coastal and forest regions of Indo-Pacific islands.
These crabs are unusual because they can't swim. Though they require water to survive, even smaller ones can drown in water.
3. Red Velvet Ant or "Cow Killer"
The Dasymutilla occidentalis are actually wasps. The females of the species are wingless and covered with red hair, giving it the appearance of an ant.
The males of the species have wings, but cannot sting. Don't be too afraid when you meet one.