Creepy Animals

…they're really interesting.

Nov 21 2009

Extremes: the Smallest Horse Ever

Smallest horse in the world.

"I shall call him...MiniMe."

Seriously. This is every little girl’s wish come true – a real, live My Little Pony.

Minus the rainbow explosion of color, disproportionately large eyes and endless silky tail. Fine, it’s My Little Pony – the Creepy Animals edition. This diminutive horse – appropriately named Thumbelina – is a miniature of a miniature – she’s a dwarf Miniature Horse! The teensy creature is just 17 inches high and 60 pounds – barely larger than most dogs and supposedly much more feisty.

Thumbelina on Wikipedia

Oct 23 2009

Unapologetically Creepy: Chinese Giant Salamander

Chinese Giant Salamander held by man.

Ridiculosity.

Slimy things aren’t supposed to be this big. And yet here is the Chinese Giant Salamander, which can reach almost 6 feet in length. If Creepy Animals had a rating system, this would probably hover at 90%.

There is also a Japanese Giant Salamander. Though it is smaller than the Chinese version, it is still an absurdly large amphibian. Watch this snippet:

Oct 14 2009

Extremes: the Hairy Frog

Hairy frog.

PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH. Thank you.

Just in time for Halloween, we give you a truly creepy animal: the Horror Hairy Frog from Cameroon. Not only are the bristly skin appendages truly unsightly, this amphibian also has a nasty little trick up its hands. Through a bizarre twist of evolution, the Hairy Frog literally breaks its own bones as a defense mechanism.

How it works:

1. Hairy Frog is threatened.

2. Hairy Frog breaks its tiny finger bones, puncturing the toe pad skin: Exhibit A.

3. Hairy Frog effectively creates claws, made of bone: Exhibit B.

4. Hairy Frog can now defend itself, or at least clamor away from a potentially deadly situation. Everyone is creeped out.

Hairy frog claw.

(Ex. A) Just got them claws did.

Hairy frog bones.

(Ex. B) Tiny frog hand. Bones piercing through it. WTF?

Oct 12 2009

Extremes: the Grey German Giant Rabbit


Giant German Grey Rabbit.

Aesop would disapprove.

Behold, the Giant Rabbit. Carl Szmolinsky of Germany breeds these monster bunnies that are literally the size of a dog. No matter how many times we look at photos of these giant rabbits, they never cease to amaze us with their massive size.

Giant German Rabbit breeder.

This particular specimen might be larger than a first grader.

Now let’s compare to regular rabbits – note the striking difference in ear size:

Giant German Rabbit next to normal rabbit.

This is just ridiculous.

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