Creepy Animals

…they're really interesting.

Jun 12 2013

Striped Hyena

Striped Hyena with crest of hair

Party in the back...

Grab a wolf, a mohawk, a zebra and your imagination, then conjure up a creepy animal. Voila! The Striped Hyena. This small hyena species roams the lands of North and East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Though a nocturnal scavenger by trade, the Striped Hyena has been known to hunt small prey. Despite its nighttime-only activities, humans have insisted on interfering with the hyena population. Today, fewer than 10,000 Striped Hyenas exist, earning them the ‘threatened’ badge. We feel threatened just looking these photos. Makes our hair stand on end.

Striped Hyena with hair in face.

Business in the front...

Striped Hyena facing the camera

Hope to never face this face. Goodbyena.

 

Photos via Bless Chaos, Yuku, AnimalSpot

Feb 4 2013

The Bilby

Bilby in Australia with large ears

The Bilby.

If a shy rabbit and a feisty kangaroo had a lovechild, it would be the Bilby of Australia – a nocturnal marsupial that digs extensive tunnels under the land down under. Above ground, it scratches the soil for insects, seeds, fruit, fungi and small animals. The Bilby has excellent hearing, rarely needs to drink water, and looks cute without really trying.

Bilby marsupial with large ears

Nobunny can top this.

Unfortunately for the Bilby, its numbers have dwindled since the moment European settlers landed in Australia. Habitat destruction and introduction of invasive animals have not helped. While European rabbits have made their best efforts trying to make Australians forget about the Bilby, a national plan is underway to save the endangered creature – captive breeding, population monitoring and promoting the Bilby as an alternative to the Easter Bunny.

Chocolate Easter Bilby with eggs

The Easter Bilby. Tastes like bunny.

 

Photos via NPRBilby Appreciation Society

Jan 28 2012

Bat-Eared Fox

Bat-eared fox ears.

Stop...

 

Bat-eared fox ears on the side.

Listen...

 

Bat-eared fox in the desert.

What's that sound?

The Bat-Eared Fox is the unprofessed Hearo of the African Savannah. This nocturnal bat fox trails herds of hoofed animals to feed on the insects that feed on excrement. Ginormous ears let them hear termites, dung beetles and other underground creepy crawlies.  That’s some superpower.

Jan 16 2012

Bornean Bay Cat

Borneo Bay Cat in captivity.

Meowch.

The ultra elusive, uber evasive, super rare Bornean Bay Cat had never been seen by a living human until a specimen was captured alive (above) in 1992. The nocturnal cat species lives only on the island of Borneo and due to rapidly increasing deforestation, a population of less than 2500 is estimated!

Rare Borneo Bay Cat in the wild.

Cat. At bay. In Borneo.

Photo via Mongabay

Mar 1 2011

Celebes Crested Macaque

Celebes Crested Macaque monkey in heat.

Bottoms up!

Celebes Crested Macaques are real swingers. We mean that in both the literal and figurative sense. This monkey lives only in the forests of the northeast portion of Sulawesi plus other tiny neighboring islands in Indonesia where we’re pretty sure they all know each other. Despite the population density, they’re very promiscuous: males and females mate various times with various partners. When the female is in heat, her buttocks turn red and swell to an anatomically disproportionate volume. This makes for an exemplary creepy animal.

Celebes Crested Macaque monkey bottom.

More cushion for the pushin'.

Photos via Flickr and Northrup Photography

Feb 11 2011

Yoda Bat

Yube-nosed bat looks like Yoda.

"Do or do not... there is no try." Uh, try creepy as hell, Yoda.

Some say the wiseness of Yoda is unparalleled in the universe. Others say bats are just mice with wings and have the intelligence level of a rock. Now there’s a creepy animal that proves everyone wrong: meet the Yoda Bat. This tube-nosed bat was discovered in 2009 during an expedition to a remote mountain range in Papua New Guinea. The bat uses its creepy facial protuberance to locate delicious fruit. It also does an excellent job resembling a certain sage Jedi:

Tube-nosed bat versus Yoda.Creepy animal vs. animal-y creep.

Photo via Piotr Nasrecki/Conservation International and Flickr

Jan 25 2011

Binturong

Binturong on tree.

This is just rong.

You know something’s up when you’re smelling a fresh bag of piping hot microwave popcorn in the middle of a steamy rainforest in Southeast Asia. Chances are you’re near a Binturong, a civet-like animal that dwells in the forest canopy eating fruit and small animals.

The Binturong has scent glands near its tail that produce a musk often compared to ‘warm buttered popcorn,’ corn chips and cornbread. Who’s hungry now?

Jan 11 2011

Tibetan Fox

Tibetan fox sitting on tibetan plateau.

Why so serious? Oh. Nevermind.

The Tibetan Fox roams the remote, parched earth of the tibetan plateau. This highly capable carnivore does a fantastic job of snatching small mammals with sharp teeth while appearing unapologetically smug. It also enjoys ample rest and relaxation in its burrow and no, it’s not impressed with this blog.

Photo via Milo Burcham

Sep 1 2010

Narwhal

Narwhals swimming.

A horn grows through the upper lip of this whale. This calls for a haiku.

narwhals are special,

unicorns of the arctic,

one tusk, sometimes two

Narwhal with two tusks.

Double tusk all the way. It's so beautiful.

Photo via National Geographic and jangeisler

Aug 30 2010

Rare: Bush Dog

Bush dog.

Neither a bush, nor a dog.

You know that feeling you get when something you’ve never seen before seems really, oddly familiar? Meet the Bush Dog. Could be a bear, badger, or fox depending on the angle. Either way, it’s creepy. These little Dogs of the Bush populate forests all over Central/South America eating small mammals and such. Despite an extensive range, only 15,000 remain.

Photo via Nicola Williscroft

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