November 20th, 2017 | Updated on June 5th, 2020
It is survival of the fittest in the wild. From frogs to elephants, animals developed unique abilities in order to survive. Some creatures learned how to grow back amputated part of their bodies while others can change sex orientations for reproductive purposes.
But so many animals have siddhis that humans would kill to attain! Changing from male to female and back when necessary, fertilizing oneself, having eyes that walk across the face.
1. Naked Mole Rat
For as ugly as they seem, the Naked Mole Rat is pretty incredible. They live up to 28 years, which is unparalleled among other similar animals, and maintain their fertility for almost the entire time. They are often used in cancer research and in aging studies, since they are born looking like this and barely age at all. All those cool things might make up for the fact that this guy is not the prettiest creature on the planet.
This long-necked species of antelope, also called the Waller’s Gazelle, is found in East Africa. Their long legs and necks enable them to reach higher branches for food. They also make them incredibly (and awkwardly) cute.
Like a small cougar, the fossa is the largest carnivorous mammal on the island of Madagascar. Their retractable claws allow them to climb up trees and just as easily run back down them head-first.
4. Pink Fairy Armadillo
With its shielded head and torso, this 4-inch nocturnal pink armadillo uses those crazy claws to basically swim through sand just below the surface.
5. Tufted Deer
This small species of deer is found in central China, and known for the tuft of dark hair on their foreheads. Funny, one would think they might be known for their huge Dracula fangs.
6. Irrawaddy Dolphin
Only found in the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia, this dolphin is closely related to the killer whale. It’s also much, much cuter.
This endangered wild goat is found in northeastern Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is Pakistan’s national animal. When they chew their cud, foam falls from their mouths and dries on the ground, which locals seek out and harvest for anti-venom purposes. Plus, his long beard makes this guy look super old and wise.
8. Yeti Crab
These crazy crustaceans hang out by the cracks in the sea floor where heated, mineral-rich water flows. They’re also known as Kiwaidae. I assume that means “hairy crab” or something…
9. Snub-Nosed Monkey
The snub-nosed monkey lives in Asia in large groups of up to 600 members. They are known for their impressive vocal repertoire, calling out solo or in choral fashion. They’re also known for being so adorable that you just want to pinch their cheeks.
10. Maned Wolf
This is the largest member of the dog family in South America. Not surprisingly, experts believe their long legs were an adaptation to the high grasses of their native habitat. They’re kind of like the runway models of the wolf world.
11. Icelandic Horse
A purebred Icelandic horse runs free in a field of blooming lupine flowers in Iceland in early summer 2013. The Icelandic horse (sometimes called a pony) has been conditioned and trained in demanding and harsh conditions, including severe weather and volcanic activity, for over 1000 years. Hardy and easy to keep, Icelandic horses can often be ridden well into their 20’s.
12. Sunda Colugo
This is also known as the Sunda flying lemur, but in actuality it doesn’t fly — it jumps and glides. It also isn’t actually a lemur. The Sunda Colugo lives in the trees of Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore and is active mainly at night. Can you believe those eyes? All the better to see you with…
13. Zebra Duiker
These small antelope are found in the lowland rainforests of Ivory Coast and other African countries. They feed on mostly leaves and fruit.
14. Star-Nosed Mole
These hamster-sized moles dwell in the wet low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. They use their pink, fleshy feelers (which contain 25,000 sensory receptors) as touch organs. They also use them to creep everyone out.
15. Raccoon Dog
These East Asian dogs, also known as Tanuki, are named for their resemblance to the raccoon. They’re not related, nor do they have those cute, tiny people-hands that raccoons have. Bummer.
16. Brand New Panda Twins
Twin baby panda boys are seen in an incubator at the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding on 24 July 2013 in Chengdu, China. Fifteen-year-old giant panda Cheng Gong delivered the pandas without complications the day before.
17. Hummingbird Moth Feeding
A hummingbird moth gathers nectar from a flower bush in Massachusetts. The hummingbird moth, or hummingmoth, feeds on plant nectar much like hummingbirds in one of the more amazing “copy-cat” body forms found in the animal kingdom. Many people mistake the moth for the bird… until they notice the antennae and the six legs!
18. Young Deer Rescue
A young male deer with a hunter’s arrow in its neck is seen just before it was given care by New Jersey wildlife officials in early November. The arrow was removed successfully while the deer was tranquilized. It was later released into the wild with no major injury to arteries or organs.
19. Baby Turtles In a Hurry
Baby Olive Ridley turtles rush to make their way to the ocean at the mouth of India’s Rushikulya River in April 2013. Millions of baby Olive Ridley turtles hatched and entered the Bay of Bengal, one of the mass nesting sites along the Indian coastal state of Orissa.
20. Chameleon Tongue Shot
A Parson’s chameleon flicks its “elephant-trunk” tongue to catch a grasshopper at a private reserve near Madagascar’s Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This species is one of the world’s largest and lives only in isolated forest pockets of northern and eastern Madagascar.
21. Baby Parrots
Two Indian parrot hatchlings, caught by a hunter, share a little tenderness in their cage in Dimapur, India. Despite a ban since the early 1990’s on the trade and sale on all bird species in India, these young parrots, along with hundreds more annually, go on the international market.