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7 animals that seem mythical but actually exist

Okapi

It is also known as the forest giraffe, Congolese giraffe or zebra giraffe.

It is an artiodactyl mammal that is endemic to the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.

The Okapi is about the size of a horse with a long neck like that of a giraffe.

Although it has striped markings like those of zebras, it is closely related to the giraffe.

It is difficult to make out exactly what this animal is by just looking at it.

Many of its features are reminiscent of other animals.

These features help the Okapi in many ways like helping it blend in with its surroundings, hiding from the prey and allowing it to reach berries at greater heights as well.

Red uakari

They are a monkey species.

They are restricted to varzea forests and other wooded habitats near water in the western Amazon of Brazil and Peru.

The only difference between the other monkeys is that the Red uakari lack a long tail and they mostly have a bright red bald face and long coat.

The bright red face makes the Red uakari highly appealing to potential partners and if the Red uakari happens to have a pale face, this is a sign of poor health.

The uakari gather in large packs of up to 100 for social activities.

Glaucus atlanticus

This creature is a species of small, blue sea slug that floats upside down in the ocean where it is carried along by the winds and ocean currents.

It can be found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in temperate and tropical waters.

The glaucus stores the stingers of its prey in its own finger-like appendages after eating and uses them to fend off attackers.

Saiga antelope

It is different from the other antelopes.

It has a proboscis-like mouth which gives it the impression of an anteater.

The mouth also works as a sort of air filtration system.

The Saiga antelope has been around since the Ice Age but unfortunately, it faces the threat of extinction.

The saiga are also of cultural and historical significance for the people of Central Asia as a symbol of the traditional nomadic lifestyle.

Around 124,000 saiga remain in the wild which is a drop from over 1 million since the 1990s.

Narwhal

It somehow resemble the dolphins.

It is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large tusk protruding from a canine tooth.

It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada and Russia.

It is one of two living species of whale in the family Monodontidae, along with the beluga whale.

It is thought that the tusk is used as a sensory organ and for fighting off rivals.

Narwhals are very rare.

It is estimated that only 45,000 to 50,000 exist in the world.

Streaked tenrec

It resembles a hedge-hog.

It has a yellow and black quill-covered body.

The streaked tenrec is the only mammal known to communicate through stridulation.

Stridulation is the act of producing sound by rubbing together certain body parts.

The tenrecs of Madagascar have a special, second set of quills that they rub together to communicate in the dark.

They communicate constantly in a high pitch that human ears are not capable of hearing.

Thorny devil

It is a lizard native to Australia.

It is also commonly known as the mountain devil, thorny lizard, thorny dragon and Moloch which is a species of lizard in the family Agamidae.

It is the sole species in the genus Moloch.

The thorny devils survive entirely on ants.

Their bodies are covered in thick thorny spikes that protect them from prey.

They have the ability to change color with the weather.

They stay yellow and red when it is warm and switch to darker colors when it is cold.

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