For those of us who spend our time reading political articles, tracking down sources, signing petitions and stressing about the current state of affairs, it’s important to remember that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, life is still wonderful. So for anyone who needs a little more #dailyfluff in their life, here’s a list of 7 unusual and adorable critters to share with your friends:
Tarsiers are one of the smallest (and cutest) mammals in the world. Each eye weighs more than their brain! But that doesn’t stop them, their average lifespan is 12-20 years in the wild.
Where to find them: Tropical islands of Southeast Asia, such as the Phillipines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Unfortunately most species are on the endangered list due to habitat loss and the pet trade.
Avg Size: Length: 3-6 inches, Weight: 2.8-6 oz (about the size of a squirrel)
Fun Fact: Tarsiers catch their food (insects, bats, snakes, lizards and birds) by leaping from branch to branch. They can fly over 16 feet in one leap!
2. Sunda Colugo
These vegetarian foragers use their aerodynamic capabilities to find their food while keeping away from predators. Sometimes they’re called Sunda Flying Lemurs, and they are the cutest little paratroopers you’ll ever see.
Where to find them: Similar environments to the Tarsier. Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. There’s also a Philippine flying lemur species native only to the philippines.
Avg Size: Head & Body: 13-17 inches, Tail: 7-11 inches, Weight: 2-4 lbs
Fun Fact: From a 30 foot leap, the Sunda Colugo can glide over 300 feet! T
The Axolotl, or the Mexican walking fish, is actually an amphibian. You may recognize them because the Pokemon Wooper was based on them. Unfortunately they are now critically endangered. The frills on their head are actually their gills, and even though they grow bigger, they don’t actually “mature!” These guys are like Peter Pan…
Where to find them: Central Mexico, however it is doubtful you’ll see one outside of captivity these days 🙁
Avg Size: Length: 6-18 inches, Weight: 2.5-8 oz
Fun Fact: Many amphibians can regenerate limbs. However the Axolotol can also reform their jaws, spines, and even BRAINS without any scarring!
Ermine is the name usually used for a white stoat, or short-tailed weasel. These creatures have a ton of mythological significance. They also are one of the most diabolical and devious creatures around. Who doesn’t love a badass?
Where to find them: North America, Europe, Asia
Avg Size: Head & Body: 6-13 inches, Tail: 2.5-7 inches, Weight: 6-10 oz
Fun Fact: Stoats reproduce according to the male’s fertility cycle.
Unfortunately Pangolins are one of the most trafficked animals in the world, due to their holistic qualities and tastiness. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could eat one of these adorable guys!
Where to find them: Asia and Africa
Avg Size: Length: 12-40 inches, Weight:5-70 lbs
Fun Fact: Pangolins are a mysterious animal. While it seems that they are related to anteaters and armadillos, biological research puts them closer to the order Carnivora.
6. Amazonian Royal Flycatcher
These guys are the Kings of the swamp. They thrive in warm, moist habitats near bodies of water.
Where to find them: The Amazon Basin. Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Brazil.
Avg Size: Length: 6-7 inches, Weight:
Fun Fact: They get their name from their extravagant plumage on their heads. This is typically displayed during courtship rituals and during disputes.
7. Irrawaddy Dolphin
While they look a lot like belugas, these guys are most closely related to the Orca whale. Even though they’re sometimes called Irrawaddy river dolphins, they are actually oceanic dolphins that love to hang near coasts river mouths and estuaries.
Where to find them: The Bay of Bengal and throughout Southeast Asia
Avg Size: Length: 6-8 Feet, Weight: 200-440 lbs
Fun Fact: Irrawaddy dolphins can spit jets of water out of their mouths over 5 feet! This is a hunting method used to herd fish, but it’s also speculated that they do it just for funsies too.
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