The World’s Weirdest Creatures: Part 1
Hi I’m Louis and I am a YJA Nature Correspondent, based at Heighington Millfield Primary Academy. In this 2-article mini series I will share with you my top 10 animals that make me laugh or freak me out.
10 Emperor Tamarin
Emperor Tamarins are small monkeys, which seem to have long, droopy moustaches. These funny looking animals are found in the southwest Amazon Basin. The countries of their origin are southeast Peru, northwest Bolivia, and northwest Brazil, along with river drainages in Peru such as the Acre, Purus. They live in dense places of the Amazon Forest and feed on plants, as well as fruit, tree sap, insects, and small vertebrates. They can grow to about 9 to 10.5 inches in body length, and there tail can grow as long as 15 inches. They are super light animals weighing only about 10-14 ounces at adult age.
9 Proboscis Monkey
The Proboscis Monkey are also monkeys – hence the name- and are well known for their long chunky nose. They are also called the Monyet Belanda Monkey, which means the long nosed monkey. In the Egyptian Culture they were worshipped as a very unique animal and believed to be special to the gods. The island of Borneo is the prime place to spot a Proboscis Monkey; they live in the lower parts of the forest and around murky swamps. They feed on mangrove shoots and leaves, and it looks like they eat loads of it. But they don’t – there size is due to their body shape in the stomach region.
Another sort of primate is the Tarsier. They are tiny creatures that are more active in the night than in the day. Their eyes are first thing that you notice when you first look at the picture; the reason that they have those colossal eyes is so that they can see in the dark. Although they were once found around the world, today Tarsiers can only be located at a number of islands in south-east Asia. The Tarsier is a unique animal as they are the only completely carnivorous primates in the world. Under the cover of night, Tarsiers sit clinging to vertical branches, waiting for prey, such as birds and bats, to swoop by. Then it lashes out with its long arm to grab it. The prey can’t escape its grasp because of the Tarsiers sticky fingers, which help him climb.
7 Naked Mole Rat
Naked Mole Rats are exactly the same as normal Mole Rats just with no hair; they only have wiry whiskers that stick out of their stout. They can live above or below ground, however recent research suggests that they prefer to live below ground. The can be seen in Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. These fascinating creatures are omnivores, eating tubers, roots and worms. OK, they might be really ugly, but they can live for an impressive 30 years- which is amazing for a rodent
Dugongs are large marine mammals that are found near-tropical seas around the world. They spend their entire lives in the water. Although they resemble dolphins in some ways, they are actually more closely related to elephants. You find Dugongs in the shallow parts of the seas of Northern Australia. They are also found occasionally in the deep parts of the ocean to be protected from big waves that smash down on their heads as they come up for a look around. Also, they are found in parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Dugongs eat the sea grass that is attached to the sea floor; they suck the ground using their hoover-like stout to clean the seabed of sea grass. Because of their eating habits they are sometimes described as ‘sea cows.’
Watch out for my Part 2 coming soon!