7 Rare Animals So Unusual, You Might Not Know They Even Exist

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni): Resembling a cross between a zebra and a giraffe, the okapi is native to the dense rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum): Also known as the Mexican walking fish, the axolotl is a type of salamander native to Mexico.

Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis): Often referred to as the "Asian unicorn," the saola is an enigmatic and critically endangered species found in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.

Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus): Native to central Argentina, the pink fairy armadillo is the smallest species of armadillo and has a unique pink shell that resembles a delicate seashell.

Narwhal (Monodon monoceros): Known as the "unicorn of the sea," the narwhal is a type of toothed whale found in Arctic waters.

Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis): Found only on the island of Madagascar, the aye-aye is a nocturnal primate with large, bat-like ears, a bushy tail, and a specialized elongated finger used for tapping on trees to locate insects.

Pangolin: As the most trafficked mammal in the world, pangolins are elusive creatures resembling a scaly anteater.

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