Unusual Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

Every year, scientists discover new animal species that surprise even the most knowledgable researchers. So it should be no surprise that there are thousands of bizarre and elusive animals that most people have never even heard of. After all, humans have only explored less than 5% of the world’s oceans.

Ever seen a vampire deer? What about a raccoon dog? Even if you answered yes, chances are there is at least one animal in this list you haven’t heard of yet.

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Japanese Raccoon Dog – Also Known As the Tanuki

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Also known as the Japanese Raccoon Dog, the Tanuki is an adorable creature that looks like a raccoon but is actually more closely related to dogs. The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon, to which it is not closely related. They are very good climbers and regularly climb trees.

Indigenous to East Asia, Tanukis play important roles in various Japanese folk tales, often described with having magic powers like shapeshifting.

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