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Animals you didn’t know exist

Pigs with tusks and fish wearing lipstick? There are millions of animal species in the world and new ones are being discovered every day. Here are just a few of Mother Nature's more obscure creates that you probably didn't know exist.

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Elephant shrew

A new species of elephant shrew has been discovered in the Namib Desert in Africa, scientists say. The tiny insect-eating mammal sports a narrow, trunk-like snout and certainly doesn't look like the typical mouse we see running through our kitchen.

Galen Rathbun/California Academy of Sciences

Deer-mouse

Spain's Bioparc Fuengirola welcomed a baby deer-mouse, weighing in at approximately 4 ounces. The deer-mouse or tragulus javanicus grow to about 2 pounds when they reach adulthood. The world's smallest deer is around the same size of a hamster and "is growing very fast," a zoo spokeswoman said.

Bioparc Fuengirola

Red-lipped Batfish

The red-lipped batfish is an unusual looking fish found on the Galapagos Islands. Scientists believe their colored lips are used to attract mates. They are terrible swimmers and use their pectoral fins to crawl along the ocean floor.

PBS/Youtube

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

The Amazonian Royal Flycatcher is found in South America. The distinguished looking bird has colorful feathers that form a sort of headdress.

Desiree Narango/Youtube

Rhinoceros Hornbill

The Rhinoceros hornbill gets its name for the large, banana-shaped casque that sits on top of the bird's head. They can live up to 90 years in captivity and enjoy a diet of fruit and insects.
Houston Zoo

Maned Wolf

The maned wolf looks similar to a red fox but with elongated longs. The South American animals are also called "skunk wolves" for their distinct smell.

Pantanal BirdClub/Youtube

Babirusa

Members of the pig family, babirusas get their name from the Indonesian word "Deer-hog." The tufted pigs were often hunted for their tusks and are listed as vulnerable or endangered.

Oregon Zoo

Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian Mara looks like a cross between a horse and a rabbit but in reality, they are large rodents. They sport long ears and limbs with a short, almost hairless tail. Maras are monogamous and are native to South America.
FactsOnAnimals/Youtube

Sunda Flying Lemur

The Sunda flying lemur's name is deceiving; it is not a true lemur and it does not fly. The animal glides from tree to tree in search of food.
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Animals you didn’t know exist

Pigs with tusks and fish wearing lipstick? There are millions of animal species in the world and new ones are being discovered every day. Here are just a few of Mother Nature's more obscure creates that you probably didn't know exist.

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