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Fun Animal Facts Recap: Odd Animal Out

This recap focuses on animals that don’t fit the molds of their respective families. Each marches to the beat of its own drum, and we love it for that!

  • There are more than 60 species of flightless birds still in existence, including ratites (emus, ostriches, kiwis, rheas, cassowaries) and penguins!
  • platThere are only two mammals that lay eggs, duck-billed platypuses and echidnas.echidImages from and
  • The yeti crab, Kiwa hirsuta, is a hairy, eyeless crab that was discovered in 2005 near yeti crabEaster Island.Image from
  • Maned wolves are South America’s largest canids. They look like foxes or wolves, but maned wolfare their own species, belonging to the Chrysocyon genus!Image from
  • The gerenuk, also known as the giraffe gazelle, is a long-necked antelope found in the gerenukHorn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region.Image from
  • Glasswing Butterflies live in South America and have glass butterflytransparent wings that help them evade predators.Image from the California Academy of Sciences
  • The Japanese Spider Crab is the world’s largest arthropod. It can grow to over 12 feet and up to 42 pounds!spider crabImage from…/featured-creature-japanese-spide…/



BONUS: Here are two pictures of the Wildlife Educators Coalition’s three-toed Texas box turtle. It is older than Katie.

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