Here comes part four of my series about weird endangered animals! I’m writing this series to open your eyes on the beautiful (and very…unique) diversity in our planet. I love animals and I have taken it upon myself to be the voice for those that can’t speak for themselves. Join me in fighting to protect these creatures before it’s too late! Please share this post with your friends or on social media to spread the word. Now, without further ado, I present Weird Animals: Part Four!
- Knysna Velvet Worm:
These incredible worms are their own kind of weird. They thrive in the moist Afromontane forest, but their numbers are dwindling due to habitat loss. They birth live worms, which is incredibly rare for worms to do! However, the strangest thing about these worms is their hunting methods. Velvet worms squirt a special liquid at their prey that acts like glue, immobilizing their food and keeping it in place. To see this strange hunting strategy in action, click this video.
- Philippine’s Eagle
These beautiful birds are the largest eagles in the world and the Philippine’s national animal. They’re nicknamed “The monkey eating eagle” due to their diet of primates and other furry animals. Unfortunately, most people don’t know they exist due to their secluded habitat (which is rapidly growing smaller). These eagles are vital to their ecosystems and to the indigenous cultures. They’re known as an “umbrella species.” Just as many people can stand under one umbrella and be protected from rain, protecting these animals saves many other creatures. Unfortunately, less than 500 of these majestic birds are still surviving in the wild today, and it’s up to us to protect them and their habitats! Donate here to start making a difference.
- The Duck-Billed Platypus
The duck-billed platypus is an egg-laying mammal with a duck’s bill and an otter’s feet. Plus, it’s venomous. No wonder explorers were confused when these animals were discovered! Native to Australia, these strange creatures have been protected since 2000 due to overhunting. Though poaching is still a threat, these unique animals are making a comeback!
I hope you’re enjoying this series! Thank you so much for reading and sign up to receive emails every time I post if you want to see more. Feel free to like this post and comment which of the animals in this series is your favorite! To see my other posts on this series, click here for part one, here for part two, and here for part three.