They Come in Peace: Animals that Look Like Aliens!

These "UFOs" – unidentified far-out organisms – are actually rare and interesting creatures

01 of 10

FENNEC FOX

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The tiny Fennec foxes – native to North Africa – may look pretty cute, but they’re actually nighttime predators whose oversized ears are so sensitive that they can hear insects walk on sand. Perhaps they can also get a better listen when they phone home?

02 of 10

TARSIER

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With eyes as large as their brains, the furry little tarsiers of Southeast Asia are able to climb within a day of being born. That must make things easier when you take them to your leader.

03 of 10

STAR-NOSED MOLE

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Ahh, it’s coming to get you! Well, if you’re a worm or small insect, that is. The star-nosed mole, often found in Canada and the U.S., literally inhales its food, taking less than a quarter of a second to find its prey, grab it and digest.

04 of 10

ALBINO HEDGEHOG

ALBINO HEDGEHOG
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Is it a bird? A plane? Nope, just an albino hedgehog, so rare that there’s only one for every 10,000 in the current hedgehog population. Though his look is intriguing, his upbringing will be solitary: Because he stands out so much in the wild, he’ll have to live in a hedgehog home to survive.

05 of 10

ECHIDNA

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Named for a mythological Greek monster that was half-nymph, half-snake, the echidna seems like something that might want to whisk you away in its UFO. But these little guys are typically harmless – the toothless creatures feast predominantly on insects.

06 of 10

COMMON-SIAMESE SOFT-SHELLED TURTLE

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He may look like a spongy space creature, but this common-Siamese soft-shelled turtle can be a fierce fighter when necessary. The breed, found throughout the world, is known for a disproportionately long neck, which helps the animal to keep its body submerged in water, sand or mud while still getting oxygen from the surface.

07 of 10

AYE-AYE

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My, what really big eyes you have! Though its wiry hair and spooky yellow peepers give the Aye-aye a Martian-like look, the foragers – native to Madagascar – are kind of like woodpeckers, gnawing holes in wood to find food.

08 of 10

BLOBFISH

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It came from outer space! Or actually, cool waters off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania. The blobfish – literally what it sounds like – is a creature rarely seen by humans, that lacks muscle and floats just above the ocean floor.

09 of 10

GOLDEN MONKEY

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Though they’re cute and furry, little is known about the golden monkeys, making them extra-mysterious. The endangered creatures are typically found in the mountains of Africa, restricted to highland forests filled with bamboo.

10 of 10

PANGOLIN

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Often compared to a “walking pine cone,” pangolins have hard scales all over their bodies, and can curl up into a ball when feeling threatened. But their craziest characteristic? Tongues that extend into their stomachs!

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