Lifestyle Pets They Come in Peace: Animals that Look Like Aliens! These "UFOs" – unidentified far-out organisms – are actually rare and interesting creatures By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 9, 2009 09:24 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 10 FENNEC FOX Jacek Bednarczyk/Poland Zoo/EPA 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 Xinhua/ZUMA 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 AP 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 Fame 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 Jay Town/Newspix/Rex USA 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 Sakchai Lalit/AP 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 Lewis Whyld/Rex USA 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 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 Photoshot/Reuters/Landov 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 Peter Endig/EPA 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!