Amazing animals you won’t believe exist!
These unbelievable creatures are some the strangest and most incredibly unusual that you will ever see, including:
- “Pig” the dog
- Copito, the white Gorilla
- Zhu, the two-legged Pig
- Frank & Louie, the two-faced cat
- Hercules, the “Liger”
- Pocho, the docile and friendly crocodile
- Lurch Ankole-Watusi
- Hulk, the Pitbull
- Kenny, the Tiger
- Red giant Alaskan Malamute
- Kanzi, the very intelligent chimpanzee
- Matilda, the cat with enormous “alien” eyes
Meet Pig, The Strange Looking Dog Who Is Technically Only Half Of A Dog
Meet Pig the Unusual Dog. Her mother was feral and Pig and her siblings might have died if Pig’s barking didn’t attract the attention of Alabama native Kim Dillenbeck.
Dillenbeck didn’t think Pig would live due to her bizarre shape. But she did! Pig is currently 8 months old, so she’s not full grown just yet.
Her first public outing was at a local fair called Do Dah Day last month. People freaked out a bit. I mean, Pig is one weird-looking pup.
Everyone wanted to take a photo with her as she made her way around the fairground.
Pig is super vocal and playful though, and she’s definitely not afraid to bark when she wants your attention.
Pig made such a splash at Do Dah Day that she ended up in all kinds of news outlets. She’s so adorable!
Meet Copito (“Snowflake”) the Albino Gorilla
For nearly 40 years an albino gorilla named Snowflake was adored by people around the world. In 1967, local villagers in Africa’s Equitorial Guinea captured a remarkable baby gorilla. This young male was unlike any gorilla the villagers had seen before; instead of the thick brown fur of most gorillas, this baby had a coat of pure white. Through a series of fortunate circumstances, the rare white gorilla ended up at the Barcelona Zoo, where he became an international star. He was given the Spanish name Copito de Nieve and the English name Snowflake.
The fall of 2003 brought sad days to the zoo in Barcelona, Spain. After nearly 40 years, Snowflake the white gorilla — who was the zoo’s most famous resident — was nearing death. Crowds gathered to pay a last, respectful visit to the elderly, ivory-maned gorilla, an emblem of one of Spain’s proudest cities. His wrinkled face and knowing eyes stared out from posters and postcards on every corner. Snowflake’s keepers could barely conceal their pain. “Snowflake has lost his desire to play around with the rest of the family,” said one, sighing; “he prefers to sit alone, out of sight.” The keeper mentioned that caretakers were giving the gorilla painkillers.
The end came on November 24, 2003, when Snowflake died from cancer. “Until the end Snowflake enjoyed a fantastic quality of life, interacting normally with his children and grandchildren,” said the zoo’s chief, Jesus Fernandez.
But while Snowflake may be gone, his legacy remains. In his time at the zoo, he fathered 21 gorillas, who have in turn given birth to 10 grandchildren, says Carme Mate, a primatologist in Barcelona who observed Snowflake for years. “The mothers were 3 females born in Equatorial Guinea, like Snowflake,” she says. “Their names were Ndengue, Bimbili, and Yuma. Ndengue was always his favorite, and Snowflake showed much distress after her death” a few years before his own.
Four of Snowflake’s children are still alive, Mate says. Three females, Kena, Machinda, and Virunga, live at the Barcelona Zoo. One male, Bindung, resides at the Fukuoka Zoological Garden in Japan. Nine grandchildren also survive, five of whom are still at the Barcelona Zoo. “Snowflake’s last grandchildren were born in August 2004,” says Mate. “Two are twins, male and female. This is a remarkable event, since the birth of twins is quite unusual in gorillas.”
None of Snowflake’s offspring, however, is albino (several of the grandchildren have had light patches on their hands or feet at birth, but they disappear with age). That’s because Snowflake’s albinism was the very rare product of a genetic coincidence: both his mother and his father had to carry a specific gene. Albino gorillas are rare for another reason: because the trait can make the animals more vulnerable to skin cancer (which ultimately killed Snowflake) and other health problems.
In Barcelona, Snowflake’s memory lingers. The gorilla was “an unforgettable companion for our city, and we all feel regret at losing him,” the city’s mayor said.
Zhu, the two-legged Pig
Zhu Jianqiang, which translates as “strong willed pig”, was born without her hind legs, but managed to survive, and is now a local celebrity.
As a piglet, Zhu Jianqiang had nine strong siblings, and neighbors told her owner it would be best to just throw her away or put her out of her misery.
But farmer Wang Xihai would hear none of it, and he even refused his wife when she told him to throw the piglet away. He believes all life should be given the chance to survive, and Zhu Jianqiang managed to beat all odds.
After seeing the little piglet fight for her life, Wang Xihai decided to get more involved, and began training her to walk on her front legs by lifting it up by its tail, just a few days after she was born.
After only 30 days, she began walking on her own, and now, even though she weighs a good 50 kg, Zhu Jianqing walks upside down quite effortlessly.
Wang said since the birth of the pig, which currently weighs 50kg (110lbs), his home has been besieged by visitors. Word about the amazing two-legged pig spread rapidly, and Wang Xihai says his home is overrun by tourists, every day.
A circus even offered to buy for the pig for a large sum but Wang refused to sell.
He said “She proved to us that no matter what form life is it should continue to live on. I won’t sell it no matter how much the offer is.”
Frank and Louie (Frankanlouie), the Cat with Two Faces
At 15 years old, Frank and Louie was famous for its genetic mutation.
The famous two-faced cat, Frank and Louie (sometimes called Frankenlouie), passed away in 2014 at the ripe old age of 15. The Massachusetts feline held the Guinness Book of World Records title for the longest lived Janus cat.
Named for the Roman god Janus, who was usually portrayed as having two faces, domestic cats with two faces are extremely rare. The animals also generally don’t live very long due to health problems related to their deformity—making Frank and Louie’s 15-year run that much more impressive.
Frank and Louie was a ragdoll cat that had two faces that almost certainly shared one brain. It’s esophagus wasn’t doubled which likely saved Frank and Louie’s life, allowing it to eat and breathe properly.
Although Janus cats often die young, when left to their own devices cat mothers will often abandon, kill, or even eat a kitten with such severe deformities.
Frank and Louie’s owner Marty Stevens has said in previous interviews that she took the cat home so that it wouldn’t be euthanized.
Frank and Louie — or rather Frank because his side had the esophagus — learned to eat and thrived. The cat rubbed against legs and won over the hearts of many who thought he was difficult to look at.
He had two functioning eyes and a center eye, which was blind. Two noses and two mouths but just one brain. All in all, he was a healthy cat, his biggest ordeals having been neutering and the removal of some teeth from Louie’s mouth, which had no bottom jaw.
When the cat reached the age of 12, the Guinness people came calling, declaring Frank and Louie the oldest living Janus cat in the world. Ms. Stevens said she has a certificate and once saw Frank and Louie on Animal Planet as she was flipping channels. The cat had become quite famous.
While she’s reeling from the unexpected death of Frank and Louie, she said she’d do it all again and would take a Janus cat in if one was in need, though she knows just how rare they are.
“I would love to do it again,” she said.
Hercules, the “Liger”
Pocho, the docile and friendly crocodile
Lurch was an African Watusi steer that became an international celebrity. He is the Guinness Record holder for the largest circumference of horns of any animal in the world.