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Mar 16 2016

12 Animals You Won’t Believe Exist!

12.“pig” the dog
Born to and abandoned by a feral mother, Pig the dog, and his brothers and sisters, were rescued by Alabama resident Kim Dillenbeck. According to his veterinarian, Pig’s unusual appearance is the result of several missing ribs and vertebrae. In spite of her condition, Dillenbeck assures people that Pig can run, jump, and bark without any signs of pain, and that “pig thinks she’s just a normal dog.”

11.Copito de Nieve (Snowflake) the Gorilla
While Western Lowland Gorillas are typically black, Copito de Nieve, or Snowflake, gained fame as an exhibit at the Barcelona Zoo in Spain because of his albino mutation. He was the world’s only known white gorilla. In Equatorial Guinea in Africa, farmers killed several gorillas who had been eating their bananas. Among the dead, a farmer found a white baby gorilla that was still alive and he sold it to primatologist Jordi Sabater Pi in 1966 who took him to the Barcelona zoo. Like other albino animals, Snowflake suffered from vision problems and skin conditions. In 2003, after nearly 40 years, he died of complications relating to skin cancer.

10.Zhu Jianqiang: two-legged pig
Born without legs in a remote Chinese village, Zhu Jianqiang’s owners initially considered throwing her away because of her deformity. But instead her owner chose to give her a chance to live, and spent about a month teaching her to balance and walk on two legs by holding up her tail. Eventually, Zhu Jianqiang, which means “Strong Willed Pig” in the local dialect of Chinese, learned to walk and even perform handstands (or hoof stands). A local sensation, a circus offered to purchase Zhu from her owner, but he refused, saying that “she proved to us that no matter what form life is, it should continue to live on.”

9.Frank and Louie two-faced cat
Aptly named “Frank and Louie” (and sometimes called Frankenlouie), this cat was born with two faces. His condition is called diprosopus. Cat’s with this condition are also called Janus cats after the Roman god of gates and beginnings, Janus, who was often depicted with two faces. Incidentally the month of January is also named after Janus.
Franken and Louie had three eyes, two noses, and two mouths, but only one brain. Although most cats with his condition die after only a few days, Frank and Louie defied the odds, and, after a few months of careful care and bottle feeding, learned to eat, walk, and thrive on his own. In 2014, he passed away at the ripe old age of 15.

8.Hercules the Liger
It’s pretty much my favorite animal. When napoleon dynamite said he was drawing a liger I thought he was making it up but they are real. Weighing in at 922 pounds (418 kg), according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hercules is the largest living cat. The offspring of a male tiger and a female lion, Hercules the Liger grew to twice the size of each of his parents. Although Lions and Tigers don’t share habitat, and thus ligers don’t exist in the wild, Hercules is currently housed at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGER). Proceeds raised from his viewing are used to fund wildlife protection initiatives around the world.

7.Pocho the crocodile
After finding Pocho the crocodile injured and dying on a Costa Rican river bank, local fisherman Chito Shedden drug the beast back to his house and nursed him back to health. Later, Chito released Pocho back into the river, but was surprised to find that the crocodile had returned to his home the next day. Completely docile and friendly to his savior, Pocho went on to become a daily member of Chito’s family, and the two even went on to perform public events together. Pocho died of natural causes in 2011.

6.Lurch Ankole-Watusi
A member of the Ankole-Watusi cattle breed which is native to Africa, Lurch held the world record for largest horn circumference, at 37.5 inches (95 cm). His horns also measured 7 ft (2.13 m) from end to end and weighed approximately 100 pounds (45kg) each. Housed at the Rocky Ridge Animal Refuge in Arkansas, Lurch died at age 14 in 2010. After his death, the refuge he called home turned his body over to taxidermist to be stuffed.

5.Hulk the Pitbull
It’s hard to believe, but the dog in this photo, weighing in at over 170 pounds (77 kg), is only 18 months old. Fittingly named, Hulk is one of twelve dogs owned by Marion and Lisa Grannan, who run a Pitbull protection dog training company and supply protection dogs to international clients. Far from the pit bulls normally featured on news media sites, despite his size and future occupation, Hulk is the perfect family dog, and can be seen playing, bathing, and cuddling with the couple’s young child. Hulk also recently fathered puppies of his own, and his owners estimate that, because of his size, his pups might be collectively worth $500,000.

4.Kenny The Tiger
Born to a breeder, Kenny the tiger gained exposure in the social media sphere as the “Tiger with Down Syndrome.” Although this diagnosis is probably incorrect, while likely not caused by an extra chromosome, Kenny’s facial structure is the result of genetics. As a white tiger, Kenny and his relatives are highly sought after by breeders, zoos, and animal collectors, leading to market pressure and the excessive breeding of an already small gene pool. Experts attribute his facial characteristics to irresponsible in-breeding practices.

3.Red giant alaskan malamute
Bred by local inuit peoples for thousands of years, the red giant Alaskan malamute is one of Alaska’s oldest, and largest, dog breeds. Like draft horses, Alaskan malamutes were bred to pull hundreds, even thousands of pounds on dogsleds. Typically, individuals of the breed weigh between 75-100 pounds (34kg to 45kg), but some have been known to grow as big as 150 lbs (68kg). They can withstand temperatures as low as -70F (-56C). Movie director George Lucas’s malamute was the inspiration for the Chewbacca star wars character. This particular photo is believed to be of Red giant alaskan Malamute named Gibson.

2.Kanzi the chimpanzee
Born in captivity here in the United States, Kanzi, a 35-year old bonobo, has gained both internet and scientific fame for his ability to exercise seemingly complex linguistic skills through a set of over 400 lexigrams. Kanzi is a member of the bonobo chimpanzee species, one of the two chimpanzee species that are most closely related to us. Kazni can blow up a balloon, make fire, cook an omelette, and reportedly play and beat the first round of pacman. While Kanzi has been around humans since he was 6 months old, researchers didn’t start training him until he was a few years old. Kanzi has a son, Teco, who has been raised and trained with humans since birth and researchers wonder if he may one day be able to talk.

And for the number 1 animal you won’t believe exists, but first I want to give a shout to those who answered my last video’s question:

1.Matilda the Cat
Matilda the cat, known in popular culture as “Alien cat,” appeared to be completely normal when she was rescued and later adopted as a kitten. However, after several months, Matilda’s owners noticed that her pupils began to dilate uncontrollably, sometimes growing so large that they appeared to encompass her entire retina. She shared this condition, called spontaneous lens luxation, with her brothers and sisters, but was the only one who also experienced eye growth, which still confounds her veterinarians to this day. In any case, their confusion is tumblr’s fascination.