When it comes to animals, there is no shortage of sayings or idioms to describe their striking and sometimes contradictory appearance. “Looks can be deceiving,” or “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” can certainly be applied to many a fuzzy yet ferocious lion or scornful, Begging Burro. From the bizarre to the puzzling, we rounded up a list of some of our favorite wildlife with truly out-of-this-world monikers.
Perhaps too small to even fit a goat in its mouth, the name goatsucker is based on an ancient belief that these birds fed on goats’ milk by night, but their presence near such animals was no doubt due to the insects attracted by the goats. These birds are nocturnal, insectivorous birds of the family Caprimulgidae and some common “goatsuckers” are nightjars, the whippoorwill and chucks.
Google Eye Bass
If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, then we’re both on the wrong search engine. Scientifically recognized as Selar crumenophthalmus, these fish are members of the jack family. The reason behind the name, as you can tell, is because of their unproportionatly large eyes, which are greater in diameter than the entire length of their snouts.
Begging Burros is a name used to refer to the donkeys in Custer State Park. For many years, these donkeys have earned this deserving nickname as they boldly approach the cars of visitors and beg for food. Word has gotten out about these begging burros and that has attracted many visitors to Custer State Park, specifically for this reason. People also bring food to the park to feed them.
As you can probably tell, the Dumbo octopuses are so named for their likeness to the Disney elephant character. They live deep down in the ocean and can be found at depths ranging from 400 metres down to as much as 4,800 metres. They hover a short distance above the sea bed while they look for prey. Eighteen species of dumbo octopuses have so far been discovered.
The life of a blobfish seems to be pretty….well, blah. The blobfish has no muscles in its body. It has a gooey, pudding-like flesh that allows it to function at depths where gaseous bladders can’t function.
The Emperor tamarin is a small species of monkey found in the forests of South America. The Emperor tamarin was named because its elegant, white moustache, which is thought to resemble that of German emperor Wilhelm II.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
The Pink Fairy Armadillo does not wear a tutu, does not carry a wand, and is not always the color pink! However, Pink Fairy Armadillos, also known as Pichiciego or Chlamyphorus truncatus, are the smallest of their family and are named for this reason.