7 Cool and Unusual Animals to See Before You Die


The shoebill stork has a bill shaped like a shoe and can grow over 4 feet tall. Known for their effective predation skills, they prey on reptiles, rodents, fish, and even juvenile crocodiles in East Africa's marshes.

Stick Insect

Resembling a stick, the stick insect uses its natural camouflage to blend into its surroundings. The giant prickly stick insect of Australia has thorn-like spikes. The Phobaeticus kirbyi, over 21 inches long, can be found in Borneo.

Glass Frog

With transparent skin showing visible organs, the glass frog's spotted backs mimic eggs to confuse predators. They are found in Costa Rica and Panama, especially in Tortuguero National Park.

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis shrimp have been around for 400 million years, known for their powerful "clubs" that can smash shells and their incredible eyesight. About 400 species exist, including the colorful peacock mantis shrimp, found in Costa Rica and Bali.


Wombats are marsupials with rodent-like teeth and cube-shaped poop. Found in Australia’s Maria Island and the San Diego Zoo, they protect their tunnels by diving in headfirst and using their tough rumps to block predators.

Fainting Goat

Fainting goats, when startled, experience temporary muscle stiffness, causing them to fall over. They are bred for their unique genetic condition, which can be observed in various farms in the United States.

Star-Nosed Mole

The star-nosed mole, found in wet lowlands of North America, has a distinctive star-shaped nose used for touch and detecting prey. It is one of the fastest eaters in the animal kingdom, capable of identifying and consuming prey in milliseconds.