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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, an animal comes along that quashes that belief. While many animal species have been cataloged and are known, some more rare animals are so reclusive that they have avoided description. Take a look at these bizarre and unique animals that are testaments to the variety of life on our planet.

When you look through these stunning photos, you’ll have a hard time believing that some of these are animals that actually exist on planet Earth. It really makes you appreciate Mother Nature and the life that she supports. Hopefully, these animals are around for millennia to come – but that will only happen if we all decide to take care of the world together.

So without further ado, here are 40 one-of-a-kind animals that you’ll have a hard time believing are real. Which one is your favorite? Are there any others that we didn’t list that you would include yourself? If so, let us know in the comments below.