“I can’t believe that exists.”

“I can’t believe that exists.”

I say this probably every single time we go to the zoo. I have grown up loving animals, studied Biology in college, and worked directly with animals for years. Even with close experience and love of all creatures, I find myself saying (out loud) “HOW IS THAT A REAL THING?!”

Off the top of my head, here are animals that I can’t believe are real, and my thoughts on them.

  1. Bats– Ok, wtf bat? How do you have wings coated in skin with the same bones I have in my fingers? I really don’t get bats. I love them and they’re so great for mosquito control, but holy-freaky!hqdefault
  2. Porcupines, echidnas, hedgehogsРHow do you have spines all over your body? You are walking around with weapons attached to your backs! I mean, good for you because who would want to fuck with a spiny ball of an animal, but seriously?
    1. *Sidenote. Yesterday, at Busch Gardens, I heard someone call the echidna an “enchilada.” True story.

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  1. Emus and Ostriches– I am obsessed with all birds, including these beasts. But the fact that they are real still gets me every time. I could RIDE on this bird. In fact, there are a LOT of birds out there that I often think “How?!”
  2. Symatar Horned Oryx– Those horns alone are enough for me to question the truth of thier existance.
  3. Okapi– Part zebra, part horse, part conunundrum.
  4. Hornbills– A bird with a literal horn growing out of its face?
  5. Most snakes– You move without legs? And you have all those bones? And you can unhindge your jaw up to 1 1/2 times the size of your normal mouth?
  6. Deep sea fish– If you don’t question these guys, there’s something wrong with you. I mean, LOOK AT THIS THING!¬†Anglerfish-1


As freaky amazing as all these animals are, I still find myself marveling that I get to live on the same planet as them. I feel such a deep connection with every animal, so much so, that I feel like they feel it back at me. It’s like they know how much I love them.

What animals make you go, “What the fuck?”

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