Bismarck Masked Flying Fox
Foxes are wild animals that are mostly considered a danger to humans unless they are domesticated. At the rate people have started domesticating various wild animals, it is not a wonder to find dangerous carnivores in a home.
Even so, domestication does not entirely get rid of one’s fear of wild animals. Now, how would you feel if you saw a flying fox? You would probably be afraid. The Bismarck masked flying fox is just as scary.
It is actually part of the bat family and is the largest bat discovered. The male masked flying fox can lactate which makes it part of a rare species of mammals.
The masked flying fox is found in Papua New Guinea and derives its name from the Bismarck Archipelago. The mammal was almost categorized as Vulnerable because of its rate of decline.
However, it was classified as near extinct in 2009 by IUCN.
Giant African Land Snail
The giant African land snail can grow up to 7.8 inches long and 3.9 inches tall. This is pretty big for a snail. They have two short and long tentacles.
If you are one to fear snails and find them slimy, then these snails are not your cup of tea. These snails cannot be used as a delicacy no matter how big they grow.
They like to eat vegetables such as cucumber and lettuce although they can eat cabbage and fruits such as bananas. They are most commonly found in the coastal areas of East Africa from Somalia to Mozambique.
You might think that cats and dogs are the only pets around. However, people in some countries like to keep these snails as pets.
However, they are illegal in the US and some other countries because of the threat they pose. They can easily reproduce and become agricultural pests which would negatively affect agriculture.
Giant Wild Hog
Any hunting enthusiast can relate to the satisfaction of felling a wild hog. One young boy can tell the tales of such conquests with his shot that killed a nine-foot long 1051 pound hog.
The boy hunted the hog alongside his dad for three hours before he made his lucky shot back in 2007. In 2004, National Geographic’s team of forensic experts discovered an 800 pound boar that had been killed in Georgia.
This story made it possible to believe that the photo of the boy and the hog was not doctored. Many people had doubted its authenticity before this revelation came to light.
The thought that such a hog existed is astonishing. The fact that it was killed by an 11-year old boy is also quite a tale.
It should invoke adventure in those who dream of hunting such an animal and fear in those who are afraid of wild hogs. If they can grow this big, everyone ought to be afraid.
Many people, especially children, would like to have a bunny for a pet. After all, they are cute and cuddly because of how fluffy they look. Can you now imagine having a life-size bunny.
That would be so exciting considering life-size dolls are already a favorite to many people. Darius the giant bunny weighs around 22.2 kilograms and is 1.3 meters tall.
This is astounding considering that a normal bunny is about 8 inches tall! Carried by his adult owner, he fits across her hands and is almost as large as some adult dog breeds.
Darius is father to Jeff, who was 1.1 meters tall with six months of growing left to go. The two are said to feed on over 700 aplles and 2000 carrots in a year which is quite expensive.
However, you can’t quite put a price on raising and keeping one of the world’s largest bunnies, can you?
If you run away from the small crabs at the beach, then you will break into a sprint once you see the coconut crab. This crab grows up to 1 meter long which is quite big.
It is found on islands in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. Coconut crabs feed on smaller crabs and fleshy fruit. In addition to these, they also like coconuts, from which their name is derived.
They repeatedly hit coconuts to break them apart. They use their pincers to crack open the coconut shells. These crabs are the largest arthropods known to man.
Unlike other crabs, the coconut crabs are entirely based on land and only go back into the sea when they have to lay their eggs.
There isn’t a lot of data about the crabs thus they are classified as data deficient. Over the years, rats have been introduced to islands and hunt these crabs.
The cinereous vulture is one of the largest old birds of prey. It has broad wings which span two and a half to three meters and weighs up to twelve and a half kilograms.
It spots a tail that is in the shape of a wedge and has serrated wings. These scavengers can fly to great heights because of their ability to absorb oxygen easily.
This can be attributed to the special type of hemoglobin in the blood. In addition to this, the cinereous vultures are monogamous and nest in trees and cliffs, using the same nests over the years.
These vultures are largely found in European countries. They faced extinction due to dwindling numbers but have now increased thanks to efforts to preserve as well as reintroduce them in some areas.
These birds can be identified by their blue collars around the neck. They also have bald heads.
Biggest Pig in the World
Bacon, pork sausages and pork are some of the best breakfast items on meat lovers’ menus.
Seeing the world largest pig therefore invokes some salivating at the thought of all the ribs, sausages, ham and bacon that one could get from this pig.
Weighing 1984 pounds, the largest pig reared by a farmer in China’s Wafangdian City surpassed the average height and weight of the normal pig.
The pig died in February 2016 after the museum took it for measurements. It was less than five years old and was 2.5 meters with a 14.4 cm long tusk.
The farmer kept the pig in the best pig sty and fed it the best food. He grew fond of it and even considered it his pet.
Big Bill, as named by the owner, was much bigger than a normal pig and died early, compared to a normal pig’s lifespan.
The Hercules Moth has a 6 inch wingspan that is said to exceed that of any other insect in the world. It is vividly colored and often gets mistaken for a bird.
It eats plants such as the cheese tree and red bean and grows rapidly as larvae to a moth. The larvae eat all of the discarded skin and hangs out of the cocoon to stretch their wings.
This happens after the moth wiggles out of the cocoon. The male moths are much smaller than their female counterparts although they have longer ‘tails.’ They are also more vibrant in color.
For mating, the female moth calls out to the males by emitting special pheromones. Papua New Guinea seems to be the home of a number of giant animal species.
It is home to the Hercules moth, alongside the tropical rain forest of North Queensland Australia as well.
Huge Red Tibetan Mastiff
The Red Tibetan Mastiff is a rare breed that is not common all over the world. This dog made history as the most expensive dog when a Chinese businessman who bought it at 10 million Chinese Yuan.
That is a hefty price for man’s best friend. Tibetan Mastiffs are known to grow up to 286 pounds! In addition to this, they feed on powdered egg shells, boiled fish, tripe, cod liver oil and raw bones.
One of the advantages of having a Tibetan Mastiff is that they have fewer genetic conditions when compared to other dog breeds. The Tibetan Mastiff has one litter every year and no more.
If you would like to get yourself one of these puppies then you should be armed with at least £1000. It is a symbol of prestige and status in china, judging by the extravagant price paid by the Chinese businessman.
The Mekong catfish
The Mekong catfish is the largest freshwater fish in the world. It is white in color, does not have teeth and can weigh up to 300 kilograms.
This unique catfish is only found in the Mekong river flows through six Southeast Asian countries and is the 7th longest river in Asia.
The Mekong catfish grows up to 3 meters in length and travels large distances to mate. The population of the catfish has significantly decreased and is estimated to be only about 105 of what it was a decade ago.
This can be attributed to the building of dams and other infrastructure. If you fancy yourself some great fish to last you a pretty long time, then the Mekong catfish is your best option.
You would need to go on a fishing expedition with your friends if you planned on reeling in this catfish. However, with the decrease in population, it is probably not a good idea to catch these large fish.