RARE Creatures That Actually Exist - VideoRolls.com
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From deep sea mysteries that were thought to be myths to a collection of animals that are on the brink of extinction here’s our group of the world’s rarest animals that still exist on our planet.
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Hairless Sun Bear
Talking about this viral photo, which is good for clicks is uncomfortable. We don’t like to think about this creature suffering with serious diseases while people were marveling at it's unique appearance in a lighthearted way and comparing it to Gollum. The creature you see was a sun bear who was captured in January of 2015 by plantation workers. Unlike most sun bears she happened to be hairless, causing her unique, rare appearance. She seemed very old and was suffering from several parasites. Many of the poor creature's claws were cracked and broken. That picture is a still shot from a video of the bear, likely scared out of it's mind, trying to escape the metal cage in which it was being held by biting through it, while being surrounded by people taking pictures and, of course, the video. It's very hard to watch. Though authorities and veterinarians did their best to bring the creature back to good standing health she would end up passing away months later in early June 2015. Though constantly surrounded by them, she was never fully comfortable around humans. Sun bears live in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The palm oil industry has invaded and stripped this bear of their habitat, and today it’s a vulnerable species.
Hainan (hi-nahn) Gibbon
The Hainan Gibbon is an extremely rare mammal, perhaps the world’s single rarest. The most recent count found just two families and a total of 22 Hainan Gibbons in the wild. They are confined to Hainan, a small island off the southern coast of mainland China. Males and females are extremely different in appearance. As you can see males are almost completely black with white patches on their cheeks while females are golden in color with black spots. Their both slender which makes sense as they swing in the wild from tree to tree to get around.
Out of all of the primates in Africa, the roloway monkey is among the most threatened. Despite the fact that they’re small, harmless and have awesome, long beards they’re often hunted and sold in the bushmeat trade. Also like so many creatures in the wild their habitat is disappearing as humans clear forests to make room for themselves. When studied in the wild researchers have found that they have a lifespan of twenty year. In captivity however they can live to the ripe old age of 30.
Northern White Rhino
One of two white rhino subspecies, the northern white rhino appears to have gone extinct in the wild. The last time they were spotted was in 2006 when four were seen. Experts have since reported no trace of them. Meanwhile, only three exist in captivity, this 44 year old male named Sudan who was caught in the wild when he was just three and two females who were born in captivity. They’re all held at the Dvur Kralove Zoo, a 180 acre facility in the Czech Republic.
So we got into the sun bear a little bit while we were talking about that unfortunate hairless bear a little bit earlier. The sun bear as a species is one of the rarest bears, but not the rarest. That dubious distinction belongs to the Giant Panda an animal who is scant in numbers despite it's likeness being so famous and easily recognizable. Rough estimates state that just over 1,500 pandas remain on the planet. Luckily some reports have said that their numbers are increasing which is a welcome trend. As a matter of fact they were reclassified from being an endangered species to being vulnerable in 2016. Their habitat has been decimated and today they are confined to south central China.
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There were once more Panthers playing hockey in Florida than there were roaming the wild. The Florida Panther was chosen as the state animal in 1982, and that decision was probably made to raise awareness about just how rare they were at the time. In the 70’s estimates had their numbers down to just 20 in the wild. Luckily though, conservation efforts reversed this trend, giving this animal a second chance at life in the proces. Estimates made earlier this year had their population at 230, which means there’s still work to be done, but it's a great start. Human encroachment started the Florida Panther’s decline. They were pushed to a corner of south Florida. This isolated population eventually began inbreeding, which as we know from ancient Egyptian royal families can cause all sorts of health problems.