The miracle of nature never ceases to amaze. Take a look at these tremendously beautiful animals. They will take your breath away. The world has nearly nine million species, and we think these are definitely the top 12 beauties of all.
The Madagascar sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is beautifully colored and highly prized by insect collectors worldwide. This moth has a whopping 11 cm wingspan, and the bright wing colors warn potential predators of their highly toxic bodies if eaten. In chrysalis form, the body looks like a corpse covered with a shroud, and the Malagasy people believe that the risen souls of their dead ancestors are housed in the chrysalis and rise with the moth’s full form.
Zanzibar Red Colobus
This beautiful monkey can only be found on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. It is an endangered species; in fact, less than 3,000 are left in the wild. They live in families of about 50 monkeys, with many more femals than males. They are pretty, but they don’t smell good at all, and the Zanzibar people call them “poison monkey” because of their unusually pungent odor. The monkeys hang leave people alone, and instead are to hang in the trees and eat leaves, seeds, and flowers. Interestingly, the eat unripened fruit because their digestive systems cannot digest the sugars in ripe fruit. Villagers have also seen the monkeys eat charcoal for an upset stomach.
The caracal is a majestically beautiful cat. Felis caracal’s name comes from the Turkish phrase “kara kulak”, or `black ear'. They have evolved over time to live in many diverse habitats. Their powerful ears hear the smallest sounds, and their even more powerful legs can propel them several meters into the air to catch birds. They have been seen eating small mammals, and even larger prey like reptiles and even gazelles. The animals are found in Africa and the Middle East.
The white tiger is a pigment variation of the Bengal tiger, one of the six tiger subspecies (Bengal, Siberian, Sumatran, Malayan, Indochinese and South China) of Panthera tigris. Tigers are the largest and most eye-catching of the big cats, and can live more than 25 years. Sadly, all six subspecies are endangered; there are less than 4,000 tigers in the world today. Siberian tigers are the largest and Bengal tigers are the most common. Tigers live in India, southeast Asia, and Siberia in Russia, and in all three habitats, their stripes are excellent camouflage in their natural habitat of long grasses and wooded areas. Not only does their fur have stripes, their skin has the exact same stripes under the fur.
The North African fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) is another beauty, with its long ears, which can be up to 15 cm long. Fennec means “fox” in Arabic. The ears help to radiate heat away from the animal, and they also use the big ears to locate underground prey. Fennec foxes are nocturnal, so they hunt small birds and mammals, and insects, at night. The foxes are known to live up to 14 years, unless they are picked up by the eagle owl, their natural predator.
The mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus) is native to the Pacific Ocean near Taiwan, the Phillipines, and Australia. The fish’ beautiful blue color shines through in the warm waters. The stunning color is created by a pigment in the cells. This little guy is only 6 cm but he packs a lot of beauty in a little body. The fish are usually shy, sticking to secluded lagoons and eating small crustaceans.
Panthers are also commonly known as cougars, mountain lions, pumas or catamounts, and are a large cat species native to the Americas, and found from Canada to South America. A black panther is actually a melanistic form or black color variant of any of the Panthera species. In Asia and Africa, black panthers are leopards (Panthera pardus), whereas in the Americas, they are known as black jaguars (Panthera onca). These species are very adaptable, and they are also very solitary and secretive. These beautiful ambush predators are breathtaking and they pursue many types of prey including deer and livestock. Surprisingly, they also hunt rodents and even insects.
Is there any more majestic bird than a bald eagle? This beauty is a North American bird of prey that lives near large bodies of open water. It usually nests in old-growth trees and is an opportunistic feeder, living mainly on fish. The eagle nest is the largest of any tree nest of any animal; the nests can be 8 feet wide and 13 feet deep and can weigh a metric ton. Females and males look identical but females are about 25 percent larger. The bird was nearly extinct but due to repopulation efforts, the species was removed from the endangered list in 2007.
The Siberian husky is a magnificently beautiful dog. These beauties are working dogs, and they’re used to pulling sleds and other hard tasks, so they are easily bored if you don’t keep them occupied. They need vigorous, vigorous exercise and they are very energetic, especially as puppies. Many people have come home to massive destruction after these dogs have been left alone and bored. They are also a very predatory animal, and will certainly chase and grab anything that runs (especially cats!) They are escape artists too, and will regularly leave your yard in search of adventure (or cats).
Did you know that a peacock is actually a type of pheasant? These large, colorful birds are known for their tails of blue and green feathers that fan out magnificently across the bird's back. A male peacock can have a harem of several ladies (ahem, peahens), each of which lays three to five eggs. The birds eat insects, plants, and small animals and there are two species: the blue peacock of India and Sri Lanka, and the green peacock of Burma. There is a third more rare species of peacock that lives in the African Congo rain forests.
Cheetahs are found in parts of Africa and Iran, and use their beautiful coats to camouflage in tall grasses while hunting. They are part of the big cat family, but are smaller than most big cats. They have small heads and distinct tear-shaped markings near their eyes. The cheetah's slender long legs are built for speed, and it is the fastest land animal in the world. Their main food sources--gazelles, wildebeest calves, and impalas--don't stand a chance.
There is perhaps no more beautiful horse than a black stallion, and there are a few breeds known for the signature glossy black coat. Most of these breeds originate in Europe, with one of the oldest being the Ariegeois, thought to be a prehistoric ancestor of modern breeds Friesian and Dales Pony. The Basque Pony is a black breed dating back over 10,000 years.