animals you don't know about yet, but will learn about them and love them!

Animals You Need to Know

To Love Them... or Hate Them

by Rebecca Richter

Animals  You Need to Know

To Love Them... or Hate Them

Animals Being Themselves....................................4

Immortal Jellyfish..................................................6

Arctic Cookie Star.....................................................8

Atlantic Puffin..........................................................10

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia...........................................12

Lion-tailed Maceque............................................14

Blue Parrotfish...........................................................16

Okapi.........................................................................18

Sea Pig........................................................................20

Red Panda...............................................................22

Blobfish.......................................................................24

Table of Contents

     Do you know an animal called an Okapi? Have you ever seen a Blobfish? Do you even know what an Atlantic Puffin looks like?

     In this book you will find animals you don’t know, but need to know to love. A few are cute, some are big, and all are unique in their own ways.

     You can look at these animals and say you don’t like them, let alone love them, but in order to dig deeper and find out who they are and why they are so special you will need to read.

     I’m not going to force you to love these animals but give them a try, and look beyond their name and appearances, and see who they truly are.

 

Animals being themselves 

     By reading this animal’s name you probably think it’s immortal, and you are right. Though, this jellyfish doesn't exactly have the life; even though this jellyfish has the gift of immortality it also does not have things you and me have like eyes, lungs, and a brain. Also, since 95% of its body is made up of water, the Immortal Jellyfish is like goo.

      This jellyfish’s trick to immortality is actually quite simple. First the Immortal Jellyfish has a hard time living or gets a little bored and decides to start this process - the jellyfish attaches itself to the surface of the water, putting itself in a position where the sun can evaporate it and it can have the chance to die (but that obviously dosen’t matter at all!). Finally, the animal turns into a blob and performs the hardest part of this process, it  does the process of transdifferentiation and grows younger!

 

Immortal Jellyfish 

Side view 

Top view

     If this sea star was a cookie I’m sure it would be one of the most beautiful cookies… Unfortunately, it is not a cookie, and because it eats sea sponge it wouldn’t be very tasty either. Even though this star is not a cookie it is still very cool and unique. For example, its arcked corners and pink coloring make it a beautiful sight. In addition, its shape isn’t the only attribute these sea stars have that we don’t, they also do not have a brain and don't have any blood!

     Although, this sea star isn’t very similar to other animals, the one thing that is the same between it and other animals is that humans are their ruination! For example, HUMAN scientists make up weird, complicated names for all animals, called the animal’s scientific name, in my opinion, they just do this to brag and sound intelligent. The Arctic Cookie Star was bestowed the scientific name of Ceramaster arcticus (prononced Cera-master artic-us), if scientists were really smart they would have known to capitalize the second word in the names they give these poor animals.

     Scientists also put all of the animals into categories (that also have complicated names), and these categories are called families.The Arctic Cookie Star’s family name is Goniasteridae (prononced Gona-steri-day). But, I don’t think the Arctic Cookie Star, or any animal, knows their “relatives” as well as people do.

 

 Arctic Cookie Star

     This exotic bird is mistaken for a penguin, but it is not, this sea bird has the ability to only swim 200 feet underwater, but they can also fly. In order to lift the puffin’s 17.5 ounce body and send it rocketing through the sky at around 55 miles per hour it must have a 20-24 inches wing span and be able to flap its wings around 400 times per minute!

     In addition to being able to fly and swim, the Atlantic Puffin looks adorable. This is because, they have a black suit, but a white belly, and their multi-colored bill, or beak, makes them irresistible to most humans. In addition to this, the Atlantic Puffin has bright, glowing orange feet and bright glowing orange eyes that put you in a trance when you look at them!

     Unfortunately, humans are jealous of this bird, that has the cuteness of a penguin (and abilities of a penguin) AND can fly, so the penguins are threatened by, who but, the killer species of humans. One of the reasons Atlantic Puffins are still here today is because they live for twenty years, and each year they mate (usually with the same penguin as the year before, I don’t know how they find each other after a whole year of being apart, but usually they find each other) and have one baby penguin. There is a chance that that baby Atlantic Puffin can die and that would make it even worse, because if humans cause hundreds of breeding puffins to die and there is no replacement for them, Atlantic Puffins would become endangered then become extinct!

 

Atlantic Puffin

    This spectacular bird puts on a show for everyone who sees it, One minute it’s all black except for the ribbon like white tail and the next minute you see a black, blue, green, bronze one foot body with still the white ribbon like tail. Even though the tail doesn't change color it is still amazing to see how long it is compared to the bird.  It’s 3 times the size!

     After being discovered in the 1930’s by Jack Hides the scientist gave it two names, one that is soo confusing only scientists spend time learning it, this name is the scientific name, Astrapia mayeri. The easier name, that is still complicated to learn and spell is Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia. Fortunately, after their discovery they didn’t try to kill this magnificent bird, and it is still living in Papua New Guinea or in zoos. To see this extraordinary bird change color, visit the nearest zoo that has them in captivity, or go to Papua New Guinea!

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

     This animal looks like it is a lion and a monkey put together; only, it is not a lion, it is a monkey. Aside from its looks, the Lion-tailed Macaque is unique in other ways too; for example, it has storage space for food in its cheeks (that are located on the animal’s head)! During the day these monkeys stuff all of the food they can find, that fit into the categories of fruits, seeds, and small animals, and stuff it in their cheeks. Then, at night when it’s very hungry it eats all of the food in its checks.

     The problem may come up that they don’t have enough room in their checks to store enough food to fill up their stomach, but they don’t have to worry about that, because their stomach has the same capacity as the space inside his cheeks! In addition, in order to not suffer from dehydration the Lion-Tailed Macaque gets water from licking water off of leaves.

     Even though a Lion-tailed Macaque can live for 20 years and can have a 2 foot body that weighs about 22 pounds it is still endangered. There are less than 2900 left, with only 400 in zoos and less than 2500 remaining in the wild! This is because people are reducing the amount of forest/living space in the Western Ghat Mountains where the Lion-Tailed Macaque lives.

 

Lion-tailed  Macaque

pronounced lion-tailed-macaw

     This fish is the bluest in the sea, it is so blue and pure that even when the water around it is blue, this fish stands out like a night light brightening a dark room! The Blue part of this fish’s name is not the only part thats true about it, the parrotfish part is true too, because the beak, or big bump on top of its mouth looks just like a parrot's beak. This is because, the teeth of the Blue Parrotfish were pushed so hard together that the teeth were put together like a puzzle that was finally finished but bent and torn in the process.

     The family name of animals is like a last name for use, this specific fish belongs to the Scaridae (pronounced Scaraday) family. Also, animals have middle names no one uses, but instead of being called a middle name it is called a scientific name. The Blue Parrotfish's scientific name is Scarus coeruleus (pronounced Scarus cor-you-lus). In order to complete the animals full name, it needs a first name everyone can call it, The Blue Parrotfish’s first name or name in general is the Blue Parrotfish.

 

 

Blue Parrotfish

     This half Zebra and half Giraffe looking animal is not actually a Zebra, but is related to the Giraffe’s family. In addition, to being related to Giraffes the Okapi has a lot of the same features that are like the Giraffe’s features; such, as its tongue that can stretch up to 14 inches long and can yank off leaves from trees and other plants.

     Two of the only attributes that they don’t have in common are the Giraffes' wild pattern that lets it blend in the safari and the neck of the Giraffe, that is as tall as a skyscraper, has nothing in common with the Okapi’s cow-like neck.

     Besides from looking like a mix of Zebra and a Giraffe the Okapi has other reasons for being special. For example, there are about 10,000-35,000 left in the wild making them endangered. In addition, they weren't discovered until the 20th century (which started in 1901 and ended in 2000)!

Pronounced Okey-pie

Okapi

Okapi

Giraffe

     Unlike the regular, messy looking, pig we know and love, the Sea Pig looks very clean. It only looks clean though, because they eat and eliminate waste through their mouth! In addition to this, snails and worms act like fleas when they attach themselves to the Sea Pig's mushy skin, but they don’t eat the blood of the sea pig, they eat their internal juices and if they get in the Sea Pig’s skin they eat the Sea Pig's internal organs! The most disgusting part of the Sea Pig is that when it’s attacked it throws-up its lung, for some reason!

     Besides for being extremely disgusting, the Sea Pig is also like other sea creature; for example, it doesn't have all of the organs we have in our bodies, like a brain. Also, they gave the Sea Pig a name that is extremely hard to pronounce and spell called a scientific name, the Sea Pig’s scientific name is Scotoplanes (pronounced S-go-toe planes).

 

Sea Pig

WARNING: THIS ANIMAL IS NOT A RACCOON, IT IS A VERY CUTE PANDA!

     This adorable animal is a Red Panda or (for scientists) the Ailurus Fulgens. Unfortunately, there are less than 10,000 adults left in the world making them endangered. This is because, in Burma, located in Central China, people are killing them for their beautiful red, grayish brown, white, reddish brown, and black fur!  But fortunately, they can live for 8 years in the wild and 15 years in captivity, and to add to all of that, females give birth to 1-4 baby Red Pandas in the time from spring to summer!

     In mountains of Burma is where they spend most of their time in the trees. Jumping from one to the other eating mostly bamboo, but also other editable things they can find in the forests. No wonder some people call the Red Panda the “Shining Cat”, any wild cat would do the same thing.

 

Red Panda

     The Blobfish was given the perfect name, because it looks just like a squishy blob, but is a fish! The reason the Blobfish is a blob is because it doesn't have any muscle and doesn't have a skeleton! In addition, the Blobfish lives 2,000-4,000 feet under water, if a person went that far down without any protection they would die.

     In addition to being a blob, it doesn’t look like a very pretty blob either. To make this clear to the Blobfish, people voted it to be the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in other words the group that saves ugly animals. But, the Blobfish dosn't complain because, it can't talk, and really needs this preservation society to help it. Because, with only 420 left in the world it is endangered! Who would put a 12 inches long big ugly blob in harm's way… everyone who sees it.

 

Blobfish

     Did you learn about different animals? Did you read instead of looking? Did you look into these animals, featured in this book, lives? Are you going to tell other people about these animals, or about this book? Hopefully most of your answers to those questions are yes.

     But what is more important than that, are you going to try to help endangered animals that are not known by a lot of people continue to survive? Or are you going to be mean and cruel, and let these innocent animals fend for themselves while you're worried about your cat who got out or dog who ran away, or even a quiz that you got a imperfect score on, that was around 92%? I can’t change your decision, but I hope I helped you make the right one (if you made the right choice, the first one I talked about)!

 

 

     Did you learn about different animals? Did you read instead of looking? Did you look into these animals, featured in this book, lives? Are you going to tell other people about these animals, or about this book? Hopefully most of your answers to those questions are yes.

     But what is more important than that, are you going to try to help endangered animals that are not known by a lot of people continue to survive? Or are you going to be mean and cruel, and let these innocent animals fend for themselves while you're worried about your cat who got out or dog who ran away, or even a quiz that you got a imperfect score on, that was around 92%? I can’t change your decision, but I hope I helped you make the right one (if you made the right choice, the first one I talked about)!

 

About the Author

     Rebecca Richter is a caring and loving person, who sees potential in many things, including these animals. 

    When she thought of making this Ebook and search for new exotic animals, she found a way to love all of them (including the Blobfish), and wanted all of them to become recognized. For who they are and not what they looked like.

     Making this book was an eye opening experence, and helped Rebecca not only look past the looks of animals, but also helped her look past the looks of people and find out who they really are.

     What is a Sea pig? Is it a pig that was put in water, or is it a pink sea cucumber? These animals that are not widely known of, but are all in the need of a little love.

     Look past these animal’s looks and find out who they really are while reading Rebecca Richter’s view on animals that need all of the love they can get.