The panda cow has been in the news a lot lately, but there are plenty of cool miniature animals that don’t get nearly as much press. Here is a list of 10 of the coolest miniature animals on the planet.
The Panda Cow
Panda’s are cute. Miniature cows are cute. Miniature panda cows? They’re just adorable. The panda cow made national headlines this week when one of the rare bovines was born at a farm in Colorado. “Ben” the panda cow is only one of about a dozen panda cows in the world.
Want to get your kid a pony, but don’t have the massive amount of land that they need? You can get a miniature horse instead. These barbie inspired, photoshopped looking horses are typically less than 3-ft tall.
Everything but the ears are miniature on these foxes. The Fennec Fox is the smallest species of fox in the world. The Fennec Fox hunts for insects and fruit at night, and sleeps in small burrows in the African desert.
An African Hippopotamus is regarded as one of the most dangerous animal on the planet. But the pygmy hippo, weighing in at about 500 pounds and standing at 2 and a half feet tall, is more cute than dangerous. In 1927, Billy the hippo was given to President Coolidge as a gift from Harvey Firestone. Almost all pygmy hippos living in America today spawned from Billy.
Hummingbirds are almost miniature themselves, but these bee hummingbirds are only about 2 inches big, if you include the bill. The bee hummingbird, which weighs the same as about two dimes, beats its wings 50-80 times per second.
Brazilian Golden Frog
Smaller than a fingernail, the Brazilian Golden Frog is the smallest frog in the Southern Hemisphere. A full grown Brazilian frog is only about 9.8 millimeters.
The Bumble Bee Bat
Also known as Kitti’s Hog Nosed Bat, the bumble bee bat is 1.3 inches big. It is the smallest species of bat and one of the smallest mammals in the world.
Like the Fennec Fox, the Philippine Tarsier is another tiny animal with one huge feature. The tiny tarsier has enormous bulging eyes. The tarsier is believed to have the largest eyes of any mammal relative to its size. But since the tarsier’s eyes can’t move, the animal has the unique ability of turning its head 180 degrees.
The Barbados Thread Snake
The thread snake looks so much like a worm that it wasn’t discovered until 2006. The thread snake slithers and sticks its tongue out just like a bigger snake, but is only the size of a noodle. The Barbados thread snake is the smallest snake in the world, and scientists believe that it is physically impossible for a snake to get any smaller.
One of the world’s smallest monkeys, the Pygmy marmoset is less than a half a foot long and weighs just 5 oz. It’s no wonder it has earned nicknames like dwarf monkey, pocket lion, and pocket monkey.