This Article is From Jul 25, 2020

Yellow Turtle, White Snake And Other Rare Animals That Have Gone Viral

A look at some rare animals that have amazed social media.

Yellow Turtle, White Snake And Other Rare Animals That Have Gone Viral

A yellow turtle was spotted in Odisha.

The animal kingdom is so diverse that one can't hope to see all the species that exist on our planet's land and deep oceans. According to one estimate by Bored Panda, if you wanted to see all the 8 million plus species that inhabit our planet, it would take around eight years - and that too if you'd spend just 30 seconds on each photograph and do it non-stop, with no breaks in between. Mind boggling, right? And yet, thanks to the World Wide Web, we have been lucky enough to view some of the strangest, rarest animals of the world. 

Over the years, many animals have gone viral on the Internet by virtue of their rarity or unusual nature. Take a look at some of them:

A yellow turtle

Turtles are typically green, but earlier this month, residents of a village in Odisha's Balasore district witnessed a unique sight - they spotted a turtle, yellow in colour. A senior wildlife officer said it is a rare spotting. "Most probably it was an albino. One such aberration was recorded by locals in Sindh few years back," IFS (Indian Forest Services) officer Susanta Nanda wrote on Twitter.

Yellow bullfrogs

On the topic of yellow animals, a video of bright lemon-coloured frogs also went viral a few weeks ago. The army of yellow frogs was spotted in Madhya Pradesh, and they were identified as Indian bullfrogs that change colour from olive green to yellow during the mating season. 

White cobra

Have you ever seen a pure white cobra? There have been a few sightings of these rare reptiles, with the colour aberration being attributed to albinism. Last year, one of these exotic snakes was spotted near Coimbatore.

A zonkey

In April this year, an unusual sighting in Kenya created waves on the Internet. The birth of a "highly unusual hybrid" between a zebra and donkey - also known as a zonkey - delighted social media. The baby zonkey was born after a stray zebra ventured out of the Tsavo East National Park and soon became an honorary member of a local woman's cattle herd. It apparently mated with a donkey before it was rescued and relocated. 

Axolotl

You could be forgiven for thinking the axolotl is a Disney character and not a real animal. Also known as the Mexican walking fish, these amphibians can regenerate their limbs - for which they have been used extensively for research purposes. Axolotl are critically endangered in the wild, and only found in a few water bodies in Mexico. 

Satanic leaf-tailed gecko

The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a species endemic to Madagascar - which means it is not found anywhere else in the world. A master at disguise, these geckos occur in a variety of colours including tan, yellow, orange and shades of purple, aside from the common brown.

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