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Each year around 10,000 species of animals are discovered across the globe. Whilst you may know of many animals this article is focused on two slightly odd animals that live somewhere in the world today. Be prepared to tilt your head and frown whilst reading this as you meet the emperor tamarin and the angora rabbit.
The Emperor Tamarin
The name emperor tamarin (also known as Saguinus imperator) comes from the tamarin’s resemblance to the German emperor Wilhelm II for his infamous moustache. Whilst at first this name was meant as a joke it has now become an official term for this cool creature. You can find the emperor tamarin in Amazonian mainland and forests, its main spots being in east Peru, north Bolivia and the southwest Amazon Basin. Tamarins are monkeys from the family Callitrichidae in the genus Saguinus. The emperor tamarin is about 24 to 26cm tall and its tail is actually longer than its entire body as it is approximately 35cm long! This tamarin is typically grey with a mixture of white, orange and red hair on its chest; the emperor tamarin is a very playful friendly animal and those kept in zoos tend to plea for strokes from zookeepers. By far the most bizarre characteristic of these animals is their long white moustache which falls down beyond the shoulders making them look very funny and extremely cute!
The Angora Rabbit
As far as domestic rabbits go the angora rabbit is definitely the most peculiar. It is one of the most ancient types of domestic rabbits and was originally found in Turkey, as were the angora cat and angora goat. These rabbits were highly popular during the French Revolution as pets for royalty and are mainly bred today for their extraordinarily beautiful coat which can be used as wool. There are four different breeds of the angora rabbit, the largest being the giant angora rabbit; once you get past the abnormal amount of fur on your kitchen floor I’m sure these rabbits are incredibly cuddly pets to have - but beware not to mistake one for a fluffy cushion!