D.C.’s Smithsonian National Zoological Park has been ranked 17th among 50 “Best Zoos” with the weirdest animals on display. The rankings have been published by RAVE Reviews, which brings out entertaining rankings based on the advanced data-driven analysis.
Hillary Miller, the managing editor of RAVE Reviews, said that the ranking focuses on each zoo’s exhibits that are unique.
“Who knew there were so many animals that most of us have never heard of? (Or that something called a Matschie’s Tree-kangaroo would be so cute?) We hope the article will encourage readers to visit their local zoos and to be a bit more curious about the animals that they see,” said Miller.
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Each animal was assigned a “Weirdness Score” on a scale from 1 to 10, based on scarcity, special abilities, and general eww quotient.
Screaming Hairy Armadillo is one of the smallest and most slender of its genus ranked at 17 among the “weirdest animals” on display at the Smithsonian zoo. Armadillo, which has been given the Weirdness Score of eight, lives in parts of the Gran Chaco and Pampas areas of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
“When the Screaming Hairy Armadillo is not in its burrow, the animal spends most of its time foraging. The animal’s omnivorous diet consists of insects, vertebrates, and plant material,” the RAVE Reviews noted. “Strangely, this armadillo ingests a lot of sand while feeding. In fact, sand may occupy as much as 50 percent of the volume of its stomach at any given time.”
The defence mechanism of an Armadillo pic.twitter.com/vhZJUhvJUQ
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