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Weird animals with wacky eyes

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The world plays host to many weird and wonderful animals. From primates with eyes bigger than their brains, to meme-worthy creatures. We’ve picked our top 4 wacky-eyed animals.

The Blind Mole Rat

Blind mole rat

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This strange creature is a member of the mole family, and without ignoring the elephant in the room – blind. Despite being covered by a layer of skin, the eyes of a blind mole rat remain fully functional. It’s not all bad, as the layer is transparent enough to allow them to perceive light and darkness, whilst also protecting them from dirt and scratches when burrowing.

The Tarsier

Tarsier

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With its big bulging eyes and small body, the tarsier might just be one of the most peculiar animals in our list. Each eyeball measures around 16mm in diameter, meaning it holds the ocular record in the animal kingdom for having the largest eyes in proportion to its body size. If that wasn’t weird enough, the tarsier’s eyes are as large as their brain.

Unfortunately, their eyeballs are fixed and so they’re unable to move them in the same way as a human. To overcome this, they are able to turn their heads 80 degrees in either direction.

The Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole rats

Slightly worse off than its blind cousin, the naked mole rat looks like the result of an experiment gone wrong. Just like your average mole, the naked kind has tiny eyes and suffers from poor visual acuity. As if this wasn’t unfortunate enough, they also have huge teeth that grow through their lips. Yikes…

However, there is some good news for this bottom-place contender in the animal beauty pageant – they can live for up to 31 years and are capable of gnawing through concrete. Maybe it’s not so bad after all?

The Potoo

Pooto

If you’re a regular web surfer and a user of social media (who isn’t?), chances are you’ve seen this yellow-eyed bird in the form of a meme. Usually accompanied by strange idiosyncrasies, it’s known as “Weird Stuff I Do Potoo”.

Found in the forests of Central and South America, the Potoo’s obscure plumage provides the bird with amazing camouflage skills, helping it to blend with the tree bark. They also have perhaps the strangest looking eyes in the animal kingdom. Yellow, goggly and large, they’re accompanied by a wide mouth and a super short beak. Essentially, they’re a flying mouth with eyes.

If you like animals, and want to know more about how fascinating their eyes can be, why not check out our 5 amazing eyes of the animal kingdom article?