Tiny versions of normal animals
7 mm frogs and 1, 5-centimeter octopus to dwarf antelope, weighing even less than most domestic cats - Learn about the most common versions of miniature animals that exist in nature!
10. Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat
This cute little animals, also known as mouse-bee, is not only the smallest among bats, but is probably the tiniest mammal - its weight is equal to just 2 grams and the dimensions do not exceed 3, 3 centimeters. Since it can only compete dwarf white-toothed shrew (family shrew).
Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat active for only 30 minutes during dusk and dawn 20 minutes, but even then their short flights may be interrupted by heavy rain or low temperatures. Mice bumblebees feed mainly on small insects and spiders, which they caught near their caves.
9. New Guinea dwarf frog
This tiny amphibian length of 7, 7 millimeter is the smallest frog in the world, as well as the smallest vertebrates in the world.
This species of frogs (Paedophryne amauensis) was discovered as recently as 2010. They live under leaves in the rain forest and are endemic to Papua - New Guinea.
Feed on dwarf frog New Guinea invertebrates, including mites and other small insects, predators neglected.
Not surprisingly, they were discovered recently because of their tiny size and nocturnal. In addition, these frogs can jump a distance of 30 times the size of his own body. Imagine a person trying to take a picture of a frog!
8. The bee hummingbird
The smallest bird in the world and in the family of hummingbirds, this feathered also boasts that it has the least amount of feathers - only 1000 as opposed to 25,000 other birds. Bee hummingbird - endemic to Cuba: area of its habitat is limited to the territory of the Isle of Youth to Cuba. The adult reaches a size of 6 cm, and weighs only 2 grams. While the majority of small animals is difficult to see this beautiful bird has bright, iridescent plumage.
During the flight of hummingbirds, bees flap their wings to an impressive 80 times per second, but it's nothing compared to 200 strokes per second wings that make males during the mating ritual!
Although the detection of these tiny hummingbirds may require additional time for bird watchers (during the flight they are almost impossible to see - so fast they are moving), the result is worth it!
7. The pygmy marmoset
The smallest member of the primate, pygmy marmoset - it is so charming and furry little animal that almost does not look like a primate.
Pygmy marmosets feed mainly eucalyptus sap and insects that live in the Amazon rainforest. Adults weigh only about 100 grams and dimensions reach up to 15 cm (excluding the tail, the length of which may be 17-22 cm).
While the conservation status of the animal designated as least concern (ie the species is not endangered), many are beginning to worry about the growing popularity of pygmy marmosets as pets around the world.
6. Rabbit Pygmy Columbia Basin
Rabbits are very nice, but when you find adults that fit comfortably in your hand, it is even more charming! As the name indicates, pygmy rabbit-Columbia basin lives in the territory of the Columbia River Basin in Washington state.
These small animals live in a small closed environment and are exposed to excessive inbreeding (inbreeding). Pygmy rabbits Columbia Basin are not fertile, as most rabbits. In fact, by 2002 there were only 16 individuals Colombian Pygmy rabbits. Fortunately, the Security Service US Fish and Wildlife (US Fish and Wildlife Service) provided them with protection, putting under the protection of the Endangered Species Act (Endangered Species Act), as they are a separate population.
This allowed the Department of Fish and Wild Animals Washington (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) and the Oregon Zoo to join the process and to protect this species from extinction by mating with their close relatives, cousins from Idaho. Since then there have been more than 1,000 rabbits, which were released to their places of habitat
5. Octopus Octopus Wolfi
On the very small octopus is known not so much. They were discovered in 1913, are found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific region. Their size is about 1, 5 cm, and weight - less than a gram. Edge suckers male octopus Octopus Wolfi framed fringe.
Apparently, it is very difficult to study the incredible little creatures that live in this vast ocean.
4. Miniature horses
Although the height of miniature horses varies by breed, the majority of them it does not exceed 86 centimeters. Height at the withers the smallest registered miniature horse named Tiny Tim Bond (Bond Tiny Tim) is 48 cm.
Although in recent years their population has increased, miniature horses were first bred in the 1600's. For a time, they were beloved pets from the aristocracy.
Miniature horses can not ride as their larger counterparts, but they are still used for various purposes: they participate in horse shows, kept as pets, they are harnessed in small carts and so on. Once they were even used in coal mines, because they can pass through the tunnels much easier than the usual horse or donkey. The average duration of a miniature horse life more than the usual.
Miniature cows are gaining popularity as well as urban livestock production is becoming more and more common. To supply minikorov need less grass, and they produce less methane, but provide enough milk and meat.
Breed miniature cows was bred by crossing natural miniature breeds Dexter cows with other widespread species - their height at the withers is 0, 90-1, 22 m.
The average cow weighs about 630 kg, the weight of the minikorovy does not exceed 300 kg, and its dimensions are almost one-third of their normal counterparts sizes.
2. The pygmy hippopotamus
Naturally occurring in West Africa, this small hippo is very similar to a conventional hippo that also depends on the water, which helps it to maintain coolness and humidity.
Pygmy hippos feed on fruit, grass, leaves and plants are active mostly during the day. If we compare these miniature animals with normal hippos, they are almost twice lower, and their weight is only a quarter of the weight of standard-size counterparts. In pygmy hippos head smaller and legs longer than normal hippos.
These miniature animals was not known outside of West Africa as long as they do not appear in zoos in the early XX century. While they thrive in captivity, their brethren living in the wild, have a hard time - current population of dwarf hippos is not more than 1000 individuals.
1. dwarf sperm whale
We are used to represent the whale is enormous creatures of incredible size, but a few tenths of a meter more than the smallest representative of the length of the body unit cetaceans likely than the growth of most tall people, namely, 2, 7 m. Of course, with a mass of about 250 kg of small pygmy sperm whale still remains much more human, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the 45-ton sperm whale or a 170-ton blue whale. Small dwarf sperm whales are so rare in nature that most of what we know about them, scientists will learn the study of corpses washed ashore.
We know that they are slow and leisurely swim, float and dive without strong bursts, being on the water surface, are immobile and inconspicuous, which is one of the reasons why they are so rarely seen. In addition, it is known that in case of danger they release from the intestine cloud of dark-red liquid.
Height of the tiny antelope is only 25-30 cm. Even with this increase, these animals are amazingly graceful, given that the mass of the adult does not exceed 3, 6 kg. They are lighter than most domestic cats!
Despite its diminutive size, they are still difficult to predators that are found in their habitat in the forests of West Africa. Timid and cautious antelope is very vigilant and careful to ensure they can make jumps by almost 2, 5 meters.