We should hand it to nature when it comes to surviving the extreme – animals who reside in the wild have evolved again and again to endure grave circumstances. In this article, we examine these extraordinary adaptations that has allowed these species to triumph as survivors. After all, it is important to learn and change as you grow – what doesn’t kill you will always make you stronger.

#1 Manned Wolf
Despite its name, the manned wolf looks like a cross breed between a fox and a deer. The upper half of its body is very foxlike with reddish-brown fur and foxy facial features. In contrast, the lower half of its body does not resemble that of any canines. The Manned Wolf has legs that are long like gazelles. This is because they need the extra height to survive in the long grasslands of Africa. With these legs, they are able to spot predators and run away faster.

#2 Gerenuks
The antelope family is characterized by their slender limbs that can carry them across wide plains in rapid speed. However, the gerenuk subspecies has hind legs that give it a bonus function – it can stand on two feet to feed on leaves in a tree. This proves to be highly advantageous for the animal as there is a scarcity in food source in Africa. While other antelopes graze on the grass, the gerenuks have the alternative choice of eating from trees.

#3 Irrawaddy Dolphin
These chubby marine mammals did not evolve physically like many others on this list – but instead adapted its habits and behavior to its environment. Residing mainly along the coasts of Asia, this friendly dolphin has learned to work with fisherman for its meals. Like a shepherd in the ocean, they would herd fishes towards a fisherman’s net. To self-compensate for their action, these dolphins would eat their fill before hauling the feeble fishes in.

#4 Tufted Deer
The tufted deer is quite a bizarre sight to see. Deer in the media are often portrayed as feeble, timid and sweet – very much like the beloved Bambi. Despite being an usually friendly breed, the tufted deer is born with two long, vampire-like fangs that protrudes from its mouth. In fact, the male breed uses these fangs to fight much like other deer would with their antlers. Adapted to the highly competitive food chain, these tough ones also consume meat.

#5 ET Salamander
The ET salamander is not the actual name of this creature, as this species was just recently discovered and does not yet possess an official name. It has one of the most extraordinary adaptations – the ET salamander does not have lungs. In fact, it can primarily breath by just absorbing oxygen with its skin. Found in the rainforests of Ecuador, this creature definitely does not need to worry about lung failures.

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