It's difficult to grasp the amount of weird and wonderful animals that inhabit our small planet. Every year scientists are observing new species and discovering strange creatures, with some that look like props straight out of Star Wars.

And as strange as these creatures are, there's one in particular that has gained popularity over the years, and people are now keeping them as pets!

Keep scrolling the pictures that will blow your mind...

There are over 8 million species of animals on Earth, so it's no surprise that nobody has seen them all.

Here's the kicker... If you wanted to look at all the animals roaming our planet, it would take around 8 years of non-stop scanning, and that's if you spent thirty seconds per photo, without eating or sleeping... That's just madness.

Let's face it, nobody's got time for that...

That's why we've done the hard work for you, and found the weirdest of the bunch, so you don't have to spend a decade sifting through the lot.

You'll be amazed that these sometimes very unsightly beings inhabit the same planet as us!

Keep scrolling for a fright...

1. Venezuelan Poodle Moth.

This species of alien-looking moth was only recently discovered in Venezuela in 2009, its poodle-like fur covers the entire body. It's kind of cute though.

2. Glaucus Atlanticus

This tie-dye looking creature is also known as the blue dragon and is a species of blue sea slug.

3. Dumbo Octopus

This is an umbrella octopus, found all over the world. Its name comes from Disney's "Dumbo" because of their elephant-like ears.

4. Red-Lipped Batfish

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These little guys are found on the Galapagos Islands and are actually pretty bad swimmers, instead opting to use its fins to walk along the bottom of the sea bed! I just want to know what shade that is.

5. Panda Ant

Despite its name, and looking like an ant, it's actually a form of wingless wasp. It has also coined the name "cow-killer," due to its painful sting.

6. Sea Pig

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They are actually a type of sea cucumber that lives at depths of over 1000 meters! I mean if I looked like that, I probably would too.

7. Superb Bird-Of-Paradise

Superb bird-of-paradise has a small female population, which could be the reason males are so extra when it comes to attracting a mate. I wish someone would do that for me.

8. Pink Fairy Armadillo

These are the smallest species of armadillo, and definitely the cutest. They look like a pink wafer.

9. Maned Wolf

I believe the word they're looking for is werewolf... These wolves have disproportionately long legs and are extremely shy around humans, although they tend to form bonds with other animals.

10. Star-Nosed Mole

It literally looks like its head was cut off and it just stayed alive... like that.

11. Blobfish

This has to be my favorite weird animal... They only appear droopy when taken out of the sea, when pressure changes drastically. For the love of god, put it back in the sea.

12. Pacu

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This fish is the ultimate nightmare fuel... pacus have square, straight teeth, which bear a frightening resemblance to human teeth.

13. Shoebill

Welcome, all Harry Potter fans... This shoebill is a large stork-like bird that lives in the swamps of East Africa, but wouldn't look out of place on the grounds of Hogwarts.

14. Aye-Aye

You can find this crazy looking creature in Madagascar, where it spends the day tapping on wood in search of insects only to then use its giant finger to scoop its prey out. Freaky.

15. Naked Mole-Rat

For some unfathomable reason, the naked mole-rat is also known as the sand puppy... It's not like any puppy I've ever seen.

You wouldn't class any of these weird-looking creatures as pets, but the naked mole-rat might be the closest looking animal to this latest pet craze...

Skinny Pigs... tiny, hairless, pocket-sized hippos.

Yep, you heard right...

Okay, technically they're hairless guinea pigs, but you can't deny the resemblance of this adorably bizarre hippo-looking rodent...

"Skinny Pigs" are naturally hairless, aside from a few whiskers on their chinny chin chin.

Sadly they are a result of cross-breeding done by scientists in 1978, breeding a hairless guinea pig with one of their hairless lab experiments.

But that hasn't stopped skinny pigs gaining popularity as house pets.

Although they might look completely different from your usual guinea pig, they really aren't that different... besides the fur.

They are avid cuddle lovers, and most importantly, cute as heck.

The only real difference is they need more food to keep their body temperature up, and should always have cozy blankets around that they can snuggle in. A bit like me.

Their hairless bodies are also sensitive to sunlight.

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So sunblock is a must for any piggy spending a lot of time outdoors. They also need lotion as they are prone to dry skin. They're basically a baby.

I just can't get over how adorable these little weirdos are.

Although they're not technically miniature hippos, they are probably the closest we'll ever get to actually owning a house hippo... And I'm fully invested. If you're more of the traditional pet owner, and you've found yourself with way too much time on your hands, then keep scrolling to check out all the animal costumes you can get for your pooch...