Ten of the cutest most unusual animals

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    Fossa
    Female Fossas undergo transcient masculinisation during adolescence in which she develops a enlarged spiky clitoris that resembles a males penis, and secretes an orange substance on her underbelly which is usually only seen in mature makes. As the female matures she loses this feature.
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    Aye-Aye
    A member of the Lemur family, Aye-Ayes live in the forests of Madagascar. Nocturnal animals, they sleep in nests high in trees during the day. Although some people consider the Aye-Aye to be ugly I think they have a certain charm.
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    Hispaniolan Solenodon
    The Hispaniolan solenodon is one of the few venomous mammals in existence. The animal has venomous saliva that it uses for defense, including against other animals of the same species, which means the mammal is not immune to its own venom. This probably makes it less cute but just look at that face!
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    Banded Piglet Squid
    The banded piglet squid has glowing organs underneath their eyes to help them see in the depths of the ocean. I generally don't find fish cute but this surely has to be the cutest thing in the ocean right?
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    Margay
    Native to South and Central America the Margay can rotate their legs 180 degrees enabling it to run down trees headfirst, they also hang from trees by their back paw.
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    Sunda Colugo
    Although known as Sunda flying Lemurs, they are not lemurs and they do not fly, using their bat like wings to glide between trees. They are seldom longer than 42cm and with their large eyes they are just adorable.
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    Long Eared Jerboa
    These cute little rodents are between 2-6 inches long, they have excellent hearing and a keen sense of smell. Jerboas are a shy animal and most often live solitary lives in their own burrows.
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    Ili Pika
    Ili Pikas became social media stars in 2015 with everyone abuzz over China's magic bunny with the teddy bear face. First discovered in 1983 they are highly endangered with an estimated 1000 in the wild.
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    Ermine
    Member of the weasel family, Ermines look a lot like ferrets and are native to the Arctic Tundra in North America. The colour of their coat varies to suit the season, during spring they have reddish-brown fur on their backs with white fur on their belly in winter their coat is pure white which enables them to blend in with the snow.
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    European Pine Marten
    Nocturnal and adept climbers Pine Martens are territorial and mark their range with faeces.