I was thinking about this question out loud, and one of my colleagues suggested the shrimp mantis. Having never heard of the shrimp mantis before, I looked it up…and I’m now inclined to agree with him! I’m not sure I can do it justice here – so I suggest going to read this awesome graphic by The Oatmeal: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp.
I think the most interesting animal is the lyre bird. Chances are you have never heard of if and if it wasn’t for my love of David Attenborough documentaries I probably wouldn’t have.
What makes this bird so remarkable is its ability to copy the songs of other birds perfectly. Not only that but it can also imitate man made sounds like car alarms and cameras how amazing is that. If you dont believe me then check it out for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y
Well clearly its bats 🙂
But more seriously I think Hannah has a great answer every species is pretty interesting in its own right. Here in the UK we have some really interesting animals. I like shrews and so ill use one as an example in the UK we have water shrews which are tiny little guys but the tips of their teeth are red!
The red colour is because of iron that builds up in their teeth (its a rusty red colour)….I think having metal teeth (really metal IN your teeth ) is pretty interesting. They are also really weird in that they have poison in their saliva (spit), its not dangerous to humans or other big animals but it probably helps the shrew catch small newts and frogs.