Today’s uncommon creature comes to us from the southeast Asian island of Borneo and is called a proboscis monkey (suggested by Guest Doodlewasher Sharon Mann). You can literally spot a male version of this monkey a mile away because of its unusually large bulbous nose. Apparently this massive fleshy schnoz is there so they can attract a mate. But the attraction isn’t what you might immediately think. The females aren’t so much attracted to the size of the appendage as it’s ability to produce a thrillingly loud and impressive sound. The bigger the trumpet, the more likely the male is to woo a female and scare off her competing suitors.
Monogamy, however, is not the goal as a group of proboscis is called a harem and consists of one dominant male and two to seven females and their offspring. The remaining males, with presumably smaller noses, form a group of their own. These monkeys are very adept and creative swimmers, hitting the water on their bellies and swimming 65 feet (20 meters) under water. When they are threatened, they’ll taking a spectacular dive into the water to escape.
Unfortunately, like many of this unusual creatures, this species is classified as endangered. Though an odd face, they’re generally good natured with each other, but due to extensive loss of vegetation, there are only about 1,000 of them left. The government of Borneo has instituted strict penalties for those who kill them in an effort to protect what’s left of the dwindling population. If you have a suggestion for the next uncommon creature, please shout it out in the comments!
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