Despite their common name, they are not crabs but are related to arachnids (spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites), and are presumably the closest living relatives of the now extinct trilobites . They were traditionally grouped with the extinct eurypterids (sea scorpions) as the Merostomata . They may have evolved in the shallow seas of the Paleozoic Era (570-248 million years ago) with other primitive arthropods like the trilobites . The four species of horseshoe crab are the only remaining members of the Xiphosura, one of the oldest classes of marine arthropods.
The groundhog's reputation as a weather prophet came to the U.S. in the mid18th century with German immigrants known as Pennsylvania Dutch. They had regarded the badger as the winter-spring barometer, and reassigned the job to the groundhog after importing their Candlemas traditions to the U.S. The earlier celebration, Candlemas, is a traditional Christian festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of Jesus. It also marks the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple. Christians were observing this holiday in Jerusalem at least as early as the 4th century A.D. By the middle of the5th century, candles were lit on this day to symbolize the association of light with Christ.
It was said that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after giving birth to her 12th child, stated that if she had another, it would be the Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child's father was the Devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a horse's head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then killed the midwife before flying up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergy exorcised the demon for 100 years and it wasn't seen again until 1890.
The word booby comes from the spanish word Bubi, which means stupid fellow. They are found in the galapogos islands.
The Kermode Bear ( Ursus americanus kermodei ), also known as the &quot;spirit bear&quot;, is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British Columbia ,  and noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour variant is due to a unique recessive trait in their gene pool —they are neither albino  nor related to polar bears or the &quot;blond&quot; brown bears of Alaska's &quot; ABC Islands &quot;. Because of their ghost-like appearance, &quot;spirit bears&quot; hold a prominent place in the Canadian First Nations / American Indian mythology of the area
The blobfish ( Psychrolutes marcidus )  is a fish that inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of the Australian mainland and Tasmania . It is sometimes known as a deep sea fish.  Due to the inaccessibility of its habitat, it is rarely seen by humans. Blobfish are found at depths where the pressure is several dozens of times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient. To remain buoyant, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. The relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats by in front of it. It can be caught by bottom trawling with nets. [ citation needed ] There is some concern that the blobfish is being threatened by excessive bottom trawling in the waters off Australia, which may be its only habitat.
The Proboscis Monkey ( Nasalis larvatus ) is also known as the Monyet Belanda in Malay , the Bekantan in Indonesian or simply the Long-nosed Monkey . It is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the south-east Asian island of Borneo . It belongs in the monotypic genus Nasalis , although the Pig-tailed Langur has traditionally also been included in this genus - a treatment still preferred by some.  While the official Indonesian name for this monkey is Bakantan , an Indonesian nickname is 'monyet belanda', meaning 'Dutch monkey' or 'Orang Belanda', the Indonesian word for 'Dutchman', as Indonesians noticed the Dutch colonisers often also had a large belly and nose.
The baritone call of the bullfrog is so deep and resonant, it resembles the mooing of a cow, hence its name. Only males emit this trademark &quot;jug-o-rum&quot; bellow, and their choruses can be heard during the day or night. The largest of all North American frogs, this giant can grow to a length of 8 inches (20 centimeters) or more and weigh up to 1.5 pounds (750 grams). Even the tadpoles of this species can reach 6.75 inches (17.2 centimeters) in length. They are among the most wide-ranging of all North American amphibians, found in freshwater ponds, lakes, and marshes from Nova Scotia, Canada, throughout the continental United States, and as far south as Mexico and Cuba. They have even found their way to Europe, South America, and Asia.
The Aye Aye is is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth with a long, thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker. It is the world's largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unusual method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its elongated middle finger to pull the grubs out. The only other animals known to find food in this way is the Striped Possum. [
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