THE hammerhead bat looks like something straight from the special effects department of a horror movie – but in parts of Africa they’re as common as cats.
The terrifying beast – dubbed the flying donkey – proves Mother Nature likes to have a bit of fun every now and then.
However, as these baffling wildlife photographs show, some of her creations are as scary as they are bizarre.
Here are just a few of the weird and wonderful animals that have to be filed under the heading ‘Freaks of Nature’.
Reddit/AestheticPurrfection One of the creepiest creatures in the world is the Hammerhead bat which some say looks like a flying donkey
Reddit Not many people know geese have serrated ‘teeth’ – called tomia – on the edge of their tongues
Reddit/i.redd.it This fearsome fungus look like it has come straight out of the Alien movie series
BRYKUPONO/Reddit This freakish five-legged frog should have no problems hopping around
Reddit/fingerbus Measuring tens inches across this gigantic spider is the real stuff of nightmares
Facebook/Meanwhile In Australia This can only go horribly wrong – for all of the parties involved
Reddit/ericd420 When snapdragon plants dry up they leave behind what look like tiny skulls
Reddit/Luke-HW Scallops actually have both teeth and eyes – and there are lots of them
Reddit/bassistmuzikman This puffer fish looks like the world’s biggest conker after it was washed into a tree
Barcroft Media A black Swallower fish died after it attempted to eat a rival four times its size
Reddit/Alphawolfdog Thousands of creepy crawlies slither up a post to escape rising flood waters
Reddit/perc10 Seaweed makes a good impression of giant squids closing in on these surfers
Imgur/WoahitsWelker A plant’s roaming roots made their home in the skull of this animal