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25 September 2019

The Challenge of the Strangest Beasts

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Our planet is full of life – ife that is full of differences. And every corner of this planet gives the species something that sets them apart. In some cases, we find ourselves with creatures that seem to have come out of horror movies or perhaps they were the subject of these movies. In others, the results of evolution are interesting and pleasant, resulting in wonderful animals we would all like to have as pets.

For example, the common tube-nosed fruit bat, a strange winged mammal that lives in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. Many have compared it to the adorable Jedi Master from the saga. Or the panda ant, which isn’t an ant at all, but a wingless wasp. 

Photo credits: Piotr Naskrecki, Conservation International
Photo credits: Piotr Naskrecki, Conservation International


If you are a regular reader of OpenMind and enjoy learning about the animal kingdom, we offer you the challenge of this crossword puzzle. If it’s just too hard, you’ll find hints by clicking on the number of letters. 



2. Endemic to the lacustrine system of the Valley of Mexico, it has the incredible ability to regenerate both structures and vital organs. ( 7 + 7 letters)

4. The largest canine in South America with a thick, reddish coat. (6+5 letters)

10. With a tuft of black hair, this animal is known for its enormous fangs, despite being a vegetarian.  (6+4) letters)

11. Bird with the third largest beak and abnormally large feet. (8 letters)


1. Mammal with scales that rolls up into an armored ball.  (8 letters) 

3. Marine animal with a skull, but no vertebral column. It can be over a meter long.  (7 letters)

5. Primate native to Madagascar from the lemur family, with an oddly long bony middle finger. (3 + 3 letters)

6. Marsupial whose feces is cube-shaped.  (7 letters)

7. Type of shark with a flattened snout hiding a mouth  that projects open. (6 letters)

8. Belongs to one of the planet’s five monotreme species (oviparous mammals), native to Oceania. (letters)

9. Member of the dipodids family, native to deserts, it looks like a cross between a mouse and a kangaroo. (6 letters)


Paz Palacios

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