It's a great, wide world out there, with all kinds of organisms inhabiting the Earth. Each species is interesting in its own way, but there's something extra special about animals that just defy all expectations. Sometimes they've managed to pick up skills that seem out of their league and sometimes they're just literally larger than life.
Everyone expects elephants to be pretty massive, but there are tons of animals out there that give quite a shock when it comes to size. Have you ever seen a giant bunny, for instance? It seems unlikely, but Darius the giant rabbit shows that it's possible for a bunny to be incredibly big. Check out the images below to see some of the most surprisingly large creatures out there.
1. Japanese Spider Crab
Nicknamed Crabzilla, this huge crab is more than 10 feet across and 40 years old. He's still growing, too! He could eventually reach a span of 15 feet.
2. Giant Weta
Giant wetas are larger than any other species of insect that currently inhabit the planet. This especially giant one was found on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand.
3. Percheron Draft Horse
Aptly named Moose, this giant horse is a Percheron, which are well-muscled horses who have a reputation as hardworking and intelligent.
4. Hercules Moth
The Hercules moth has a wingspan of nearly 11 inches and is the largest moth in Australia.
5. Bismarck Flying Fox
Despite its name, the Bismarck Flying Fox is actually the world's largest bat. They weigh up to three pounds and roost in large groups of hundreds or thousands.
6. Continental Giant Rabbit
Darius is officially the world's biggest rabbit, after getting an official weigh-in by the people at Guinness World Records. The 49-pound bunny costs a whopping $4,000 to feed each year to maintain his strapping weight.
7. Giant Oarfish
This huge fish was found off the coast of southern California. It took 16 people to bring the lifeless, 18-foot fish to shore.
8. The Big Pig
This pig weighed in at 1,984 pounds and measured over eight feet long and seven feet around the waist. Sadly, it wasn't enough for the world record, though; that place is still held by "Big Bill," who died in 1933 and weighed 2,551 pounds!
9. Giant African Snails
These snails are the largest species out there; they can grow up to eight inches long and live for around five to seven years.
10. Chinese Giant Salamander
The largest amphibian in the world, an average one of these huge salamanders weigh 55 to 65 pounds as adults and measure nearly four feet in length.
11. Saltwater Crocodile
This specimen was found in the Philippines after a three-week-long hunt by 100 men. Measuring 21 feet from tip to tail, the croc had killed at least one fisherman.
12. Great Dane
Everyone knows that Great Danes are huge, but George the Giant is in a class of his own! This pup is a real sweetheart ... which is a good thing since he could do some serious damage by throwing his 245-pound body around.
13. African Goliath Frog
Found in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, the Goliath frog is the largest living frog on the planet. They can grow up to 13 inches in length and over seven pounds in weight.
14. Nomura's Jellyfish
When fully grown, these jellyfish has a diameter larger than the height of the average adult man. Surprisingly, they're not the largest jellyfish in the world; that honor goes to the lion's mane jellyfish.
15. World's Tallest Cow
Blosom, a 13-year-old Holstein Friesian cow, stands over six feet tall!
16. Largest Living Cat
Hercules the liger is nearly eleven feet long and measures four feet tall at the shoulder. He's the offspring of a male lion and a tigress and lives in South Carolina at a wildlife preserve.
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