Ever came across a zebra in Texas? Yes, you will indeed find zebras frolicking among the best-known natives animals like cows, coyotes and bulls! There are many such animals in non-native regions that so many of us are clueless about. Here is a list of the top animal sightings at places you least expect to find them.
1. Texas – Zebras
Zebras, commonly found in Africa were first introduced to the region by humans. But the species has thrived on its own independent of human interaction as the temperature and environment of Texas is similar to that of Africa.
2. San Francisco – Parrots
Parrots, found commonly in South American jungles are famed for their vibrant colors. They are also a favorite choice as pets. The colony of parrots in San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill is a major tourist attraction as the parrots are approachable and friendly. The flock consists of over 100 birds, many of them being escaped pets!
3. Australia – Camels
Camels were initially introduced to Australia in the year 1822 and since then, their numbers have grown at a rapid rate. Traditionally, camels are found in the deserts of Asia and Africa.
4. South Africa – Penguins
Unlike many other cases, penguins were not introduced into South Africa by humans. These are in fact a native species. They are commonly known as African or Black – footed penguins who unlike their cousins in Antarctica have a liking for warm waters. They are usually found swimming in the open sea and rarely come to the shores.
5. Land locked lakes – Sharks
Sharks in land locked lakes are generally introduced by nature. At times when massive floods occur, some sharks may find their way into rivers and other freshwater bodies. A 2007 incident in Australia saw 10 bull sharks being deposited to a land locked lake on a golf course.
6. Columbia – Hippopotamuses
Hippopotamuses in Columbia were introduced by the deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar in his private zoo. After his death, these creatures escaped into wilderness and have grown in numbers in the Magdalena river.
7. Texas – Emus
Emus were introduced into Texas in the early 1990s by many farmers who believed the flightless birds were the next big thing. But their hopes vanished soon and these birds were ousted from the farms. Since their natural habitat in Australia is quite similar to Texas, the flock of birds flourished.
8. England – Tarantulas
The giant spiders from Chile arrive in England as uninvited guests in shipping containers. Although they have not grown in numbers, many have been spotted recently.
9. Florida – Monkeys
In 1938, a few monkeys belonging to the species Rhesus Macaques were released in Florida to attract tourists. But these monkeys slowly grew in numbers. These monkeys are violent and very strong.
10. England – Panthers
The presence of panthers in England has not yet been officially recognized but residents speak of regular sightings of a large black cat matching the description of a panther. The exact reason for the presence of panthers is not known.
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