Have you ever felt awkward? Like you just didn’t fit in with the group? You’re not alone. There are certain species of animals that seem like oddballs compared to the rest of the family. For example, the giant panda is the only bear that subsists solely on plants. The stalk-eyed fly has eyes spaced impossibly far apart. Many lizards eat ants, but the minute leaf chameleon isn’t much bigger than one.
In the images below, we reimagine these unlikely creatures as students in a school of “normal” animals. In reality, these animal oddballs are exquisitely adapted to their natural environments and the features we perceive as strange actually help them to thrive.