8. Silky Anteater (Trinidad)
A fraction of the size of its better known, “giant” cousins, this pygmy anteater is found primarily in South America, but also shows up in Trinidad. The smallest of anteaters, its prehensile tail is typically longer than its body. In fact, it may weigh less than a pound. It’s is known to primarily inhabit trees, specifically silk cotton trees, hence its name. Silky anteaters might be small, but don’t take them for weak: When threatened, it’s known to stand on its hind legs, bring its hands to its face and take a boxer stance.