Scientists from Convervation International and Disney's Animal Kingdom recently launched an expedition into the six regions of the Tibetan "Sacred Lands" in the mountains of Southwest China and Nepal, and discovered many fantastic and some new animal species:
"The fact that we found so many new species in such a harsh environment, as well as documented several rare and endangered species is good news for these two regions," said Leeanne Alonso, the expedition's lead scientist and vice president of the CI's Rapid Assessment Program.
Here's a sampling of the outlandish critters:
* Giant hornets so deadly locals call them "Yak Killers"
* Jumping "Yeti" mice
* A new grasshopper species in which the males hitch piggy-back rides on the females
* Baby blue-faced golden monkeys, the region's largest primates
* Hamster-like pikas that eat their own feces
* A couple of new frog species, eight new insect species, and ten new species of ants to add the more than 11,000 already known.