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This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen

The illustrations are bound to make you laugh.

When it comes to animals, there's little we don't know today. See, even if we don't know, we can always Google it.

What did people do in Medieval times when they heard of far away and exotic animals? Well, according to these illustrations provided by Daniel Holland, they used their wild imaginations to conceive of them.

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This resulted in some very funny images. Holland found these pictures so amusing that he created a Twitter thread with several of them.

We now share them here with you for your viewing pleasure. First up is a rhinoceros with likely the weirdest skin we have ever imagined.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This crocodile has a unique-looking face.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This beaver has the strangest anatomy.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This owl has a human face.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This leopard may have spots but looks rather conflicted about them.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This beaver has a fish tail.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

The following two elephants have no ears along with other weird features.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter
This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This crocodile looks suspiciously like a lizard.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

These lions and bears are straight out of fiction.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This whale is not just the wrong color, it also has eerily human-like features.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

Have you ever seen a snail with a pig's face?

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This hippopotamus is so strange, you can't even guess what it is.

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

This oyster looks particularly angry!

This Is How Medieval Artists Imagined Animals They Had Never Seen
Source: Daniel Holland/ Twitter

We have to say that although we did have a good laugh at these illustrations, we must give their authors credit for their imagination. After all, could we draw these animals much better without ever having seen them? We think not!

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