If this keeps up, the first human expedition to Mars will need to make a stop at the Martian Animal Park where a recently spotted four-legged creature resides with a squirrel, a gorilla, a rat and some animal carvings that may indicate there’s more animals hiding behind the rocks.
This picture taken by the Mars Rover Opportunity on March 9, 2015, shows what looks like a four-legged creature resembling an American bison or a badly-clipped poodle or possibly a bear with skinny legs from walking around on a planet with less gravity than Earth. Under magnification, what may be eyes and a nose become visible. It definitely stands out from its surroundings and appears to have a shadow. Unfortunately, even with those skinny legs it can probably outrun Opportunity so the rover won’t get any closer unless the creature comes in for a sniff.
In the Martian Zoological Garden, visitors may also find this squirrelly-looking creature (upper left corner) spotted by the Curiosity Rover in September 2012 and still not identified. The squirrel holds up well under magnification.
The Martian animal exhibit will also include this rat-like creature photographed in March 2013 by Curiosity. If rats, mice, squirrels and other rodents survive so well on Earth, we shouldn’t be surprised to find them on Mars where we now know there’s a little bit of water for them to lick.
No animal park is complete without an ape exhibit and there would definitely be one on Mars based on the creature in this photograph. There’s no date on it but it’s older than the others since it was taken by the Spirit rover which was last contacted in May 2011. It certainly resembles a gorilla or an ape-like creature.
I know … not much air, not much water … these can’t be living animals, can they? Perhaps they’re statues or carvings, like this iguana found by Curiosity in 2013.
Some of these images have been around for a while but none of them have been fully explained. Whatever they are, they’re great incentives to send faster rovers, better cameras and human explorers to Mars to check them out.