Lots of important people have been left out of history books, but there are also fascinating and noteworthy animals that deserve a spot in there as well. Here are 12 of our candidates for fascinating animals you should know…

Harriet the tortoise was collected by both Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin. The 176-year-old tortoise was also one of the oldest animals at the time of her death in 2006. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: NBC

Clara the rhinoceros inspired songs, poems, and fashion In the 18th century, Clara toured Europe to the delight of many people who had never seen a rhino before. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: Mental Floss

Ken Allen the orangutang escaped from his ZOO enclosure multiple times The Hairy Houdini would stroll around looking at other animals in the zoo. He taught other orangutans how to escape. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

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