<p><strong>This was a banner year for the bizarre, with a <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141023-virgin-birth-pythons-snakes-animals-science/">snake virgin birth</a>, an <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141125-sea-devil-deep-sea-fish-animals-science">extremely rare black sea devil</a>, and a <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141112-unicorn-deer-slovenia-antlers-science-animals/">real-life unicorn</a> making headlines in <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/archives/weird-wild/">Weird &amp; Wild</a>.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Luckily for our fans, we've rounded up our editors' picks of the ten best weird stories of 2014. (<a href="http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/24/animals-weirdest-oddest-2013-editors-picks/">See the weirdest stories of 2013</a>.)</p><p dir="ltr">Tenth on our list of oddest animal stories is the <a href="http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/19/animals-science-purple-frogs-india-calls/">unusual mating strategy of the Indian purple frog</a>, also known as the pig-nosed frog, an endangered species (pictured) native to the mountains of India's <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1342">Western Ghats</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Males of the colorful <a href="http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/">amphibian</a>, discovered in 2003, call to attract females from underground—a strange method of courtship, according to a study published in February.</p><p>Keep clicking for more news on Mother Nature's oddest phenomena.</p><p><em>—Christine Dell'Amore, photo gallery by Mallory Benedict</em></p>

Purple Frog Goes Underground

This was a banner year for the bizarre, with a snake virgin birth, an extremely rare black sea devil, and a real-life unicorn making headlines in Weird & Wild.

Luckily for our fans, we've rounded up our editors' picks of the ten best weird stories of 2014. (See the weirdest stories of 2013.)

Tenth on our list of oddest animal stories is the unusual mating strategy of the Indian purple frog, also known as the pig-nosed frog, an endangered species (pictured) native to the mountains of India's Western Ghats.

Males of the colorful amphibian, discovered in 2003, call to attract females from underground—a strange method of courtship, according to a study published in February.

Keep clicking for more news on Mother Nature's oddest phenomena.

—Christine Dell'Amore, photo gallery by Mallory Benedict

Photograph by SD Biju, University of Delhi

Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

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