5 Aromatic animals that smell incredible

Not all animals give off foul odours – some smell as sweet as our favourite scents


Beavers smell like french vanilla

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Anal secretions are rarely present, but there are exceptions. The beaver’s slime smells of french vanilla, and – gulp! – we humans use it in everything from perfume to food flavouring.

Citronella ants smells like lemon

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This common American household pest gives people’s homes a pleasant lemon-y smell, due to the citric gas they expel when threatened. The smell is even more noticeable when the ant is crushed.

Koalas smell like cough drops

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You are what you eat, they say: these lazy koalas live on a diet of eucalyptus leaves, and as such smell like a big, cute, teddy bear-shaped cough drop.

Peppermint stick insects smell like peppermint

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Occurring throughout the Pacific Islands, this unappetising-looking stick insect sprays aggressors with a fragrant but irritating mist that smells of – you guessed it! – peppermint.

Crested auklets smell like tangerines

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Most birds have a poor sense of smell, but don’t tell that to this sweet-smelling seabird. They preen their scent into their feathers like a perfume, and greet by sniffing each other’s necks.


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