17 IRL Animals That Inspired Your Favourite Pokémon

Sandslash is an absolute babe...

Nothing, not war, famine, pestilence, the oncoming environmental disaster, unequal treatment based on race, gender, sexual preference, religion, disability or culture, keeps me awake at night quite like wondering what the world would look like with Pokémon in it.


Imagine it! Popping down to the shops to pick up some bog roll, only to find that every roll's been nibbled on by some rogue Pikachus? It's the dream!

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But what if we told you that Pokémon are real...

No, not ~really~ real. Don't be stupid. A fair few of them were based on real creatures though and, thanks to this Imgur user, we can finally see them side by side.


Here are 17 plants, creatures, and inanimate objects that inspired Pokémon.

Josh Pappenheim - @papsby

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