The German word for platypus is "schnabeltier." This translates to "beak animal." If you were to ask me to name animals with beaks, a platypus would be the last one. How did they claim ownership over this title?
The German word for bat is "fledermaus." This translates to "flutter mouse." This is a terrible name, as it makes bats seem adorable, which is the easiest way to get lulled into a false sense of security around Dracula.
The German word for camel is "Trampeltier." This translates to "trampling animal." However, this comes from the root "trampel" when used as a verb, which means "to trample." When used as a noun, it means "clumsy oaf." Those poor, derpy desert mules.
Saved the best for last. In some parts of Germany, squirrels are called "eichkätzchen." This translates to "oak kitten." Congrats, squirrels. You have the cutest translation, and aren't referred to as some type of sea pig. By the way, that's what Germans call porpoises.