We’re all used to seeing puppies and kittens all over the internet, but not every animal is as cuddly. Some animals just aren’t lookers, and others are – let’s face it – downright creepy. Nevertheless we do agree that every organism is important, and every animal has its role to play.
13. California condor
The California condor is one of the world’s rarest birds. The condor is also North America’s largest flying land bird. The bird is a graceful anima, and it can be often seen gliding high above the canyons and deserts of the American West Coast.
With that weird looking bald head, this bird isn’t terribly photogenic, to say the least. Since a feathered head would become clotted with blood while the bird feeds on large carrion, the bird weird looks is just an adaptation for its lifestyle.
It’s just unfair to judge a fish out of water, but we have a special case right here. This fish looks more like a ball of slime than a living creature.
The Blobfish lives deep in the ocean, and the gelatinous appearance is actually a brilliant adaptation. Pressures in the deep ocean are exceedingly high, and the fish gooey, pudding-like flesh allows it to stay buoyant at depths.
11. Naked mole rat
The bald rodent look is not a problem for the naked mole rat, because it lives underground in insect-like colonies. These animals have a little need for good eyesight, and their hairless bodies are an adaptation for their environment.
The look is not what these rats are popular for. They are among the longest living of all rodents given their size, and they can live for nearly 30 years.
10. Proboscis monkey
We would definitely run for cover if we had a nose like this monkey. But these monkeys love having a big nose, and it turns out that nothing turns on a female proboscis monkey more than a big bulbous nose.
These wild members of the pig family aren’t the image of beauty. They have a wart-like curvature to their faces, the characteristic pig nose and tusks protruding from their mouths.
But what really matters is that they are amazingly well-adapted to their harsh environment.
8. Star-nosed mole
The star-nosed mole is the proud owner of the most bizarre nose in the animal kingdom. Their nose is contains 22 fleshy appendages, that act more like ultra-sensitive fingers.
With more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, this mole is able to feel its way through its underground lair.
Besides looking like a gremlin, Aye-ayes have a number of unusual traits. The Aye-aye is actually a primate found in Madagascar, and it has a long, bony, witch-like middle finger.
They use the finger to pry insects and grubs from tree trunks, which allows them to fill a biological niche much like a woodpecker might.