With mugs only a mother could love, here are some of nature’s more aesthetically challenged creatures…
Found off the coast of New Zealand and Australia, where it lives at depths of between 600m and 1,200m, this rare fish stays buoyant thanks to its gelatinous skin. It also boasts the accolade of being voted the World’s Ugliest Animal.
2. Naked mole rat
Also called the sand puppy, this bald, burrowing critter is native to East Africa and spends its entire life underground – where it can live for up to 30 years!
3. Proboscis monkey
This endangered monkey is native to Borneo. The males use their pendulous noses to attract mates and intimidate rivals.
4. Star-nosed mole
These distinctive little chaps have hairless noses ringed by 22 pink, fleshy tentacles, and are native to North America. They use their unique schnoz to help them sense their surroundings and rapidly hunt down prey.
As ugly animals go, this little fella is certainly up there. Found only on the island of Madagascar, these endangered, nocturnal primates live their lives in rainforests and avoid coming down to the ground.
These amphibians are able to regenerate almost any injured part of their body – pretty handy!
This bald, red-faced fellow, native to South America, isn’t blushing – in fact, the redder the face, the better the uakari’s immune system seems to function, and the more attractive it is to mates.
8. California condor
With wingspans of up to 10ft, these huge birds can soar up to 15,000ft – that’s half the cruising altitude of a jetliner! They breed slowly, and can live up to 60 years.
9. Red-lipped batfish
Commonly found around the Galapagos, it’s believed this funny fish’s red pout is designed to attract mates.
10. Mata mata turtle
Native to South America, this slow-moving turtle loves backwater streams, stagnant pools and swamps, where its bark-like appearance gives it great camouflage.
11. Sea cucumber
There are 1,250 known species of this ancient ocean dweller – which has been around for 400 million years!
12. Great horseshoe bat
This British bat uses its noseleaf to emit echolocational calls. They roost upside down, wrapping their large wings around their body.
Touring comedy company the Ugly Animal Preservation Society helps raise the profile of ugly endangered species – because not everyone can be as cute as a panda!