Dangerous Beauty – That’s the term that goes perfectly with the nature for sure. As much as she is beautiful, she can be really scary too. The nature is surely a house to some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet ranging from a cuddly bear, a colorful flamingo to a ‘happy-feet” penguin. Yet, it also houses some not so good looking creatures as well… UGLY to be exact. The term “most disgusting” actually comes naturally in your mind whenever you think of such animals. Though we agree to the fact that each organism on this planet has a role of its own to play, yet one look at some of these would surely make you go ‘eww’ and you may never ever want to have a second look at them. Here’s presenting a list of such disgusting animals.
Blobfish was voted as World’s Ugliest Animal in 2013 in the US. Blobfish usually resides within deep waters in Australia, Tasmania as well as New Zealand. It is rarely seen by humans which is okay with us as I bet no one would actually like the sight of this particular fish. Perhaps it is not so good an idea to judge a fish when out of water but Blobfish looks more of slime ball than a living creature when out of water.
More or less, all the birds are photogenic. And we all love birds because of this. Largely. Yet, some of them are not so good when it comes to their appearances. California Condor is one such bird who would look good while it is gliding above the canyons and deserts of American West Coast. But a close look and you may cringe a bit. It has a completely bald head with its head-skin exposed. This devoid of hair or feathers goes down to its neck where the skin is badly wrinkled. All these give the upper part of the it’s body quite an ugly look especially when coupled with a big & thick and kind of shapeless beak. In all, California Condor has such a face which “only a mother could love”.
Naked mole rats
Also known as desert mole rat or sand puppy naked mole rat does not come even an inch closer to any puppy when it comes to looks.It is a bald rodent which lives deep underground in insect-like colonies. It’s completely hairless body with dotted eyes and two long front teeth actually gives an eerie feeling if not anything else.
Warthogs are the members of pig family residing in Sahara deserts of Africa. A large head, a nose of a pig, tusks protruding from their mouths, a wart-like curvature to their faces and a mane down the spine to the middle of their back – with all these features Warthog is definitely far away from the terms like ‘beautiful’ or ‘good-looking’. But on a brighter side, if ever warts come into fashion, Warthog will surely rock its way. These warts, which actually make this animal look ugly, are nothing but thick pads that come to their rescue whenever they are engaged in a combat. When two male warthogs collide their pointed tusks pose a serious threat to each other face and even the centre of the head which can lead to a rather painful death. These thick fleshy warts protect their face from getting severely injured.
Now this creature surely has the most bizarre nose in the entire animal kingdom. Star nosed moles are found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern parts of United States.It gained its name because of its unusual and rather not so pleasant looking twenty-two pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout. These appendages act more like ultra-sensitive fingers than a nose helping them to feel their way through their underground residence.
Planning to have a kitty pet? Well you can surely give sphynx cat a try if you are okay with their hairless look. Yes… you heard me right. Sphynx cats are a special breed of cats known for their lack of “coat” or furs though there are fine hairs present all over their body. They are as friendly as any other breed of cat. Some people even find them cute enough to be kept as pet. The only problem is that they look more like an alien than a pet. :-p
Now what can you expect from this creature whose name literally means “kill! kill!” in Spanish. Surely in possession of “killer” looks, Matamata turtle is found in shallow muddy waters of northern parts of South America. It has a long neck lined with warts and fleshy folds, a large flat head, and a protruding snorkel-shaped nose that it uses to breathe underwater. However, its bulky head and neck appears as a pile of rocks which works perfectly as a camouflage for it. It lies in wait for passing prey with only tip of its snout extended above the water. As soon as any fish comes close enough it sucks it up without wasting any moment and swallows the whole at one go.
Okay … so I agree that this one is more scary than ugly. BUT… it surely deserves the number 3 spot on our countdown for its “most feared animal” status in the Western Hemisphere. And to be honest, Vampire Bat is a perfect combination of “scariest and ugliest” all mixed in appropriate proportion. It has huge ears and a wrinkled up nose that sits atop large fang-like teeth. And if this was not bad enough, this animal also has a special knack for mammal blood including humans. They emerge out of their caves at night in search of their prey. They use their sharp teeth to shave away pieces of flesh and then lick up the oozing blood with their tongues. Wow!!! I am not sure how much I am still in love with Twilight now or with Vampire Diaries for that matter…:/
A close contender to Aye Aye in bad and rather dangerous looks Tarsier is found to be the smallest known primate. It is no larger than an adult man’s hand size. It can be easily identified by its enormous and rather disproportionately large eyes and long feet. They prey on both animals, mostly snakes and birds. As they jump from trees to trees Tarsiers can even catch birds in motion. They easily give into stress. When caged or kept in captivity they have been known to injure or even kill themselves because of the stress. Due to this nature Tarsiers have never been successful in breeding. Tarsiers are primarily insectivorous though they are also known to feed on wild greens casually.
Okay… with that glowing round eyes and that long middle finger this creature with an equally unusual name surely tops the “ugliest of all” and “most disgusting animals” charts. Aye Aye is a native of Madagascar and is related to chimpanzees. The disproportionately long middle finger is used by them to pry insects and grub from tree trunks. It is also nocturnal, i.e., it comes out only in the nights, and is currently one of the endangered species. They are also considered an evil and ominous in many regions and are killed instantly on the spot if ever viewed. Having said all of these, I would definitely never want to have a second look of this creature in my wildest of dreams left alone in reality!!