Some Cute-Ugly Animal Fun

Here are my top picks for critters that are cute and ugly all at the same time, or at the very least, cute and interesting.

Skinny pig

This, my friends, is approximately what my little furballs look like without hair.  They look like little baby hippopotamuses (hippopotami?).  I’ve gotta say, I prefer fur on to fur off.  Interesting to note, if this dude did have hair, his hair colouring patterns would match his skin colouring.

wrinkly hairless cat

Image by lory12nicoleta40 from Pixabay

Hairless cat

Perhaps Paula of Light Motifs II needs to start using this little monster (I believe he’s a sphynx breed) for her Monday Pet Peeve series.  This dude is not just giving you the stink eye, he’s turbo-powering it with wrinkles.

emu with orange eyes

Image by Bernd Hildebrandt from Pixabay


With his orange eyes, this little buddy looks possessed.  I think he could kick my ass any day of the week.


Image by pen_ash from Pixabay


I’d heard of wombats before, but it was only very recently that I saw one for the first time.  This critter isn’t ugly, but it’s pretty weird-looking.  It looks sort of like if you crossed a teddy bear with a large rock, and stuck some stumpy little legs on.  Wikipedia says that when threatened, they can run up to 40 km/h.  Imagine having that thing go flying by you.


Image by edmondlafoto from Pixabay


Vultures aren’t particularly appealing to begin with because of their scavenger role, but this dude seems to have a brightly coloured tumour that’s eating his face.

warthog bathing in mud

Image by Ian Lindsay from Pixabay


This probably isn’t the face that you want to wake up next to in the morning, but there is something endearing about these snouty, stumpy little monsters.


Image by Dušan Smetana from Pixabay


When I first saw this little dude, I wondered if he was carrying around a baby or something because of the colouring around his front leg.  But no, it’s all one dude, and that seems like a whole lotta animal (tail in particular) to be munching on ants and termites.

Photostomias guernei

There are lots of weird-looking deep-sea fish, but I particularly enjoy this one.  It looks like he’s got a little arm coming down that operates his little flashlight glow stick.  And that’s a lot of teeth for one fish.

Blob fish

Sticking with the undersea world for the final pick, we have the blob fish, nominated by Tanya of  It’s the fish that looks like a grumpy old man. Not sure what the slimy bit coming out of the left side of his mouth is…

Do you have a favourite from amongst this bunch?  Or perhaps a write-on candidate you’d like to add?

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64 thoughts on “Some Cute-Ugly Animal Fun

  1. Candace says:

    I love this lighthearted post! It’s a relief to log on for the first time in over a month and see this ❤ I’m not to sure how I feel about hairless animals. I think I would add a sloth to the list. Interesting and “cute” describe them perfectly!

    Good morning, Ashley. I sure have missed y’all. Hopefully I will begin posting again but until then, I will read and show some love to the many bloggers who have influenced my life in ways they do not realize. I love you lady!!

  2. Meg says:





    Yeah, wow! I wasn’t awake yet, but that took care of it! What the freak happened to that poor hairless cat?! Goodness gracious. Poor puss. Best blog post ever!

  3. kachaiweb says:

    I love wombats! They are the cutest! I traveled around Australia to see one but I ended up on the wrong side of the country. They do all kind of strange things, they live under the ground in groups and they have a protective shield at their bum that they can stick up to close the entry. I believe they can lower their heartbeat and breathing and like that they sleep through the winter. I find warthogs also very fascinating as they are almost exclusively vegan 🙂 I also like manatees too, I don’t know if they are cute/weird in your opinion. They are big sea cows that are so adorable and they eat all the sea grass at the bottom of the water.

  4. 𝑹𝒐𝑩𝑰𝑵 🌋 says:

    😨. I find that unbearable to see the hairless cat! The cat and the guinea pig must get really cold.

    Whaaaaaat. They ARE bred like that! I had assumed it was just a Sphynx breed cat with some condition which made it hairless. It also exposes them (literally) to skin cancers. Seems cruel to me. I had no idea that any animals were deliberately bred without hair, it seems insane. :\

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