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.
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.
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.
With his orange eyes, this little buddy looks possessed. I think he could kick my ass any day of the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sticking with the undersea world for the final pick, we have the blob fish, nominated by Tanya of www.thephatgirlblog.com. 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?