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Monday, 23 September 2013

The World's Ugliest Animals

Last week it was announced that the Blobfish (see above) had won a most unenviable accolade - it was voted the 'Ugliest Animal in the World'.

The vote was held by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Their hope is that the vote will have raised the profile of some of the ugliest animals in the world, who are often ignored by efforts in nature conservation. "Our traditional approach to conservation is egotistical," the President of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society told BBC News. "We only protect the animals that we relate to because they're cute, like pandas. If extinction threats are as bad as they seem, then focusing just on very charismatic megafauna is completely missing the point." That makes sense to us - as humans we do tend to make more effort and donate more money to support cuter animals such as pandas, but in reality preserving the ugly animals is just as important to maintain the Earth's ecosystem. So well done them.

The Blobfish will now become the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, having wiped the floor with the competition with 10,000 more votes than its nearest competition. And, let's be honest, it's easy to see why - with it's gelatinous, slimy flesh and big floppy nose sagging down over is down-turned crinkly lips, it truly is a vile wrinkly slimeball. It lives off the coast of Australia and bobs around at depths of over 600m, feeding on crab and lobster. Although not edible itself it does get caught in the nest of fishing trawlers, so it really does need our help, even if it is a complete minger!

More Ugly Animals

Here's another bunch of munters that we've found that missed out on the top spot...

The seriously ugly Naked Mole Rat.

The unfortunate Proboscis Monkey, with its astonishing schnoz

The utterly disgusting Star Nosed Mole

The unbelievable mess that is the Chinese Crested Hairless Dog

The hideously repulsive Aye Aye

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