Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, when it comes to aesthetics, it’s natural for people to have disagreements about what is and isn’t ugly. One man’s raccoon is another man’s trash panda. But, if we’re being honest with ourselves, some animals are just downright nasty. Evolution failed them so miserably nothing can be done to save them from a life walking (or swimming) on this Earth as an abominable wretch. Curious to see some of this world’s ghastliest creatures? Here are 25 Ugliest Animals You Won’t Believe Are Real.
Domesticated 3,000 years ago, camels are as fast as horses but have the added ability to travel extra distances without food or water, making them ideal for desert travel. Also, they’re hideous.
Alligator Snapping Turtle
This vile mud beast of the lake somehow survived dinosaur extinction. It’s the Alligator Snapping Turtle. What it lacks in looks, it makes up for in ferocity. It’s the largest freshwater turtle in North America. With a shell length of 26 inches (66 cm’s) and a weight of 220 pounds (99.7 kg’s), it has no natural predators other than humans.
While it might be called the “Thunderbird,” the California Condor‘s massive wingspan and majestic soaring can’t fool us. Its pink, wrinkled neck, chapped face, and unibrow are sure to make the strongest stomachs reach for a brown paper bag.
Looking like it got run over by a steamroller, the Softshell Turtle is as ugly as its shell is useless. Its shell lacks the bony armor of its relatives, making it relatively easy to squash, and why it might be better off in captivity.
The Komondor Dog is essentially a living, breathing, four-legged Shamwow. While its ludicrously thick coat is supposed to protect it from harsh weather and predatory attacks, it’s likely to become an extra house rug when it meets its demise.
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