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Animals Are Shrinking and Freezing to Death in a Changing Arctic
Unusual weather brought by climate change is making it tough for muskoxen to get food—and sometimes even entombs them in ice.
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Animals Are Shrinking and Freezing to Death in a Changing Arctic
Unusual weather brought by climate change is making it tough for muskoxen to get food—and sometimes even entombs them in ice.
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Frogs Tote Tiny Radios to Save Their Species
Scientists recently released hundreds of harlequin frogs to learn more about a deadly fungus pushing the species to extinction.
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6-Foot Iguana Shot With Crossbow Rescued in Florida
The animal was shot several times and needed emergency surgery upon arrival at a wildlife center.
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Chickens Prefer Attractive People
The barnyard bird is a lot smarter than you think.
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First-of-Its-Kind Brain Surgery Saves Beloved Fur Seal
Ziggy Star was found stranded off the coast of California with a debilitating brain disease. Now, she’s back in the water.
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China Shuts Down Its Legal Ivory Trade
Two years after a joint pledge with the United States to ban the domestic trade in ivory, all of China’s government-licensed carving factories and ivory retailers are about to close.
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Human- Sized Penguins Once Roamed New Zealand
Scientists have discovered bones that they believe once belonged to a penguin that stood as tall as a human.
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Best Photos Of 2017
National Geographic's 57 best images of the year—curated from 88 photographers, 112 stories, and nearly 2 million photographs.
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Penguins are Drowning in Tasmania
Should recreational gillnet fishing be banned altogether?
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It’s a kangaroo… It’s a llama… No, it’s Palorchestes!
Originally published in National Geographic's blog Phenomena 6th October 2010.
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Pets Are Good For Us—But Not In The Ways We Think They Are
An animal expert debunks myths about our furry companions.
About the Show

Majestic animals we deem beautiful are well documented. Their stories are celebrated while we appropriate their regality, elegance and grace to adorn our company logos, be our sporting mascots and represent our families on crests. Then there's the other animals, the aesthetic outsiders we don't consider cute or cuddly. The critters we tend to laugh at or revile simply because they don't fit into what we deem as beautiful. The animals selected by natural selection to be beaten with the ugly stick and having faces only a mother could love. This is their time to shine. A celebration of respectable irreverence, revealing the extraordinary features these creatures possess who seem to be horribly disfigured but are in fact perfectly evolved, just very ugly.

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