This Nature Reserve Boasts Natural Beauty—and a Monkey Circus? loading...
This Nature Reserve Boasts Natural Beauty—and a Monkey Circus?
At Vietnam’s Can Gio reserve, a place where wildlife is supposed to be protected, monkeys are forced to jump over flames, walk tightropes, and ride bicycles.
Watch Wild Dogs Try to Steal Cheetahs’ Kill loading...
Watch Wild Dogs Try to Steal Cheetahs’ Kill
When two of Africa’s most endangered predators battle for food, see who comes out victorious.
Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It loading...
Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It
As climate change displaces everything from moose to microbes, it’s affecting human foods, businesses, and diseases.
How Did Giant Rabbit Die on United Flight? Experts Weigh In loading...
How Did Giant Rabbit Die on United Flight? Experts Weigh In
Experts weigh in on possible reasons Simon, the 90-centimetre-long Flemish giant, passed away while in a plane's cargo hold.
Whistling Caterpillars And 5 More Surprisingly Musical Species loading...
Whistling Caterpillars And 5 More Surprisingly Musical Species
The shrill sound has many purposes in nature, from deterring predators to deepening bonds.
12 Penguin Portraits Show Off Big Personalities loading...
12 Penguin Portraits Show Off Big Personalities
Celebrate World Penguin Day, April 25, with stunning pictures of these beloved birds.
How Social Media Saved One of the World’s Last Sumatran Rhinos loading...
How Social Media Saved One of the World’s Last Sumatran Rhinos
The female rhino Puntung was treated for an injury in a daring mission.
Get an Amazing Whale's-Eye View Underneath Antarctica loading...
Get an Amazing Whale's-Eye View Underneath Antarctica
Cameras attached to humpback whales are giving researchers fresh insight into a rapidly changing Southern Ocean.
Watch This Octopus Use Shells as a Shield loading...
Watch This Octopus Use Shells as a Shield
The cephalopod displayed a behaviour that is rarely caught on camera.
This Bug Can Eat Plastic. But Can It Clean Up Our Mess? loading...
This Bug Can Eat Plastic. But Can It Clean Up Our Mess?
Scientists have discovered that wax worms can eat plastic bags. Could that help us reduce plastic pollution?
Now We Know How Dolphin Genitals Fit Together loading...
Now We Know How Dolphin Genitals Fit Together
The study—one of the first of its kind in more than a century—sheds light on how mammals evolved to reproduce in water.
Inside the Bizarre Life of the Star-Nosed Mole, World's Fastest Eater loading...
Inside the Bizarre Life of the Star-Nosed Mole, World's Fastest Eater
Thirty years of research has revealed just how strange the underground animal with the odd nose really is.
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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