Artistic photos expose wildlife trafficking at Canadian border loading...
Artistic photos expose wildlife trafficking at Canadian border
From zebra foot bookends to ivory necklaces, these are some of the products seized by officials.
A spider’s pursuit of older mates can have grisly results loading...
A spider’s pursuit of older mates can have grisly results
Young females are more fertile and easy to woo; older females often mate and then eat the male alive. No wonder they’re called widow spiders.
See the best animal photos of 2018 loading...
See the best animal photos of 2018
Get up close to a shark feeding frenzy and meat-eating bats in these amazing pictures selected by National Geographic editors.
This impoverished region is a hub for the cheetah trade. Now it's fighting back. loading...
This impoverished region is a hub for the cheetah trade. Now it's fighting back.
Resource-poor Somaliland is taking the initiative to end the trafficking of cheetah cubs from the Horn of Africa to Gulf states.
What one photographer learned after spending nearly a year with pumas loading...
What one photographer learned after spending nearly a year with pumas
Photographer Ingo Arndt captured new details of puma biology while in Patagonia, and got incredible time-lapse video of a hunt gone wrong.
Why some bats hunt during the day loading...
Why some bats hunt during the day
Bats that brave the daylight are teaching us about why most of their kin are nocturnal in the first place.
These ants decorate their homes with the heads of their enemies loading...
These ants decorate their homes with the heads of their enemies
We’re beginning to understand how and why one species goes after larger foes—and it may have something to do with evading kidnapper ants.
Why is this octopus trying to eat an inflated pufferfish? loading...
Why is this octopus trying to eat an inflated pufferfish?
A strange encounter between a puffer fish and an octopus has scientists wondering if the mighty octopus has finally met its match.
Birds are building simpler nests and more bird breakthroughs loading...
Birds are building simpler nests and more bird breakthroughs
Parrots crack each other up, plus a success story from the Year of the Bird.
How cat tongues work—and can inspire human tech loading...
How cat tongues work—and can inspire human tech
Scientists used CT scans to get up close and personal with cat tongues to learn their secrets.
These birds are one of the rare animals that hide to mate loading...
These birds are one of the rare animals that hide to mate
Besides humans, few species hide sexual activity. Arabian babblers are one such species; keeping mating private may preserve the peace.
These animals eat absurd amounts of food loading...
These animals eat absurd amounts of food
Humans on Thanksgiving are no match for these extreme eaters, like hummingbirds, who eat twice their body weight in a day.
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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