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These fishermen-helping dolphins have their own culture loading...
These fishermen-helping dolphins have their own culture
Bottlenose dolphins in Brazil that work alongside fishermen to catch mullet stick together even when it's not mealtime, a new study says.
Cambodia's endangered river dolphins at highest population in 20 years loading...
Cambodia's endangered river dolphins at highest population in 20 years
Once believed to number in the thousands, the dolphins of the Mekong River were devastated by war, hunting, and indiscriminate net fishing.
These rare wolves are unique species. Here’s why that matters. loading...
These rare wolves are unique species. Here’s why that matters.
Mexican grey wolves and red wolves are taxonomically unique, a federal report says, and require protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Ninja rat kicks snake in midair in amazing slo-mo video loading...
Ninja rat kicks snake in midair in amazing slo-mo video
The rodents are 30 milliseconds faster than a rattlesnake's strike—and most live to see another day.
Giant water bugs eat turtles, ducklings, and even snakes loading...
Giant water bugs eat turtles, ducklings, and even snakes
A fearless aquatic predator emerges from a new study compiling decades of research.
Dogs can detect an odour humans emit during epileptic seizures loading...
Dogs can detect an odour humans emit during epileptic seizures
The new finding gives scientists hope for training seizure alert dogs, which remain controversial and unproven.
New staple-size frog is one of the tiniest ever discovered loading...
New staple-size frog is one of the tiniest ever discovered
Astronomically small, the newly discovered Malagasy amphibians have brains that could sit on a pin.
Mysterious ocean 'blob' may have led to fewer baby whales loading...
Mysterious ocean 'blob' may have led to fewer baby whales
A persistent mass of warm water in the Arctic provided a preview of how climate change may impact humpback whales.
Why do these monkeys nurse each other’s babies? loading...
Why do these monkeys nurse each other’s babies?
Lactating and nursing costs a lot of energy. There must be some benefit to spending it on someone else’s infant.
How sea snakes, surrounded by salt water, quench their thirst loading...
How sea snakes, surrounded by salt water, quench their thirst
Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. Such is the lot in life for thirsty sea snakes—and yet they’ve found a way to thrive.
New 'astonishing' tarantula has strange horn on its back loading...
New 'astonishing' tarantula has strange horn on its back
Discovered in a little-studied part of Angola, the arachnid ambushes its prey at night.
These animals are truly one of a kind loading...
These animals are truly one of a kind
Aardvarks, aye-ayes, and humans are among the species with no close living relatives.
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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