While every animal is fascinating in its own way, whether they’re cute or not depends entirely on who you ask. Pretty much every pet owner thinks their scaled, feathery, or furry friend is the best in the whole world, and guess what — they’re all right!
Because as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and every animal brings that special something to the table that makes us all go aww. While these 20 animal species and individuals have all been called “weird looking” or even “ugly,” we prefer to call them something else: unique and totally awesome…
Beaux Tox: Named for his face, which his owners thought looked like it’d had one too many Botox injections, this yellow lab has had no plastic surgery. His cranium just caved in a bit while he was in his mamma’s crowded womb. That certainly hasn’t altered his ability to love humans and other dogs though!
Tardar Sauce: We all know this internet sensation as Grumpy Cat, but he’s actually not grumpy at all! (Well, no grumpier than any other house cat is). She suffers from feline dwarfism as well as an underbite, which earned her a lot of fans.
Blobfish: In the water, these guys have fins and tails — they look more like your prototypical fish. Take them out of the water and let gravity do some work, however, and you get this creature, named the world’s ugliest animal in 2013.
Princess Abby: This royal canine’s hind legs were longer than her front legs, one of her eyes doesn’t open, and her ears are mismatched. All this got her crowned The World’s Ugliest Dog” in 2010.
Llama: This llama could use a dental plan, some braces, and maybe a haircut, too, unless he’s trying to look like Andy Warhol near the end of his life. Still, this guy is totally charming, and his peculiar looks are no prob-llama for him!
Kenny: As zoos, exotic pet stores, and consumers, have increased the demand for white tigers, breeders have attempted to recreate the ideal white tiger by relying on a limited pool. As a result, Kenny was born with down syndrome. He’s still a treasure, though.
Star Nosed Mole: Sticking with the mole family, this species earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for their foraging speeds — but don’t expect it to win any beauty contests.
Cat: Perhaps this cat stole that bunny’s ears because we’re pretty sure kitties are only supposed to have two! Some people have teased this cat, saying her second pair are demon horns, but they’re probably just jealous of this one’s purrfect hearing.
The Proboscis Monkey: Some people mock this monkey for its large, bulbous nose. This nose, however, is the tool it uses to attract mates — and it is endearing, in a monkeyish kind of way.
Angora rabbit: These guys are supposed to be extremely fluffy, but not up to the point where they can no longer see, hear or, move! This rabbit’s fur grew a little out of hand, but the good news is, once he finally gets a trim, there will be enough fluff for any animals born without a coat!