Animal (un)attraction: New TV show unmasks the planet's ugliest creatures


Proboscis monkeys boast enormous potbellies and a colourful penis

It is the most bizarre collection of animals you're ever likely to see - and with some who redefine the term 'a face only a mother could love'.
National Geographic Wild is launching a new TV show called 'Freaks and Creeps' dedicated to nature's very own weirdos and oddballs.
Explorer and zoologist Lucy Cooke has scoured the globe for the show.

The Naked Mole Rat, a Kenyan native, was selected as one of the oddest looking animals by the show's producers.

She said she wanted to end the obsession with 'cute kittens' with the show, which begins tonight at 8pm on Nat Geo Wildwith Weirdest Monkey Alive.
'There are so many television shows about koala bears and kittens,' Cooke protests.
'Why should orangutans in Borneo get all the love when there’s a monkey there with a giant nose, a massive potbelly and a chili pepper for a penis?'
The show follows Cooke across three continents as she turns the popularity contest upside down in nature.
Freakish fish, dung beetles and cheeky monkeys are in, while fluffy koalas and kittens are out.

The vulture was also among the ugliest animals chosen by the team

The series travels from Asia to Australia to Africa and meets a frog whose mouth is longer than its legs are long, watches Cooke and her team attempt to escape a sinking boat in crocodile-infested waters, and gets up close and personal with a hedgehog-type animal with a very active sex life.
As Cooke travels through rain forests and deserts and along coastlines, she meets Australian 'devils' that stumble around like drunken sailors and Tasmanian critters with a taste for roadkill.

Pangolins are scaly anteaters found in Asia and Africa

The infamous Tasmanian devil has one of the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom

Lake Titicaca Frog showing extensive skin folds which help with oxygen absorption

Threat display by the Golden brown baboon spider

The Caribbean-dwelling Solenodon looks like a ginger rat with a long nose

Aye-aye lemur is complete with huge ears, a bushy tail, a long shaggy coat, rodent-like teeth and a skeletal 'probe-like' middle finger

The saiga antelope is a critically endangered mammal found in parts of the Siberian steppe and parts of Kazakhstan

Freaks and Creeps presenter Lucy Cooke pictured in Borneo, with a probiscus monkey.

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