Dolphins, pandas, sea turtles. It’s easy to save the cute animals. But what of the world’s ugliest critters?
That’s the very question the Ugly Animal Preservation Society (yes, there is such a thing) is asking. They argue that all of the world’s creatures – from large to small, adorable to heinous – are important to the health of the environment.
The British group, sounding like something that’s just funny-walked out of a Monty Python film, is, it says, dedicated “to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children.”
To the end of saving ugly endangered creatures, reports Wanderlust travel magazine, the Society is in search of a mascot — something nice and slimy, like the jumping slug, or just malformed-looking and squat, like the New Zealand kakapo parrot.
They’re now in the nomination phase for a new mascot, with current frontrunners including the hagfish, the purple pig-nosed frog and the giant Palouse earthworm.