The 15 Most Outrageous Animals

Infuriating, un-American, and unacceptable

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Mother Nature is an endless source of wonder and joy, whose intricate and beautiful creations include such glorious beasts as the domestic shorthair and goats. As anyone who’s been fortunate enough to encounter these delightful creatures knows, goats are small bearded cows who are always ready with a friendly smile and a wave, and cats are the tiny brown devils who live under the bed, mostly. Both of these guys are insanely nice and not suspicious at all.

But sadly, that’s not true of Mother Nature’s other contrivances, which are infuriating, un-American, and unacceptable. And all of this is particularly disheartening when you think about the fact that if everyone had just stayed the course, we could be living in a fun, furry paradise with just the right combination of purring and bleating to keep everybody entertained without anybody getting overwhelmed.

But that’s not what happened, and it’s time we talked about it.

African Rain Frogs

African rain frogs look like medium-sized brains with eyes, and they’re wildly judgmental. They are immensely frustrating to think about.

a grumpy looking frog sits in a bit of sand
a grumpy looking frog sits in a bit of sand
Photo: Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH via Shutterstock

Nicobar Pigeons

UGH. Don’t get me started on Nicobar Pigeons. These lurid sky squirrels have literally nothing to say unless you remark on their beautiful plumage, then it’s impossible to make them shut up.

a bird resembling a pigeon but with very bright green and yellow feathers
a bird resembling a pigeon but with very bright green and yellow feathers
Photo: Vladimir Wrangel via Shutterstock

Glasswing Butterflies

The wings of glasswing butterflies look like Tiffany windows that you could gaze at your lover through while you whisper poetry, and their legs look like a bug’s buggy-ass bug legs, which is a deeply aggravating combination.

two butterflies with opaque wings, like windows, touching antennaes
two butterflies with opaque wings, like windows, touching antennaes
Photo: Albert Beukhof via Shutterstock

Rosy Maple Moths

These insufferable moths look like candy and they know it.

a brightly neon orange and pink moth
a brightly neon orange and pink moth
Photo: Jason Patrick Ross via Shutterstock

Sunda Colugos

STOP LOOKING AT ME, Sunda Colugo. I want to have nothing to do with you until you decide whether you’re a squirrel or a bat.

a creature that looks like a flying squirrel or bat, with very large round eyes
a creature that looks like a flying squirrel or bat, with very large round eyes
Photo: Joshua Davenport via Shutterstock

Mandarin Ducks

“Smug” doesn’t even begin to describe these sanctimonious, pontificating blowhards, floating on OUR water like a bucket of Skittles that literally no one asked for.

a very brightly colored duck in hues of orange, purple, and blue — that almost resembles a toy or a painted statue
a very brightly colored duck in hues of orange, purple, and blue — that almost resembles a toy or a painted statue
Photo: Tomatito via Shutterstock

Platymma Tweediei

Beautiful? Yes. Bewitching? Sure. If I had to pick just one slug to take to the prom, would it be this one? Of course. None of that makes this completely irresponsible mixture of fire and slime any less exhausting to contemplate.

a cool black and red snail with a big black shell
a cool black and red snail with a big black shell
Photo: Dendang via Shutterstock

Panda Ants

These ants make me so tired. They’re not pandas, and they’re actually not even ants from what I can tell, and I certainly didn’t invite them to my party, but here they are.

a close up of a fuzzy ant that is colored in a black-and-white pattern similar to a panda
a close up of a fuzzy ant that is colored in a black-and-white pattern similar to a panda
Photo: Shivkumar Sharma via Shutterstock

Sea Angels

Imagine being under the sea and coming across one of these etherial beasts and having to explain why you’re wearing board shorts and zinc oxide like some kind of fleshy goon. It’s profoundly upsetting.

a glowing sea creature in shades of pink and blue, on a dark black ocean background
a glowing sea creature in shades of pink and blue, on a dark black ocean background
Photo: FeatherCollector via Shutterstock

Axolotls

Axolotls are always smiling and simpering because they have perfect hair. It’s superficial and inconsiderate.

an axolotls, an amphibian that looks like they have a smile on their face and has pink fringed feelers around their head
an axolotls, an amphibian that looks like they have a smile on their face and has pink fringed feelers around their head
Photo: Arm001 via Shutterstock

Dumbo Octopuses

Never trust someone who only wears a nightgown and refuses to tell you where they keep their mouth.

a bulbous octopus with very short tentacles and floppy “ears,” glowing in somewhat pastel hues
a bulbous octopus with very short tentacles and floppy “ears,” glowing in somewhat pastel hues
Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer via Wikimedia Commons

Irrawaddy Dolphins

Irrawaddy Dolphins think you’re funny, but not in a good way. They’re the cetacean equivalent of that one snotty neighbor who’s always like, “Please get out of my pool, Jack. This is private property.”

A dolphin sticking its head out of the water, with a very short snout and round head shape
A dolphin sticking its head out of the water, with a very short snout and round head shape
Photo: Jodphoto via Shutterstock

Jabiru Storks

“Oh, hi. I’m a jabiru stork. I’m wearing a red cravat and affectedly standing on one leg. I live in a nest of sticks that I built myself, and I eat mostly mollusks.” That’s what these guys are like. Every. Single. Day. It’s intolerable.

a black, red and white bird stretches its wings in an unusual direction, standing on a beach
a black, red and white bird stretches its wings in an unusual direction, standing on a beach
Photo: Uwe Bergwitz via Shutterstock

Maned Wolves

Maned wolves are actually fine, but their legs are too long in kind of a show-off-y way.

a wild canine with reddish fur and very long, skinny legs that look dipped in black
a wild canine with reddish fur and very long, skinny legs that look dipped in black
Photo: Belizar via Shutterstock

Gerenuks

YOUR PROPORTIONS ARE ALL WRONG, GERENUK. Go home, and wake me up when the goats come back.

an antelope type creature with a very long, thick neck and short back legs, reaching for a tall bit of greenery
an antelope type creature with a very long, thick neck and short back legs, reaching for a tall bit of greenery
Photo: Ihab Henri via Shutterstock

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