6 Adorable Mammals with Unbelievably Ugly Babies

“All creatures are cute when they are babies, but it changes as they grow up, including you.”

That’s a very common reply from my dad every time I say (or scream) “Look at that baby animal! Sooo cute!” Well.. Let’s omit the “including you” from the quote and stick to the topic, shall we? Is it true that all babies are cute?Though most animals give birth to cute babies and turn ugly when they grow up, there are some complete opposite: these animals are born ugly but turn cute as they enter adulthood. They are unbelievably ugly that actually make them cute.

1. Baby Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Who may think this 120 kg black and white animals used to be a 100 grams pink creature when they were born?

Newborn panda cubs. Source: worthashare.com

cute baby panda

Slowly shows its cuteness. Source: galleryhip.com

A full grown giant panda. Source: wikimedia.com

A full grown giant panda. Source: wikimedia.com

2. Baby wombat (Vombatidae)

Wombat is a native Australian wildlife. It’s one of my favorite animals when I was a kid. Why? Because they look so cute (with fur!) until recently I saw an ugly baby wombat picture. The baby in this picture is Leah now a famous web celebrity after being a subject of Reddit photoshop battle.

Leah the rescued baby wombat. Source: news.com.au

Leah the rescued baby wombat. Source: news.com.au

A full grown wombat. Source: altinawildlife.com

A full grown wombat. Source: altinawildlife.com

3. Baby stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides)

All baby stump-tailed macaque is born with white hair and pink face, with a lot of wrinkles like an old human! Like my co-worker said “I can’t imagine what I would do if I gave birth to such an ugly baby. Maybe I’d scream and throw it away immediately.”

Wrinkly baby like Gollum in LOTR.

Wrinkly baby like Gollum in LOTR.

Mother and baby stump-tailed macaque. Don't you think the mom is cuter?

Mother and baby stump-tailed macaque. Don’t you think the mom is cuter?

4. Baby echidna (Tachyglossidae)

This unique animal, together with platypus, are the only egg-laying mammals still exist today. Adult echidna resembles a hedgehog with long pointy nose, even though their babies look very much different from that definition. baby echidna

An adult echidna. Source: Newscom.

An adult echidna. Source: Newscom.

5. Baby aye aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)

Believe or not, I can read your mind and the answer to your question is: yep, this is real. It’s not a fictional character from a horror movie. Even though I hope no reader gets any nightmare tonight.

Source: news.nationalgeographic.com

Source: news.nationalgeographic.com

An adult aye aye. They're cute, aye? Source: denverzoo.org

An adult aye aye. They’re cute, aye? Source: denverzoo.org

And last but not least… My favorite baby ever!

6. Baby Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Weighing ‘only’ 25-30 kg when they were born, Sumatran rhino calves have disproportionate head-body-leg ratio. Worse, their big head is horn-less. Who would think it’s a rhino when they don’t even have horns? As a reward for reading this article to end here’s a bonus of dad-son ugliness combination for you. To see how they look like now, don’t forget to befriend Andalas and Andatu on Facebook.

Baby Andalas

Baby Andalas when he was born in 2001.

Andalas has a son named Andatu, which was born in 2012. Watch Andatu’s video below.

Which one is the ugliest or the cutest, do you think? If you have other nominees for the list please let us know by commenting below.

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2 thoughts on “6 Adorable Mammals with Unbelievably Ugly Babies

  1. Pingback: 6 things you’ll experience as a wildlife vet #1 | Holiztic Vet

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