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The Ugly 5

The Ugly 5

Most people have heard of the ‘Big 5’ which are the largest and most dangerous animals, but may not know this list. This is the 5 ugliest creatures roaming around the African continent.

The Marabou Stork

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This bird reminded me of a crabby old bald guy, its head is featherless and the large beak help to put him on this notorious list.

The Wildebeest

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With a face only a mother could love the wildebeest will not be winning any beauty pageants. His powerful body looks like it was taken from several different animals and squeezed into one beast-like creature.

The Warthog

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These guys are so ugly that they are kinda cute in a way, especially when the run their skinny tail sticks straight up, and the ball of fuzz at the tip bobs back and forth.

The Vulture

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Vultures are almost synonymous with ugly, we spotted these two hanging out on top of a tree just waiting for something to scavenge.

The Hyena

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Just look at that face and ears, need I say more.

We spotted this motley crew in our first week on our African safari with Acacia Africa in the countries of Kenya and Tanzania. The stork and the vultures we saw in the Maasai Mara of Kenya and the rest in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

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Thursday 7th of May 2015

love the list! wild dogs are pretty ugly but beautiful in a weird way. also i agree with rhonda, pumbas are so cute when they run away. haha loved seeing the mini-rhinos (warthogs)


Wednesday 4th of June 2014

I'm with you except for the warthog... just love 'em!