Remember to love and appreciate all the animals in your life, not just the ones who are conventionally cute.
At World Animal Protection, we believe that every animal deserves to live a happy, full life, whether they be wild, farmed, or companion animals. This includes the animals that aren’t so easy on the eyes, ears, or other senses. Here are some of our favorite underdogs that could be your new favorite animal.
The horseshoe bat’s face looks, for lack of a better term, messed up. Do not let the irregularity of their features dissuade you from loving them. They prey primarily on insects, serving as an important part in their ecosystem. Horseshoe bats are of particular interest to public health and zoonosis as a source of coronaviruses, including the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak and, most recently, COVID-19. So, while you may love these creatures from afar, make sure not to interact with them.
4. Elephant Seal
Elephant seals are well-named as the noses of the males of this species resemble the trunk of an elephant, though they do not serve the same purpose. There are two different extant species of the elephant seal: the northern elephant seal, which lives in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and the southern elephant seal, which lives primarily around Antarctica. Climate change is directly impacting both species of elephant seals. As their environment heats up, scientists have found elephant seal populations to be declining.
No matter what an animal looks, smells, or sounds like, they deserve a good life. Join us in protecting animals by subscribing to our newsletter. Remember to love and appreciate all the animals in your life, not just the ones who are conventionally cute.