This is an appreciation post for ugly, awkward, and creepy animals.
There are a LOT of animals (yes, “bugs” are included in this) that I consider “cute” or “beautiful” that most people will never be able to see that way. They may not be physically appealing, but there’s something about them that makes me see them like that.
Every species is perfectly crafted for its specific role in nature. All of those physical features that we look at with disapproval are there for a reason. I think what I see is more the beauty of this creature’s existence, and the things it’s capable of, rather than how pretty it is to look at. Sorry nature’s first priority is functionality and not human appeal.
I don’t care what method you think life got here through; the appreciation should be the same regardless.