Yes, we consider it our duty to bring you cute animals. But just as good needs evil, and light needs darkness, and Mars needs women, cute animals would be nothing without weird, sorta ugly animals. Besides, weird ugly animals are awesome. Here are some of our favorites from the last year. Warning: Don’t read to the end if you don’t want your eyes traumatized a little.

The cutest endangered species

Ethan Hein

“If you’ve never seen an axolotl, behold: It’s a Mexican salamander with a face like an anime character.”

Baby echidnas