Updated: March 25, 2013 4:00 PM | By MSN Tech & Gadgets, Nature desk
The world’s weirdest-looking animals

Manhattan Monster fascinates, and repels



At MSN, we love wildlife but we'll admit, it's not all cuddly puppies and kittens. Some animals are downright ugly. In honour of the downright repelling Manhattan Monster, we present a look at some of the oddest looking creatures found in the wild. (© AnimalNewYork.com photo)
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  • At MSN, we love wildlife but we'll admit, it's not all cuddly puppies and kittens. Some animals are downright ugly. In honour of the downright repelling Manhattan Monster, we present a look at some of the oddest looking creatures found in the wild. (© AnimalNewYork.com photo)
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Imagine the surprise of one New York woman when, upon strolling underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, she found the above beast lying belly up. The bloated, gnarled creature quickly became an international phenomenon, mostly because nobody could quite identify what the tabloids had taken to calling the "Manhattan Monster."

Mutilated and deformed, zoologists now think the monster is a raccoon on account of its five-toed paws, but one thing is certain: whatever it is, it sure is weird lookin'. Click ahead as MSN looks back at some of the oddest looking creatures found in the wild.

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