May 4

Returning to work after an extended weekend of sunshine and royal wedding celebrations was never going to be easy. Especially if you pressed the snooze button one too many times this morning, then spilled toothpaste down yourself, stubbed your toe on the way out and missed the train. We’ve all had reason to feel grumpy at some point, and in honor of those days when you wished you’d stayed in bed, here are ARKive’s top 10 grumpy faces.

Just 5 more minutes…

Photo of tasselled wobbegong with mouth agape, showing teeth

This is definitely the face of someone you wouldn’t want to speak to before they’d had their morning coffee! The tasselled wobbegong uses its ‘beard’ as a lure to attract prey closer to its mouth. A morning shave is probably out of the question then…

Bad hair day?

Photo of close up of a lappet-faced vulture

Bad hair day getting you down? Or perhaps it’s having to spend all day clearing up carcasses from the African savannah that’s creating this particularly grumpy face. Either way, the lappet-faced vulture certainly looks in need of a good old sing song. Any volunteers to get him started?

Come back tomorrow

Photo of serrated hinge-back tortoise

With the serrated hinge-back tortoise’s ability to shut itself entirely within its shell, perhaps this grumpy individual might be better off doing that and coming back out when he’s feeling slightly more cheerful?

Singing the blues

Photo of Kloss's gibbon

The singing of Kloss’s gibbon is said, by some, to be the most beautiful of all gibbons. So why the grumpy face? Perhaps they’ve been singing the blues.

Bath time

Photo of female Asian buffalo wallowing in muddy pool

‘Bath time’ – two words that strike fear into the hearts of small muddy children everywhere! Asian buffalo, however, prefer to stay muddy in order to keep cool and protect themselves from biting insects. Anyone want to tell him he’s missed a spot?

I’m not angry….

Photo of mountain gorilla silverback

We’ve all seen it. It’s the classic grumpy dad face that says ‘I’m not angry, just disappointed…’ when you roll in past bedtime. In eastern gorilla society, family groups are led by a dominant silverback male. There’d be no sneaking in late past him.

If looks could kill

Photo of burrowing owl portrait

Perhaps they can! Burrowing owls use their intimidating glare to spot insect or rodent prey before swooping down on them with their sharp talons.

Can we go home yet?

Photo of southern rockhopper penguin, E. c. chrysocome, wet chicks

It’s cold, its wet and you want to go home. Unfortunately for these juvenile southern rockhopper penguins, home is on the islands of the Southern Ocean, which can experience some pretty wet weather. Better remember your umbrella next time!


Photo of captive shortnose batfish

Maybe we’d all be feeling a bit miserable with a face like that! The interestingly named shortnose batfish inhabits the sandy seafloor where they use their pectoral fins to ‘walk’ rather than swim.

Turn that frown upside down…

Photo of giant rain frog, anterior view

You’re minding your own business and now some fool has only gone and glued themselves to your back. Well, maybe if you’re a giant rain frog anyway. Males of this species are so small they have to produce their own glue to stick themselves to a female to mate. Enough to make anyone grumpy!

Spotted an even grumpier face on ARKive? Let us know!

Becky Moran, ARKive Media Researcher

  • Ben R (May 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am):

    Love it! :)

  • Becky T (May 4th, 2011 at 2:19 pm):

    The shortnose batfish is still my favourite :-)

  • Joe Barrington (May 4th, 2011 at 2:22 pm):

    Loving the tasselled wobbegong!

  • Laura Gordon (May 4th, 2011 at 9:39 pm):

    brilliant i love the shortnose batfish, i’d be grumpy being a fish that has to walk eveywhere. well done becky great article for cheering us up after our return to work

  • Mandy Barre (May 4th, 2011 at 10:27 pm):

    Oh come on..these guys are beautiful..where is Donald Trump??!!

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