Oh, When Thomson Hears About this, He’s Going To Be Just Livid

Here at Cute Overload News Headquarters, we’ve just gotten word that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, once thought to be a wholesome, honest enterprise, has actually stolen this cute baby gazelle. Details are sketchy, but we hear it’s Thomson’s gazelle, so it must belong to someone named Thomson.

I’ve just gotten a clarification: This is a Thomson’s gazelle. So apparently Thomson has more gazelles; maybe he won’t even miss this one. In fact, who is this Thomson, and why is he hogging all the gazelles, anyway? He’s probably engineering a worldwide gazelle shortage, which explains why Busch Gardens was reduced to stealing this one, and it’s all the fault of that stupid, greedy Thomson!

Images from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, via BGTNation.



  1. Very cleaveair Monsure, but that is rily a gazelle which belongs to moi!

  2. Martha in Washington says:

    *grabby hands*
    Well, I don’t care who he belongs to, I want him!
    You could nom on his ears for days and still have some leftover!

  3. victoreia says:

    WANT!!! A new playmate for my kittehs!

  4. Mary (the first) says:

    I want him too!!! Maybe Martha can share??

  5. The crouching person shows just how tiny this little guy is. We’ve been seeing a lot of people with jealousy-inducing jobs lately – is it What Color is Your Parachute Week? 😉

  6. Hi.
    I’m Thomson.
    I was missing that gazelle.
    To be honest, he’s only half gazelle.
    The other half is saber-tooth tiger…
    …so watch your fingers as you ship him back.
    First class please. Gazzeltoothtigerellas are snooty at best.

  7. Alice Shortcake says:

    The daintily bent knee in the second photo is simply sublime.

  8. Quite the disdainful expression avec disapproving-bunnular ears. Quite.
    And if rescuted by the bumbling detectives in the English translation of Tintin, it would be Thomson & Thompson’s Thomson.
    And noted, Thomson without a ‘p’, as in Venezuela.

  9. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    There’s obviously been a typo. My maiden name is Thompson, and this is MY baybeh gazelle. *snif* the cruel gazelle-nappers took the baybeh when we was in GazelleMart just as I turned my back to get some formula for it…
    Please return it to me, as my home is so empty without it..

  10. BatBlaster says:

    Thomson was probably the zoologist who studied them

  11. From our friend Wiki:
    “Joseph Thomson (1858 – 1895) was a Scottish geologist and explorer who played an important part in the Scramble for Africa. Thomson’s Gazelle is named for him. Excelling as an explorer rather than an exact scientist”, his accounts of travel in Masai country were fictionalised in H. Rider Haggard’s ‘King Solomon’s Mines’.

  12. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Affectionately known as “Tommies.”

  13. 260Oakley says:

    I believe they also named a bird after him: the Thom-a-Hawk.

  14. 260Oakley says:

    In the 80’s there was a brother and sister gazelle band called the Thomson Twins.

    (Heading off to drown this 80’s flashback in gin.)

  15. Does your gazelle bite?
    (said with outrageous French accent)

  16. Andi from NC says:

    Exactly! I was doing the *scroll, scroll…bang – look at how tiny – squeeeee!*

  17. Andi from NC says:

    perfectly stated!

  18. Rachael says:

    Want. Want! Want!!!!!111!!!!

  19. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    So cute and teeny! SQEEEEEEEEEEE!

  20. Tintin ref FTW!

  21. I second that!!!!

  22. They are the knobbiest knobular knees I’ve ever seen. Period.

  23. April's NaNa says:

    @ Oakley >:-)

  24. April's NaNa says:

    rats! that was ‘sposed to be an emoticon sorry 😦 slinks off to corner with book titled “Tech 4 Dummies”

  25. ashagato says:

    do the gazelles have large talons?
    (said with a napolean dynamite accent ;))

  26. ashagato says:

    is that her leeettle peenk tongue??? i can’t stand it!!!!

  27. Zat eez not mah gahzelllle.

  28. baby birdie says:

    LOL @ “GazelleMart”

  29. Check out the knobbulosity in pic numero deux! ANERABLE!!!1!

  30. Yes!! And those eyelashes!

  31. kibblenibble says:

    Isn’t there a rule of cuteness about ear-to-head ratio? AND knobbular knees? Wow!

  32. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    did somebody say “vuvuzuela”???

    — or maybe “uvula”????

    Not Ready for Prime-Time/
    Old-skool “SNL”

  33. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    *sympathetic, anguished Sob of Pathos*

  34. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    O NO U DI-unt!!!???

  35. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    YAY Thom(p)son Twins!!!!

  36. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:


    “Dooo yew have a leee-sance foor yer gah-zelle????” 🙂

  37. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:


  38. leaves of cat grass says:

    i will give $5,000 cash if i could feed Thomson’s gazelle just once. I sure he wouldn’t mind… but then I’ll give it right back…. i won’t steal it or nuthin…. probably….

  39. It’s so dainty. It looks like one of those little porcelain animals they sell in gas stations sometimes.

    /pet pet

  40. bookmonstercats says:


  41. bookmonstercats says:

    YAY gin!!1111!!!

  42. To MR tOms0n,

    S3nD US 21034532 bajlILiON cO0k1eS oR tHe gaZeLle G3tZ snoRGLes.


  43. A PBS special chronicled the Thomson’s gazelle. Unfortunately, it seemed to be one endless example of the little guys being eaten by everything in their environment: crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and some large birds. Thomson’s Gazelle: Hors d’œuvre of the Serengeti. Drat you, PBS!

  44. Hard to believe the same guy that makes the sub-machine guns and the deck sealant makes thse cute gazeles!

  45. Um, stop right there, you’re heading for trouble. 😛

  46. Move over.

  47. And the little perfect fourth position in the first pic. . . so balleterific!

  48. “Let’s get knobbular, knobbular”

  49. Zere is a beuhm in my rheuhm. 😛

  50. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!!! says:

    hhhhhmmmmmm…..for your KITTEHS, you say????

    *stern, disbelieving facial expresh*

  51. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!!! says:

    Tell ya what I’ma gonn’ do. Let me take the $5000 deposit.
    I’ll look into the arrangements for you,
    and call you when it’s all scheduled for ya!! 🙂

    (Used) Yugo Salesperson

  52. According to Wikutepedia, “gazelle” comes from Arabic غزال‎ or ghazăl, which is related to ghazal, which means poetry.


    I think that I shall never see
    A Thomson’s quite as cute as thee.
    If thou should sit beneath a tree,
    Ghazal is what the scene would be.


  53. I won’t watch those anymore. Endless danger for tiny beings. 😥

  54. Ali-baba says:

    Indeed, as if the sipping of tea is eminent and the bent knee is the gazelle version of a raised pinkie.

  55. Sweet Foley says:

    Qte story about these guys:

    I was lucky enough to do a semester of study abroad in Kenya. These adorable gazelle were everywhere. Their cousins, the Grant’s Gazelle, are also all over the place as well. As our course was a Wildlife Biology course, we had to be able to differentiate.

    Grant’s Gazelle are slightly larger than the tiny Tommies, but from afar, and taking into account individual variation, the subtle difference in size isn’t helpful in telling these leetle glitter clouds of cuteness, erm… I mean “species” apart.

    Grant’s Gazelle have little white booties, whereas the Tommies do not (refer to sweet behbeh above). So, the way to differentiate the two? “Grant’s wear pants”. I’d have to say that is about the cutest mneumonic I’ve ever learned!

    Regardless, some of the most adorable little animals on this big beautiful planet!

  56. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    he he.

  57. Bwa ha ha! ‘Grant’s wear pants’ is much better than ‘white above the tailio’.

    So in honour of Blair and Foley, I offer another couple of stanzas of:
    “Differentiating between Nanger and Eudorcus”, or,
    “Ode to Joyce, a dude, in ungulate pentameter”:

    Across the Serengeti prance
    The Grant’s gazelle in granny-pants
    And setting off their sturdy hocks
    Are white and dainty little socks.
    Poems are made by C.O.s like me,
    But only Toms can make a tommy.

    No, no no: A-thenkYEW.

  58. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    @ Sweet:
    ….”little white booties” = ??? 😉

  59. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:


  60. AWESOME 😯

  61. Sweet Foley says:

    *jumps up in a standing ovation* a TRUE masterpiece!

  62. Sweet Foley says:

    Um… eh hem… well, uh… “les bums sont blancs?”

    (It always sounds more lady-like in Fronche/Breetish….)