Amazing New Species Discovered!

Friends, we stand at the threshold of evolutionary history, because the San Francisco Zoo has discovered the first-ever gorilla/giraffe hybrid!  The Zoo has released this amazing photo of the baby “gorillaffe” (homo reticulus redonkuli), which should silence even the most doubtful skeptics, and you can see more on the Zoo’s Picasa pages.

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Carrots—the gateway vegetable

“Listen, Doc, I sneak carrots into bed every chance I get. I’m eating like—well, a Guinea pig. I’m afraid it’s going to lead to broccoli binging… What can I do!?”

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Timmie C., whatever you do—don’t let her try cilantro—it may be all over.

This week on “The Basket”, we go outside

“Welcome to the show. I’m your host, Sprinkles.”

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“This week, we’ll be traveling through the back yard via basket…”

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“Through the flowers, past the pond, finally landing in the orchard.”

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“Join me, won’t you?” [Looks at camera, tilts head]

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Jorden C., you know I’m a sucker for ani-pals getting their nature on.

Take a one-second baby sheep break

Shreve Stockton over at The Daily Coyote paused for a little sheepskin action today:

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Excellent spotting, Tanguera ;)

The Mother of All Encores

This may not have been our first-ever Interspecies Snorgling post, but it’s definitely a CO Classic: Holy inter-species bonding!”
(Also, have you called your mother yet?  You know, she’s done a lot for you.) ;)

Here’s the deal. “Finnegan” the squirrel was found under a tree in Renton WA. Finnegan was brought to the home of Debby “Sure I’ll take care of him!” Cantlon for care. Meanwhile, Debby’s papillion pup “Mademoiselle Giselle” (I am not making this up) decides she can help out too, and brings Finnegan in with her new puppies. Finnegan proves to be one sweet squirrel, riding mosh pits of puppies and cuddling with his littermates.

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Riding the puppy mosh pit

aw crap I dropped my damn keys... guys?

Cuddle Central™

me, and my pi-i-i-i-il-low...

“Dood. wot’s up?”

y'know Buster, I'm starting to think there's something funny about Finn...

Puppy: “ZZZZZ” Squirrel: “zzz”

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Thanks, Michelle Matthews.
(ADDENDUM: Huge apoloprops to Elisabeth who sent us this back in the ’05.)

Honorary Moms

A friend of Sender-Inner Amy L. reports: “I’ve had another crazy adventure! On the Gold Coast (about 2-3 hours from my town), hundreds of baby flying foxes have been abandoned by their mothers for unknown reasons…”

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“There have been a few violent storms and the parents just left the colony, leaving their babies starving to death. So a group of wildlife rehabilitators are rescuing them. They are an endangered species (grey-headed flying foxes).”

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“…It was quite an experience! We worked for 18 hours two days in a row so I’m tired! But it was all worth it because they are so darn cute (see pictures)!”

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Orange Marmasplosion

Peeps, if I’m doin’ the posts today, I’m postin’ some tabby tigers. Noooo apologies. You did know there’s a whole Flickr group full of these fine felines, right?

Rule of Cuteness #4: more than one species of baby flopping around is cute

The color coordination is irresistible, and the low-down camera angle just accentuates the fact they are not much larger than the blades of grass they sit on. *But* I give them an 8.5—no paws are up, and there is the BEF on the bunny (Beady Eye Factor)

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Peeky McPeekerson Jr.

Hey, how did that kitten get on my grandma’s floor? [Best linoleum pattern Evar!]

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step 1: DEMOstep 2: CLEANINGstep 3: SURFACE PREPstep 4: LOW EARTH ORBITstep 5: RENOVATION COMPLETE

Christina R., beautiful job.

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What’s more delicious? this kitten stack from *Roes* Flickr Photostream or THIS 100-by-100 stack of In and Out Burgers??!

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Thanks, Anne L.!

CuteOverload—where you can expect the maximum kittens per square inch

We really pack ‘em in, People.

Rhum, the orange Italian

Rhum the kitten and Aluccia wrote in, and all Aluccia said was: “i love him.”

P.S. Desktop photo alert! We’re talking twice life-sized, People!

Encore: Nice Antennae, Baby.

Spring is here, and our lawn’s got the dandelions to prove it.  Yaaay.
Never mind that, though; this CO Classic is prettier.

Ladies and Gentlemens, I present to you: The Tiniest of Feets!

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Nuri P., nice email sig:

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And Now, Our Grand Prize Weiner

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner of Dolphin Discovery: Holly K.

Whew, we’re beat!  What a whirlwind National Pet Week this was!  You peeps bombarded us with jokes, rhymes and trivia–over 950 entries in all four contests!

That's just a tail, you perv.

And our grand prize winner, selected at random from all entries, is Toni T., whose clever entry, from the caption contest, went like this: Doggie:  “Where did your ears go?!” Birdie:  “Where did your wings go?!”

Toni wins our Grand Prize: A new Nintendo DSi game system and all four Discovery Kids games! Congratulations, and thanks to all who played, and special thanks to 505 Games!

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Trivia Answers:

  • Day of the Dolphin (a lot of readers alerted us to another movie titled Sex and Death 101, and we would have accepted that as well)
  • Neil and Tim Finn
  • Pinball
  • False Killer Whale

Photo credit: BartShore

Bruno Applies Reverse Psychology

Ice cream?  No, I most certainly do not want any of that ice cream.  It has an appallingly uneven texture, and the so-called “black raspberry chips” are mere flecks of color, in stark contrast to the deceptively luscious portions on the label.

Frankly, madam, I would rather eat broccoli than consume the pretentious, overrated swill I see before me, and if you had even an ounce of taste or discernment left, you would dispose of the uneaten portion posthaste–preferably in the short wastepaper basket near my dog dish.

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Photo credit: Dunechaser