Rest in peace Lil’ McOttersons…

Peeps, we’ve just learned that the lil’ Otter who stole yer heart by holding hands (no kidding, watch for it!) with her ottermate has passed away. Apparently, "Nyac" the otter even made it through the Exxon Valdez spill! I did not know that.

Let’s do an encore presentayshe for the lil’ trooper. It’s absolutely one of our favorite videos of all time.

Thanks for letting us know the sad news, Kimberly R. and Kim B. :(

Monday morning, serving up the blorp

[Say in Grandma voice] “Honey, you gotta get a good amount of blorp in the morning to start your week off right.”

“Here you go.” [Plops warm, buttery blorp on your plate]

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“What’s that? You want some more? OK, Hon.”

“Now, that’s the maximum blorp allowed, there’s no more.”

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Top photerhe: Tina W., bottom photo that looks like a family you know: Sarah J.

May I offer you SOME BLORP?

One sealio, coming up, with a side of sandy flippage.

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ENHANCE!

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I think he might need to go to the salon for flipper exten-shons, Laurel W.

The Eternal Struggle of Camel Versus Bucket

In the remote plains of Wazoolooland, we come upon an all-too-familiar scene:  A fierce camel locked in mortal combat with the small but wily plastic bucket.

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For the bucket, its only chance is to raise its defenses and hope to tire his adversary …

GOOOOOOAAAL

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Alas, even the bucket’s tough protective shell is no match for the camel’s ruthless onslaught …

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… and with one final bite, the struggle is over.

CHOMP!!

Victorious, the mighty camel cries out his call of triumph.

THIS...IS...SPARTAAAAAAA!

We’ll be back with more of "Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom" after these messages.

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Yes, sir, Gelosia … that’s your "Baby." ( More photos here )

Do You Mind?!

"We were right in the middle of … um … playing leapfrog!  Um, wait … no, I was giving her a back massage!  Yeah, that’s the ticket … ahmm, would you believe we’re practicing for the football team?  Hup one, hup two!"

HI, MOM!

Scandalous, Tami S.

Let the necking…begin!

"Charles—it was love at first sight when I saw your beautiful, long neck…"

"Nadine—you’re the one with the vertebra that WON’T QUIT"

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And then they stared at their lake reflections fer hours, Jennifer B.

Lil’ Hoser

Check out this tiny hoser over at the Oregon zoo. According to Sender-Inner Lauren I., they’re naming the little guy today! We’ll be sure to check back. I’d like to suggest: “José”.

Unless it’s a girl, then maybe “Phannie” or something?!

Make sure that’s organic, mmmkay?

For a red panda I don’t ask for a lot. Really.

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I must have organic pears, apples and grapes.

I insist on hand-feeding [Beady-eye intense look]

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I also need my two-toned look kept fierce (Clairol Hydrience Hibiscus Dark Red Hair Color # 32), at LEAST once a month

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Thaaaaanks.

And let me know when the hot tub is ready. [Scampers back up a tree]

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Awesome red panda shots, Jessica R.:D Check out all her shots here. This was all made possible by the Wellington Zoo.

At the Hide-and-Seek Training Academy

Well, the 2008 Olympics may be a memory, but the hopefuls for 2012 are already getting a head start in the rigorous training for this demanding and often time-consuming event:

...three thousand, six hundred and twenty-SEVEN, three thousand, six hundred and twenty-EIGHT...

And here’s Diego El Kabonngg of Portugal, demonstrating the advanced eye-covering technique that swept him to the silver in 2000:

... five million, seven hundred thousand, two hundred and NINE, ...

Ready or not, here we come, Paula E! (top photo)

YOU ARE KIDDING ME

Gasp!

[Leaves fall out of mouf]

NO WAY she is dating that alpaca in paddock two. NO WAY.

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We think paddock 2 is chock full of hotties too, Marie N.

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