Stephanie Faces an Awkward Moment

(Well, there’s no point in putting it off. I’m just going to have to march in there and tell them, “Mom? Dad? Remember that old witch lady that lives in the forest, the one you always told me to stay away from? Well, I kind of went out there and she seemed really nice and she gave me this weird-tasting candy and now I’m a raccoon. Sorry.”)

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Quokka Qousins?

unnamed (1)“With all the Quokka Love on this site lately, I thought I would submit a competitor for smiling rodent-like creature: the Tree Hyrax! They’re not actually rodents, and are somehow related to manatees and elephants,” says Megan C. of Seattle.

[Pause to work that one out.]

“Photos taken by me in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. I regret not attempting a Selfie with a Hyrax, but they were not as camera-friendly as those Quokkas seem to be.”

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Near-Great Moments in Space Travel

1965 — Having successfully escaped from the Cape Canaveral Zoo, stowaway Sherman Hoovermeyer would have been the first meerkat in outer space… but unfortunately he chose to hide directly beneath the first stage rocket booster.

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Via MrT HK.

♫ Off To See The Lizard ♬

[I’ve got to get ready for the Jimmy Buffett concert! Wait, I’m already dressed for it. All I need is one of those Parrothead hats!]


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(Daily Mail.)

They’re Coming To Take Us Away

enhanced-buzz-wide-30462-1426081082-17They’re ready to take over the WORLD from their new base of operations at the Taronga Zoo. I mean- look at the side-eye above. You KNOW he/she’s plotting SOMETHING devious. Only a matter of time.

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(BuzzFeed)

And With This, We Bid You Good Evening

A little boar-ing - ImgurIt’s late here on the West Coast, but rest assured, C.O. returns Wednesday morning with more of The QTE! We’ll be up all night making this stuff! (We hope we’re not…boar-ing you?) (Reddit.)

Only The Second C.O. Lemming EVER!

downloadWe have to go back to the very beginning for #1, too! Photo by Nature Picture Library/Alamy. Submitted by Linda C.

Can I Get A Nudibranch Pepperoni….To Go?

The Featured Creature likes weird animals- and coincidentally enough, that’s where we spotted this critter– who fits the bill. Almost two years ago (!) we were introduced to Mr. Nudibranch. This year, we have a..Dominos Nudibranch? Pizza Hut Nudibranch? What? Is? That? Answer: a “Pizza Crust Sea Slug.” (Same thing as a Nudi, says FC.) Or, (say like Cliff Clavin:) a “Pleurobranchus Areolatus.”

[*Note- Of COURSE there’s a “Sea Slug Forum.” -Ed.]

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It’s My Coming Out Party!

This is my breakthrough moment! The day I come out of my shell and start hatching my own plans! So everybody show up and egg me on!

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Via U.S. Geological Survey.

Meanwhile, at the Lost and Found Desk at Alpha Centauri Intergalactic Spaceport…

“Um, excusing of me, but have any life forms located a small metal briefcase? Slate grey, black handle, glowing a little bit and making a humming noise, with tentacles? It’s really important that I get that back.”

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“This guy is oddly cute,” notes Redditor jamieinthenorthwest.

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