Posted: Friday, May 31st, 2013
Over the course of our workday, we editors often find ourselves learning all sorts of strange and amazing information about history, science and literature. We’d like to share some of our favorite finds with you. Today’s post is brought to you by Wikipedia and editor Jody Amable.
I’ve always known that the animal world is an extremely diverse place, but it wasn’t until I came to Education.com that I got a sense of just how diverse it is. Even posting coloring pages to the site requires a quick Google search in order to write a competent blurb, and that invariably leads to falling down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, so to speak, of articles on the furry and the feathered; the slimy and the scaly.
I’ve fallen in love with quite a few animals here at my desk. I like to imagine a world where I could fall asleep with a snow leopard curled up at my feet, but I’m adult enough to know why that’s a bad idea. Nonetheless, I continue to dream. Here are my top five (very impractical) picks for exotic pets:
Why They’re Adorable: Something about these guys just cracks me up.
Why They’re Adorable: They’re pretty cute, especially when they’re sleeping (which they apparently do a lot of: search ‘binturong’ on Flickr and approximately half the results are photos of napping bearcats).
Why They’d Make Bad Pets: The San Diego Zoo says: “Binturongs have a very distinctive smell—that of buttered popcorn!” I love the smell of popcorn, but might not love it so much if it’s emanating from an animal.
Why They’re Adorable: I’m just going to direct you to this video:
Why They’d Make Bad Pets: Everything’s fine until you make them mad:
Am I the only one who thinks wolverines are kind of cute?
Why They’d Make Bad Pets: BECAUSE THEY’RE WOLVERINES.
Pudu are the world’s smallest breed of deer. I’m not usually into miniature versions of animals — give me a bulldog over a Yorkie any day — but the Pudu has won me over in a really big way.
Why They’d Make Bad Pets:
Come to think of it, I might be able to live with a pudu. Let me see if I can talk my landlord into it.
How about you: what’s the weirdest animal your kid has begged to bring home?
For more animal inspiration, check out this slideshow of some newly-discovered animal species: New Animal Species