Full-grown platypuses* are sort of unsettling to look at. I mean, the British settlers didn’t call them “water moles” for nothing (shudder). But look at these itty bitty baby platypuses! Have you ever see anything cuter and more snuggly looking in your life? They’re like living, breathing beanie babies! Or mini hippos! I want 10 of them, please. And little top hats to put on them. [I Fucking Love Science]
*My 7th grade biology teacher used to get SO mad if any of us uttered the word, “platypuses.” She would actually whack our desk with a ruler and say, “The plural of platypus is platypi. PLATYPIIIIIII!!!” But I just found out that the plural of platypus is in fact “platypuses,” and now I feel both vindicated and confused.
Meet my future pet Tang Yuan. Nickname “Fluffy Rice Ball.” At 38 days old, this Alaskan Malamute already weighs over 40 pounds. Owner Wang Xian says he doesn’t feed Fluffy Rice Ball too much, his breed just happens to grow very quickly.
“A lot of people said I abused the dog for making it so fat, but its fluffy hair makes it look big,” said Wang Xian.
That fluff-to-face ratio is giving me full body squishes. I’m done for. Need to kidnap Fluffy RIGHT NOW and make him my cuddle slave. [Yahoo]
A Pomsky is an irresistible blend of a tiny Pomeranian and a big, beautiful Husky pup. I don’t want to think of the mating implications of that, because it sounds rather painful, but I love the mini-Husky result. This guy is perfectly pocket sized!
I didn’t realize until I saw this photo of Mitik how badly my life is in need of a walrus companion. Mitik is 15 months old, 234 pounds, and an orphan. He was found in the waters of Alaska in late-July and was nursed back to health at a facility there before being transferred this week to the Brooklyn Aquarium, where I will visit him on the regular once he’s out of quarantine. Mitik is, by all accounts, a total sweetheart. Keep reading »