Can spiders ever be cute? The creator of this listicle at the website LOL Gallery Infatuation seems to think so. I generally—and rather vehemently—disagree, which is why this post does not reproduce any of the pictures displayed over there.
I have addressed the question of whether arthropods can ever meet the standard human definition of “cute” before, and I’ve even found some examples among the insects and the crustaceans. I do not feel that I am ready, however, to extend any amount of squee to the arachnids, especially the members of the order Araneae. Maybe I just need time…
You may have heard the story of the goat who refused to eat for six days after he was moved to a new animal sanctuary and separated from his best friend, a donkey. When the two were reunited, he found … Continue reading →
I haven’t been posting much of late. Rather than offer my various excuses (busy, inadequate allocation of time, who I am as a person, etc.), I instead offer this video of a dachshund on vacation on a beach in Greece:
Yes, it’s a tiny tortoise eating tiny pancakes (originally from BuzzFeed Blue). Tiny versions of things that are normally much bigger are almost by definition cute, but there may be a darker side to this GIF, alas. Continue reading →
This little guy is either really friendly, but shy; or he feels very protective of the adults in his family, but is hesitant to reveal to them how much he has been training (you know, since they want him to focus on his schoolwork.)
Or, he’s a megalomaniacal future king of the elephants. Who among us can ever truly understand their ways?
It’s also possible that the fox was just stumbling around blindly and happened to come across some helpful beings with opposable thumbs, but I prefer to think of this as a parable that portends an era of peace between the human and vulpine worlds.