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#276 – Arizona Vacation, Part Six

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Ah, the Phoenix Zoo. It’s a very nice place, filled with lions that ignore visitors, warthogs that suck up their lunch like vacuums, and tiny monkeys that poop all over the place. Oh, and otters! My favorite animal ever! There were two out that day, a mommy and her daughter who was being taught how to dive into the water properly. How fun! Maybe even the c-word! Here’s the only picture I was able to take of the speedy devils:

So, go ahead and name an animal. I’ll tell you why an otter is one hundred times better…


Written by Paul

January 30, 2008 at 9:42 am

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  1. I heart your otters, but I am still down with the ever elusive Fennec Foxes. Go ahead, look em up. You’ll want to cry – they are SO STINKING CUTE!!

    cute cute cute cute cute cute cute…


    January 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

  2. An otter is one hundred times better than a fennec fox because they live in groups called romps. You hear that? ROMPS.


    January 30, 2008 at 10:40 am

  3. These otters are super cute and i’m with you they are awesome. But nothing is more awesome than a giraffe. Go ahead, try to one up my giraffes!


    January 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

  4. Oh yeah, and I like this cartoon – lots!


    January 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

  5. Otters like to slide down snowy slopes for pure enjoyment. Giraffes, er, do not. 😛


    January 30, 2008 at 11:15 am

  6. Jamie Baldwin, known on LJ as passive-mission, is putting up a damn good fight for her favorite animal, the narwhal:


    January 30, 2008 at 11:20 am

  7. Sloths! They have perpetual smile and they have a whole ecosystem living in their fur…although otters are great. They can have a banquet on their tummy (sorta like me when I’m reading a book).


    January 30, 2008 at 12:04 pm

  8. Penguins are good & not beccause of that movie “Happy Feet”. They can both swim like a fish & fly like a bird, which uh they are birds anyway so the last part is not all that amazing. Also if you’ve ever seen them live at the zoo, as opposed to dead at the zoo, they don’t really pay attention to the visitors- I like snotty animals.

    Tyrone (again)

    January 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

  9. Yeah, that’s cool but read this about giraffes!

    Giraffes are difficult and dangerous prey though, and when attacked the giraffe defends itself by kicking with great force. A single well-placed kick from an adult giraffe can shatter a lion’s skull or break its spine. Lions are the only predators which pose a serious threat to an adult giraffe.

    The giraffe has one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal, which is between 10 minutes and two hours in a 24-hour period, averaging only 1.9 hours per day.

    And this…!
    Giraffes are thought to be mute; however, although generally quiet, they have been heard to make various sounds. Females will call their young by whistling or bellowing. Calves will bleat, moo, or make mewing sounds. Recent research has shown evidence that the animal communicates at an infrasound level. INFRASOUND LEVEL!!!



    January 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

  10. PAMALAMADINGDONG: Sea otters are better than sloths because they are the smallest marine mammal in the world. Take that, you slow-smiling weirdos!

    Tyrone: Otters are better than penguins because they have the thickest fur of any marine mammal, averaging 850,000 to 1,000,000 hairs per square inch! Never saw “Happy Feet,” but it looks like fun!

    Kelly: Otters are better than giraffes because they both bark and snort. Hee hee…


    January 30, 2008 at 1:00 pm

  11. Yes Paul, but can an otter shatter a lion’s skull with a well placed kick?! Can an otter communicated with INFRASOUND? (I don’t even know what that is, but it sounds awesome).


    January 30, 2008 at 1:32 pm

  12. I can’t believe no one mentioned Meerkats.


    January 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm

  13. or Lemurs…


    January 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm

  14. Or poodles.

    Oh, wait. Nevermind.


    January 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm

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