So, what is it? What is YOUR favorite animal? Is it something obscure like a lesser long-nosed bat? Or something a little more Middle America like that baby penguin from Happy Feet?

Here’s an idea of the kind of answer we’re looking for (and yes, video comments are highly encouraged):


  1. #1 Adam
    November 28, 2007

    I like the Ai (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_%28animal%29) but only because it is such a useful Scrabble word.

  2. #2 Meirav
    November 28, 2007

    My #1 animal is the cookiecutter shark or cigar shark.

  3. #3 Meg
    November 28, 2007

    I loooove saiga antelope. 😀

  4. #4 HP
    November 28, 2007

    It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d like to vote for the jaguarundi in the category “talent deserving wider recognition.”

  5. #5 Jonathan
    November 28, 2007

    The Killer Whale is by far my favorite. No natural predators as an adult and gets to eat fresh fish all day. Sounds like a good deal.

  6. #6 J-Dog
    November 28, 2007


    They are fun and they make great pets – you can take them for walks, or go swimming with them.

  7. #7 Bovi
    November 28, 2007

    Nyala antelope! I will concede that saiga antelope are incredibly awesome as well. In fact, put me down for all bovids, there are too many cool ones in the group to choose.

  8. #8 Christopher Taylor
    November 28, 2007

    Embioptera. There ain’t nothing cuter.

  9. #9 Gerry L
    November 28, 2007

    Chimpanzees. Primates in general, but especially chimps. I spend most of my vacation time traveling to volunteer at ape sanctuaries and attend chimp conferences. Some people might call it an obsession.

  10. #10 milkshake
    November 28, 2007

    Definitely Olgoi Khorkhoi, the legless apparition from the Gobi desert. Mongols call it “the death worm” and they claim this lage animal can kill at the distance. Nobody is said to have survive an up-close look at the creature (but if you are brave I can offer a pic):


  11. #11 Will Goring
    November 29, 2007

    Stomatopods, every time; the most advanced targeting system in the animal kingdom, and a punch (literally) like a bullet.

  12. #12 Anne-Marie Hodge
    November 29, 2007

    For me it’s the Sir David’s long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi), but the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is a close second!

  13. #13 Myles
    November 30, 2007

    I’ll go with puffins for now, but I’d have a hard time turning down llamas if they tried to buy my vote. Same with hedgehogs. Or any of a half-dozen pretty insect species. Or…

  14. #14 eugen
    November 30, 2007

    Has to be the Olgoi Khorkhoi.

    Creationist proof that there must be a god.

    Pure genius.

  15. #15 Jenbug
    November 30, 2007

    Sloths. All sizes, all shapes. Just watching them relaxes me and before long I need a nap.

    Also, Hyena. Because they’re just NEAT, with the bone-crushing and the super-protein milk and the matriarchies.

  16. #16 Dior
    December 1, 2007

    The Alligator! Crikey he’s been around for millions of years, is the best evidence that a meteor did not kill the dinosaurs(else why would he be here?) and is the perfect organism for hunting, and is the perfect mother to her brood.

  17. #17 Tyler
    December 7, 2007

    All tapirs!

    The fuzzy wuzzy Wooly Tapir, the panda bear Malayan Tapir, the sleek Baird’s Tapir and my personal fav of the fav: the proud Brazilian Tapir.

  18. #18 sally
    January 9, 2008

    My animal is the shark.

  19. #19 Guncel Blog
    January 7, 2010

    They are fun and they make great pets – you can take them for walks, or go swimming with them.

  20. #20 oyunlar
    January 8, 2010

    extremely wary of humans and are very difficult to photograph or film,” said Dr. Roger Fotso, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cameroon Program. “Eventually

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