Jan 17, 2007

Evolutionarily Distinct

Both J. Carr and Alan sent in this article from the BBC. Though this baby slender loris isn't exactly ugly, you can certainly file it under 'wierd' - at least according to the Zoological Society of London.

They've begun a campaign to protect some of the most evolutionarily unique and endangered animals on the planet. Such animals include this slender loris, the pygmy hippo, and the bumblebee bat. Each of the species targeted have been identified as 'one-of-a-kind,' meaning, they are very distinct, evolution-wise. This uniqueness is being combined with their numbers in the wild (or lack thereof) to create a better plan to preserve them. I like the effort. I'm behind it. The world is full of kittens and puppies. We could use more bats and loris's and pygmy animals.

Photo courtesy: ZSL

7 comments:

Kelly said...

Okay Justin, that little critter is very cute, I think that you might be slipping. I can think of many uglier animals, a few bats come to mind

Chrissie said...

Ok,uh no, that's not cute. It looks evil...like it's plotting something.

bats said...

It looks like a Zen master (a very small Zen master, one that a grasshopper could take two falls out of three)...

Laughing Stone said...

The Zen master comparison is great. I love the pile of curled fingers and toes. What's up with the toes on the side? Looks like another hand, but upside down.

Swintah said...

It's clearly a very gnarly martial arts master who is readying itself to flip out and kill everything.

Why are we trying to preserve this?

bats said...

Kind of like "Waiting Loris, Shredded Thumb"?

Raging Wombat said...

I see the movie in the making, bats.