Another photo post for y’all. It’s been hectic in my world and my brain is mostly mush.
I love how the foremost gosling has his/her tongue hanging out. If they wore trousers, it would be ill fitting tracky-dacks (tracksuit pants / sweat pants) and I do not doubt they would have their hands down the front. Why do young men do that?
A friend, with whom I was hanging out and squealing about lambs in the Lake District, commented that she thinks women who have reached child-bearing age become more susceptible to the cuteness of baby animals. I don’t quite agree with her. For myself, I am still ambivalent about whether I will have children (and I guess I might need to make that decision soon-ish). I have moved poles away from the position I took when I was eight, and held onto through my 20s, that I would never have children. However, I am much happier and more comfortable now to wallow in all things cute, when I was very reluctant to do so as a teenager. I got branded ‘cute’ a lot and it’s only the last few years that I’m prepared not to get offended if you call me cute. On occassion, I’ve even been known to be flattered by it. The change has to do with getting comfortable in my skin and my person, rather than impulses dictacted by biology. Although, I guess if it was biology being the boss, I would not necessarily know it.
Hippos are dangerous animals. A workmate keeps telling me this as if it will somehow lead me to adore them less. Hippos crack me up. I love that they are vegetarians and yet kill more people in Africa than lions. Okay, well, I don’t love that they have killed people but just the incongruity of the fact of their preferred diet contrasted with the threat they pose to visitors in their terrtory. They own the river.
Pygmy hippos, however, are endangered. They only survive now, in zoos. They wiggle their ears. It is the most adorably absurd thing on a creature so ungainly.
The baby pygmy hippo would disappear under the water and then emerge ever so slowly, eyes first, then ears which he would vigorously wiggle (presumably to shake the water out of them?). Sometimes he would duck back under the water when he saw all the people ogling him and sometimes he would emerge fully. My partner reports that I shoved some kids out of the way to get closer to the edge of the viewing platform. This is possible.