Day 120: Alpha the Betta

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fun fact: Bettas are also known as Siamese fighting fish - the people of Siam (now Thailand) collected them for fights. These matches were popular in the 19th century.

Day 119: Pongo the Orangutan

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fun fact: Orangutans build elaborate nests which have pillows, blankets, bunk beds and roofs.

Day 118: The Story About One Weird Walrus

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The other day I read to my brother a really cool story about a little walrus who didn't want to cut his nails. He would leave them long and everyone would make fun of him in school. After he finished school, he couldn't get a job anywhere because no one would employ a walrus with long nails. I was afraid that the moral of the story will be that you have to obey social rules if you want to succeed in life...

But fear not! The walrus was indeed very sad that the society wouldn't accept him. He decided to embark on a travel to heal his wounded soul. One day he encountered a small orchestra and approached to listen to the beautiful music. Coincidentally, they were just looking for a new contrabass player and the walrus had perfect nails for this position! He discovered a new passion and a group of animals who accepted him as he was. He finally felt loved and happy! So what is the real moral of the story? :)

I love stories which are entertaining for children, but also meaningful to adults. It's OK to be a little weird and you can always find like-minded creatures. It would be much easier for the walrus if he had internet, so I really admired him for not giving up. Go walrus! :)

Do you have a favorite animal story? 

My childhood favorite is one about a fox and a moon forest, but I can't find it anywhere! I'd love to read it again. The author of the walrus story is Peter Svetina.

Day 117: Polly the Pony

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fun fact: Domesticated ponies of all breeds originally developed mainly from the need for a working animal that could fulfill specific local draft and transportation needs while surviving in harsh environments.

Day 116: The Spider Monkey

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fun fact: When spider monkeys feel threatened, they like to defecate and urinate toward the intruder. 
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