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02 December 2007 @ 11:44 pm
And now for something mostly different...  
I should be in bed, but I didn't get up untill 5 so I should be ok for tomorrow. Besides, I have important news for you....
Anteaters are truly awesome. While screwing around the other day I found the Flicker page for TamanduaGirl. She's got a pair of anteaters (Tamanduas) as pets. I didn't know anteaters had this much personality, I just new they looked neat. Now again I'm a bit bummed that I'm probably going to UC Davis which has a lame mascot (a horse) instead of UC Irvine which has an anteater for a mascot. But for my major it's mostly going to be either Davis or Cal Poly which also has a lame horse for a mascot. Why don't more colleges understand the importance of having a cool mascot instead of something lame like a horse or bear? Anteaters, geoducks and banana slugs are much better choices.

Anteater with Easy Cheese

Anteater in dryer

Isn't that so much cooler than a horse?
(Anonymous) on December 5th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
When I started the Davis mascot was a cow, but then they wanted to "improve their public image" and hired someone to come up with the horse logo. The original mascot was a guy with a pitchfork so it's improved somewhat. Her anteaters still look pretty young. They get to be 3-4 feet plus tail and snout. They are one of my favorite critters, though.

doktor_weaseldoktor_weasel on December 5th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: mascots
It does sound like they are moving up, just very slowly. The horse is better than Guy With Pitchfork. But why not do something cool like a llama, octopus (like the Wunderpus photogenicus), echidna or even the noble weasel?

I think her anteaters are both relatively young, but they're not going to be as big as the ones your thinking of. The big ones you're talking about would be the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), while hers are Tamanduas (not sure if they're Northern or Southern Tamanduas) and tend to be much smaller, 21-35 inches from what I can find. I also don't think the Giant Anteaters are climbers like the tamanduas. No clue on whether they like cheese, something that must be discovered (all in the name of SCIENCE! of course).