Awesome Mystery Animal of the Week: “Beelzebub’s pup”

Awesome Mystery Animal Facts:

1. This little guy stores fat in his tail, and the sign of a healthy one is a big tail.

I don’t think you’re ready to bump this jelly

2. Jaws can open wide enough to create enough force to bite through thick metal wire (or bone and skin, in natural environments)

I’m just imagining the Kids in the Hall skit with the guy who crushes heads: “I crush you!”

3. Eat 15% of their body weight in a day, but can eat up to 40% in 30 minutes

Man, all this eating is making me sleepy.

4. Originally believed to be a kind of opossum, but the closest phylogenetic relation is to this guy:

5. Linus Torvalds temporarily replaced “Tux,” the typical mascot (pictured below), with a form of this animal, in support of a campaign to save their species.

Pengwing! For some reason, the only image I could link to was Italian Tux! But you get the idea.

There are your clues! Who is the mystery animal of the week? Post your answer in the comments below!

Feel Good Article of The Day: Animal Friendships

Complete with ADORABLE pictures of interspecies relationships like this:

(I mean, not actually this picture, but pictures like it. The actual images in the story are copyrighted.)

As with any article that tries to use “human” terms for animal interactions, there are cries of anthropomorphism:

Yet until recently, any suggestion that interspecies relationships might be based simply on companionship would probably have been met with derision, dismissed as Pixar-like anthropomorphism. That has changed as research has gradually eroded some boundaries between homo sapiens and other animals. Other species, it turns out, share abilities once considered exclusive to humans, including some emotions, tool use, counting, certain aspects of language and even a moral sense.

And a fair part of the article is dedicated to questioning the accuracy of the interspecies relationships we call “friendships.” But you can just skip all that and watch the adorable videos and read the adorable stories.