Friday, April 11, 2008

Commercial break

Speaking of charismatic megafauna, which I think I did very briefly, the World Wildlife Fund is well known for the panda logo, but they are not afraid to utilize other animals to further their goals. As a special offer for Mother's day this year, if you donate $50 to the WWF you can get both a blue footed booby AND a red footed booby. Now that's a good deal. Tell me your mom wouldn't appreciate this gift.

Male blue-footed boobies take great pride in their feet displaying them to prospective mates during their mating dance. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate. There are some videos on YouTube but this one from Getty Images is the best one I've seen.

If you want something cuddlier they are doing a similar two for one deal on sea otters (and pandas, lemurs, macaws and gorillas).

We now return to your regularly scheduled blogging.

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