Who isn't fascinated with the animal kingdom? No one, that's who. From the adorable to the scary, the diversity of animal life on this planet is something to hold in awe. And on Friday the social media team at the Oregon Zoo thought it would be fun to start rating animals like they were reviewing products on Amazon.
It all started with this tweet about an otter:
According to the online publication Earther:
Shervin Hess, digital media lead at the zoo, explained that the tweet was inspired by Lincoln, an orphaned sea otter pup that recently took up residence at the zoo and with whom Hess has been spending a lot of time lately.
'He’s perfect. He’s like my little otter son,' Hess told Earther in an email. 'A few weeks ago I read an Amazon review for hiking boots and it was basically describing an him (waterproof, great for winter, only comes in brown). So the tweets just started writing themselves at that point.'
And once the inspiration bug had bitten, they couldn't help but post more.
There was this big-eyed beauty:
And this tiny little friend:
Hess soon asked his friend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to get in on the fun, and they were more than happy to oblige.
There was this majestic creature:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A TOUR DE FORCE— Monterey Bay Aquarium (@MontereyAq) March 9, 2018
Simply superlative. Disruptive design. Inspired mechanical engineering. Invented its own niche with seamless software/hardware integration. Absolute head-turner and conversation starter. Sorry, no headphone jack: the future is here. #rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/f6g2QINpgw
And this slithery gal:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍— Monterey Bay Aquarium (@MontereyAq) March 9, 2018
love that it fits any space. adjustable color to match your mood/location. extremely grippy base. ink included, but stylus sold separate if you need that go with the squid sizes. note: don't pair with another or they stop working #rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/70IxwYRp0Z
The #rateaspecies hashtag quickly went viral, and zoos and aquariums across the country wanted in.
Who wouldn't love this adorable leopard?
And this little fish who is mugging for the camera:
There was this bit of shared wisdom about felines:
And a creature right out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
⭐️⭐️ 2/5 stars only. The description stated it was a mammal. Upon arrival this echidna laid an egg. A baby hatched out, that I later found out is called a puggle. I swear if I wanted more Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts I would by another book!#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/DHrU3gZvzx— Rick Schwartz 🦒🦏🐢🦓🦅🦋🐅 (@ZooKeeperRick) March 9, 2018
How about this adorable guy mouth delivering a bouquet?
There was this evolutionary masterpiece:
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A+ VINTAGE ROADSTER— Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) March 9, 2018
Despite few major design updates since the Ice Age, a worthy investment for current and future aficionados. Oxygen-processing and sustained land speed unparalleled. Extremely rare, though hopefully not for long.#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/Dqa0Gp7Q7m
And this evolutionary lovable weirdo:
⭐️⭐️⭐️ PROS & CONS— Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) March 9, 2018
Dwarf model provides rapid clearing of foliage, weeds, and unwanted shrubbery in a compact design. Exceptionally adorable, but also will devour clothing and paper if left unattended. Occasionally hard-headed but fun to have around.#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/SCZIPCdcDA
Ah, Earth. what a glorious place.