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Oct 12, 2007

A Wise, wise, animule

[Crawling up thousands of feet of mountain]

You:
I've come all this way to hear your guidance, oh great bunneh-like mammal

Bunneh-ish Creature: "Remember this my son. There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't."

Wise_mang

Thank you, Charlotte S., for introducing us to this wise, wise "Viscacha" animule.

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OMG LOLOLOLOL
That is the single funniest caption and scroll-over EVER!!!!

jess e.
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:16 AM

*bows down*

Oh great and wise animule, what iz zee meaninks of life? Is it soley to snorgle the most adorableness of small animules? Perhaps to kronchez upon the most precious of earz... do tell, do tell!

Ann
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:19 AM

hahahaa oh Meg you're blowing me off with ur wit today.

Khadija
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:21 AM

Cute! I was sure it was some type of bunny, but it is in the rodent family. Still cute!

Brie
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:27 AM

TGIF!
The bun looks soooo wise.
Meg you kill me.

luvinmalssomuch
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:29 AM

Definitely a bun and not a chinchilla (sp?)?

curious
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:32 AM

is that a bunny or chinchilla???

jsn
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:33 AM

??? Scratching my head, he can't be a bun or can he?
Looks like one of the creatures out of the Star Wars Movie.
Oh Wise Meg what is thou?

luvinmalssomuch
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:35 AM

i just saw these little guys on a PBS show within the last few days but i could not find a really good "praying" picture of one to sub to CO.

Vizcachas are too cute!!

You sure he's not all "ohhmmm. ohhmmm. ohhm..."?

jen
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:35 AM

DUH! I need to learn how to read.
He's a 'Viscacha' as Meg has clearly stated.

One species of viscacha, the golden viscacha rat, has a particular taste for saltbush and a specialized adaptation for consuming it. This rodent is an extremely rare species, occurring over less than ten square miles of salt desert.

luvinmalssomuch
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:37 AM

He's a rodent, related to the chinchilla NOT a lagomorph (bunny). I love convergent evolution!!

Sharon Rose
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:37 AM

Oh wise bunny guru, I am the sun, you are the moon, I am the song, you are the tune, play me....

Ms. Pants
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:40 AM

Ok, the bunneh made me chuckle, but the mouseover made me lol!

Laura
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:41 AM

Can we start a new site for disapproving viscachas?

Animalphiles Annie
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:49 AM

Oh.

My.

Gawd.

[bowing] I am so not worthy oh wise master.

*gong*

P S. Have you noticed the length of those whiskers??? They are most impressive.

DKN
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:50 AM

Eeeee! He reminds me of a cheencheella! So cute! His fur looks unbelievably soft and snuggly. I want a few of those little guys to cuddle around my feet for slippers!

Laura
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:53 AM

OMG.
a kind of "rat".
amazing.
my edjamacation continues thanks to COL.

liz
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:56 AM

Is it just my, or are this guy's whiskers about a foot long?

I also suspect that in a different moment, the Great Wise Viscacha packs a powerful disapproving punch.

Redzilla
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 06:57 AM

Huh. My little sister used to say "animule" when she was younger.

Flashbacks.

OTTami
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:05 AM

His paunch is pretty impressive, too...

AuntieMame
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:06 AM

"Life-- is a fountain. Wait, life's *not* a fountain?"

Theresa
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:14 AM

Rotund rodent rallies Red Sox Nation?!

Theresa
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:16 AM

I want this V- to teach me de art of meditation. Perhaps if I focus all energies on his cuteness I will acheive fuzzana.

V1ctorya
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:16 AM

Oh wise bunny guru, I am the sun, you are the moon, I am the song, you are the tune, play me....

Posted by: Ms. Pants | Oct 12, 2007 at 06:40 AM


That did me IN. I'm done for the day.

Carrie
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:17 AM

I agree with the person who got bleen. I almost died from a combination of a heart attack and asphyxia due to the sudden LOL. Looking at this site first thing after waking up is hazardous to your health!

What a wonderful, majestic, wise old bun. I bet he'd make a great rack-warmer.

Space Cowgirl
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:18 AM

It's the altitude. Thin air in them Andes!

Theresa
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:22 AM

Is anybody else hoping they come out with a soft, squishy stuffed animal version of this to put against their headboards for emergency midnight snorgling?

Jessica
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:22 AM

What a co-inky-dink, I has a hairy pawnch, too! Maybe I'm related to this dude.

who?
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:24 AM

That tan "belt" is too much. Talk about a Buddha-belly.

Although now that I think about it, Buddha belly, elongated earlobes, serene expression,

this is clearly a dalai.

kar
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:27 AM

OMG very rare species?... They should be domesticated! I want one! And then it would ensure the survival of that fluffitude!

Karebear
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:29 AM

I am proud to be part of latter. Rock on, furry dude!

Dan Bledwich
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:32 AM

Carrie, thanks for the GREAT pics! The first one with the snuggling was too cute, but the second one really was phenom!

Shandrews
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:33 AM

Carrie, I just made a silly of myself at work... I was like "Ohhhh he's so cute...Look at the BEBEH!", with the first pic...

Then I went to the second and bust out laughing!! I'm sure the others in my office are wondering what I'm doing... But I aint' sharin'!!! This is MY SITE and they can't look at it!!!

(Nevermind that I'm constantly like "Look at this pic!!! Aren't the just the most anerable?!?" So I guess the secret's out anyway...)

StormCat
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:44 AM

Not only is this a totally adorable little creature, but you also quoted the greatest movie of all time, WHAT ABOUT BOB? This website effing rocks, and you are a genius.

Francesca Serritella
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:47 AM

Is THIS the R.O.U.S?
somehow I thought they'd be scarier looking.
(When I first looked I thought "Jabba the Bun", but he's not a Bun.)

charliewabba
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:51 AM

Seeker: Whut's it all about, Mr. Natural?

Mr. Natural: Don't mean sh*t.

snorgler
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:52 AM

"Quickly as you can, snatch the pebble from my hand." Viscacha Fu, The Legend Continues...

pyrit
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 07:56 AM

Meg, I sent you viscacha pictures months ago, and one of them looked JUST LIKE THIS ONE!
I was suprised back then that you wouldn't post them, because I think viscachas are awesome and they look totally chilled out most of the time.
Well, I just wanted to nag about it a little :)

Nyn
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:01 AM

aww! look at those whiskers! :)

Jackie
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:02 AM

Wisebun. Man who take girl up mountain is not on the level.

Hon Glad
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:14 AM

WOW! I am now enlightened. Whoda thunk enlightenment was about Neil Diamond?
Thanks, sender inner, and espeche thanks to Carrie for the anerable and HYSTERICAL follow up pix!

Yitzysmommie
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:18 AM




One species of viscacha, the golden viscacha rat, has a particular taste for saltbush and a specialized adaptation for consuming it. This rodent is an extremely rare species, occurring over less than ten square miles of salt desert. That gives it one of the most restricted habitats of any mammal. Viscachas make their homes in mounds largely formed through soil erosion and deposition. The mounds offer the rodents protection from the floodwaters that arise each summer, when monsoon-like rains and runoff water from the surrounding mountains inundate the parched salt flats. The viscacha, which is related to the chinchilla, has upper incisors and chisel-shaped lower incisors. But it's an extra pair of upper incisors that enables the viscacha to consume saltbush. These extra "teeth" are actually stiffened bristles of hair gathered into bundles. With three sets of incisors, the viscacha can easily strip the salt from the saltbush leaves, which it then eats. The viscacha rat also has kidneys that produce urine high in salt content, enabling it to excrete most of the salt it consumes in its diet.

kk3
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:23 AM

Soo much sweet snorgly chub on such a little bunchilla.

To the girl who said slippers, I'm with you!

sweetpea
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:24 AM

Did y'all pop on over to the linked Nature site?? Anyone else read about their (((shudder))) THREE sets of incisors (((shudder)))??? Sure, he looks all fluffy 'n snuggly on the outside...

HeidStar
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:25 AM

Oh hey, kk3 posted the toothy details just as I was making my post. (twilight zone music)

HeidStar
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:27 AM

I think he starred in a Miyazaki movie once.

jack ruttan
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:39 AM

That's probably one of the cutest rats ever. Looks like a nice, toasty bun(neh)!

chanpon
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:40 AM

OMG, this is going to be my new background (replacing the huge kitty feet from several months ago.) Plus, I just made all sorts of embarassing squeaky noises; I sounded like my boss's dog when he's whining to go out!

a different Laura
 |  Oct 12, 2007 at 08:43 AM

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