Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Hypothetical Menagerie

My sister and her husband have started looking for adorable animals to incorporate into a hypothetical menagerie. 

Hypothetical collections, particularly with adorable animals who are not indigenous to the location of the menagerie, are generally an improvement over actual collections.

One breed up for consideration are the Valais Blacknose Sheep. Because hello!?! Not possible to find anything cuter. 

If Wikipedia is to be believed, they are a Swiss heritage breed with a recorded history starting in 1400 AD.  The rams weight 170 lbs to 280 lbs and can grow up to 3 feet tall. Both ewes and rams grow horns.

The population is down to a few thousand and it takes £55,000 ($85,000) to buy a starter flock of ten ewes and one ram.

Valais Blacknose sheep outside a pub

In my experience, big, fluffy Swiss animals don't much care for Arizona. However, there is a way the Walliser Schwarznasenschaf can participate in the pet collection. 

Fernyford in Derbyshire has lambs to adopt! Yes! For £28 ($45) you can adopt a fluffy Blacknose and receive an adoption certificate and a Christmas card from your lamb. 

First contribution to the hypothetical menagerie . . . done!

I want to make a suggestion for the Menagerie. Super cute, right? 

This potential menagerie pet has bunny ears and a bunny tail but it is super tiny . . . 

And it comes in vibrant, non-bunny colors. 

It's a sea slug (but an adorable sea slug) called Jorunna Parva and it lives in the ocean by Japan. 

The Japanese call it Goma-chan (Little Miss Sesame.)

No options to adopt one. It's just as well because they would be difficult to track them for the Christmas photos. 

The best option is to buy a big wall sticker ($49.99), a crochet sea bunny ($17.90) . . .   

And, if you prefer, you could try a plush DIY project.

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