Tree-kangaroo and words words words

I’ve been reluctant to post because to continue, I have to expand the subject of the blog. Looking for species that are both ugly and/or adorable, I keep on finding species that are either one, the other, or neither, that I find to be very interesting. I’ve become interested in why certain animals are well known in America, and not others (I would be interested in what animals are well known in other regions as well, but having spent most of my life in the United States, I’m not familiar with it). I’ve also become interested in why we see some species as cute or beautiful or ugly. Why is the giraffe, for example, considered beautiful? I would think its proportions would seem grotesque, and its odd face and blue tongue wouldn’t appeal to too many, but somehow it just seems so perfect. I guess I will be using this blog to try to [clumsily] explore a bit more than the ugly/adorable thing is what I am saying, basically!

It seems to me there is a wealth of wonderful marsupials that I’m not terribly familiar with. To me, tree-kangaroo seems like a world-class animal. The bodies of tree-kangaroos differ a bit from their cousins who live on land, to the extant that tree-kangaroos are actually clumsy on land, but it isn’t too difficult to see the relation.

Most species of tree-kangaroos only live in New Guinea, and at what may seem like an unimpressive 45 pounds, the largest species of tree-kangaroos represent the largest native mammals on the island.

The species pictured, the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo, is endangered, like several other species in the family. This, combined with their remote habitats, and arboreal nature (animals who live in trees often seem to be not as well understood, largely because they’re more difficult for us ground-loving humans to study) are probably why we don’t see them more often. But I like them.

Wikipedia page on tree-kangaroos.
Via Tim Williams’ Flickr photostream.

(I was going to do something relating to the Spore Creature Creator, as it was released as I was writing this, but when I downloaded it, I learned that my graphics card in combination with my operating system did not work. But if you create something uglorable, send it to me at kento [at] uglorable [dot] com . I want to keep this site about animals, and don’t want to clutter it too much with computer stuff because that’s not why most people come here, but I might add them to the collection of creatures I’ve got started at my new sideproject Hopefully a solution for my tragically outdated (10 months old!) hardware will be available soon, and I will be able to make some too!)

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#1 Nik on 06.17.08 at 9:46 am

Looking forward to the different style of posts.

#2 Layla42 on 06.17.08 at 1:26 pm

That’s a great idea. There are a lot of animals that can be called cute beyond the normal range of cats, dogs, rabbits and so on. Not ‘ugly’ but not something you’d probably see on a “Cute” calendar.

#3 Grace on 06.17.08 at 3:41 pm

Personally, I’m quite happy to read about interesting animals in general. I can’t believe how many new animals I’ve been introduced to just by reading this blog.

The uglorable thing is a great theme, but I think it will be a better blog if you let yourself expand a little. Keep up the good work!

#4 Grandma on 06.18.08 at 7:17 am

I too, like the idea of expanding my mind by reading about interesting animals. Adorable or ugly is in the eye of the beholder. I love this tree kangaroo, definitely adorable.

#5 Neo on 07.31.08 at 8:03 am

The tree kangaroo is actually poorly adapted to arboreal life, and often falls out of the tree. Still cute. Just clumsy.