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Friday, May 4, 2012


Yesterday's duckling shares his little pond with this pair of Painted Turtles. Looking at yesterday's duckling and today's turtles raises the old question of the nature of beauty or, perhaps in this case, the nature of cuteness. Why is the duckling cute and the turtles are decidedly not cute? These are all just animals looking like they are supposed to look after all but why is the duckling so appealing in comparison with the turtles? It's not just age - baby turtles are only slightly cuter than adults. But I suspect that age has a lot to do with it in many cases. Who can resist a kitten? Or a puppy? But the question remains as to why a kitten or puppy is so attractive and a young centipede is not.


SRQ said...

It's all about the fluffy fur/fuzz. Lots of fluffy fuzz = cute.

Stefan Jansson said...

I kinda think that they are a bit cute.

Mike Laplante said...

There's a theory that it's about eyes. We are genetically wired to look fondly on anything young with large eyes because it reminds us of infants.
I personally find the turtles cute. I also think slugs are cute (I featured them a few times in my blog but I don't think I've convinced people...)

Dean Lewis said...

Interesting subject.
I think we have an inherent interest in different levels of "sentience", with other mammals coming closest to us.

JoJo said...

Cartoon turtles & stuffed toys are always cute. SRQ & Mike are right about the fluffiness & adorable big eyes of puppies and kitties. And bunnies.