Friday, June 09, 2006

Ugly Babies?

Today I found myself pondering one of God's mysteries, ugly babies. No, I'm not talking about human babies (you know the whole "only a face a mother could love" type of thing), but ones found in the animal kingdom. Most baby animals are absolutely adorable. For instance puppies (with the exception of chihuahuas and poodles) and kittens (with the exception of the hairless variety). An animal I found myself marveling at is the baby bird. It is one of the few animals that actually becomes more attractive as it gets older. As a baby it is a disgusting, hairless, weird throated, creature. This got me thinking about what makes us think an animal is cute or ugly. The answer...fuzziness. Look at a baby chick, how cute they are with all that yellow fuzz. Puppies and kittens are the same way. Now when the fuzz turns into hair they become less attractive. That's why we usually like puppies better than dogs. If you can think of other disgustingly ugly babies let me know.

4 Supposings:

Anonymous Kaylie supposed...

That Bird is SICK! I about threw up! Also you need to up-date the "where in the world is micah" picture...

11:02 PM  
Blogger Barb supposed...

What kind of bird is that?! I don't think most baby birds are that ugly...are they?? And where did that particular topic come? From what string of related (or unrelated) thoughts did it "evolve" (or should I say "devolve??")? :) Rather than answer your question (I can't say I've had much experience with ugly babies of any kind...), I'd like to suggest you practice your "trains of thought" a little more, since you admit you are new at thinking. --Don't work too hard, though, because once again, this was lots of fun.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Ben supposed...

Micah,
I loved your thinking story on the blog. About baby birds; baby birds can be divided into two categories, altricial and precocial. You might notice the similarity between precocial and precocious. Altricial chicks are the naked, ugly, helpless chicks, like baby robins. Precocial chicks are the really cute, self-reliant baby birds, like chicks and ducklings. Precocial chicks can walk and eat soon after they hatch. Altricial chicks need a parent to feed them. Incidentally, altrcial (ugly) chicks are considered more advanced by scientists. (Maybe because human babies take so long to develop, compared to the rest of the animal kingdom.) Birds that usually live on the ground have precocial chicks because the nest is not a safe place and they need to be able to run right away.

9:21 AM  
Blogger miss.miranda. supposed...

You guys are mean! That little bird is adorable! All happy and cute and y'all are making fun of him =( I wish I could throw shoes over the internet.

2:03 AM  

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