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"Bless it's ugly little heart!"

I'm in my cubicle, minding my own lightly obsessive business, and someone wanders in to ask me to do a quick product order for them. One of my fifty odd jobs is to call product in from the warehouse. So I'm typing, and from over my shoulder, she says "Oh...what a cute baby!"

My first thought--"Baby?!? What went wrong?" I don't have any pictures of humans up in my cubicle, and certainly no pictures of infants. Something would have to go fundamentally wrong with the laws of nature, or maybe my sister might suddenly come over all maternal. Either way...oh. She's referring to the 1895 magazine picture Maus gave me of a baby hyena.

"Bless its ugly little heart," she says. "Most babies are cute, but they've got ugly babies, and they grow up to be ugly adults."

So I shipped her order to the gas station next door.

(no, I didn't, but I thought really hard about it...)

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stripey_d
Feb. 16th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
Oh well... Hans Kruuk and Jane Goodall tried to educate the ignorant masses, anyways. :] *patpats*
spottylogic
Feb. 16th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
Nobody can *find* those books! They're only on e-bay...(well, I don't know about Goodall, I can't find her in most stores but she may be on Amazon...) Kruuk only educated people that want to be educated on hyenas, and that's preaching to the choir, if the choir really liked subsaharan carnivores.
stripey_d
Feb. 16th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, Innocent Killers is hard to find. Which is a shame, because it's one of the most interesting books on African carnivore behavior. It almost reads like a reality TV script. :]
spotweld
Feb. 16th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
The Goodall book is listed under her married name and with her husband. Hugo and Jane VanLawick. And you're right it is on eBay.
laughinghyena
Feb. 16th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
I managed to get ‘Innocent Killers’ from my Channel Islands High School Library years ago. In fact, when I saw it on the self of books they were going to throw away/give away for free, I made sure to make them hold the book just for me.
There was at least one year, where I checked the book out so much and had a habit of turning it in late: That they didn’t let me check the book out for the rest of the year…

Yep, it’s on Amazon all right.

However, I think the book is in desperate need of being reprinted.

Also, I find human babies to be the ugliest things that Mother Nature has ever reproduced. However, when I state my distaste by curling my lips (a stim, I think) or moving away from one of the god damned awful things, people think I’m some sort of bad person. Just because I don’t find snot-nosed drooling fat babies, ‘Cuuuuuuuuuutttttttttteeeee’.
I would never hurt anyone’s child, I just don’t want it near me.

This reaction I have to babies seems to be instinctive for some reason and I don‘t know why I react that way.
I’m fine if the kid’s a bit more grown up and can talk.

Back on Hyenas, there's also a really good children's book that my older sister told my mom about. So she got it for me, it's called 'Pinduli' by Janell Cannon.
It's still in print and should be a good book to get kids into hyenas.
stripey_d
Feb. 16th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about babies. They're just... eww. Not cute.

And, I still want a copy of Pinduli. :D It's too bad they didn't do a Stellaluna deal where you get a plushie+book, because I'd killll for a striped hyena plushie.
flippantmoniker
Feb. 16th, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
*No love for 'yenas*
Awe . I love 'yenas.
eris_star
Feb. 16th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
"Ugly baby" photo
Now I really want to see that picture.
edthehyena
Feb. 16th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hyenas play well with others, and I think we should intersperse ugly baby hyenas with the so pretty human children, and then make sure the adults of both species are there to pick their babies up later. Maybe they'll swap beauty tips and bone marrow.
spottylogic
Feb. 17th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
This reminds me of Alan Dean Foster's "Nor Crystal Tears," but those were giant bugs, not hyenas.
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