I'm Crackers for Animals

Quite frequently while I’m googling for photos to add to my blog posts, I will discover images that I may not being looking for at the time, but will suddenly give me an idea for a future post.

I know this may sound strange, but often times I get my blog post ideas from an image first, then write the post afterward.

An image will sometimes spark inspiration.

Last week while surfing the Internet, I stumbled upon some really amazing photographs of unusual-looking animals. I have no idea how or why these photographs showed up, because I was essentially googling for images that pertained to writing.

However, I guess fate took over and somehow lead me to someone who I feel has a very special gift with a camera; especially when it comes to taking photographs of animals.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time now, know that I have a soft spot in my heart for animals. I also have a soft spot in my heart for babies. Show me a picture of a cute little baby and I’m all goo-goo-ga-ga.

And show me a picture of a cute critter and I get all animal CRACKERS.

Today I would like to share the talent of photographer, IN CHERL KIM, who lives in Seoul, Korea.

I spent an hour looking through his photostream and had a very difficult time picking just eight.

Most of these were taken at the Everland Zoo in Korea.



A Fennec Fox

This was the first photo I discovered, which lead me to his Flickr photostream.

Isn’t this baby fox ADORABLE?? He looks like a gremlin. This photo makes me want to affectionately chew on those big fuzzy ears.


A Pig Tailed Monkey

Awww….look at those sweet little eyes.


A newborn Tiger

Notice the butterfly that landed on it‘s head. Isn’t nature astounding?



A Brazza Monkey

He looks like a wise old sage who is about to say something very enlightening, doesn’t he?


A White Peacock

OMG…isn’t this stunning? I’ve never seen a white peacock before.


Golden Monkey’s

Look at their faces - it’s as if they were actually painted. Serious-looking animals, aren’t they?


Chimpanzee and Orangutan Love

I bet this shot was taking on their wedding day and he’s saying to her, “Don’t worry my love, I promise to be gentle tonight.”


A tiny baby Marmoset

Have you ever seen anything so tiny and precious? I wish I had one of these when I was a kid for Show and Tell.





If you have some time this week, please stop by Flickr to see more amazing photos from this gifted photographer.



UPDATE:

I'm having MAJOR problems with comments right now. Some are being published and others are not. So, if you've commented in past two days and do not see your comment, I'm so sorry. This morning I published my comments held in moderation and none of them showed up. Oh well, I suppose they'll show up eventually. That is, whenever Blogger gets around to FIXING it. Thank you for your patience and understanding everyone...X

51 comments

  1. "I promise to be gentle tonight" Bwahaha...man, you're too much! My favorite is the Braza monkey. Reminds me of my 9th grade Physics 101 teacher, only with less facial hair.

    *10 minutes later* Darn it, now you've got me looking at her Flickr site. Good stuff!

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  2. Those are cool!!!

    I think the marmoset is my favorite. Too damned cute!

    I remember backpacking near the coast just north of San Francisco when my buddy and I were treated to nature at it's finest. We came around a corner and there were a deer and a small cat nose to nose. Neither of us had a camera though, Bummer!

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  3. Men who love animals are just the cutest... my dear hubby is the same. Any furry creature will get his utmost compassion-attention. In New York he went crazy over all the squirrels playing around in the parks!

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  4. I know this may sound strange, but often times I get my blog post ideas from an image first, then write the post afterward.

    man we are so related! i do the same thing.

    all of the photos were cute, except for the one with the butterfly. you should have seem my smile drop to the ground when i saw it. i do not like butterflies. yuck. :)

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  5. Oh oh oh!! Critters!!!!!
    :-)

    Ohmygosh the last wee one was just too cute. I'd be too afraid I'd squish him to touch--but how cute is HE!

    I'm a free critter enthusiast. I like that our backyard is a zoo. LOL Himself is convinced the neighbors think I'm mad for talking to them, but I guess there's worser things to be known for, eh?
    I could do with a monkey or two....or maybe a big ear fox who'd be nice to the ground squirrels.....

    I'll now haffta go see more pictures, yaknow.
    If I'm late to work I'm blamin' you!
    Just sayin'.....LOL

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  6. OHHHH RONNNNN!!

    You found your way into my heart-- via the CUTEST animals EVER!!!

    I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE animals... I'm going to send you some pics of my babies- chinny chin chincilly's!! I had four of them..> SOOO CUTE!

    I also volunteered at the Research pad behind the San Diego Zoo for about 6 months when I was at Univ. Next door to us were the pygmy marmosets- which were the size of your finger-- The smallest and cutest things I've EVER seen!!
    LOVE the aminals... and the crackers, too!!

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  7. Hiya Herman!

    Tee, hee!

    Honest, though....doesn't it look like that's what he's saying?

    "My favorite is the Braza monkey. Reminds me of my 9th grade Physics 101 teacher, only with less facial hair."

    Bwhahahahahaahhaahaha! Isn't the expression, priceless??

    Glad you enjoyed his Flickr site. Amazing stuff, hu?

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    Hope you and your family had a super weekend!

    X

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  8. This post made me all fuzzy and warm, and chiastic! I promise, I'm not swearing, Ron! "Chiasmus" is the word for an expression as used in the heading of your post, Crackers for Animals, Animal Crackers; or Mae West, "It's not the men in my life, but the life in my men." ;)

    Buona giornata, Ron! :))

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  9. Aw those are so cute. I love the baby tiger most I think . :)

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  10. OMG Those animals are precious! I just want to cuddle with all of them. Those are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

    btw...did you get your "package"? Hubby asked me to ask you....

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  11. That first one is just too cute for words! I'm also a sucker for cute baby animal pictures. Human babies, not so much. Mother Nature sure knew what she was doing when she made puppies, kittens and babies. You get 'em when they're all cute, cuddly and adorable, that's when then grab your heart and you're in love. So by the time they grow up, you gotta keep 'em, even if they turn out to be a hound from hell, a psycho kitty or a PITA kid!

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  12. Hey Ron, these photos are great. At first I thought it was going to be a long reminisce about animal crackers (which I loved as a child), but then I realized you were on a whole other tangent. The photographer is very talented indeed, but I don't think the butterfly actually landed on the tiger's head. Would be worth finding out. I'm taking a trip to flickr.

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  13. Hiya Jeff!

    Yes, isn't the marmoset so damn cute?? I want one! Or two! HA!

    "We came around a corner and there were a deer and a small cat nose to nose."

    Holy shit...I bet you did a double take and then a triple take! How AMAZING is that???

    OMG..I wish you had had a camera!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy!

    ALWAYS great too see you. Hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th of July!

    X

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  14. Bonjour Susu!

    Your husband sounds like such a sweet man. I bet you two make a fabulous couple!

    OMG...I can't believe you mentioned SQUIRRELS! They (along with cats) are my favorite little creatures. I too sit in the city parks here in Philly and watch the squirrels play. I love to feed them peanuts. Some of them will actually eat them right out of my hand!

    Thank you for stopping by today, Susu!

    You're such a delight!

    Hope you had a super day!

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  15. Hiya V!

    Yup! I know that YOU, being a photographer, can totally understand what I mean about being inspired by photos.

    And I know I've shared this with you before, but you're talent with a camera continually blows me away. I so look forward to reading your posts every single day!

    You're amazing, girl!

    You don't like butterflies? Oh, that's ok, we can't all like everything. I feel that way about certain insects, myself.

    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor!

    Hope you're enjoying a wonderful day!

    X

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  16. Hiya Mel!

    Oooo...Oooo...I knew you'd enjoy this post, my critter lovin' friend!

    "I'm a free critter enthusiast. I like that our backyard is a zoo."

    Oh me too! You have no idea how much I enjoy when you post photos of all those cute critters on your blog throughout the year. Your backyard always reminds me of The Wonderful World of Disney" HA!

    Isn't the marmoset adorable? Sooooooo tiny! Can you just imagine how light he must feel when you'd hold him? Like a feather!

    Always great seeing ya, dear lady!

    And thank you for adding your critter lovin' energy to this post!

    Hope you had a great day!

    X to you and the bug!

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  17. Bonjour Leesa!

    Soooooooooooo glad you enjoyed these photos! I had a feeling you would, being the FAB photographer that you are. And lover of animals!

    OMG...I can't wait to see the photos of the chinny chin chincilly's. I actually held one once and couldn't get over how light they were. And soooooooo soft. They have the cutest faces, don't they?

    You worked at the San Diego Zoo? How COOL! I cannot believe how small those little marmosets are. They look like a toy!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    Always so wonderful sharing with ya!

    Hope you enjoyed a great day!

    X

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  18. Helloooooooo Petra!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...oh, you kill me, dear lady! No, didn't think you were cursing, however I did wonder what "Chiasmus" meant!?!?

    NOW I know!!!!

    "It's not the men in my life, but the life in my men."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha!

    LOVED Mae West!

    Always such a HOOT seeing you, Petra!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

    X

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  19. Hi Akelamalu!

    So glad you enjoyed!

    Out of all the cats in the cat kingdom, tigers are my favorite.

    MEOW!

    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear!

    Hope you had a great day!

    X

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  20. Hiya Peg!

    Aren't they awesome-looking critters?

    OMG...yes, I got your package and sent you email immediately to thank last week. Didn't you get it?

    Please check your emails, ok? I saved the email, so I can resend it if you didn't get it.

    Thanks for stopping by, my dear friend!

    X

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  21. Hiya Nitebyrd!

    Yes, my dear friend, I do know how much you love amimals. That's because you've got a big and wonderful heart. You have no idea how much I love those animal photos you sometimes send me from that critter picture website.

    LOVE THEM!!!!!

    "So by the time they grow up, you gotta keep 'em, even if they turn out to be a hound from hell, a psycho kitty or a PITA kid!"

    HAHAHAHAHHAAAHA....you are SO right!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis!

    Always a wonderful moment seeing ya!

    Hope you had a great day!

    X

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  22. Hi CherylT!

    "At first I thought it was going to be a long reminisce about animal crackers."

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! No, I'm going to save that one for another post.

    I LOVE to eat animal crackers. Especially the original ones. So tasty!

    Yes, I do believe the butterfly did land on the tigers head.

    ALways so nice seeing you, Cheryl!

    Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday.

    Enjoy your evening!

    X

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  23. Ron, what's up, dude. Happy belated 4th!

    I love how you come up with post topics by using Google.

    I've often thought about taking a week and writing posts using the key words that some people (and SPAMers) use to find my site. LOL. But then again, I suspect I'd get tired of writing about whores interested in devient sex acts. LMAO.

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  24. Hello Constant Complainer!

    And a HAPPY belated 4th to you, bud!

    Hope you and your family had a super one!

    Bwhahahahahahahahhaha!!!

    OMG...you comment made me HOWL!!!!

    "But then again, I suspect I'd get tired of writing about whores interested in devient sex acts."

    Isn't it feakin' amazing how much SPAM blogs get?

    Hey, but listen, I kinda like the idea of using "key words" that people use to find my site. I never even thought of that!

    You may have something there.

    Thanks for stopping by, CC. Always a pleasure seeing you!

    Enjoy your evening!

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  25. the butterfly on the tiger!! wow!

    this was wonderful, thanks :)

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  26. They are all just darling! Such beautiful photos!
    That's it, that all I got. It's tooooo hot to think! I hope you are staying IN as much as possible.

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  27. Love the photo of the baby tiger with the butterfly. As you know, I'm so into photography these days and doing creative things with my photos. I am constantly taking pictures of the horses.
    Sorry I've been out of the loop for the last couple of weeks. I'm looking to get out of my posting slump and get consistent again.
    Try and stay cool this week!

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  28. Hello Lady Dianne!

    Isn't this photographer so talented?

    Yup...the butterfly on the tiger...WOW!!!!!

    So glad you enjoyed, dear lady!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    X to you and the gang!

    P.S. I'm sitting her at my computer desk in only my BVD's and I'm STILL schvitzing! OY...the heat!

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  29. Very Cool Pics Ron,

    Yes nature is very amazing, too bad blogger is having problems with the comments, heck I thought I had answered some on mine already and started to reply then my replies showed up, OK so it's not just me :^)

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  30. Good Evening Crystal Chick!

    Ain't these photos darling? I just wanna gobble these cute litter critters up!

    OMG...please, I TOTALLY hear you about the HEAT. I've spent the past three days indoors for almost every hour of the day.

    Thanks for dropping by, neighbor!

    Hope you and your family had a faaaabuous 4th of July!

    X

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  31. Hiya Jen!

    Yes, the tiger photo seems to be almost everyone's favorite too! Out of all the big cats in the world, tigers are truly my favorite. I just wanna hug them!

    Isn't photography fun? At the end of the summer, I would like to purchase a nice camera for myself and start taking photographs. It's something I've always wanted to try.

    Always so wonderful seeing you, Jen!

    Hope you had a great 4th of July!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  32. Howdy Jimmy!

    So glad you enjoyed the photos.

    I know that you know what I mean about nature being amazing. Seeing where you live, I know you appreciate and enjoy it.

    No, it's not just you. All weekend it's been happening on Blogger. I went over to their help forum and found MANY comments complaining about the same thing. I left two comments, myself. This has happened to me several times before.

    It usually takes a few days for them to fix stuff, but they will.

    Always so great seeing ya, my friend!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  33. These are amazing pictures! I'll have to check the rest out tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this awesome photographer with us.

    Honey, I've been thinking of you and this heat, too. I hear you guys are getting it even hotter than us. It's midnight now and it's still 86 degrees!

    I thought I was going to die when I left work at 5:30 today and BOTH elevators in the parking garage were out of order. It's bad enough that they're 500 degrees (cuz they're glass) when they DO work. Thank goodness the one at the other end was functioning but God help anyone that got in my way by the time I got to my car on the 8th floor. I was dripping and miserable!!

    Try to stay cool! :-)

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  34. well, i see lots of comments and will chance it...that little dinky marmoset is so darling, i would love him around my finger...these are fabulous pictures and i will go see more, i love to look at animal photos...the one of the tiger with a butterfly on his head tells me that sometimes, if we keep our eyes open, a miracle appears that we almost missed because we were doing something else....xoxoxo

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  35. Hey there Pardner,

    It must seem like I fell of the edge of the globe or something :)Its been awhile, I know. Thats what clearing out a home will do to you even if I love Ronnie's blog.

    Now, how could you have known(hehe) that I absolutly ADORED animal crackers? I used to play with the crackers and the box!! Well, I always loved animals and yours are the cutest :)

    I'll e mail you when I can. I hope that you survived the heat.
    Thinking of ya xoxoxo

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  36. Hellooooooooo Chrissy!

    Ain't these critters cute? Glad you enjoyed!

    OMG....the heat here has been worse than I have ever experienced since moving back east 9 years ago. All week it's suppose to be 100 degrees!! Nightime it probably only goes down into the high 80's, low 90's. I gotta tell ya, there is nothing more painful than summer city heat. You feel like you're in an oven. People are irritable and grumpy. And the smell - Pew!

    I can't wait for FALL!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl!

    Stay cool!!!!

    X to you and Bern!

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  37. Good Morning Dear Linda!

    Yes, thank god....my comments seem to be working again. I heard that many people were having issues the past couple of days. LOVE Blogger...don't YOU? HA!

    "the one of the tiger with a butterfly on his head tells me that sometimes, if we keep our eyes open, a miracle appears that we almost missed because we were doing something else."

    clap...clap...clap!!!

    I never even thought of that, but you're sooooo right! Brilliant observation, dear lady!

    As always, I so enjoy sharing comments with you.

    Hope your week has been great and that your painting your heart out!

    (((( Linda )))))

    xoxoxoxxoxo

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  38. Bonjour Barbara!

    It's sooooooooooooooo great to see you, my friend!

    Listen, no worries. I know that you and Didier have been VERY busy attending matters, so I totally understand.

    Me too. Animal crackers (especially the originals) are one of my favorite sweet snacks. The boxes are the BOMB, aren't they??? When I was a little kid, I use to collect then and put stuff in them.

    Thank you so much for stopping by, Barb!

    Sending you and Didier a great big cyber hug....

    (((( Barb + Didier )))))

    Enjoy the rest of your week.....X

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  39. Ron,

    Those photos are beyond amazing. Some of those animals I don't think I've ever seen before. Thank you for sharing and telling us about your animal cracker discovery! I shall check out that Flickr page.

    Here's hoping my comment makes it to you!

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  40. Hello Margaret!

    Yes...your comment DID go through!

    Yaaaaaaaaay!

    Today everything seems to be back to normal at Blogger. But let me tell ya, I am so over Blogger these days.

    So glad you enjoyed the photos. Me too...some of these animals I've never seen before.

    Thanks MUCHO much for stopping by, dear lady!

    Always such a delight!!!

    Enjoy your evening............X

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  41. Spectacular photos. This is a photographer that sees through his heart.
    My favorite is the baby fox, but in truth how can you pick a favorite?
    Thanks for the share.

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  42. forgot to mention that my favorite part of animal crackers was the little string to carry the box around. I remember it being red. Was it?

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  43. Gooood Morning Grandmother Crone~

    "This is a photographer that sees through his heart."

    Yes, dear lady. And I think that's why I was immediately drawn to his amazing photographs. Even his photos that are of people, landscape, etc. ALL seem to have that same quality.

    I think if I were to have to choose just one, the fox would be my favorite too.

    "forgot to mention that my favorite part of animal crackers was the little string to carry the box around. I remember it being red. Was it?"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Mine too! In fact, when I was a little kid I use to carry that box by the string and pretend I was carrying a purse - HA!!!

    If I'm not mistaken, I think the string is white. But, now that you mentioned it I'll have to check the next time I'm in the grocery store.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you had a wonderful time in Atlanta.

    Have a beautiful day......X

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  44. I agree with you my friend. There is nothing more real then looking in the eyes of an animal they have a knowing that seems to evade all of us. They know that they will be provided for and that love and trust is the way into ones heart. They have a special place in this planet and we should honor all animals.
    My uncle Ralph ~ now that is an animal. He sleeps anywhere he wants to and licks himself in the stangest place on his body. He has that fine Italian hair all over his 5 ft 3 in frame and has no problem with be being a regular guy. He is so regular he uses the my Aunt's carpet as a litter box every 6:30 am. I just love it when Ralph sits next next to Aunt Jenny and picks the flies and ticks off her and eats them. Now that is what I call a real animal.

    The Zookeeper checking out.

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  45. OMG...Dave....it's soooooooooo great seeing you, buddy!!!!!

    YAAAAAAAAAAAY!

    I just love reading your comments because you ALWAYS manage to say something so deep and enlightening, and then turn around and say something so freakin' hysterical!!!!

    True, my friend....

    "They know that they will be provided for and that love and trust is the way into ones heart. They have a special place in this planet and we should honor all animals."

    Amen!

    And then........

    "I just love it when Ralph sits next next to Aunt Jenny and picks the flies and ticks off her and eats them. Now that is what I call a real animal."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!

    You KILL me!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing the light and humor within you, my dear friend!

    You are so appreciated!

    Enjoy your evening, Zookeeper!

    X

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  46. Love the white peacock!

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  47. Hiya Suziecate!

    Isn't it amazing? I have never seen a WHITE one before?!?!?!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    X

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  48. HOLY AMAZING PHOTOS! I am in total AWE!

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  49. Hola Meleah!

    Isn't he an AMAZING photographer?

    Me too....I was/am in AWE!

    Always VUNDERBAR seeing you, my friend!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  50. These are fabulous! I am a vegan so any animal you show me I love and want to hug. Thanks!

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  51. Hello Finally Getting To Even!

    So glad you enjoyed!

    Aren't they PRECIOUS???

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