These zookeepers are taking the “cat vs. dog” debate to the next level.
Conservations and wildlife experts are posting hilarious appraisals of animal species in the style of online shopping reviews.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Pleasantly surprised. Thought I had ordered a Roomba, but this did an excellent job of cleaning up my ecosystem. Only downside is the projectile vomiting. Overall 5 stars, would drunkenly purchase again. #rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/5fDfHiaWNq— Katherine O'Reilly (@DrKatfish) March 9, 2018
The ongoing joke first kicked off when the Oregon Zoo tweeted a picture of an otter with the caption reading: “4/5 stars. Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me. #RateASpecies.”
Since then, dozens of wildlife specialists, aquariums, and zoo pages have joined in on the fray with amusing #RateASpecies reviews of their own.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ CAT/SNAKE HYBRID— Tyger (@TygerWDR) March 9, 2018
Extremely musky. 5/6 ends sharp and pointy. Handles like a furry noodle. But fantastic for taking care of unwanted prairie dogs along your property.#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/I7euo0S3GJ
The trend hasn’t been exclusive to wildlife specialists, either – other Twitter users wrote some pretty popular reviews as well.
⭐⭐⭐ NOT AS EXPECTED— CA AcademyOfSciences (@calacademy) March 9, 2018
Color not as shown (not even CLOSE!!!), supposed to be predator but just sits on heated rock all day and let turtles walk all over him (if ambush predators are so different you should tell people) also missing one toe???#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/5EAdkDN5D4
The #RateASpecies hashtag is quite similar to the #CuteOff competition that broke out amongst zoos on Twitter back in January 2017.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I WAS A DOUBTER— Woodland Park Zoo (@woodlandparkzoo) March 9, 2018
I was skeptical but this really works! You can't just put any kind of kangaroo in a tree. You need to make sure you get the right kind. Look for labels like "Matschie's" or "Goodfellow's" to know it's the real deal.
Parks and zoos across the nation had all been competing to see who had the cutest resident – and while the world’s smallest deer could have won the general election, the Seattle Aquarium rebuked them with a picture of their newborn otter.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A+ VINTAGE ROADSTER— Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) March 9, 2018
Despite few major design updates since the Ice Age, a worthy investment for current and future aficionados. Oxygen-processing and sustained land speed unparalleled. Extremely rare, though hopefully not for long.#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/Dqa0Gp7Q7m