Jim Fallows at The Atlantic got to play with pandas, and in response Minipundit throws down the bird card — he recognizes the utter cuteness of the bear population, but says birds are also adorable. A similar divide has been going on in my house for the past couple of weeks — my sister claims that birds are Teh Height of Cute, forcing me to take pictures of random fowl in Carthage so that she can run them through her favorite website, WhatBird.com (seriously, this is what she does for fun; she was highly disappointed to learn that it’s only for North American birds). I, on the other hand, go for the mammals, and I think bears totally beat birds when it comes to the cute factor. As evidence, I present, Knut, “kleiner eisbar aus dem zoo” (does it get any cuter than that?):
I will concede, however, that puffins are really effing cute. They’re no kleiner eisbar, but I really want to pet one.
What do you all think? Birds or bears?