So, here are the rules: To answer, follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:
Hey @PopSci, is the #mysteryanimal a baboon?
And then I might say “if you think that’s a baboon, perhaps you are the baboon!” But probably not, because this is a positive environment and all guesses are welcome and also this is not a very common animal so guess whatever you want!
The first person to get it right wins! We’ll retweet the answer from @PopSci, and also update this post so your amazing animal knowledge will be permanently etched onto the internet. Show your kids! Your dumb kids who thought that was a baboon!
**Update: **Congrats to @bohemianone, who correctly guessed that this is a collared aracari! The collared aracari is a bird in the toucan family–well, technically it is a toucan, though that’s like saying a tiger technically is a cat–native to Central America and bits of North and South America, most commonly seen in the jungles of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama. It’s a medium-sized bird, about a foot and a half long. Like the other toucans, its bill is feather-light, as it’s actually hollow inside, which enables it to actually fly rather than drooping its face downwards comically. It mostly eats fleshy fruits in the forest canopy, though it’ll supplement that with seeds and nuts and even small animals (lizards, for example). It’s very common and not in any immediate trouble, though it is commonly taken from the forest for the exotic pet trade. Hi collared aracari!