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What do you consider to be the most beautiful animal in the world in form and function?

Thanks in advance for satisfying my idle curiosity,
whoopica
both curious and idle
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What do you consider to be the most beautiful animal in the world in form and function?

I find myself torn between the gazelle and the tiger. And yes, I am aware of the irony that one is prey and the other is predator.

Nancy
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Um....no comment.

MOI
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Channing Tatum?

If I had to pick just one, a Panther, but it would be hard to pick just one among the big cats.

Others that would make a top 5 list - Hummingbirds, Dolphins, Owls.
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Form: the peacock.

Form and function: Snow leopard

GSF
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Thanks for all the replies and keep em coming if there are more!

I rotate through all the big cats in terms of absolute favourite. At the moment top of my list is a particular tiger that those of you who are friends with Whoopica Fool on facebook can see as she is my profile pic. Her name was Brytne and she was a phenomenally beautiful Sumatran tiger that we lost suddenly and tragically last year. She was long and lean and a really great mother to her two litters of cubs. She had an almost regal quality even at rest.

She also had an extremely honed hunting instinct. I once saw her suddenly leap 20 feet straight up in the air when a peacock landed on the roof of her yard. That one got away due to the wire mesh that fully encloses the yard. Peacocks that landed on trees in the larger exhibit did not fair so well. She was lightning fast and her mate Rengat would have to sit patiently by hoping for a few scraps when she was finished.

Since this question occurred to me a few days ago I felt the need to conduct an impromptu survey. When I ask people IRL the big cats are very well-represented. Beauty, however, is in the eye of the beholder and so far I have also gotten dolphin, orca, polar bear and zebra as well.

whoopica
cat lover
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OCD: fare so well

whoopica
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Beauty, however, is in the eye of the beholder and so far I have also gotten dolphin, orca, polar bear and zebra as well.

<Ahem.>

No comment.

MOI
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Elephants. They are so huge and so graceful, with a deep familial bond and an empathy humans would do well to emulate.

Minxie
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What do you consider to be the most beautiful animal in the world in form and function?



Pigs.

They convert vegetables to bacon.
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The human female.

There is nothing more gentle, more productive, more loving, more seductive, more protective, more nurturing or more beautiful on god's green earth.

klash,
one of this group
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The human female.

There is nothing more gentle



You lost me right there.
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The human female.

There is nothing more gentle, more productive, more loving, more seductive, more protective, more nurturing or more beautiful on god's green earth.


"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." Quoted without comment from "The Mourning Bride" (1697) by William Congreve.

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And now all I can think is "Benedict Cumberbatch." :-)

I'll take two, please, to go. :-)


--Booa (and her filthy, filthy mind)
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A few other answers/perspectives from pinning folks down IRL:
Fossa when hunting
Horses and zebras
one's own infant

Batch reply to Fools

MazieNH & Booa: Let's form an orderly line shall we!!
GSF; thanks for separating out the peacock in that way.
Minxie; elephants are a HUGE favourite of mine. The balletic movements of the trunk, their phenomenal creativity & intelligence, and at least with african elephants (the only type with whom I've had a chance to be up close and personal) their eyes are all so incredibly beautiful.
MOI; my comment is an introduction to Doctor, Tardis, Davros and Dalek.
http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2013/04/chester-zoos-pengui...

Thanks a bunch for all the interesting answers!
whoopica
fascinated by all the differing perspectives
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MOI; my comment is an introduction to Doctor, Tardis, Davros and Dalek.
Thank you so much! Stole.

MOI
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