Earlier I wrote about the Alien Giraffe phenomenon in children's toys. (Giraffes have horns in real life, not antennae.) Since then, I've noticed another curious trend: animals with dog noses.
Dog noses look something like this:
For comparison, here's what a goat nose really looks like:
Not the same.
Here is a bull...
And here is a bull with a dog's nose and cleft lip:
Now, look to the left of the bull. See that monkey? Its nose looks pretty good, doesn't it?
Close enough. But now you know what's coming, don't you?
Monkeys with dog noses:
the link that should have stayed missing.
Perhaps I'm expecting too much of the children's toy manufacturers. After all, we've read about the exploits of Curious George for decades without ever quibbling that he's a chimpanzee and therefore a type of ape, not a "curious little monkey" after all. Perhaps childhood is not the time to debate zoological taxonomies, or even basic realities of what animals are and what they do; after all, this is a time when a lion and giraffe can be BFFs.
Nothing's quite as heartwarming as a cold, wet nose.