A Christmas Biology Lesson

My mom gave me an adorable ornament for Christmas: a bunch of festive animals on a see-saw, and you can actually turn a little crank to make the see-saw go up and down.  It’s a 2013 Hallmark ornament called “Up for fun!”


Isn’t it cute?

You might, then, be surprised to know that my mom only bought it for me because she knew it would push my buttons.  They have heard me complain on this topic often, so this is like a family joke at this point.

See those two larger animals on the ends?

Polar bear: lives in the Arctic.

Penguin: only found in the Southern Hemisphere (the Galápagos penguin is the only one to potentially cross the Equator, and then not by much)

These two animals NEVER MEET in the wild, and it drives me crazy when holiday stuff has them hanging out next to each other like best buds.  My family thinks this is hilarious (to be fair, it is), so they point out this stuff to me regularly.

The poem text on the ornament box even says they are hanging out at the North Pole–there are no penguins in the Arctic, let alone the North Pole!  Unless Santa has some kind of illegal menagerie.  He clearly has reindeer, but at least they are native to the region.

And what are those other two animals on the see-saw?  The smallest one is clearly a mouse (ok? cute but slightly random); I honestly thought the larger one was a kangaroo until my mom suggested it was a rabbit.  There are definitely lagomorphs in the Arctic, but that far north they are always white! WHITE! To blend in with the snow!

Now I’m picturing Santa as having some kind of Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole, like a jolly Superman.  His zoo just has holiday animals instead of intergalactic creatures.  I guess we’ve all learned something today…


6 thoughts on “A Christmas Biology Lesson

    • Mei-Mei December 31, 2014 / 10:07 am

      Haha love it! This is starting to sound like an idea for a children’s Christmas movie 🙂

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  1. The Arcane Nibbler April 1, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Would love to hear your take on Disney’s Bambi and the wise old owl who fraternizes with the baby bunnies and skunks without being tempted to carry one off in its claws and pick apart its cuddly little flesh.

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    • Mei-Mei April 1, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Ha! Disney movies have many such problems. Unfortunately, I can’t get through Bambi without crying, so I’m not keen to revisit that one.


      • The Arcane Nibbler April 1, 2017 / 1:18 pm

        I’ve always felt that if you can buy the concept of a bunch of animals talking to each other in English, the rest of it shouldn’t be a problem. 🙂 Bambi is a tearjerker to be sure, but it’s such a beautiful and poetic movie I can’t help but go back to it again and again.

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