Top Twitter Critters

2013-05-07 16:15

For the longest time, animals aimed to stay oblivious of the rising social media trend. They went about their daily business as usual, hiding in burrows, foraging, hunting and spending time with their fluffy family and friends. But then something, serendipitous happened that changed everything...

Enter the Banff Squirrel

Followers: 13 083

When he accidentally stepped into the frame of a self-timed photograph in Banff, Canada, this unsuspecting little critter shot to social media stardom. In no time, the bug had bitten and he started tweeting in his own capacity.

Armed with a smart phone, he's taken to tweeting about everything from weather conditions to the latest exciting happenings in the park and takes great pics of his own. Definitely worth a follow

Horniman the Walrus

Followers: 1 309 

Looking a little like a specimen featured on Terrible Taxidermy Tumblr, the famous over-stuffed and stretched walrus from South London's Horniman Museum and Gardens doesn't let his looks get in the way of confident tweeting.

His bio reads "Queen Victoria called me a fine specimen and she knew her onions" and his tweets cover everything from his latest travel plans (he's on tour at present you see) and what's happening at the museum to communicating with other walruses of the Twitterverse

The common squirrel

Followers: 105 053

Now, if you've just gotten used to the intelligence and wit with which the previous to critters tweet, you may want to avoid this little guy.

However, judging by the fact that he has more followers than all the other tweeting animals put together, it's probably safe to guess that he's... ahem... simple ways are much appreciated and enjoyed by the overstimulated masses.

Bronx Zoo's Cobra

Followers: 189 683

This 50-centimetre Egyptian Cobra rose to world fame in 2011 when she mysteriously escaped from her enclosure in New York's Bronx Zoo. After going missing for an entire week, she was finally found curled up and very hungry in a dark corner of the reptile house.

However, had the zoo staff just been active twitter users, they would have been able to follow the reptile's every move, as she started tweeting just a day or two after her escape. And wasn't even that subtle, posting updates like "If you want to find me, I right in front of Ray's Pizza" and "Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!"

JFK Turtles

Followers: 5 589

Back in June 2011, JFK airport in New York became more chaotic than it usually is, as 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac in search of beaches to lay their eggs. Built on the edge of Jamaica Bay and a federally protected park, the airport has sort of intruded on the turtles' breeding space and sees a measure of terrapin traffic every year.

Well, never ones to stay behind, these turtles decided that they would start tweeting their experiences. It all started on 29 June 2011, but sadly, underwater life, survival, raising babies and the great circle of life seems to be keeping them somewhat busy, as they now tweet only veeeeery intermittently.

Oisin, the Deer

Followers: 2 021

Oisin (pronounced 'o-sheen') is an extinct Giant Irish Deer and lives in the Market Hall Museum in Warwick. Well, what's left of him at least (it's his skeleton, okay). Juggling his busy schedule of receiving visitors and hanging out with other displays, he tweets about all the latest happenings at the museum and also seems to have a penchant for fossil photographs, natural science factoids and bantering with other twitter critters.

Spotticus, the giraffe

Followers: 1 315

Tweeting form the Natural History Museum in London, Spotticus' timeline is stuffed (excuse the pun) with fun facts, dry humour and all sorts of extraordinary observations about what's going on around him. He seems to have a good relationship with Oisin, often sharing interesting articles with his antelope friend. 

Ralph, the Otter

Followers: 616

Ralph is an Asian Short-Clawed otter and the spokes animal for Blue Reef Aquarium in New Quay, UK. From a quick squiz at Ralph's timeline it's clear that he loves visitors and encourages interaction by retweeting their updates about the aquarium. Apart from keeping the world posted about the latest events around his neighbourhood, he also cracks the odd little joke. 

Mr. T. Rex from Saint Louis Science Center

Followers: 3 861

Heading up the Twitter account for Saint Louis Science Center in the US, T. Rex is most certainly passionate about all things science-related and seems to have a special soft spot for Star Wars. While most of the other twitter critters are rather sweet and fluffy in their approach, T.Rex's gruff and wry voice is both endearing and humorous.

National History Whale

Followers: 15 625

The whale on the ceiling of the Natural History Museum in New York comes across as being a little bit emotional, but hey, sometimes it's cool to follow creatures that are in touch with their feelings, right?

Know of any good critter twitters to follow? Tell us in the comments below! Or tweet us about them at @News24Travel

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