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"Sturdy built, totally winter-ready, and waterproof. Only comes in brown, but that's actually a plus for me." If that sounds to you like a a nice pair of boots, you'd be right. But if it also sounds like an adorable sea otter pup, you'd still be right — thanks to some hilariously creative animal experts writing "reviews" of our best non-human friends.
The trend really took off on Twitter thanks to Shervin Hess, the digital media lead at Oregon Zoo. Hess, who adores a sea otter baby at the zoo, was browsing on Amazon when he was struck by how one review reminded him so much of his "otter son."
"A few weeks ago, I read an Amazon review for hiking boots and it was basically describing him — waterproof, great for winter, only comes in brown," Hess said. "So the tweets just started writing themselves at that point."
It's no surprise that this "Amazon review" got so many stars — not to mention likes and retweets from the zoo's Twitter followers. Look at that little face!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FIRST IMPRESSIONS— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) March 9, 2018
Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me. #rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/IK99ODsTPT
Hess continued on with these clever joke reviews with other animals at the zoo, all with the hashtag #rateaspecies.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) March 9, 2018
Came with super cute case. Not the fastest but outlasts every comparable unit. Retractable accessories. Dropped into a pond and still works perfectly#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/Y3q3a0KOjo
Before long, the Oregon Zoo wasn't the only organization rating their adorable creatures. Other zoos, along with aquariums and popular scientists, started getting in on the fun, too. We have to say, it's one of the most wholesome — and cutest — social media trends we've seen in a long time.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ PRAYING THEY KEEP MAKING THESE— Monterey Bay Aquarium (@MontereyAq) March 9, 2018
As seen on @Oatmeal. Full set is the ultimate seafood multi-tool: tenderizes, slices and serves in milliseconds! Comes in all colors plus some you can’t see.#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/vm2YhrBihR
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I WAS A DOUBTER— Woodland Park Zoo (@woodlandparkzoo) March 9, 2018
I was skeptical but this really works! You can't just put any kind of kangaroo in a tree. You need to make sure you get the right kind. Look for labels like "Matschie's" or "Goodfellow's" to know it's the real deal.
#rateaspecies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Requires a lot of down time to recharge, but is very active once you get it going. This is the Turkish Van model, sturdy and pretty reliable. Makes a lot of noise if you are not in the room, but this also lets you know when to refuel it. pic.twitter.com/CId3eNEI48— Animal Wellness Center in Bellevue (@AWCBellevue) March 9, 2018
If only we could really order all this adorableness on Amazon!
For more animal cuteness, learn some of the most heart-melting names for baby animals of different species in the video below:
h/t Science Alert