While some named animals that you might see in your everyday life, others called attention to a number of often overlooked species.
The r/AskReddit community comes across countless thought-provoking queries in a month. While many are designed to explore the rollercoaster ride that is human existence, some ignite discussions about all the unknowns of the world. Recently, however, Reddit user u/sqnyq brought a rather wholesome question before the forum's 36.2 million members. "Which animal do you think deserves more love and recognition than it gets?" they asked. The question elicited all kinds of responses, with some naming animals that you might see in your everyday life and others calling attention to some often overlooked species.
Here are the top 25 answers:
"Rats. They are incredibly smart, sweet and social animals who did not cause the Bubonic plague. One reason why they are often used for experiments (lab rats) is because they are so socially similar to us humans." — ipakookapi
"Chickens. Smart, affectionate, with complex social lives and personalities, they can be kind, affectionate, sneaky, greedy, generous, caring or selfish… each one its own unique personality." — Cristalsis
"Opossums. Only marsupial to live in North America, they have prehensile tails, they're fu**ing rad looking, rare for them to have rabies, and they eat ticks. I just think they're neat!" — cerisethorne
"Reptiles generally. A lot of people think of reptiles and are disgusted. They either think of slimy snakes or aggressive dragons. Don't get me wrong, they aren't always cute and cuddly, but there are so many snakes in rescues that never get a home because of the stigma.
I don't think an exotic pet is right for everyone by any means, in fact, I think it should be more regulated so that you have to put some thought into having one, but they really can be affectionate with the right owner and time." — KaleidoscopeInside
"The Pangolin. It's severely endangered yet it's not protected." — Kovuthebilion
"The Cacomistle or the Maned Wolf, both are really cool animals!" — AzryxTheFolf
"The snot otter, also known as 'the hellbender' apparently, which is the coolest animal name of all time." — ipakookapi
"The shoebill bird. I know most people won’t think so, but I think that it’s the cutest animal I’ve ever seen." — Obsessed_with_ducks