Mastodon, can we play a game?
You describe an animal badly, and I draw exactly what you described.
(Do not tell me what the animal is. I will not try to guess. Please tell me AFTER I finish the drawing.)
Attached is a blue whale as my 6yo son described it. Want more? Reply with a description of your own!
@bethskw i'm having an incredibly hard time coming up with an animal that doesn't seem too easy to guess from the words i'd use.
@brennen It's okay, I'll draw it anyway. Some of them I was sure I knew and I was so wrong!
You can see some previous ones I did here: https://twitter.com/bethskw/status/1056297370755981313?s=21
@bethskw ok, here goes:
four legs, stubby tail, pointy hard bits on the ends of the legs, shaggy looking, pointy bits on the head, beard, runs around on rocks a lot.
@brennen Here is your creature!
@bethskw ahaha, beautiful. i was going for "mountain goat", which it appears you pretty well guessed. :)
@brennen I kinda guessed but I hope you enjoyed the creative touches :)
@bethskw indeed i did.
@bethskw can we get the description that led to the blue whale drawing?
@pagrus I don't have it written down, but some of the features were:
It has a long tail with things on it
Its arms are shaped like a leaf
It has big eyes and a big mouth
Its teeth aren't pointy, they are like human teeth
@bethskw that is awesome
@ilja ok, what is it?
✅ like a cat, but big
✅ irregular donut-shaped spots
✅ light, golden brown
✅ frequently blurry because he run
✅ cute pink beard from eat blood
@thraeryn ok here you go!
That is one fine-lookin' cheetah, Beth. Excellent job!
@thraeryn Thank you!
@thraeryn Oh no I just realized you said golden brown! Here, I fixed it. Now it looks exactly like a real cheetah 😁
@marsxyz So, basically this?
@marsxyz whoa! I had no idea about the emu war
@bethskw a long thing with a long cone snout, four legs. Mostly stilt legs and shoulders. Deadly whip tail. Looks pernimently nervous. Triangle ears. Two big worried eyes and a shiny nose.
@Doggo Hmm this reminds me of something
@bethskw ...my bad description of a greyhound might have been too good XD
Thanks anyway! I love it X3
A small furry body
Wings growing out of its armpits
Big nose for its small face.
@RussSharek Is it one of these??
It is perfection.
@RussSharek What is it though??
@RussSharek 😂😂😂 🦇
What did you think it might be?
@RussSharek I had absolutely no idea! The armpits thing threw me I think.
I didn't want to totally give it away by describing the structure of a bat wing.
It walks on two skinny legs,
its feet are yellow and have three toes pointing forward and one back,
it is covered in black, brown and/or white feathers,
it has wings,
it has a sharp, tiny beak for a mouth,
its eyes are small, observant and judgemental,
and it wears a red spongy mohawk on top of its head.
@megfault Certainly wasn't going to chicken out on this one...
Ooh, I want to play! How are these:
> It looks like it is covered in goldy-brown leaves
> It has a pointy head
> It curls up lots
> It has white stripes on its back
> It has a few hairs that go shiny when it swims
> Its legs all look like they come out of its head
> It is small but has big feet and a fat tail
> It is dark coloured
> It has a big nose made of two long tubes
@JubalBarca Here's creature B (I'll come back for the rest later). What is it??
Cw for spider:
@bethskw Dolomedes plantarius, the fen raft spider :)
The stripes you can see, and like all spiders it has a cephalothorax so the head and main body section are all in the same segment which the legs come out of. It's an ambush hunter - it usually walks and hunts on water surfaces/at pool edges, but when it dives it traps air around its body hairs, allowing it to swim for longer, which gives it a sort of covering of bubbles with a shiny bubble centred on each hair.
Cw for spider:
@JubalBarca Awesome! I've heard of Dolomedes, some of them eat fish, right?
Anyway... NAILED IT 🤣
Cw for spider:
@bethskw Yeah, the plantarius species is IIRC Europe's only fish eating spider (though that can give a misleading impression, the fish do have to be very very small indeed). I guess the non European species are similar though I'm only familiar with the 2 you get in the UK.
My mother is a specialist on them so I've been fortunate enough to get to know them quite well (and have many stories as a result!)
"Has a big beard and big twizzly bits on its head with eyes on the side, and is brown and grey and black and is very hairy and big." :)
@bethskw it's a fluffy thing, with pointy ears, a pink little nose, big mustaches and a long tail.
@DarckCrystale Here it is! Uh, what is it?
@bethskw it's perfect 💙
@bethskw it is a cat :) but you did more a.: catctus!
@bethskw a furry, long eared T-Rex that is perpetually pregnant
@fun okay, if you say so...
@bethskw That Kangaroo is perfect
@bethskw This is a very lightly edited excerpt from the animal's Wikipedia page:
A long tubular organism with seven or eight pairs of slender legs, each terminating with a pair of claws. Above each leg is a rigid conical spine. One end extends some distance beyond the legs and often droops down as if to reach the substrate. Recent research suggests that the extended element is an elongated head with two simple eyes, a mouth with radial teeth, and pharyngeal teeth within the front of the gut.
@mcmoots Here you go
@bethskw That is a better Hallucigenia than any of the official reconstructions I've seen! I love it, thank you!
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