Zoos and aquariums give starred reviews of animals on Twitter and it’s the best thing this weekend

Zoos and aquariums give starred reviews of animals on Twitter and it’s the best thing this weekend

A Twitter "review" of an otter by the Oregon Zoo sparked what turned out to be one of the purest trends on social media this weekend, inspiring zoos and aquariums to share their own ratings of animals online. Sharing a photo of a sea otter using the hashtag, "#rateaspecies" the Oregon Zoo gave the creature four stars, writing, "Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, winter-ready and waterproof. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. #rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/IK99ODsTPT — Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) March 9, 2018 That led others to reply with their own Amazon-inspired reviews, including the California Academy of Sciences, which tweeted out a photo of its famous albino alligator, Claude. Giving the animal three stars and the title, "NOT AS EXPECTED," the review read: "Color not as shown (not even CLOSE!!! ), supposed to be predator but just sits on heated rock all day and let turtles walk all over him (if ambush predators are so different you should tell people) also missing one toe??? ?#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/5EAdkDN5D4 — CA AcademyOfSciences (@calacademy) March 9, 2018 Digital media lead Shervin Hess of the Oregon Zoo said that Lincoln, the sea otter pictured in the tweet, was the inspiration behind the hashtag. ALSO READ: SF rescue dog finds her way home after spending only four hours with her adoptive family "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 told website Earther. Take a look at some of the tweets from #rateaspecies in the gallery above.

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A Twitter “review” of an otter by the Oregon Zoo sparked what turned out to be one of the purest trends on social media this weekend, inspiring zoos and aquariums to share their own ratings of animals online.

Sharing a photo of a sea otter using the hashtag, “#rateaspecies” the Oregon Zoo gave the creature four stars, writing, “Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me. #rateaspecies.”

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
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

— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) March 9, 2018

That led others to reply with their own Amazon-inspired reviews, including the California Academy of Sciences, which tweeted out a photo of its famous albino alligator, Claude. Giving the animal three stars and the title, “NOT AS EXPECTED,” the review read:

“Color not as shown (not even CLOSE!!!), supposed to be predator but just sits on heated rock all day and…

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