Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania & Jerry

Good morning everyone, Sunday is upon us. Commiserations if this means back to the office tomorrow.

Out in Winnipeg, Gus is flummoxed by the new Christmas tree, but, being an olfactory cat, he likes its smell:

From reader Charleen, a walrus doing situps with a human:

Capybaras, the world’s largest rodent, in parade:

And finally on to Hili who appears to be nonplussed by the juvenile of the species.

Hili: What is this?
A: Jola’s baby.
Hili: You mean, a human?
A: But of course.
Hili: Kind of tiny.


In Polish:

Hili: Co to jest?
Ja: Joli niemowlę.
Hili: Czyli człowiek?
Ja: Jak najbardziej.
Hili: Jakiś malutki.


  1. davidintoronto
    Posted December 17, 2017 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I notice that Jerry’s posts on language usage and grammar are very popular – sometimes generating hundreds of responses. So what are we to make of Hili being “nonplussed”? Is he surprised and bewildered by the baby? Or is he unfazed?


    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 17, 2017 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      If we are to get the language correct, try she, not he.

      • davidintoronto
        Posted December 17, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        Hili is a she? Well, color me nonplussed.

        • Blue
          Posted December 17, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

          Yeah, davidintoronto, Ms Hili, pronounced
          HeeLee, has been female since her weest

          And google states that the color of
          ‘nonplussed’ is, as of some o’Ms Hili
          herself, … … black and white ! Thus !


          ps For Her and for Us All ? a darling and
          a m a z i n g ( yeah … … .that. word ! )
          Solstice – message: !

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I would say the baby is the bewildered nonplussed and Hili is the unfazed definition.

  2. Posted December 17, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    So odd to see a walrus doing that!

    • nicky
      Posted December 17, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Yes! A great success with my young children.
      Wonder if it is a more or less spontaneous type of imitation or meticulous training.

      • Posted December 17, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        I expect it is training. Like other Pinnipeds, they are trained to do specific gestures for fish, and sometimes the cue is the same gesture by their trainer.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted December 17, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      I thought for sure it was a hoax and must be someone in a walrus suit; then found numerous videos of walruses doing workouts with their trainers, sit-ups, push-ups, etc.

    • nicky
      Posted December 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Wonder why this walrus looks so human there, of course there is the basic anatomy common to mammals, but could it be the subcutaneous fat? Found both in humans and aquatic mammals (one of the stronger arguments of Elaine Morgan’s ‘aquatic ape’ hypothesis).

  3. pablo
    Posted December 17, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I was lucky enough to get to cuddle with a 4 month old, and 200 lb. baby walrus in Alaska. Walruses need constant physical contact and this one was abandoned in the wild, then rescued and cared for by veterinarians. They are so well insulated that I felt no heat at all from it. It was like snuggling a cold, wet, leather sofa.

    • nicky
      Posted December 17, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      A cold wet leather sofa? I’m still envious!

  4. Posted December 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Who puts pants on a baby? Makes me crazy.

  5. Posted December 18, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    “Gentle giants”? I’m not too sure about that. Maybe one reared in captivity.

    I’ve read much about Arctic exploration and walrus were notoriously dangerous to humans.

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