Thanks to the overwhelming success of our second annual "Tournament of Birds," we're branching out with a new animal bracket pitting two things against each other that people love and love to hate: cute and cuddly animals against creepy crawlies.
Following much deliberation, the seeding committee settled on a 16-team field, of which we're sure some people will disagree with a few of the choices.
An opossum is cute and cuddly? Well, some would say they are so ugly they're cute. But there's no debating the merits of the northern saw-whet owl's No. 1 seed on that side of the bracket. And we're pretty sure the No. 1 seed on the other side, the wolf spider, gives most people the heebie jeebies.
It'll be up to you — and thousands of others — to pick the winner in each battle. How do you decide which one to vote for? Is it the one that you think really is the cutest or the creepiest? Is it the one that you think would win out against the other in a head-to-head fight in the forest? Is it the one you'd most like to see in person? Well, that's up to you.
This is a fake battle, afterall, so in reality, there are no official rules.
Here's a look at the bracket:
Voting is simple. Each day at 10 a.m., we'll post that day's matchup.
In the comments, simply say which of the two critters you are voting for. We'll tally up the votes and the winner will advance to the next round, with the cutest and cuddliest critter taking on the creepiest and crawliest for the championship.
Voting will open up Friday morning on Facebook.
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