June was bustin’ out all over. Here’s what happened in The Park

bear newspaperEnforced Domestication Awareness Month 2016: Official Schedule of Events

Members of Park’s endangered species feel stigmatized: study

Memes of Production, Beasts of Burden to join pop-up at Cackling Goose tonight

Chef Mikko Tikkeri tries to cope with June slump at The Feeding Station

Tab to take on Tavros with launch of “Liberation Libation” at literary awards

“Diary of a Domestic Dog” favoured to win fiction prize at literary awards

Alvin Tinamou’s nest reported missing

Holstein Fashion adds third show to EDAM lineup

Whoa! BRAKING News: What’s in our new section will stop you in your tracks

Farmers, weather makers, tech company reps agree to summit at The Draft

DWBS to Archons, PFO: increase aid to immigrants, domestication survivors

Tavros-Tricolore war escalates as chef bars radio host from PurrBoy Café

Following in the Barkettes’ footsteps: Belles and Whistles make their debut tonight at Concert for Charity


It’s May! Here’s what happened in The Park during April’s showers

cowcoffeeMammalian Daily becomes first Park newspaper to ban Human jokes

Civet calls for freeze on development of all food-related technology

TMD Exclusive: Millicent Hayberry and Gianfranco Colocolo in conversation

First quarter results prove opening on Groundhog Day a profitable move

Raimundo Zorro strikes again: new web site violates conditions of sentence

Tinamou blames TMD’s Haas for drop in Month Without Metaphor participants

TMD managing editor schedules press conference for Monday morning

Court reaffirms right to remain stupid

TMD’s Haas on no-name policy: “We have to honour our reporters’ contracts”

Sierpinski Squirrel appointed head judge of 2016 Toe-Hair Contest

Tinamou disputes rumour he paid media to join Month Without Metaphor

Park Animals sighted at celebrity can opening

Toe-Hair Contest exacerbates fear of extinction in some Animals: therapist

Prepare for an all-out food fight as farmers and app makers engage in war of words


Marching into April: Here’s what happened in The Park last month

Dog reading The Mammalian Daily

Balls columnist lends private collection to Park Museum’s new Flyball Exhibition

Police, DWBS confirm Humans took photos of Park Animals in hibernation

Yannis Tavros threatens to reveal names of Mammalian Daily reporters

TMD policy could harm Park media’s Month Without Metaphor: Tinamou

New director brings big changes to annual Polar Bears’ Poetry Picnic

PMoCA announces 2016 live art installation, “Anatomy of a Bath”

Tickets for Hayberry mystery series gala opening on sale today: Burrow Theatre

We owe our quick success to the fast pace of Park life: KwikLiks owner

UWT research group pinpoints location of harrumphocytes in Mammals

Shakeoff 2016: “If you have a coat, share it with those who don’t!”

Food growers, app makers at odds as Tulip season begins


Time Marches on: here’s what happened in The Park in February

WatchDog groups warns of impending newspaper warFocus On: Archons’ Address

Groundhog Day recap: great weather, massive turnout, POPS sees shadow

Directors’ Guild ousted me as prez due to my politics: Douglas Cheetah

Politics, violence mar celebration of the birth of The Park’s first leader

Gunnar Rotte, Douglas Cheetah to debate tomorrow on Yannis Tavros show

Wilkommen, Bienvenue: A guide to welcoming back our hibernating friends

No-biting rule suspended for police at Saturday’s Return of the Nut: gossip site

Rapper Will.o.be. under fire for criticism of zoocracy after Return of the Nut

Mating Dance organizers announce partnership with gewper for 2016 event

Rehearsals to resume in March on Millicent Hayberry mystery series

Hair and skin colouring, stripe removal hurt Park, says Artifice Destiny author


Raymond H. Mink bows out of UWT gig


The University of West Terrier is scrambling to find a replacement for Raymond H. Mink, who was scheduled to speak at the UWT Annual Open House on January 29.

Mink had planned to deliver a short address on the subject of the rôle that higher education plays in the maintenance of peace, order, and interspecial harmony on January 29, according to an announcement posted on the university’s web site.

The Mammalian Daily learned this morning that Mink, who has been The Park’s Chief Officer of Peace for over five years, bowed out of the speaking engagement on January 17, a day after he was selected as The Park’s 2016 Chief Archon.

In a short communiqué sent to the university, Balthasar Alouatta, spokesAnimal for the Archons, said that Mink felt it inappropriate “at this time” to appear at the event.

“While he acknowledges the great importance of education and of inspiring The Park’s young, His Honour believes that his focus at this time should be on governing. He would be grateful to the University of West Terrier for granting him this time and he would be more than happy to appear at a future event,” the communiqué said.

For their part, the UWT President and Governors issued a statement saying that though they were disappointed in Mink’s decision, they understood that this was primarily an issue of timing.

“We understand the newly-assumed burdens of the Chief Archon and we are happy to arrange for him to speak at the university at a later time. We wish him every success in his new position,” the statement said.

The next time the Chief Archon will be heard from will be on Groundhog Day, when he reads the all-important Archons’ Address.


Let’s review: Sortition

As the 2015 Archons prepare to relinquish their titles, let’s review the process by which The Park chooses its annual government:

Focus on: Sortition

January is the most important month in the political life of The Park. It is the month during which, every year, 35 Animals are selected and sworn in to serve as The Park’s leaders, or Archons. Together, these Archons will establish policies that will affect the lives of all who live in The Park.

Today, we focus on sortition, the process by which The Park’s Archons are selected.

The Park’s 35 Archons are selected each year by a process known as sortition or the lottery or allotment method. This was the system put into place by Jor, The Park’s first leader and the founder of modern zoocracy.

Sortition has its origins in some of the oldest Human societies. After completing an exhaustive study of ancient Human political systems, Jor concluded that the basic tenets of zoocracy would best be maintained through the use of sortition rather than by direct elections. With the assistance of a panel of consultants, Jor made modifications to some of the original rules of sortition and crafted the system that has been in continuous use since the establishment of zoocracy.

The first step in the selection of Archons requires the cooperation of The Park’s citizens. By the end of October each year, all adult Park citizens are required to submit and confirm their names. Traditionally, all Animal names have included some reference to species. Third, fourth, and later generations may choose to drop this reference in their names, but some indication of species is required when Animals make their submission to stand as candidates for Archon to the Department of Political Administration (DPA). Illness constitutes the only exception to this rule. Animals who are ill and who believe they would be unable to fulfil their duties as Archon due to their illness are required to advise the DPA of their circumstances by submitting a Form 12.

On January 5 every year, these submitted names are divided into six groups, according to six Animal classes. These classes are: Amphibians, Birds, Fishes, Invertebrates, Mammals, and Reptiles. The names are then inscribed on cards and placed in one of six opaque boxes, according to Animal class. Each of the six boxes is shaken three times by three different members of the Department of Political Administration.

The final selection of Archons is made by seven Department of Political Administration staff members. The staff members must have been in the employ of the department for at least five years and have no record of criminal activity. The chosen staff members are required to swear an oath of “honest and impartial fulfillment of the task” and to sign a declaration of the same in front of two witnesses. Six of the staff members are blindfolded and asked to reach into each opaque box and to pull out one card from the box. This is done a total of five times to ensure that there are 30 Archons chosen and that each of the six Animal classes is represented by five Archons.

The cards that remain are placed together in one box and shaken three times more. The seventh staff member, blindfolded, chooses five more cards. These are the five “wild card spots” that fulfill the number of Archons required. There is no restriction on Animal class or species for these spots.

When the final selection of Archons has been made, the remaining cards bearing candidates’ names are destroyed. The cards with the names of the 35 new Archons are placed in one opaque box, which is, again, shaken three times. The name of the Chief Archon is selected from these cards by Mr. Justice Augustus Dindon of The Park’s Superior Court.

The choice of the 35 Archons, including that of the Chief Archon, is certified by Mr. Justice Augustus Dindon of The Park’s Superior Court.

In accordance with Section 127, subsection XII, of The Park’s Constitution, the list of new Archons is posted at the Law Courts on the morning of January 15 each year, ten days after the final selection has been made. In order for Park citizens and residents to review the names, the list remains posted until the end of the week. Any Park citizens who wish to contest the selection of any Archon or Archons may do so by submitting a formal contest form (Form 15C) to the Department of Political Administration. The deadline for Form 15C submissions is January 31.

This article was originally published on January 17, 2013.


The Does of Peace: The Mammalian Daily’s choice for Animals of the Year

Does of Peace

The Does of Peace: The Park’s accidental heroines


The Mammalian Daily has chosen the Does of Peace as its 2015 Animals of the Year.

In a press announcement this morning, TMD managing editor Orphea Haas said the newspaper’s staff chose to honour The Park’s newest peacekeeping group because of their “tireless and graceful efforts” to achieve peace and harmony among the species.

“As Alfredo Ox said so eloquently last year, they have added a whole new dimension to peacekeeping in The Park,” Haas said.

It was their inauspicious beginning that makes their success even more noteworthy, Haas wrote. Referring to them on more than one occasion as “The Park’s accidental heroines,” the editor reflected on the serendipity that brought them to their present position. In September of 2014, the Does responded to a recruitment advertisement sent out by the Doves of Peace. The printed ad included a typo, which altered “Doves” to “Does,” and the Does hastened to attend the recruitment event.

The peace-loving Animals that they are, they responded without anger to being sent away. But, to their credit, the Doves had a quick change of heart and hired the Does, producing, as Doves spokesBird Georgina Golub calls them, “the most gentle, caring, and effective peacekeeping group” she has ever known.

The Mammalian Daily salutes the ongoing work of the Does of Peace and wishes all citizens and residents of The Park the best in 2016.


TMD Animal of the Year: Which Animal would you choose?

TickLater this month, The Mammalian Daily’s editors will reveal their choice of 2015 Animal of the Year.

In the meantime, we are inviting readers to voice their own opinions. Participate in our poll below:


Remember November? Here’s your reminder of what happened in The Park

RecapNovember 1-15

Hieronymous Hedgehog invokes uncle at emotional swearing-in ceremony

POPS election update: so many candidates, so little time for debate

The polls are open, the race is on. May the best candidate become POPS 2016

Dear Noreen: Humans need an answer? There’s a stat for that!

TMD Exclusive: Stinktier throws his hat in the ring for 2016 Keeper of the Nut

Holstein Fashion signals its intent to move into the hibernation market

Hibernating community breaks with tradition in Keeper of the Nut selection

November 15-30

Trees of hearts line path as friends say “Au Revoir” to Park hibernators  Recap

Harmonious Hannah found in dumpster

At last, Mikko Tiikeri’s light burns bright

Hieronymous Hedgehog to tweet during hibernation via Keeper of the Tweets

Gunnar Rotte accepts part-time position as counsellor at Extinction Anxiety Clinic

ZEAL backs out of performance at Celebration of the Winter Solstice

A Hare as a spare? Park Election Office to designate runner-up in POPS election