The winner of the 2016 Toe-Hair contest literally flipped when he heard the announcement.
“I really thought it would go to Chico [Chinchilla]. I couldn’t believe they called my name,” Cornelio Lontra said.
But call his name they did, after head judge Sierpinski Squirrel confirmed the judges’ unanimous choice.
“They were beauties,” judge Antonio Marcelo said on TMD radio this morning. “They were obviously carefully cultivated. No Animal in the contest could match them.”
And as for Lontra’s friend Chinchilla, he did, in fact, win second prize, while Indira Gecko took home third.
Meanwhile, Lontra is still waiting for it all to sink in.
“I am still stunned, even a day later,” he told The Mammalian Daily via telephone. “When I woke up this morning and it was still true, I was amazed.”