I know how much you like facts, and how much you like animal facts in particular. That”s why I”m going to ruin that for you with the help of these hilariously glum animals and their unique characteristics. These facts are illustrated by artist and designer Brooke Barker, and can be found on the aptly named Sad Animal Facts website.
The series goes beyond the basic facts and gets into how the animals are feeling about their lots in life. (Hint: They”re not thrilled.)
What drove Barker to create these less-than-cheerful illustrations? It comes from a lifelong, but unfulfilled, love of animals. “My parents never let me have a pet growing up, so I had to settle for reading about animals,” she explains. “It doesn”t take much reading to find out that even though animals look cute, their lives are incredibly weird and strange and sad.”
Over the years, she”d compiled a ton of these facts, but there was rarely an audience for them. “Most of the facts on the website are facts I”ve been awkwardly telling strangers at parties for years, so it”s great to have an outlet for them.” And that”s probably a good thing. Learning that a ferret will die if she doesn”t mate seems like a pretty surefire way to bring a party down.
Thanks to our planet”s stunning biodiversity and the magic of the Internet, there are always new strange, sad facts to discover. “Every time I worry about running out of sad facts, I find twenty more,” Barker says.
Barker calls these facts “adorably sad,” and she”s been illustrating them for quite some time. You can see the entire collection on her website and on the Sad Animal Facts Instagram. You can also see Barker”s other design and illustration work on her professional website, and check out the calendar she”s working on in collaboration with another artist.