Professor Echte Pferdescheisse of Druling Technologische Institut in Druling has announced his latest scientific discovery, an entirely new ecosystem on the island of Pingo-Pongo.
The life forms on the previously undiscovered island resemble birds, mammals, and (more rarely) reptiles. The mammalian creatures lack a fourth digit on the forefeet, which generally are a lighter color than the rest of the body. They have large eyes and have developed a chameleonlike ability to blend in with their surroundings. At times they lengthen various limbs at will, particularly when attempting to reach desirable objects or retreat from threatening activity.
They respond well to music and have a peculiarly fluid manner of motion, perambulating in a rubber 'hosen' manner. The creatures also appear to be able to defy gravity at will. "This manner of locomotion shows that an entirely new form of physics also exists on this island" the Doctor has reported.
Vegetable and tree forms and other objects previously considered inanimate very commonly show signs of sentient life. This includes, but is not limited to, dancing rocks, stumps, bits of ocean-borne detritus washed up on the beach, wrecked automobiles, foodstuffs, and extraterrestrial bodies.
Doktor Pferdescheisse has received a sizable grant from the Druling Institut to continue his studies of these remarkable new life forms.