Walruses broke seed, squeaking past polar bears in a battle that came down to the wire and ended up being decided by less than 50 points (out of over 7,000!).
Wombats also broke their #3 seed, defeating the #2 sugar gliders with more than 70% of the vote.
Battle alpaca vs. raccoon was a tough-fought one that was the second-closest race in the first round of competition. But alpacas took it, mostly thanks to a rush of #TeamAlpaca tweets.
Elephants were briefly locked in a dead heat with giraffes, but after a few hours of voting they broke free and took the lead, eventually taking about 70% of the voters with them.
Quokkas proved that their top seeding was not a fluke by bringing in close to 4,000 points and easily defeating cockatiels in the process.
Finishing off the chameleon, our last non-mammal competitor, was the red panda — who handily won with about three-fourths of the vote going their way.
Foxes easily beat out their armored competition, the armadillo, with the highest percentage win in the first round (they won 80% of the vote).
And receiving the most individual points of any animal, otters crushed the adorable but not-adorable-enough lambs with more than 8,000 total points awarded to them — that is, more than the TOTAL number of points awarded in the quokka vs. cockatiel battle.
Our tournament will resume with round two later in the week. In the meantime, start campaigning for your favorite remaining competitor now!
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