Ken Lerer, the cofounder of The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed chairman, is bringing more animals to the Internet. Lerer, along with his daughter Isabel and Kerry Lauerman (the former Salon editor), are planning to debut The Dodo sometime this fall.
Lerer told Techcrunch that he thinks the Internet needs The Dodo because everyone loves stories about creatures:
Our thinking is that the topic of animals, animal rights and the relationship between animal and people is an issue that’s on the cusp of exploding. Look at the front of The New York Times — they have a significant animal story on the front page every week. It’s our plan to launch a site to try to own that topic.
The Dodo will mostly feature the lighthearted animal coverage you’ve come to expect from the Internet, like 17 Dogs That Look Like Lists and so forth. However, as of now, there are no plans for The Dodo to cover The Animals, despite “It’s My Life” maintaining its status as the best song about pouting ever written.