Today, there was a pretty big update. A new animal is about to come out, and many people (I too) think it's an otter, according to the clues. Plus, Animal Jam made a new party called the BETA Party. But don't get too excited, it doesn't sell ANY BETAs, so going to the party to shop for them is pointless, and will lead to a big disappointment. Animal Jam also wants you to VOTE for your favourite furniture set (which is totally copying Webkinz. Ahem, copyright alert!). You can pick from 3 sets.
Ice Cream Parlor
I honestly think the Ice Cream Parlor was is going to win. The Hair Salon is the least likely to win because it doesn't suit a lot of people. The Egyptian Treasure is okay, but I only want the golden chest from it. The furniture set with the most votes gets to be in a certain shop (probably Jam Mart Furniture)! Oh, and, I wonder who are the Jammers taking the snapshots. Are they working for AJHQ? Maybe they're special selected people who can see them early? That question might remain a mystery forever.
And, apparently, someone won the Accessory Contest with a Ribbon Scarf. To be honest, it isn't all that great. People could've done a lot better. I didn't know about the contest, so I didn't join. I bought a red one just to see how it looks on my animals. To me, it looks alright on the fox and the cheetah.
There are some ongoing glitches in Animal Jam, like if you trade something and the other player accepts, somehow the item you traded is still in your inventory. Refresh or wait and your item will eventually disappear.