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Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a single photo today, but it’s a nice one: a female black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri), photographed in Idaho by reader Stephen Barnard. Look at those miniscule feet! Here’s its range map (they’re migratory, and winter in Mexico):   And some fun black-chinned hummingbird facts, from the Cornell Ornithology site (my emphasis): The Black-chinned Hummingbird’s tongue […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Things are not going well on the Cyrus/Fitness front. Cyrus: Would you be my friend? Fitness: I can’t. Hili would be jealous and this could cause further deterioration in an already difficult relationship. In Polish: Cyrus: Czy możesz się ze mną zaprzyjaźnić? Fitness: Nie mogę, Hili byłaby zazdrosna, a to mogłoby spowodować dalsze pogorszenie i […]

Shirley and Jenny: An elephant never forgets

The work week is nearly over here, though not in the States. And, as usual, I like to end with something to palliate the stress and distress of the week. (I hope you didn’t have much.) I don’t know anything about this video (from 2011) except that it’s gotten over 6 million hits and it’s […]

RIP Elijah, famous bourbon-distillery cat

Via reader Kurt and kentucky.com (the site of the Lexington Herald-Leader), I am saddened to hear of the passing of Elijah, the resident cat and mouser at the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Elijah died on June 30 and was at least 20 years old (the age was unspecified, but he’d been at the distillery for two decades). Woodford Reserve happens to […]

HUGE aquatic insect reported (and other big bugs)

Yes, yes, I know that true bugs are only from the order Hemiptera, but I’m using “bugs” in the vernacular, as “insects.” Scientific American reports, in an article by Bec Crew, the discovery of the world’s largest aquatic insect. Well, it’s the world’s largest known aquatic insect. Images have surfaced of a newly discovered insect reported to be […]

The news: the good, the woo, and the quackery

Thanks to several readers, I’m kept up on the latest news about religion, cats, woo, and so on.  I’ve collected three items here, which I’ll describe briefly (you can read more at the links). I could post them separately, but that’s an unconscionable division of posts, and I’m also tired. BBC Africa reports some good […]

Friday: Dobrzyn

Quiet Days in Dobrzyn, which is just what I need to work a bit and unwind from The Albatross. It is wet again today, so the cherry harvest, which has one day to go, began at 5 a.m. but was called because of rain two hours later. Today’s post will be mammalcentric, so let’s start with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (hummingbird rescue)

Lou Jost, a biologist living in Ecuador, sends us a photo of the Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) along with a rescue story:  This poor hummingbird flew into my house and in its rush to escape, smacked into one of my windows and knocked itself out, landing on its face on the floor with its tongue sticking out. But […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Poor Cyrus. I keep taking his space! But where am I supposed to sit? Cyrus: The American occupier wants to take this sofa away from me. Hili: You can settle on mine. In Polish: Cyrus: Amerykański okupant chce mi zabrać sofę. Hili: Możesz się osiedlić na mojej.  

The infatuated leopard experience

Voilà: a gif from The Meta Picture. Their notes: Pardus is a black leopard that is currently a part of the Cheetah Experience, a big cat centre that was founded in 2006 with the long-term goal of breeding cheetahs. Pardus is very enthusiastic about people. Here’s what happens when Pardus notices his favorite zoo keeper is […]

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