Category Archives: animal behavior

The best job in the world

Juhi Agrawal has a number of posts of her interactions with large cats while she was working at The Cheetah Experience, a rescue, breeding, and rehabilitation center in Bleomfontein in South Africa.  Just the other day we saw her being pounced on by Parda, a black leopard who was much taken with her. Here she is […]

A nest of loggerhead turtles hatch, babies head to sea

I’ve seen mother sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach (in Costa Rica), but I’ve never seen them hatch. Here’s a great short video of 100 baby loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) hatching in the Florida Keys. The explanation is below; I always wondered how they knew where the water was: Using infrared lighting, a […]

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 […]

Fox noms, damages, and absconds with GoPro camera

This video shows two things: 1. These cameras are pretty indestructible. 2. This fox’s teeth are in good shape. The backstory from GrindTV: You could say that Jonathan VanBallenberghe was outfoxed by the critter he was trying to videotape recently during an expedition to Round Island, Alaska. VanBallenberghe was part of a group from the University […]

Huge mayfly emergence captured on radar

From the Lacrosse, Wisconsin office of the National Weather Service, via reader Gregory, we see Doppler radar capturing a massive mayfly emergence on June 23 (a description of how Doppler radar works is here). I believe the species is the giant mayfly, Hexagenia limbata, though I may be wrong. On Saturday evening, June 23 2012, a […]

Attack of the Killer Adelie!

It has been a long day, and Professor Ceiling Cat is dispirited. This calls for both a penguin and a cat. The penguin’s first. Matthew Cobb sent me this tw**t from “General bollocks” which included a funny flash video of a penguin (I think it’s an Adelie) attacking a man. The penguin is so aggressive that the […]

Two animal cams: a snowy owl and a puffin, both with chicks

I am working furiously because the football game is starting in about 85 minutes, so I’ll quickly post about two live animal cams brought to my attention by readers. I’ve already mentioned the PuffinCam in a burrow on Seal Island, off the coast Maine, but the mother has now hatched a chick (dad’s helping) and you can watch the […]

“You call that a tuft? Now THIS is a tuft!”: the squirrel with the bushiest tail

My own squirrel babies (actually juveniles now) go by the name of “Tufty” because of their fluffy tails. (There was once a male named Tufty E., but now there are three siblings, including two females that I call Tuftina and Tuftette.) But their tails are as nothing compared to those of a ground squirrel from Borneo […]

Interspecific love?

Tomorrow’s a holiday in the U.S.: Independence Day. But Professor Ceiling Cat must polish up his book for submission on July 9, and until then there will be no rest for the professorial felid. But to get the holiday started on the right foot for those Americans with normal lives, let’s have . . . […]

Chimps learn to stick grass in their ears—for no good reason

Hili’s predecessor, the wise but now-deceased tabby cat Pia, used to annoy Andrzej by sticking her whiskers in his ears when he was sleeping. We’ve now discovered that chimps show a related behavior: sticking grass stems in their ears for no good reason. A new paper in Animal Cognition by Edwin van Leeuwen et al. documents this […]


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