Category Archives: felids

If only all cats were like Bobo. . .

It’s Felid Friday (just a one-off), and here, courtesy of Matthew Cobb, is Bobo: Bobo and his pal Nikita have a Facebook page. 

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Dorsa Amir is a second-year Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology at Yale University, and has a website. She sent us some photos of primates, along with captions. I didn’t know that there were macaques in Morocco, but Wikipedia tells the tale: The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), Barbary ape, or magot is a species of macaque unique for its […]

Why are dog breeds so variable compared to cat breeds?

This is a question for readers to answer. I have my own theories, but I want to hear yours. Dog breeds (I’ll spell out “dog” this one time) are of course tremendously more variable than breeds of cats. It doesn’t matter what trait you pick: behavior, color, skeletal configuration, size, and so on—dogs are more […]

Willie the Cat changes the bogroll from over to under

This, O readers, is the feline incarnation of Diana MacPherson. Notice that Willie accomplishes, at much greater effort, exactly what Diana does. h/t: Smokedpaprika

Three cat gifs

Oy vey! I’m formatting endnotes all day on orders of my draconian editor! You haven’t lived until you’ve spent hours cutting, pasting, and formatting, all without the need to think (I do not find that relaxing). But what is relaxing is to find and post cat gifs. Here are three. Cat overdoes it with “catch-the-mouse” game on […]

Diana MacPherson

This is the first post I’ve ever titled with a reader’s name, but it came to me instantly when I saw this picture. If you don’t know what this means, you ain’t been around long enough. But I’m sure someone will explain in the comments. Photo from Pet Stuff Web, in a series of ten […]

RIP Flippy

I am deeply saddened to announce the death of one of our readers’ cats.  Flippy, the beloved master of biologist Sarah Crews (who has contributed readers’ wildlife photos to the daily feature), was euthanized last Wednesday after a long bout of illness of unknown cause. Flippy was 12 or 13. She was a beautiful female sealpoint snowshoe, and Sarah […]

Lion cub vs. GoPro

Now that we have the GoPro camera (a great invention, whose only downside may be the tendency of people to care more about the video than the experience), we’re going to see a whole lot more video closeups of animals in the wild.  Here’s one by photographer Chris Bray with the following information (among other […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I think you guys are getting spoiled with all these high-class photos every day. Perhaps you’re getting jaded? There are several unknown species to identify in the series of photos below. First, from reader Michael Day: I’ve attached some pictures I thought you might enjoy. The “main” picture in this set is of a caterpillar–I believe […]

Caturday felid trifecta: Cat-food ad with complicated machine, parkouring cat, and the Friskies awards for best cat video

Reader Michael from the UK sent two videos of a cat-food commercial involving a very complicated machine that dispenses cat food. He noted that the machine is similar to those designed by the British illustrator Heath Robinson and his American counterpart Rube Goldberg. The ad is for Felix brand “Crunchy Crumbles” (I haven’t seen this in the US), a […]


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