Awwgasm: European wildcats

Last week we discussed the evolution of the domestic cat, which apparently evolved (or was selected) from a population of the wildcat, Felis silvestris, inhabiting the Middle East.  Here are a mother and kittens of the European wildcat (same species), taken only yesterday in Germany’s Opel Zoo. Photo courtesy of ZooBorns.Eur wildcati

(P.Z. and I are on a campaign to show that we’re really softies underneath and that not all atheists are hateful and grumpy curmudgeons.)

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  1. Jogga
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    That’s just upped the ah factor! Let’s see how PZ responds 🙂

  2. Onkel Bob
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Are not Twain and Mencken admired for being being curmudgeons? Mooney, et al are rightfully reviled for their softness and pliability. I say post images of cute tigers mauling unsuspecting victims. Give me the red tooth and claw over this downy fluffiness any time. Hate has nothing to do with it, it’s survival of the fittest. In the marketplace of ideas Mooney is offering us a 1959 Ford Edsel. Where am I supposed to find parts for that clunker?

  3. Eric Watson
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Penguins, kitties, and…flies! We need an article about a certain mutant with an increased number of supraorbital bristles!

  4. Sili
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    It isn’t working. We all know you’re just posting them as dinner suggestions.

    Or is that puppies?

    Those are indeed awwwwwwwdorable. And I want to adobt the mother.

  5. Posted June 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    (P.Z. and I are on a campaign to show that we’re really softies underneath and that not all atheists are hateful and grumpy curmudgeons.)

    Another atheist conspiracy?

    Isn’t it enough to persecute the IDists, now you have to pretend to be nice?

    Next movie by Stein: Wildcats being raised to maul all god-believers. Can’t get any of that “nice” nonsense past their design detectors, you know.

    Glen D

  6. Posted June 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Wait, is this another atheist conspiracy I did not get invited to?!

  7. CharlesInCharge
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    The Iriomote wildcat is better.

  8. Dave
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow, beautiful. Though, the stuff about softies I find a bit annoying and unnecessary (first time ok, now, not so much). Can’t we just celebrate the magnificence without the strange “pandering”. These pictures you find are amazing. Skeptics have long been labeled curmudgeons, but I don’t recall a campaign by those such as Paul Kurtz or Michael Shermer etc., making a point of showing how “soft” they/we are simply by publishing pictures of beautiful creatures.

    But, hey all in good fun I guess.

  9. Posted June 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Awwww, so cute!

  10. TheNaturalist
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Let’s devise some empirical measure of cuteness.

  11. MadScientist
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Sure – they’re cute until you try to pet one and your arm is lacerated by their sharp claws and to make matters worse they dig their sharp teeth into your flesh while their germ-laden saliva oozes into the open wounds. They weren’t called “wild life” for nothing.

    • Sili
      Posted June 5, 2009 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      I challenge you not to squee at the nurse bandaging you: “But it was so kyoooooooooot!”

  12. Posted June 5, 2009 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    It’s an abomination! Now all the evil neo-atheists have to show sweet animals on their blogs just because two biologists in their very midst have begun their newest sinful crusade with the very aim to pretend they would have feelings as well!

    • SeanK
      Posted June 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      lol…so true! I’m not complaining though, but when will I start seeing pictures of baby iguanas and other cute reptiles?

  13. MelM
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    There’s cute and over-the-top cute such as these cub photos of Tai Shan (b July 2005), the National Zoo’s panda cub. A few of these spread around atheist sites would totally confuse the pious.

    However, I will retain my hatefulness and grumpiness towards religion; it’s what religion has earned.

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