Caturday felids: videos!

Nothing fancy this week: I am still enervated from my illness and the onslaught of (Dr.)3 Pigliucci.  Instead, I offer a few videos I’ve been saving up.

You might be familiar with the famous Simon’s Cat animation “Cat Man Do,” in which a wily felid awakes his owner.   Well, here’s the real Simon’s cat.  It’s 6 hours and 19 minutes of fun compressed into a single minute.  That cat wants his noms!

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Speaking of hungry cats, here are two more. One desperately wants his cake:

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while the other is satisfied with a moist, raw spud:

In May, four Amur tigers were born at the Denver Zoo.  Here’s one getting his checkup (20 seconds in):  look how stoically he takes a thermometer up the butt.  My fondest wish is to pet a baby tiger before I die. The Brookfield Zoo actually had some, but when I made a grovelling request, I was denied with talk about insurance and the like.  It was intimated, however, that if I were willing to donate big bucks to the Zoo. . . .  Any readers out there with access to baby tigers?


  1. Posted August 7, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you’ll need to do some genetic studies on tigers that requires petting the little guys?

  2. Andrew
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    “My fondest wish is to pet a baby tiger before I die.”

    Hopefully you’re wish is granted under circumstances where the first action isn’t immediately followed by the second.

  3. Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink


    That groveling request was awhile ago, right? You’re Mr Best-seller Top 50 books in Newsweek guy now – maybe you could trade a talk for a cub-session. Srsly. Zoos have education departments; I bet they’d love to have you do a talk. Sniff out zoos with cubs and ask them.

  4. Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I got to pet an adult tiger once. Should I mention that she was sedated at the time?
    Long ago I worked for a vet in NC. (late 80’s?) One weekend, we spayed a tiger. She was from Carnivore Preservation Trust in Pittsboro, NC. (It’s now called Carolina Tiger Rescue). Michael Bleyman used to bring in the coolest animals.
    The tiger wasn’t to be used for breeding any longer and her implant wasn’t effective anymore. So we spayed her.

    • Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      By the way, this was a typical small animal vet’s office. And the NCSU vet school was not far away. One of the vets liked to work with exotics so I guess that’s why we saw Michael a lot.

  5. Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Can’t pet a tiger? There’s still catfish! Yes, some like to be petted…

  6. Benjamin
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I once got to hold a baby tiger and feed it a bottle for a mere $7 at a place called Safari World. The only catch is it’s in Bangkok, Thailand.

    • Posted August 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      There’s a safari park near Mossel Bay in South Africa where you can do that, too — but I think it costs about $50. I was cheap and just admired them from a short distance.

  7. Pagey
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    There’s this buddhist temple somewhere in Thailand where the local monks walk tigers and you can pet them.

    Think they also have cubs as thye seem to run a breeding and education programme.

  8. palefury
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    The best I can offer is a small female tabby house cat. Probably not quite the same thing.

  9. Posted August 8, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    No need to spend big bucks on that. There are LOTS of tigers running around the United States. Self-styled wildlife shows turn up at every mall in backwoods America. They probably avoid Chicago, but we got to pet tiger cubs in the Marion IL mall a few years ago for about $10.

  10. Angela
    Posted August 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    You could get a Toyger kitty instead…

    All the cuteness of a tiger with less risk of bodily harm/ becoming a tasty treat.

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