Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos is my “grandstudent,” that is, he’s a fledged Ph.D. from my second student Mohamed Noor. Daniel is at the University of Queensland, studying speciation in plants, and contributed photos and a description of his two cats.
My wife Antonia took this picture of our two cats. You should know that every time I tell her something about cats, she immediately asks me if I learned that from one of your posts at WEIT (I follow it continually). She was particularly sharp when I told her about the dissertation on cat pictures that you recently posted about.
Our two cats are called Copérnico and Galileo. Coper is the one that is stretching and has that massive tail. I just thought you would like the picture.
That’s quite a brush on the cat!
Copérnico and Galileo are our two gregarious cats that we adopted a year ago. It was not easy to find their names, mostly because some names would be difficult to pronounce in English. We thought of Rodrigo, Rafael, Aracataca, and Aureliano. Not that people would see the cats all the time, but mostly because we have translated our own experience with our own names (e.g., Daniel Ortiz Barrientos and Maria Antonia Posada Olaya) to our animals as well, and more recently to our son, Isaac. So we chose Copérnico and Galileo.
Copérnico, or Perni or Coper, is the skillful one, the very clever one, the lazy one, the one that eats vegetables and loiters by the fridge, or gets into the grocery basket to eat chives, the one that you can cuddle any time you want, the one that jumps 2m high, and can turn his body upside down in a millisecond when dropped from 10 cm above the ground—that is the way we test their catness.
Galileo, or Gali or Galipicho, on the other hand, does not pass the test, is incredibly cuddly but shy, loves meat, and seeks you out all the time; my wife could not be more affectionate to him, and he could not enjoy it more. The two cats play with each other, particularly at night, going up and down the stairs, and sometimes jumping on our beds and walking over us. We love them, and they make life much more fun!!! My boy Isaac smiles and giggles to them very often, but they know how to keep the minimum distance to prevent hair loss, but still incidentally make him happy. And boy, do they have tails!