Why didn’t God heal them?

I’m at Oakland University today and tomorrow, so posting will be light, though Greg has promised a guest post on bats.

Speaking of chiropterans, tomorrow I’ll be visiting a bat facility that has a bunch of vampire bats (and 15 other species) and a special ways of feeding them blood.  The researchers get cow blood from a slaughterhouse, remove the antibiotics in that blood (cows are given prophylactic antibiotics in the U.S.), and serve the purified blood in a continuous stream to the bats. No worries—I’ll take pictures!

In the meantime, here’s more feline LOLziness from Gary Larson. Remember these?

Gary Larson 02

Gary Larson 01

And a bonus:


h/t: SGM


  1. Matthew Cobb
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I could watch that gif all day. Poor cat never catches the ping pong ball.

    • steve oberski
      Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      And he never stops trying.

  2. JBlilie
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I love this post, thanks you. Too bad Gary Larson retired …

  3. David Duncan
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    The cat in the GIF – the next Spurs goalkeeper?

    • Ken
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:10 am | Permalink

      We can only hope. Go Gunners!

      • David Duncan
        Posted April 14, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

        Ah good, another Arsenal spporter. They left it late, then scored three in the last five minutes. You see? Miracles do happen… 🙂

  4. Hamilton Jacobi
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    cows are given prophylactic antibiotics in the U.S.

    The antibiotics aren’t prophylactic; they’re just to encourage growth. Someone noticed that cows get heavier when they’re kept on antibiotics, so now everyone in the US does it.

    Fattening the wallets of ranchers is a perfectly good reason for filling the world with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, don’t you think?

  5. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    No spring breaks for that cat.

  6. Sarah
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Look at the shape the cat makes! It looks like a flying squirrel.

    • Hamilton Jacobi
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 5:36 am | Permalink

      Even more interesting: Watch the tail rotate 360 degrees.

  7. Lurker111
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    I understand Larson caught some flack for the comic with the cat on wooden legs. He pointed out how stupid the cat had to be to put the SECOND paw into the tank with the piranha.

  8. starskeptic
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    that’s this cat…

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