This is our 7000th post—can there really have been that many?—and of course it must feature felids. What better subject than a report that one of my readers has named a kitten after me?
Reader Gayle Ferguson (that’s Dr. Ferguson) is a biologist who was Matthew Cobb’s postdoc, then a lecturer at Manchester, and now is is senior tutor at Massey University, in Auckland, New Zealand, where she teaches Evolutionary Biology and several other courses.
Gayle also has two cats, Millie and Lucy, who have been featured here before, but she recently decided to hand raise five tiny (3-week-old) kittens who had been abandoned by some cruel soul at a petrol station. Raising them involves feeding them every few hours with an eyedropper, a daunting task. But she reports on her Facebook page that they’re all thriving and gaining weight. Here’s Gayle feeding one:
And one of her Facebook entries—there were four females and one male—describes a ginger tom, and he’s named after me!:
Here’s the batch; I believe the orange guy in front is Jerry Coyne, though he could be the similar one in the rear.
It’s not all beer and skittles for their namesake, though:
I fervently hope that whoever adopts Jerry will retain both his first and last names.