Jerry Coyne is getting bigger and handsomer

Reader Gayle Ferguson, who adopted a litter of five kittens, including only one male (a ginger tom she called Jerry Coyne), sends pictures and news of Jerry and his littermates:

I’ve attached many new photos of the little man.  He is growing very handsome.  I haven’t had him weighed for a while but we’ll be going to the vet either tomorrow or Saturday to get this done.

Two pictures of Jerry and Hoover (so named because she sucked on her milk syringe with great vigor):

Hoover and jerry 2

Hoover and Jerry

Jerry on display:






Hoover, Jerry, and Isis (Jerry’s girlfriend):

Isis Hoover and Jerry

Jerry, Molly, and Poppy:

Jerry Molly and Poppy

Jerry and Pistorius!:

Kitten and Pistorius

Gayle’s favorite picture of Jerry:

This is my favourite

Will some Kiwi or Aussie PLEASE adopt this guy? I want to be able to post pictures of him as he grows into an adult. (It goes without saying that you can’t change his name.)

I’ve enlarged Jerry Coyne’s “Satan Face” which is now my Twi**er icon:



  1. mordacious1
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    When is Jerry Coyne going to be neutered?

    • Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink


      • gravityfly
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

        Lol 🙂

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:37 am | Permalink

        LOL seconded! 😀

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:30 am | Permalink

        Not for a while yet, but it would be the responsible thing to do. 😉

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      To quote the old song:
      “these two bricks and mortar /
      will teach you not to discuss Ugandan Relations with my daughter”
      (Derek and Clive, I think.)

    • rareflightlessbird
      Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      About two weeks time, when he is 1 kg. It would be nice to wait until he is a bit bigger, but Auckland has such a terrible problem with strays and abandoned kittens that all the rescue agencies insist that animals be neutered before being adopted out to new homes. General public can’t be trusted to be responsible.

  2. Inga
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    They grow so fast.

  3. Sastra
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    If Jerry Coyne Kitty gets any cuter — or is threatened with adoption by someone who is going to rename him “Fluffy” — then Jerry Coyne Evolutionary Biologist just might have to pay a visit to New Zealand. And then go through all the necessary hoops to bring Jerry Coyne back (which may take longer than the filming Tolkein.)

    Though it would be confusing to actually own a cat with your own name. I mean, for one thing, what about mail??

    • Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      Never mind the mail; what about publications? How is one supposed to cite the one as opposed to the other, and what about collaborative works?

      …then there’s the finances, the taxes, the catnip-of-the-month-club memberships….


      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:38 am | Permalink

        the catnip-of-the-month-club

        Now there’s an idea.
        Not necessarily a very good idea, but it’s definitely an idea.

        • Posted March 7, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

          If there’s one thing you can’t not say about me, it’s that I don’t not lack for an absence of an abundance…erm…where was I?


      • ammasbhavya
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink


        Oh my — and what would Hili think?

    • dongiovanni
      Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:39 am | Permalink

      If Jerry Coyne the biologist were to visit New Zealand, he could do worse than take the opportunity to do a few talks here. We haven’t had anyone of particular interest since the Potty Peer last April.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink

        A lot of people vacation in the south pacific and either skip NZ or leave it to last with little time. Those who get a little taste inevitably regret not spending more time there. It’s a great place to visit & I’m sure Jerry would love it – especially the cheese and bread! I find NZ has the best cheese & bread for some reason! I also love that every town, no matter how small, has an affordable place to eat where you can get cheese & bread.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

          To be honest, NZ has always been on my list of “places I must go”, including with settlement in mind. Bread and cheese only add to the interesting potential.

          • ammasbhavya
            Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

            I went so far as to look into the exporting of ‘Jerry Coyle’ to the US. Can’t look at pdf, thinks I don’t have Adobe. On a MacBook, yada, yada, yada. Just entertaining the idea… Wouldn’t want “Little Fuzzy” to be on such a long trip anyway unless ‘Big Fuzzy’ went and to NZ to bring him home and join him in the cabin. I’m afraid the “Little Fuzzy” would be the center of attention though 😉 Imagine, two airline tickets and passports, Jerry A Coyne.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

              You can open PDFs in Preview which is on all Macs. I actually prefer Preview & don’t have Adobe PDF reader on my Macs.

  4. Mark
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Cats don’t really learn their names, do they?

    • rareflightlessbird
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      No, I don’t think so. I think they just respond to the tone of your voice, or don’t respond, as they see fit…

    • still learning
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Yes, they do. My 2 know their names and also come running when I say “treeeeat” in a high-pitched voice. I’ve tested other names when talking with them…no response. The correct name elicits a head tilt or eye contact.

    • mordacious1
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Both of mine know their names. They will turn around and look at you (or sometimes just move their ears) and then ignore you (unless it involves a treat of some kind). They also both know the sound of a can opener.

      • Merilee
        Posted March 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        I wonder what the equivalent of a can-opener on the savannah is? I was tiven n electruc one as a long ago wedding present, and man did that call my kitty from backyards away!

        • bacopa
          Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

          The savanna equivalent is the hoofbeat of the impala.

    • ammasbhavya
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Had fifteen house cats at one time from ‘wise years’ to ‘wee bairns’. They knew their names even with different inflections. Now there are two — not from the original fifteen.

      Off course there is selective hearing as they often have more important things to do than respond to me 😉

  5. Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Too cute!

    Kudos to Gayle and assistants for saving and nurturing these adorable wee ones. It must be a lot of work and expense, being foster mother.

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I love the “Satan face”. Kitty Jerry Coyne is a rocker!

    • gravityfly
      Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Could that be the “insult-flinging Coyne” face that Douthat referred to? lol

  7. Curtis
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I am not asking this for myself but for the dogs of Mexico, specifically Isla Mujeres. There is a Youtube video called “Last in line” about a woman’s effort to help these poor creatures. I ask that you post it for your followers to help spread the word about this heroic effort. Every cent raised goes to the animals. I know you’re a cat person but that means you love animals and dogs are certainly that.

  8. Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Check out those canines on Feline Satan – Coyne ! Whoa ! = what lovely nom – chompers !

    Mz Ferguson, you have done such a smashing job here … … mothering and fussing.


  9. John Kiwala
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Kiwala is a polish surname. South Hackensack, NJ roots. A kiwala with a last name of Stahlberg lives in the McCracken School District in Skokie. Anyway…..While reading Marginalia stuff, Poes thoughts , I came across Jeffersons concern of Federalist opposition attaching atheism to his character during his run for president. This all came about during Jeffersons friendship with Frenchmen Volney, and Jeffersons translation of Volneys book “Ruins of Empires”. Interesting stuff here..
    ” to live in harmony and peace…..we must trace a line of distinction between those assertions that are capable of verifications and those that are not , we must separate by an inviolable barrier the world of fantastical beings from the world of realities”. Volney via Jefferson Translation.
    The year 1800 was fearful for atheists. And Poe? A devout believer in heaven. Interesting.

  10. Posted March 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Our cats’ names must have been chukachukachuka crinkle-rumple-shunk … the sounds of the treat bag being shaken. They’ve always promptly responded. 🙂

  11. compuholio
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    The last image is awesome…

    I would adopt him I lived anywhere close.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:39 am | Permalink

      I am considering emigrating…

    • Alektorophile
      Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

      Same here. We’re moving into new, spacious new digs in a few months, and a cat has been promised to me and our ailurophile son. Too bad NZ is too far away. As it happens, growing up I had a cat named Jerry, albeit not presciently in honor of this website’s host, but rather because as a 5-year-old I was somewhat confused about who was the cat and who the mouse in my beloved Tom and Jerry cartoons…

  12. Posted March 7, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    what a fiercely cute kitteh Jerry Coyne is

  13. aljones909
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Come on you kiwis. Give Jerry (and the others) a home.

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