Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Jerry has made it back to the States safely and is taking it easy this morning.

It’s the birthday of activist Malcom X (1925), president of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh (1890), actor & wrestler Andre the Giant (1946) and singer Sam Smith (1992).

This is Sam Smith in the Naughty Boy version of a Disclosure song.

Offered without comment, for none is needed


Good parenting


Smart ducks wait for traffic lights (I wonder if this was a fluke)

Some baby squirrels who got themselves into trouble, read the whole story here. Spoiler alert: it has a happy ending.

And a happier squirrel how looked after his tail.

Cat date

Finally on to today’s Hili. A friend of mine recently said to me ‘Old age is not for the faint of heart’. This is true.
Hili: Look, there is a hare over there.
Cyrus: I do not chase hares anymore.
In Polish
Hili: Patrz, zając tam siedzi.
Cyrus: Ja już nie gonię zajęcy.

Hat-tip: Harry S, koppieop, Thomas C, Roger L, Barry L, Gethyn


  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    The German ducks waiting for a green pedestrian crossing light is fake. The ducks have been extracted from another video & superimposed.

    ** Pause video at 0:11 & you can see the original very dark ground hasn’t been completely removed from under the duck’s feet i.e. it’s as if the feet are floating just above the pavement with a black line underneath & around
    ** The ‘shadows’ under the ducks are too dark & too defined at their edges
    ** The ‘shadows’ are some form of blurring tool – has the effect of blurring out the edges of the pavement bricks [pause at 0:17 to see an example] – this is to hide the original ground

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Yes, I have to agree. That’s too bad. I really wanted it to be real. Sigh.

  2. Christopher
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I’m absolutely done with tw@tter, though I recognize its potential for sharing great things (note: this is not a content complaint, I’m just sick of social media) so I don’t click on those postings, however, I would love to know what species of squirrel that white and red tufted one is.

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    The mother blue-faced monkey knows how to parent a baby that’s obviously in the monkey equivalent of the developmental stage commonly called the “terrible twos”.

    I know about those rat kings — happy ending that they’re alive, but what’s a squirrel going to do without its tail, and will they have phantom tail syndrome?

    I want to know what kind of squirrels are those in the video of hand-feeding? I’m pretty sure they’re Russian, or Slavic of some sort (that from the few words I can hear), but that doesn’t tell me anything except where they might be geographically, not what kind of squirrel.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      The squirrels were separated without losing their tails. The squirrel species question is answered – I suppose there must be a variety of fur coats for the species or they can get pale backs [as well as the usual pale bibs] in the winter season. Or their are sub-species

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

        Oops, when I saw them, they appeared not to have tails. I didn’t read the entire article — should have before I jumped in.

        I identify the squirrels in the video as red squirrels (appropriate if this was filmed in Russia) in their winter coat(s? — maybe plural since the two squirrels sported different color ears and tails). Variations in coat color is common. I also read that the tufted ears in winter, which make them appear very long, are another identifying feature of the European red squirrel

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