Caturday felid trifecta: Scottish man cycles around the world with a rescue kitten; the fate of Julian Assange’s cat; mouse pwns cat;

Bored Panda has a heartwarming story of a Scottish man who, cycling around the world, came upon a stray tabby (click on screenshot). The rest is history.


This three-minute video, embedded in a tweet, tells the tale:

Some photos and text from the article:

In September 2018, Dean Nicholson had one goal – to cycle across the globe solo – and he began his long journey riding from his hometown Dunbar, Scotland. The 31-year-old Scottish traveler was tired from his nine-to-five job as a welder so he wanted to change his lifestyle and see the world from a bicycle seat.

The trip went great as he traveled south, passing through eight different countries and sharing his wild adventures online. But when he was crossing the Bosnian border into Montenegro, his plans had to change a little bit.

At first, Nicholson didn’t have a place for kitty so he had to be creative. He made some space in his front basket, clearing out some of his digital equipment and carefully placed her there. In that way, his new companion was granted the best seat in the front and had the honor to lead the way.

He knew that since they were in the middle of nowhere and the kitty was desperately hungry, her previous owner had intentionally dumped her. After a trip to the vet, Nicholson named her Nala, after one of the characters in his favorite movie ‘The Lion King’ and took her on his journey.

Nala quickly showed her loving personality and adventurous soul. She loves traveling and is super relaxed and chill showing no signs of discomfort traveling long distances. Sometimes she jumps out of the box and sits on Nicholson’s shoulder. She attracts everyone’s attention and they always ask for a picture of her.

At the end of the year, Nicholson didn’t want to put their journey on hold, therefore, they traveled through the rain and cold, which caused Nala a chest infection. At that moment, the Scottish traveler realized how much he doesn’t want to lose his little feline so he decided to stay in a hostel for several weeks and wait for her recovery.

. . . It’s crazy how quickly your plans can change when you meet the right companion. When Nicholson started his journey, he had one vision in his mind – to travel the world with his bicycle – however after meeting Nala, he cares more about her growth than his journey. And it’s just too cute!


Julian Assange had a pet cat in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Now that he’s been removed and is in jail, what we all want to know is, “What happened to his cat?” This story from The Cut, part of New York Magazine, tells the tail (click on the screenshot):

The fact is, we don’t know what happened to Embassy Cat:

. . . we know that Assange’s cat — a feline with many names, including “Michi” (Ecuadorian for “cat”), James, Cat-stro, and Embassy Cat, the last of which we will use for the purposes of this article — proved a point of contention. Assange acquired his hostage, a beautiful beast of murky origins, as a kitten in May 2016. Since then, the Embassy harangued Assange for his failure to provide for Embassy Cat’s “well-being, food, and hygiene.” If Assange refused to step up, the Embassy warned, it would re-home his pet with a more responsible owner.

Since Assange’s formal ouster, the public has wondered: What happened to Embassy Cat? The Washington Post reports that Ecuador transferred Embassy Cat to another post months ago, yet questions linger. Namely, Where is this poor creature, and is it okay? Is it in safer, more attentive hands now, and please, whose hands might those be?

Embassy Cat had a Twitter Feed, but now it’s bereft of cat news. Here are a few earlier tweets (the site was probably run by Assange).

Bored, Assange started dressing up the cat in ties:

I hope the cat is okay!


This is one brave mouse, who’s not afraid of a cat.  The YouTube notes:

“I’ve seen my cat Saxby playing with mice outside before. However, this day he met his match. This mouse decided the best defense is a good offense. In the end, the mouse won.”

h/t: Ginger K.


  1. W.Benson
    Posted May 4, 2019 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I saw somewhere that Julian Assange’s lawyer stated that the cat had been taken from the Embassy by his legal team and was well and being cared for.

  2. Posted May 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    The mouse in the video behaved abnormally. Could be due to some infection. If I were the cat, I’d run away sooner.

    • pablo
      Posted May 4, 2019 at 12:09 pm | Permalink


  3. Posted May 4, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if mice have learned that well-fed house cats can be driven away. In other words, that offense is the best defense in such cases. If so, I wonder if they can sense that a cat is well-fed. Perhaps it is common for them to take the offensive regardless of the cat’s hunger. Perhaps they assess the cat’s behavior and decide on their strategy per cat. So many questions!

  4. Glenda Palmer
    Posted May 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed the story about Dean Nicholson and little Nala his companion cat. I would love an update on that team.

    Such a difference between Nicholson’s story and the Assange approach to pet ownership. This man is a complete jerk. So there – I said it.

    • David Coxill
      Posted May 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      He should have gone back to Sweden and faced the music .

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 4, 2019 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        It wasn’t the charges in Sweden he was afraid of. It was being extradited to the US on tRumped-up charges.

        As it is, all they have been able to charge him with is ‘conspiracy to help crack a password’.

        Jeez, if I recommended some cracking software to someone in this thread, I’d be guilty of that. Seriously, if it wasn’t Assange, would they even bother going after anyone for that?

        It’s entirely political.


        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted May 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

          Oh, just to add, we know that charge is just an excuse to get him into the clutches of the US, where they will throw the book at him.

          Despite the fact that all he did was what Ellsberg and the Washington Post did with the Pentagon Papers. He is not a US citizen and the alleged offence was not committed on US soil. This is exactly equivalent to the illegal kidnapping (‘rendition’) of the Guantanamo detainees. If the US gets away with it no reporter in the world is safe from political persecution.


  5. Hugh Spencer
    Posted May 4, 2019 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m afraid (and greatly saddened) by responses such as G Palmer and D Coxil. Assange’s reputation has been degraded for years as part of a well orchestrated campaign (both US and GB).. maybe, if you are honest, read


    so this guy who has allowed us to see clearly the absolute rot behind our governance – has to be shat on… go fondle your kitties.

  6. Seth Finkelstein
    Posted May 5, 2019 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    I don’t think Assange ran the twitter feed. There’s never been any indication that he had the particular sense of humor and love of puns which was on display there. I suspect it was the work of a PR person who later left the job, which is why the posts ended.

    The whole issue of not taking care of the cat struck me as very weird. Why make it literally international news? This isn’t a roommate situation, even if it’s funny to think of it that way. The embassy has paid staff. How hard is it to have one of the janitors clean the litter box too? Just add the cost of half an hour of that time to whatever bill they run for him. Have someone open a can of cat food in the morning. Isn’t there any staff member who likes the cat and would actually enjoy feeding it and playing with it? Threatening to take the cat away comes across to me as extremely petty, especially if Assange is going stir-crazy.

    [This post takes no position on any other Assange controversies.]

  7. Hugh Spencer
    Posted May 5, 2019 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    I suggest that you who are interested in some transparency in our current bizarre governance might like to read and do read the comments.

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