Category Archives: felids

It’s International Cheetah Day!

How could I have missed this. Reader Michael called this to my attention, but Cheetah Day is almost over in the UK, and has about 9 hours to go in the US. Well, here’s the main website for the Day, and there are lots of things to read as well as cheetah-related activities in various […]

The Freedom From Religion Foundation intervenes in Charleston, Illinois’s entanglement with the Ark Park and Creation Museum

Yesterday I reported that the Parks and Recreation Department of Charleston, Illinois was sponsoring a trip for locals to visit Ken Ham’s Ark Park as well as his Creation Museum—both in nearby Kentucky. You don’t have to know much about the Constitution to realize that this is a violation of the First Amendment, as it […]

Lion attacked by hyenas but saved by pal

This segment from Attenborough’s BBC Earth was put up November 26 and already has over two million views. A young male lion is attacked by over twenty hyenas, and has a tough go of it, but in the end is saved by the appearance of his pal Tatu. Listen to those hyenas laugh! Nasty creatures, […]

Why are cat tongues spiny?

If you have a cat, you’ve probably been licked by it, and thereby experienced the raspy, sandy feel of a cat tongue. That’s due to the tongue’s being covered by many “papillae”—recurved, backwards-pointing spines made of keratin, the protein that’s in hair, hooves, and the outer layer of our skin. The papillae are in fact […]

Larry the Chief Mouser wants in!

If you’ve been on this site a while, you’ll know that Britain has an official government cat, with the title Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. The position has been held from 1929 to the present, and a list of its holder is on the Wikipedia page. The incumbent is one brown-and-white Tabby named Larry, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a selection by reader Jim Trice, whose notes are indented: Three vertebrates, a true bug, and bonus cat for your tank.Ringtail possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus, sheltering in our climbing rose by our back veranda. This one hung around for a few days before moving on. They are fairly common around here, and generally rather […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Luke Hunter, President and Chief Conservation Officer of Panthera, a wild-cat rescue organization highly ranked by Charity Navigator, and worthy of a donation (give here), sent some photos of a hydrophilic jaguar (Panthera onca) from the Amazon, enticing me to visit. I just found these photos, which were sent a bit more than a year […]

A reader’s take on why medieval artists couldn’t paint cats

For many months I’ve been urging reader (and writer) Laurie Sindoni (half of the staff of Theo, the coffee-drinking cat), to examine the question of why medieval artists couldn’t paint cats. I’ve given examples on this site of ludicrously substandard cat art—and it isn’t just medieval art, either. For some reason, artists up to the […]

It’s National Cat Day!

How could I have missed this? As the tweet below (h/t: Grania) indicates, it’s NATIONAL CAT DAY!  And the hashtag #NationalCatDay is full of swell pictures. In honor of this day, the first five readers who send me a photo of their cat, along with two sentences giving its name and some salient facts, will […]

A new paper confirms six subspecies of tigers, promoting conservation of the species (with some curmudgeonly comments on conservation genetics by Professor Ceiling Cat)

It’s a sad situation that the tiger (Panthera tigris), the world’s largest and arguably most magnificent wild cat, is heading towards extinction in nature. Fewer than 4,000 of them remain in the wild, and there are more in captivity than are roaming free in nature. Their current range is only 7% of the territory they […]