Category Archives: felids

Cat drums with its staff!

I’m braining on other stuff today, including upcoming talks in Pittsburgh, Singapore, and Hong Kong (I always get my talks done way in advance), so you’ll have to be satisfied with persiflage. As Thomas Wolfe once wrote, though, “I have a thing to tell you” (one of his great set pieces., go here and advance […]

BBC Quiz: Can you tell a wild cat from a housecat?

So, if you have a few minutes, the BBC has a 16-question quiz designed to see if you can tell house cats from wildcats by their appearance. Greg Mayer, who found this, called it to my attention and then boasted: I got 15 of 17 correct, after correcting one of their IDs (tame hybrids don’t […]

Another Jerry the Cat

I have to admit it: in lieu of having children, I’ve opted for having people name their cats “Jerry”, although I will never corrupt the process by offering payment. But there are now five six cats in the world named after me. To wit: Gayle Ferguson’s long-haired orange cat, now adopted out to a loving home […]

Cats and Ping Pong

Let’s end the work week with cat videos, since every reader save one (see previous thread) likes cats. There are quite a few videos on YouTube showing cats purporting to play ping-pong, but this one really does. Of course, he’s playing the net and is powerless to deal with corner shots to the left. . . […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Kurt Andreas’s Instagram site describes him as “a naturalist in Queens,” (a borough of New York City) as well as an “amateur dolphinologist and beeologist.”  He sent some varied photos, and his captions are indented: Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon) on Lantana sp., male, Glendale, NY (August 3, 2016) Hoverfly (Toxomerus geminatus; female). Glendale, NY (June 10, 2016): Leopard […]

Terry Townshend, who just saw a Pallas’s cat, now sees two snow leopards!

Ten days ago I pointed you to a post on Birding Beijing in which Terry Townshend and his partner Marie Ng were lucky enough to see and take videos of the rare Pallas’s cat—on Terry’s birthday, too! Well, the guy is having a run of good luck, because his latest post describes an encounter in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we’re having a special version of the RWPs—vacation shots of Leon and his staff, Elzbieta Wierzbicka and Andrzej Marciniak. (The humans took the photos.) All three are vacationing in a little-known region of Europe called Lemkivshchyna, which includes the region where Poland abuts Slovakia. A map is below, with areas identified by the dialects spoken by of their inhabitants. Nominally, Leon and his […]

Headline of the year

I can’t imagine a more intriguing headline than this one from yesterday’s Omaha Herald (click on screenshot to go to article). And it’s REAL! If they gave Pulitzer Prizes for headlines, that should get one! The story: a 53 year old father in Omaha found brownies in the back of his car, a car his kids […]

Canadian lynx baked on catnip

Reader Christopher M. called my attention to this video, apparently showing a TAME CANADA LYNX (Lynx canadensis) named Max. The YouTube note says this: I received a mighty large heavy-duty catnip pillow from Mountain Weaver of Averill Park, NY. I know Max loves catnip but he destroys his toys very quickly. I believe this one is […]

A cat weighs in on the election

The only reason I’m violating my principle to avoid personal attacks on Presidential candidates is because a.) this is a cat, and b.) it’s funny without being ad hominem. Today’s a busy day for me, and there may be only one substantive post. It will be on the burkini ban in France. h/t: Arno