Category Archives: Honorary cats

Intrepid squirrel drives away burglar, gets rewarded with Whoppers

From WXPI in Idaho, we hear of a Hero Squirrel named Joey who drove a burglar, apparently attacking and biting the intruder. Adam Pearl, Joey’s owner, came home and found scratches on his gun case, with a few items missing. Apparently the police found the intruder, who confessed to the crime after the cops noticed he bore […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Cameron Way of Fort Collins, Colorado sent a passel of photos that, he said, depicted “playing” in his backyard. He identifies them as fox squirrels (Sciurus niger), but isn’t sure. When I asked him if they were playing or fighting, he responded, “I don’t know if they were fighting, but there was a lot of this, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ed Kroc sent some photos showing color variants of the eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Sadly, I lost his email, but the photos came with descriptions. A species showing variation like this, if it’s sufficiently common and pretty discrete, is called polymorphic (Greek for “many forms”). Humans, for instance, are polymorphic for hair and eye color. […]

Caturda felid trifecta: Babies vs. cats, cat travels 60 miles under car hood, squirrel pwns dog

Today we have three items, the first being a comparison of babies versus cats (“Having a baby vs having a cat”) from The Oatmeal. Which should you have? It reminds me of Charles Darwin’s written notes comparing the virtues of marriage to those of owning a d*g, made when he was thinking of getting married. (Marriage won.) […]

Ring-tailed lemur demands back scratches

At 4 pm Chicago time (1.5 hours from now), all the cats sent to me for the DemoCATic National Convention will be posted. In the meantime, here’s an Honorary Cat™. I’ve had the pleasure of hand-feeding these guys (Lemur catta; note the name), which are absolutely gorgeous—and adorable when the babies ride on their mothers’ […]

Fox cub rescued from drain as mother watches anxiously

This occurred May 10, 2016 at Cooden Beach, East Sussex, England. Here’s the rather long YouTube description: Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out early afternoon to a fox cub after it was seen at the bottom of a drain in a cul-de-sac in Cooden Beach Bexhill. The cub had […]

First baby squirrel of the year!

After a hiatus in my squirrel feeding (I’m a bad person), I’ve resumed putting nuts and seeds out on my windowsill. It’s harder to attract my favorite rodents this summer, as our building is encased in scaffolds as they replace the 120-year-old tile roof. But the squirrels do have a new jungle gym to run […]

Fox cub survives brush with death as it holes up in dishwasher

Dr. Simon Hayes, a vet in north London, found a fox cub in his dishwasher. As the Torygraph reports, how and why it got there is a mystery, but the paper has a video of the cub huddled inside the appliance. Hayes chased it out with a broom and, according to the news, the fox […]

A pounce and a miss

We all know by now that foxes not only hear rodents beneath the snow, but appear to use the Earth’s magnetic field to zero in on the hapless prey. This fox, however, miscalculated. By the way, the US Department of the Interior Twi**er site has some nice stuff.

Tiny foxes on the Channel Islands lack not only mass, but also genetic variation and fear of humans

On the Channel Islands, 12-70 miles (20-113 km) off the Pacific coast of southern California, live six subspecies of the Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), a dwarf species that is a close relative of the gray fox living on the mainland (U. cineroargenteus). Genetic data suggest that these foxes have been isolated from the mainland species for about 9000 […]