A few weeks ago, I observed that cat-biting seems to be a favorite turtle activity. Here’s more evidence:
But apparently, cats aren’t the only things turtles like to bite:
I told you turtles were little bastards!
I also found this unrelated, but I thought amazing, series of bald eagles hanging out with cats. I always thought an eagle would eat a cat, but maybe not:
You’ve gotta love the impotent paw swipe at the end.
The eagles seem to hang out with the cats fairly often:
The youtube is full of interesting animal interactions – deer grooming cats, cats nursing rabbits – you name it. I went looking around because I’ve got a squirrel who’s pretty tame and will come up onto the porch when I’m out there to eat birdseed and fetch pecans (I have a bunch of unshelled pecans that are too small to bother shelling). The first time the cat saw the squirrel out there with me, she went out and sat right in the middle of the pecans. So the squirrel comes back after hiding one of the nuts, wants the rest of those pecans, and gets all up in her grill. Eartha quite frankly didn’t know how to handle it – she backed off and went to sit in her chair. That’s how it’s gone pretty much ever since. I think the squirrel is very curious of her – it’s tried a couple of times to get up close enough to the end of her tail to sniff (or bite?) it, and when it gets within a couple of inches, she freaks out and either runs or menaces the squirrel to get it to back off. She’ll still try to chase the squirrel sometimes, and a few days ago actually managed to jump right on top of it before deciding immediately to let it go. I think she knows that squirrels are pretty scrappy, so it unnerves her when one walks right up to where she’s sitting in her chair and puts its face within 6 inches of hers. Maybe at some point I’ll get some photos of them together and put them up.
They didn’t zoom in enough to see whether or not he’s got big pointy teeth.
h/t to commenter PeakVT at BalloonJuice
Update: apparently rabbits aren’t the only non-traditional herding animals. Seems appropriate to demonstrate how their opposite, the tortoise, also engages in herding:
That’s one pissed-off turtle! And if the youtube is an indication, turtles really hate cats. Cat-biting seems to be a favorite turtle activity. They’re some mean little bastards.
One of these arrived in the mail last week. Pay special attention at around 0:14 of the clip:
Eartha Kitty, of course, is a wuss, so her reaction was to cower under the bed while I was flying it. Then I had to find a place to hide it, because she doesn’t forget the toys that have frightened her when they’re running. If she finds one sitting around after it’s turned off, she abuses it.
I’m not sure yet who I will eventually end up gifting with this treasure.
You can get your own Flying Fuck at ThinkGeek.
Most of you have probably already seen the terrifying photo of Newt with his current trophy wife, Callista, that has been showing up all over the internets. Tbogg in particular has a thing for this picture, and there have been a lot of theories advanced as to what it most resembles. I had noted the other day that I was reminded of a bird of prey, then went further and said that if you clapped a felt hat on her head and put her in a pair of lederhosen, you’d have the new poster child for re-launching the “give a hoot, don’t pollute” campaign.
Full credit goes to the mad photoshop skillz of Mr. Jeffraham Prestonian; I had the idea and found the images and even got them sized correctly, but lacked the ability/tools to do freeform cut and pasting. Kudos to JP for stepping up and doing this thing which really had to be done.
No one knows why cats look so funny when they climb ladders, but they do. The same can be said of them as Dr. Johnson said about women preaching: “… is like a dog’s walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.” Well, except for that last bit – it’s never surprising to find a cat climbing whatever is available…but in the case of ladders, “it is not done well.” Doesn’t seem to fit with the natural coordination of their limbs.
With regard to the Johnson quote, yes it’s terribly misogynistic, but, 1760’s. Not surprising to find it done, so it’s refreshing when it’s done well. Actually my favorite Johnson observation is the one in which he noted that second marriages represent “the triumph of hope over experience.” Quite the cynical old codge he was – truly a man after my own heart.
We’ve had quite the spate of bad weather lately – too much rain and tornado sirens going off on average 2 times per week. We got another soaker that started Saturday evening and carried through all day Sunday with heavy rains that only let up for half-hour intervals before the next violent downpour.