Category Archives: Animals

“He’s quite a gay dog with the ladies.”

Via Kellie Strøm, this is a delight: Like this:Like Loading…

Socially Awkward Penguin Knows Your Pain

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Pick Up A Penguin

I didn’t catch this in November, when it was posted, but I can’t miss it now. It’s a YouTube video that tells an astonishing wildlife photography story. [via this teacher’s life] Like this:Like Loading…

Primitive Tool Use

Cunningly, Yahoo! has made a virtue of the Alex Massie view of the relative lack of sophistication of “Twenty20″ cricket to promote their live online coverage of the world championships. [The video embedded below is a Windows Media file.] Like this:Like Loading…

Bat Into Hell

[A] bat, seen clinging to the external fuel tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery before its launch on Sunday, apparently clung for dear life to the side of the tank as the spaceship lifted off. … The shuttle accelerates to an orbital velocity of 17,500 milers per hour, which is 25 times faster than the […]

Яolcats

Via Ben Goldacre, “English Translations of Eastern Bloc Lolcats“. Like this:Like Loading…

Endangered Pink Lizards Threatened By Invasion Of Feral Goats

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Jurassic Car Park

There’s a US marine biologist on BBC Radio 4 talking about the leatherback turtles that she and her team have been tagging. Apparently an adult leatherback grows to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Wikipedia concurs—and also points out that this makes the leatherback only the fourth largest reptile, after some crocodilians. I’m scared now. […]

Marching Across Europe

If you are scared of spiders then please don’t follow this link [requires Flash]. Like this:Like Loading…

Royal Breeding

King Charles’s brain constricted by tiny skull. Like this:Like Loading…

Disturbing Search Of The Moment

I’m kind of afraid to ask why people have been arriving at PooterGeek over the past couple of days as a result of googling for “John Kettley” and “hedgehog”. I realise my publishing this post will now make things worse. Perhaps I should add the phrase “Richard Gere” as well. Like this:Like Loading…

Top Tip

You certainly don’t want to go walking through a field of disoriented, agitated and wet honey bees. — Richard Duplain, vice president of the New Brunswick [Canada] Beekeepers Association Unfortunately for one journalist, not everyone got Mr Duplain’s advice in time, says this story. [Thanks, Sue] Like this:Like Loading…

Pussy Pedantry

My last post prompted a reader to send me photos of her tortoiseshell cats. [Thank you!] Such a flow of cat pics is of course unconventional in cat blogging, but it gives me an opportunity to point out that it’s only some of the much rarer male tortoiseshells that are the true chimeras, mixtures from […]

Bear With A Big Head

KNUT the polar bear has turned from a cuddly cub into a publicity-addicted psycho, one of his keepers has claimed. Markus Roebke said Berlin Zoo’s celebrity animal was obsessed with the limelight and howled with rage when denied an audience. “Knut must go and the sooner the better,” he said, insisting that the bear should […]

When Brighton Hen Parties Go Bad

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Future News: Headlines Of 2108

NASA ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE ON CENTAURI IV AND ENCOUNTER POPULATION OF HUMANOIDS SO PRIMITIVE THAT THEY STILL HAVE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS. PANEL OF HISTORIANS VOTES ON MOST HATED FIGURES OF 21ST CENTURY. SADDAM HUSSEIN, CLONED HITLER, HEATHER MILLS-MCCARTNEY TOP POLL. HUMPHREY LYTTELTON FORCED TO STAND DOWN AS PRESENTER OF I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE AFTER EXPOSURE […]

…No Dogs, No Irish…

a bitch, currently residing at a fine Welsh bed-and-breakfast establishment[click image to enlarge it] There’s a discussion going on over at Chris Dillow’s place about whether or not guest house owners should be allowed to discriminate against gay couples. Whatever is implied by Chris’s musings on the matter, markets are not the solution to this […]

Lifted

I like levitating terriers. Here are two more from a flickr user: Ollie & Muffet race at the BTCO Fun Day by Gavatron. And here’s a beagle with a piece of cucumber on its head. Like this:Like Loading…

Finding A Line

While his master leads the England bowling attack, Steve Harmison’s dog, Magoo, participates in the British Dog Agility Championships. Like this:Like Loading…

Rumble In The Jungle On The Savannah

This YouTube video of charismatic megafauna fighting by a waterhole starts slowly, but develops into a riveting drama. It’s got all the ingredients for a Disney animated feature except songs by Elton John. Like this:Like Loading…

Missed Opportunity

Dave lives in Brighton and has a blog and I think I’ve been out for a drink with him—or rather his posse—on a couple of occasions. The only reason I know he has a blog is that he recently commented on Andrew’s. When I found Dave’s site I had a browse and found that he […]

Only Me!

photo by Osito Tai I’m not dead, just busy. There’ll be something new here tomorrow—probably. Like this:Like Loading…

Size Matters

I used to work for a Professor whose academic homepage listed among his interests “sperm production”. If you want evidence that female animals can be as promiscuous as male animals you should have a browse through the literature on sperm competition. In the case of ducks, that promiscuity is not necessarily the females’ choice, so […]

Hands Across The Ocean

Hi, Knut. Jerry here. Yeah, I’m afraid it is kinda bad news again. Look, I gotta be honest with you: Pixar have nixed the whole project. No, it wasn’t your fee—though I gotta say they thought the spec you were demanding for your Winnebago was, er, “unusual”. You really wanna know? Hey, don’t take this […]

Mr White

[BERLIN: A Luxury Executive Premium polar bear enclosure. KNUT relaxes on a Le Corbusier recliner carved out of rock, doing bicep curls with a protesting baby seal clutched in his fist] KNUT: [into Bluetooth headset] Ya, Jerry, the death threat was the clincher, man. Mom rejects me, bro’ rejects me, then “Big bad animal rights […]

Chasing Frisbees

Later, on the Wedding Photography Blog, I’ll be explaining how you can obtain a photo like this yourself, using an old camera, a wind machine, and a stuffed Westie on a stick. Like this:Like Loading…

Evolutionary Arms Race Update

Meanwhile, embarrassed by the cats, the chimpanzees get in on the act [requires free registration]. (Note that most of the chimp spear-carriers are female.) Like this:Like Loading…

An Abomination Unto The Lord

Hak Mao links to a cat with 26 toes. What she doesn’t mention in her blog post is that further down that article is the terrifying news that some cats have evolved opposable thumbs. People are worried about genetically modified potatoes when we are sharing this planet with a sub-population of Felis catus that can […]

Caught

I’m no wildlife photographer and I know this kind of thing has been done before, but I doubt if it’s been done much better than this. Like this:Like Loading…

A Message From Our Sponsors

The previous post included my first paid link to Amazon. In future, when I recommend a book or CD or DVD here I’ll link to its Amazon page. I always used to do this anyway because it was convenient. It also happens that I am a frequent Amazon customer and that their service has always […]

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