Friday Catblogging: Don’t Pet the Lion

Welsh rugby player Scott Baldwin extended an invitation, one that the lion predictably accepted:

Coach Steve Tandy had no sympathy for his player, suggesting Baldwin had ignored instruction and attempted to pet the animal.

“There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion,” he said in a press conference, which was uploaded to YouTube.

“He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten.

“It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky. It was a good environment and we were told how far back to stand.”

Alaskan Lynx Family Visits Photographer’s Porch

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Anchorage resident Tim Newton awoke to the sound of something running across his deck in the area of Flattop, last Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. So naturally, he went to check it out.

Family of lynx on deck of Anchorage resident (photo Courtesy of Tim Newton Photography)

“I crept over to the window and opened the curtains a crack, and could see it looked like a cat,” he told Channel 2. But to his surprise it was no regular house cat.

“I started to think nothing more of it,” he said. “But then I noticed it had really big feet and little tiny hairs on its ears. So I knew then it was probably a lynx kitten – not a full grown cat.”

The very next thing Newton did was grab his camera.

“Normally when you see a lynx, you have just enough time to get your camera out, and then they’re gone,” says Newton. “So I was thrilled I could get a couple pictures of them playing on the deck. And I thought that might be the end of it.”

But that was not the end of it….

“Then I saw the grass… rustling,” he says. “It’s like in Jurassic Park! We got the velociraptors going through the bushes – well that’s what I saw. And lo and behold, one by one, all these baby lynx came to mama and shuffled out onto the deck, right in front of me, where I was standing behind the screen.”

In total, the family was made up of eight lynx – seven kittens and one mother….

Via Up close and personal with local lynx family @ KTUU.

Friday Catblogging: The Tiny Meows Coming From the Wall

Here’s a story with a happy ending:

Friday Catblogging: Nursery

LOS ANGELES — They are brought into shelters in crates, boxes and flower pots at this time of the year: Tiny, mewing kittens with eyes barely open, with pink, toothless mouths — and usually with no mother to nurse them.

And here’s what it takes to keep them alive: people to hand-feed formula through a syringe or tiny bottle every two to three hours around the clock, until the newborns are 4 weeks old. Most shelters do not have the resources to do this, so kittens younger than 8 weeks — the earliest age of adoption — are typically euthanized.

Not so at a stucco-sided facility on the north side of Los Angeles. Sophia Lim, one of its many volunteers, knows the routine. Hands clad in blue surgical gloves on a spring afternoon, she gingerly weighs a 4-week-old beige kitten named Osbourne on a small tabletop scale, then places him belly-down on her chest and holds a travel shampoo-sized bottle to his lips. A few minutes later, she moves on to one of the other 81 unweaned kittens who needed to eat….

Via A kitten nursery saves tiny lives in a city aiming to become ‘no kill’ @ Washington Post.

Friday Catblogging: Rescuing Cats From Super Tall Trees

As professional arborists, brothers-in-law Tom Otto and Shaun Sears are quite adept at climbing trees. The cats that they rescue are not. And with a plethora of trees—and cats—around Seattle, they decided to put their off hours to good use and return scared, stuck kitties to their worried owners. Working completely off donations, these two cat lovers are helping keep Seattle’s free-climbing felines grounded.

Friday Catblogging: This Bobcat’s Doing Just Fine, Thanks for Asking

Neal Herbert/National Park Service

Jason Bittel reports that this bobcat brings in $308,000 a year:

Somewhere in Yellowstone National Park, a wildcat is walking around with a little extra swagger in its step today. That’s because a new study estimates the value of one specific bobcat there at a whopping $308,105 a year….

Bobcats are pretty rare in Yellowstone, you see, and even in areas where the cats are common they can be difficult to spot. But in recent years, at least one cat has managed to make a living along the Madison River by ambushing ducks and other birds that ply these waters year-round. What’s more, the bobcat’s exploits have caught the attention of wildlife outfitters and photographers who now schedule entire expeditions around observing and capturing the feline on film….

To get a better idea of just how much money this one animal was generating for the local community, Mark Elbroch, the puma program lead scientist for the global wild cat conservation organization Panthera, started contacting outfitters and photographers to tally up their expenditures and earnings. By crunching costs, from filling up a gas tank and guide fees to gear purchases and revenue earned from photo sales, Elbroch and his colleagues found that the Madison River bobcat brings in well over a quarter of a million dollars each year. Their findings were published last week in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.

Well done, bobcat, well and nicely done.

Friday Catbloging: The Cheetah’s Meow

A Twitter user recently expressed her surprise at learing that cheetahs meow: “I didn’t know cheetahs meow … I’ve always thought they roar… my whole life has been a lie.”

She’s teasing about her life being a lie, but she’s serious (and right) about cheetahs meowing.

For more on the sounds these speedy cats make (and why), visit cheetahspot.com.

Friday Catblogging: Cat-Themed Home

Architectural Digest has a story online entitled This Cat-Themed Home in Arizona Is Unreal (“You have to see it to believe it”):

Courtesy of Trulia

A cat-themed home exists in Arizona, though to say it’s “themed” probably doesn’t do it justice. Although many might wonder whether it’s even OK to leave out their cat’s toys and furniture when guests come over, the owners of this home have no problem doing just that—and then some. The listing says, “If you love cats this is the home for you! If not bring a sandblaster.” Even though the rural home looks unassuming from the outside, once you step inside, you’ll feel as though you entered another universe—where only cats exist.

There is barely a square inch of the colorful home that isn’t covered in cat-themed merchandise. Walls, though initially painted bright colors like hot pink, lime green, and a brilliant blue, have been wallpapered in images of the felines. There are framed photos hanging, furniture decoupaged in the animals’ likeness, and even pillars that have been clothed in feline stuffed animals.

The listing also says that the location is a “once in a lifetime find” and an “extremely fun home.” Both statements, true as they may be, don’t do the location justice—you need to see it to believe it.

Admittedly, I’m not much for a cluttered high-intensity style, but if one is going to have lots of objects around, cat-themed ones are always a sound choice.

Friday Catblogging: The Greatest Job Opportunity Ever

A cats-only vet clinic in Ireland recently listed a position for a cat cuddler:

The cats-only clinic in Dublin is looking for someone with “gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time,” someone who is “capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients,” and who has “an ability to understand different types of purring.”