Cute – and bitey!

Found on Gab, this caracal kitten: I’ve handled caracal kittens in an animal rescue center in South Africa.  They’re very kittenish and playful, but when they use their claws and/or teeth, you know all about it! Here are a couple of 6-week-old caracal kittens at an Oregon zoo. Peter

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Some amazing wildlife photographs

Britain’s world-famous Natural History Museum has just released the results of its 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  There are some spectacular images.  Here are just two, to whet your appetite.  Click each one for a much larger view.The winner in the category “Animals in their Environment”, from Spain, is Cristobal Serrano with a drone-captured overhead picture of crabeater seals on an ice floe.  (Oddly enough, despite their name, they don’t eat crabs!) Highly commended in the category “Animal Portraits”, here’s a lioness captured by Isak Pretorius of South Africa. There are many more photographs at the link.  Highly recommended viewing.

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Equine racism?

I had to laugh at this report from Britain. A talented mule has been blocked from competing in high level British dressage competitions, amid outrage from horse riders. Christie Mclean, 30, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had hoped to ride Wallace The Great, an 11-year-old rescue mule, in competitions with her dressage team. But he has been barred by British Dressage because high level competitions are only open to horses and ponies – a rule branded “equine racism” by Christie. Wallace, who only took up dressage at a low level last month, has been doing well in local competitions, placing third in

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Doofus Of The Day #1,014

This dumbass is incredibly fortunate that he’s not a dead Doofus candidate.  See for yourself. That was filmed in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  You can read more about it here. I’ve lost count of the number of stories I’ve heard (and incidents I’ve personally witnessed) of dumb tourist behavior around dangerous African animals.  There are just as many involving dangerous American animals, of course – and not involving animals at all.  There are so many, in fact, that the word “tourons” (an amalgamation of “tourists” and “morons”) has been coined to describe such behavior.  Do a search on

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