Sunday, February 27, 2011

Camo Kitty

 In the tangle of leafless vines, a kitten has found a hammock. 

There he is. He's hard to see, but easy on the eyes.

 He's known as ...

 Camo Kitty.

 Which is good, because Monkey Paw sounds more disparaging.

 Here, Camo Kitty camouflages his head. Where'd it go?

 He's a master of stealth.

And cuteness.

(Photos by Jyotiness.)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stacking food on animals

Japanese game shows have a reputation for being kind of crazy. There's this video of a game show which involves stacking food on patient pets. There's a lot of drool, baby talk in Japanese, a Gumby shirt and an insane amount of food tempting the animals, which seems like a mild form animal torture—or just really testing their will. It is kind of amazing, though.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The lone wolverine

A wolverine has been spotted in the Sierra Nevada by motion-detecting cameras. According to The Sacramento Bee:

"Scientists have traced the animal's DNA to wolverines in the northern Rockies and believe he may have wandered down solo from Idaho – a journey of more than 500 miles across rivers, deserts, highways and railroads."

See his pictures and read his story here.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Turtle vs. Cats

So there's the famous fable about the tortoise and the hare. Everyone's heard it. But what about the story of the turtle and two cats? Once upon a time ...

I am not sure what is crazier, the turtle or the music.
But don't watch it on this page. The Petophile is too busy taking photos of cats to learn how to size down the video for this wretched blog. See the full-frame vid here:
(This video is brought to you by YouTube.)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Speckles at sunset

Ears are orange, body white. Reminds me of this white cat with orange ears and tail—and also was super sweet.

(Photo by s.)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Caseyface has a new passion

 Casey cozies up to a banjo.

 Who know she had a thing for folk music?

And the nastiest shot of them all:

(Photos by RCMII.)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mysterious muzzle

This so-nice-it's-nasty hay-chomping nose belongs to a huge draft horse. You're welcome!

(Photo by the Petophile.)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cat in a bag! It never gets old.

Are you puking yet?

I am!

(Photos by RCMII.)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wanna iguana?

How could you not wanna see an iguana as fine as this?

(Photo by the Petophile.)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A little (more) pygmy (goat)

This stellar pygmy goat gets so excited when he gets visitors, that he keeps moving around. It's super cute, but often results in photos as fuzzy as he makes one's heart feel while in his presence.

(Photo by the Petophile.)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

You haven't seen Caseyface in a while

Maybe it's because Casey's been hunkered down in a drawer. Goofy kitten.

(Photos by the Petophile.)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A teef!-rearing good time

All kinds of boys play-fight, including horses.

 Like these two. They're rearing here, but take a closer look. What's that you spy behind the gray neck?

 Bared teef!

Oh no! So gross!

(Photo by s.)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Making friends

BFF: Bay friend forever.

(Photo by s.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A view from Egypt

This photograph was taken in Egypt just days before the Mubarak protests began from atop a hardworking camel. You can see the city skyline on the horizon.

(Photo courtesy of J.E.)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

He was busy

He was busy (sleeping), until you interrupted him (with a camera flash in his face). Now he has to work (sleep) harder to make up for lost time.

(Photo courtesy of M.S.)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mountain goat under a chandelier?

How did this mountain goat get under a huge chandelier in a hotel?

 Oh, someone killed it, taxidermically preserved it and showed it off in the hotel ballroom. 
Ain't that sad?

(Photos by s.)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

14 dead dolphins at Las Vegas' MGM Mirage

In June of 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported that the 14th dolphin since 1990 at the MGM Mirage died from complications of a lung infection in its marine facilities. That seems like a lot. sent the following to gain signatures on a petition:

The dolphins are trapped in a concrete pool next to a highway. They breathe in fumes and smog day after day. There's no protection from the desert heat or the winter snow. Seventy-five percent die prematurely. 
This is the horrifying existence of the dolphins at The Mirage Hotel and Casino's "Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat." Imprisoned in pools that are too shallow and too small, they're forced to do mindless tricks for high-paying guests day after day – until they develop respiratory infections and diseases that claim their lives.
No creature should be treated this way. Tell The Mirage to end its cruelty to dolphins.
Animal protection organizations have appealed to the National Marine Fisheries Service to deny The Mirage's requests for more dolphins, but as more and more dolphins die -- the death count is now at 14 -- the Mirage keeps "restocking" its exhibit.
This isn't the first time The Mirage has faced criticism for its reprehensible treatment of animals. In the past, The Mirage housed tigers in the building -- but due to large opposition from the public, the casino is now tiger-free.
This set a clear precedent: If The Mirage believes the public fallout will be worse than the profits it makes from its mistreated animals, it will stop its despicable behavior.
Together, we can build the pressure needed to free The Mirage's dolphins. Sign this petition today to tell The Mirage to stop imprisoning, mistreating, and causing the deaths of dolphins:
 Thanks for taking action,
-- Judith and the Team
P.S. Once you add your name, click here to share this campaign on Facebook. To win against The Mirage, we'll need a lot more people to know about the deadly conditions these dolphins face.

The Mirage responded to petitioners as follows:

Thank you for asking about our dolphins. The Dolphin Habitat upholds the highest professional values for the care of our animals. The Habitat is a member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), a well-respected international association dedicated to the conservation and protection of marine mammals and the members of our Habitat staff are each specially trained animal care experts. 

Millions of children and adults visit the Habitat each year to enjoy an up-close and educational experience that creates an emotional bond between the guests and the dolphins – a connection that inspires our guests to care about the conservation of these animals in the wild, and the protection of the oceans in which they live.
It is important to note that none of the dolphins living at the Habitat came from Japan or any drive fishery. Additionally 70 percent of the dolphins in the US have been born at marine parks in the US .

Our facility undergoes comprehensive annual on-site inspections by the US Department of Agriculture and is in full compliance with all regulations.
Thank you again for writing.

Yvette Monet
The Mirage Public Affairs

What's your take?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kitten uses paw to drink water

 The kitten is scooping water from the bowl into her paw and drinking it.

This is really happening.

 Again and again. It is too cute.


 Oh, nasty!


(Photos by the Petophile.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Great Pyrenees' great affection

Great Pyrenees are great big dogs.

 With great amounts of affection.

Maybe too much affection.

(Photos by RCMII.)