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2013-04-25 12:49:08 PM

Diogenes: James!: staplermofo: Barndad: Answer to all questions.
No.
Thanks to James for TotalFark sponsorship!

Does James! get a lynx?

I want a Serval!
[benisbigwildcats.wikispaces.com image 504x322]

I either want one of those or the Savannah cat mix.


Don't. They still spray even if you sterilize them and are very aggressive.

We were watching someone's bengal cat and it kept on attacking our cats and attacked my Husband's hand so badly he still has scars.
 
2013-04-25 12:58:36 PM

FLMountainMan: basemetal: I know some credible people that have seen black cougars/panthers in the south canadian river area in Oklahoma, yet every game warden and biologist says there is no way.  Are the authorities wrong?

People say that in the Panhandle all the time (including my wife, smh), despite their being little evidence of melanism among felis concolor, let alone evidence of Florida panthers being in the panhandle.


It could be an exotic "pet" that got loose.

Did you know that there are more tigers privately owned in the US than there are left in the wild? Some states will just let you own any animal with a relatively cheap permit.
 
2013-04-25 01:08:38 PM

RatOmeter: basemetal: I know some credible people that have seen black cougars/panthers in the south canadian river area in Oklahoma, yet every game warden and biologist says there is no way.  Are the authorities wrong?

I saw a puma in Noble county along the Black Bear Creek, but it was the normal, tan-ish color with darker shading along is back and tail.  Maybe if a person just got a glimpse of a cougar's back in low light conditions, they might be fooled into thinking it was all dark/black.


I've seen a regular Mountain Lion/cougar before in the same areas, a little too close for comfort too.

/no, it wasn't a bob cat, I've seen those too
//and while a grown bob cat will make you go oh shiat
///the cougar will just about make you shiat
 
2013-04-25 01:08:59 PM

naughtymonkey: Why do my cats keep eating my headphone wires?

Seriously. It's costing me a freaking fortune to keep replacing them.


Take a paint brush and coat them in hot sauce. They'll stop.
 
2013-04-25 01:36:41 PM
Savannah F1 or full-blood Serval and spend the extra 15K on food, enclosure, etc?
 
2013-04-25 01:40:41 PM
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
 
2013-04-25 01:40:56 PM

Barndad: Jaguarundi are mainly South and Central American but there are some feral animals meant to be found in Florida.


Meant to be, does that mean intentionally?
 
2013-04-25 01:50:38 PM
Sorry for the absence.
Some random answers
The taxonomic big cats, genus Panthera (lion, leopard, tiger, jaguar, snow leopard) are united by the ability to roar.
Baton Rouge.
I like dags.
Remember, it's up to us. Bigfoot is a crucial part of the ecosystem, if he exists. So let's all keep Bigfoot possibly alive for future generations, unless he doesn't exist. The end!
These stories of out of place cats and melanistic puma are really interesting!
 
2013-04-25 02:02:41 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-25 02:14:48 PM
Congrats on getting published/making headlines! The only big cats around Nebraska are the occasional lost mountain lion.

/So if I ever get published I can get a greenlight?
//actually, probably not, my research involves schizophrenia, not kitties
///also, I'm still an undergrad...... :'(
/slashies
 
2013-04-25 02:29:20 PM

Barndad: Ive just looked up data on radio tagged jaguarundi and it seems a range of up to 20km square is not unusual for a single female.


Wow, I just discovered that male pumas/cougars/mountain lions (I know, different kitty than you were talking about) have a home range of up to 200 square miles.  This one apparently migrated from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Oklahoma.  Over 600 miles.
 
2013-04-25 02:33:25 PM
Thanks for all the encouraging reposes! And the snark.
 
2013-04-25 02:34:33 PM
Yeah, apex predators of large size tend to roam a huge distance. African lions have been known to move up to 1000km in a few weeks
 
2013-04-25 02:45:36 PM

FLMountainMan: let alone evidence of Florida panthers being in the panhandle.


They are there. I've seen 2 in my lifetime in Wakulla County(south of Tallahassee) and have seen tracks of another but without a visable sighting of the animal. There has also been numerous sightings in surronding counties by locals. Knowing their range I've often thought that maybe they were loners because the sightings I had were years apart. That was in the 60's and 70's though the one in the 60's was with my dad and uncle when I was a youngster. I don't believe there's a breeding population though because so far there's been no evidence of that found. Those damn cats are hard to find, much less observe, so who knows.

My grandfather who was born in 1907 also spoke about panther sightings in that area as well, but as I said, I don't know if they were hanging around or just passing through looking for a mate. There's a bunch of Wildlife Managment Areas in Wakulla and the majority of the area is woods, so they could be there and nobody would ever know. The tracking website shows 13 sightings in Wakulla County and I'm certain that number is way low. That's why I said upthread that I thought they had their range off by some bit because they've been spotted well outside of the south Florida area many times in the past.
 
2013-04-25 02:47:34 PM

chrylis: threedingers: Why do cats like cardboard boxes so much?

Really--<i>all</i> cats.


i893.photobucket.com

Would you tell a leopard that his box has to go into the recyclables?
 
2013-04-25 03:13:29 PM

ChipNASA: whats the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow

10:35:15 *AM*

FarkFarkFarkGOOSE: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

- 1:40:41 pm

/Just ribbin ya.....I know....TL;DR
 
2013-04-25 03:37:30 PM
Most stories of melanistic pumas in Florida are probably misidentified large bobcats, which do have melanistic tendencies and are increasingly interacting with exburbs and rural communities throughout the state.
 
2013-04-25 03:50:34 PM

Crewmannumber6: What's the capital of Louisiana?


L, duh.
 
2013-04-25 04:36:33 PM
Have you ever shipped a bobcat instead of an office chair?
 
2013-04-25 04:54:32 PM

FloridaWombat: Most stories of melanistic pumas in Florida are probably misidentified large bobcats, which do have melanistic tendencies and are increasingly interacting with exburbs and rural communities throughout the state.


I'm not so sure about that. I know they're rare but The Florida Panther Society lists 4079 panther sightings in Florida and of those 478 were of the black variety. That's an awful lot to all be bobcats. And I've seen a lot of bobcats in my day and they are considerably different looking than our panther. Some people might confuse the two but qualified observers wouldn't.  And I don't think I've never seen a black bobcat(not saying they're not around). It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were. Besides, if it were bobcat sightings there would be far more overall sighting than 4079 as well considering I've probably seen 12-15 of those myself.

Black is the third most reported panther color on the FPS website with Tan and Brown being the most(1262/986).  The last one that I saw(1978) was dark colored and would be considered black as well.  Or maybe smokey would be a better description.
 
2013-04-25 04:57:43 PM

draa: It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were.


Sorry FloridaWombat, I misread your post. Didn't mean to imply that all sighting were misidentified. Certainly some portion of them were, it's just a matter of how many.
 
2013-04-25 04:59:17 PM

KrispyKritter: [farm8.staticflickr.com image 483x640]


Ah, someone posted the lynx...
 
2013-04-25 05:21:28 PM
Congrats on the article! Very interesting subject and field.

Just one question though, Great Dane or Chihuahua?

From TFA,"An analysis of the skeleton and mounted skin revealed that the animal was a Canadian lynx, which is about the size of a dog and usually found in Canada and the northern states of the US."
 
2013-04-25 06:08:27 PM
How taxidermy is done.
splendidlens.com
 
2013-04-25 07:29:20 PM

draa: FLMountainMan: let alone evidence of Florida panthers being in the panhandle.

They are there. I've seen 2 in my lifetime in Wakulla County(south of Tallahassee) and have seen tracks of another but without a visable sighting of the animal. There has also been numerous sightings in surronding counties by locals. Knowing their range I've often thought that maybe they were loners because the sightings I had were years apart. That was in the 60's and 70's though the one in the 60's was with my dad and uncle when I was a youngster. I don't believe there's a breeding population though because so far there's been no evidence of that found. Those damn cats are hard to find, much less observe, so who knows.

My grandfather who was born in 1907 also spoke about panther sightings in that area as well, but as I said, I don't know if they were hanging around or just passing through looking for a mate. There's a bunch of Wildlife Managment Areas in Wakulla and the majority of the area is woods, so they could be there and nobody would ever know. The tracking website shows 13 sightings in Wakulla County and I'm certain that number is way low. That's why I said upthread that I thought they had their range off by some bit because they've been spotted well outside of the south Florida area many times in the past.


Thread jack.

I'm also in St. Augustine. What do you do? Not hitting on you. Just curious. EIP if you wanna talk

End thread jack.

There's a place near Panama City called Bear Creek Feline Center. It is small to house such large cats, but they're all rescues. They even have some jaguarundis from Germany. It's a great place to visit and you get to pet the servals and even a bobcat. Mrs. Deucetoo has gotten some great photos there. It is amazing how almost all cats, regardless of size, have the same general disposition.
 
2013-04-25 08:42:04 PM
Where do you keep the nuclear wessels?
 
2013-04-25 09:49:23 PM
Will answer any questions in thread

Subby, are you a liar?
 
2013-04-25 10:54:03 PM

Bruxellensis: I just put a deposit on a Bengal cat


There's one sitting next to my chair meowing right now. (my cat is a total slacker: he won't leap up into my lap; he wants to be lifted) They're awesome cats. Also the only breed that I know of where personality is actually written into the breed standard.

I've always had recycled cats of one sort or another, ranging from shelter cats to a feral kitten, but this time, I wanted a Bengal. It's been an interesting experience. He's very intelligent, and also the laziest cat I've ever met. He's a total slacker. He is so laid-back he's upside down. Sometimes literally -- he lies on his back with his feet in the air and wiggles when he wants someone to scratch his belly, which is most of the time. Also, this cat has no fear; where fear belongs, he got curiosity instead. Possibly twice over. If the end of the world was coming, he'd want to go look. I can envision him running up to a large dog -- or a large dinosaur -- just to see what it is. He also has absolutely no aggression, which is good, but he'd get into less trouble with a bit more fear. Particularly, less trouble with me. Last night, he bit a gallon water jug and caused a flood. He likes this sort of thing. He's not one of the more aquatic Bengals (though he does have webbed toes) but he likes to play in water sometimes. Usually at all the worst times.

He walks on a leash, plays fetch (when he was a kitten, he'd demand that I throw toys for him to fetch until my arm was ready to fall off), and, when he was getting his adult teeth, chewed on a puppy-sized Nylabone. There may be some species identity issues here. :p

So, yeah, Bengals rock.
 
2013-04-25 11:00:43 PM

Deucetoo: I'm also in St. Augustine. What do you do? Not hitting on you. Just curious.


Not sure what EIP is so I'll have to answer you here.

I'm currently an unemployed mechanic. I used to own Drive Rite Alignment and Axle on South Dixie. Right now I'm just looking for a job because I'm not sure I want to go back to doing mechanical work.

Yeah, I haven't been to PC in over 30 years but I used to love that place. Just had a good vibe to it but I'm sure it's changed a lot since then. Probably too commerical feeling for my tastes now. Good talking to you and it's nice to know there is another St Aug person on Fark.
 
2013-04-25 11:02:29 PM
What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.
 
2013-04-25 11:25:45 PM

draa: draa: It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were.

Sorry FloridaWombat, I misread your post. Didn't mean to imply that all sighting were misidentified. Certainly some portion of them were, it's just a matter of how many.


No problem.  The sad fact is that I could be considered a qualified observer, but if I was deep in the overgrown scrub around here, a good sized bobcat might have me fooled as well.  They are far larger than what I came across back in southwestern New York (which makes no sense to me).  A black boar crashing through the bush could give someone a start as well (these have fully infiltrated undeveloped urban areas, probably along the canals).  I live in the Melbourne area (went to FIT for ecology, not currently working in the field but I like to keep my hand in), and I can tell you from experience that the scrub in the south end of the Space Coast is overrun by wildlife getting pushed north by development.  The headwaters of the St. John's are out here in the swamps just to the west of 95, and you could hide the Skunk Ape out there.  It's pretty much a north/south migratory highway, and effectively undevelopable.  The furthest north I have personally seen a panther in the wild was in the salt marshes in the south end of Volusia County (the EELS land owned by Brevard County) about ten years ago.
 
2013-04-25 11:29:36 PM

dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.


The Columbia zoo has a couple of fishing cats that I would really like to see. Problem is, I'm there during the daytime, when the cats in question are doing their utmost to resemble small plush cushions. This is not working out very well. In the same building, they have fruit bats. I actually saw one wake up and move about a bit. But so far, never the cats.

It's a cat thing, I think. Caesar wakes up to commute from his food dish to his sunbeam, or to demand lap space after sundown. The rest of the time, he looks like an upholstered rock. I thought Bengals were supposed to be really active, but Caesar is inert going on sessile.
 
2013-04-25 11:34:19 PM

dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.


'cause then you can see that cats are all the same, except for the size?

The only difference between a leopard and a "kitty-cat" is that one can scratch you and draw blood and the other can eat you.
 
2013-04-25 11:48:50 PM

RatOmeter: dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.

'cause then you can see that cats are all the same, except for the size?

The only difference between a leopard and a "kitty-cat" is that one can scratch you and draw blood and the other can eat you.


The first one can eat you too, it just takes longer.
 
2013-04-25 11:49:45 PM
i14.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-26 01:28:25 AM

FloridaWombat: draa: draa: It's possible that some were confusion but not likely all were.

Sorry FloridaWombat, I misread your post. Didn't mean to imply that all sighting were misidentified. Certainly some portion of them were, it's just a matter of how many.

No problem.  The sad fact is that I could be considered a qualified observer, but if I was deep in the overgrown scrub around here, a good sized bobcat might have me fooled as well.  They are far larger than what I came across back in southwestern New York (which makes no sense to me).  A black boar crashing through the bush could give someone a start as well (these have fully infiltrated undeveloped urban areas, probably along the canals).  I live in the Melbourne area (went to FIT for ecology, not currently working in the field but I like to keep my hand in), and I can tell you from experience that the scrub in the south end of the Space Coast is overrun by wildlife getting pushed north by development.  The headwaters of the St. John's are out here in the swamps just to the west of 95, and you could hide the Skunk Ape out there.  It's pretty much a north/south migratory highway, and effectively undevelopable.  The furthest north I have personally seen a panther in the wild was in the salt marshes in the south end of Volusia County (the EELS land owned by Brevard County) about ten years ago.


Congestion in south Florida is one of the reasons I think they have moved farther north. And one of the reasons they've been found in the panhandle areas. Much of that area is still undeveloped so there's plenty of room to hide and as Florida grows northward it will push more and more of them out. Honestly, I don't think they have a choice since much of their territory down state is occupied by humans. They've got to go somewhere and north and west is their only option. Of course they're tracking most of those down state so if they tried to leave somebody would just bring them back.

The State of Florida reintroduced a number of cougars back in 1995, and there's been a couple of attempts to rescue the panther population through the years, but so far it's been mainly unsuccessful if you ask me. The numbers have rebounded from 30-50 to 50-70 since then but human development has caused major problems with that effort. Sadly I also believe their numbers are too low for them to survive without more help. However, if there is a viable population in the panhandle then that might be their saving grace. I know that they're there but I don't know how many there are or whether they're breeding. Maybe they are breeding but they're so elusive that it's hard to tell. I really hope they are otherwise they may be gone by the time my granddaughter is my age. Thanks.
 
2013-04-26 02:38:33 AM

traylor: Will answer any questions in thread

Subby, are you a liar?


Unless he's holding a penny on that dead lynx I won't believe it
 
2013-04-26 06:21:14 AM

Worldwalker: The Columbia zoo has a couple of fishing cats that I would really like to see.


Are you referring to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC? I googled "Columbia zoo" and that's all that came up. At any rate, I worked at Riverbanks while a freshman in college. This one tiger would wuss out and hide in his cave each time they made even a modest adjustment to his/her habitat. By "modest" I mean "adding or removing a tree." But there were also days when he would stare at me as if to say, "If I weren't stuck behind this moat I'd eviscerate you before you could scream." Gorgeous creature.

Riverbanks is a fantastic zoo for such a no-name town (sorry). Much better than many zoos I've seen in more cosmopolitan and wealthier areas.

Worldwalker: Bruxellensis: I just put a deposit on a Bengal cat

There's one sitting next to my chair meowing right now. (my cat is a total slacker: he won't leap up into my lap; he wants to be lifted) They're awesome cats. Also the only breed that I know of where personality is actually written into the breed standard.

I've always had recycled cats of one sort or another, ranging from shelter cats to a feral kitten, but this time, I wanted a Bengal. It's been an interesting experience. He's very intelligent, and also the laziest cat I've ever met. He's a total slacker. He is so laid-back he's upside down. Sometimes literally -- he lies on his back with his feet in the air and wiggles when he wants someone to scratch his belly, which is most of the time. Also, this cat has no fear; where fear belongs, he got curiosity instead. Possibly twice over. If the end of the world was coming, he'd want to go look. I can envision him running up to a large dog -- or a large dinosaur -- just to see what it is. He also has absolutely no aggression, which is good, but he'd get into less trouble with a bit more fear. Particularly, less trouble with me. Last night, he bit a gallon water jug and caused a flood. He likes this sort of thing. He's not one of the more aquatic Bengals (though he does have webbed toes) but he likes to play in water sometimes. Usually at all the worst times.

He walks on a leash, plays fetch (when he was a kitten, he'd demand that I throw toys for him to fetch until my arm was ready to fall off), and, when he was getting his adult teeth, chewed on a puppy-sized Nylabone. There may be some species identity issues here. :p

So, yeah, Bengals rock.


Ah, he sounds like the sort of cat I could get along with. Having always been a dog man, I've resented many cats' lack of goofy affection. And your Bengal walks on a leash? Christ, my dog won't even do that without pulling me into rush hour traffic (literally) or lagging so far behind I'm effectively dragging him. When the time comes for me to capitulate to the demand to add a cat to the family, I'll definitely remember your description of the Bengal (presuming it's a common disposition among them).
 
2013-04-26 07:22:14 AM

dickfreckle: Are you referring to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC?


Yep, Riverbanks. And you're right, it's an amazing zoo for its size and location. I mean, they've got not one but two species of mole rats! (I know, you have to be a special ... or maybe speshul ... kind of geek to appreciate that, but I do) And that penguin exhibit is awesome. (now if only those fishing cats would wake up)

That must be the tiger I keep trying to take a picture of. I've got pictures of his head and shoulders. I've got pictures of his butt and tail. I've got pictures of him totally crashed out in a stripey heap. But the whole tiger, at one time, standing up? I'm beginning to think it's never going to happen. Conversely, the hyenas just down the path are downright hams.

CSB: I've been down here three years, and I hadn't seen a broad-headed skink yet. 5-lined, yes. Ground, yes. Broad-headed, no. (I'm married to a somewhat better skink-spotter, obviously; there was a broad-head behind our garage that I wasn't around for) Well, when I was admiring (or ... whatever you do when looking at a naked mole rat; "admiring" doesn't seem quite right) the mole rats, and noticed that there was a lizard on the wall of the glassed-in room the mole rat complexes (sort of like big Habitrails) were in. I went to look ... and it was a broad-headed skink. Why it was eight feet up a wall inside a room inside a building in a zoo baffles me, but there it was.

Bengals are known for being fairly "doggy" cats. They don't deliver goofy affection (they are, after all, cats, though you wouldn't know it from Caesar's upside-down-and-wiggling antics at times) but the overall personality is pretty much standard. Talk to your breeder or rescue when you start looking for one, and tell them what you want. Also, try to get a Bengal that is less of a slacker than mine. I've noticed they're very common in commercial photographs (cat food packages, etc.), probably because they're responsive and work well with photographers. They're also very common in cat agility competitions and whatnot because they're smart and easily trained. Except mine. Training requires some kind of reward the animal finds appealing, and there's nothing Caesar wants more than to be left alone in his favorite sunbeam.

Another CSB: When Caesar was a kitten and getting his adult teeth, he naturally wanted to gnaw on things. Mostly me. Kittens have needle-sharp teeth, so a teething kitten in your lap can be quite bad. So, I got him a puppy-sized Nylabone. I only had to replace whatever body part he was chewing on with the bone a couple of times and he knew what it was for. The funny part was how he'd hold it: I didn't get a picture, unfortunately, but a couple of times I saw him sitting up on his haunches holding the bone in both front paws to gnaw on it. That was generally how he held it (he tends to use his paws very much like hands) in a more horizontal position, but sitting up and holding the thing like an ear of corn was just startling. Over the past few years I've concluded that Bengals are just strange. But in a good way.
 
2013-04-26 07:28:52 AM
i have a question....

this cat has been on the loose in the UK since 1903, have they caught it yet?
thats a pretty long time to be running around wild in london.


nice artical!!  congrats!!!
 
2013-04-26 07:56:57 AM

draa: Deucetoo: I'm also in St. Augustine. What do you do? Not hitting on you. Just curious.

Not sure what EIP is so I'll have to answer you here.

I'm currently an unemployed mechanic. I used to own Drive Rite Alignment and Axle on South Dixie. Right now I'm just looking for a job because I'm not sure I want to go back to doing mechanical work.

Yeah, I haven't been to PC in over 30 years but I used to love that place. Just had a good vibe to it but I'm sure it's changed a lot since then. Probably too commerical feeling for my tastes now. Good talking to you and it's nice to know there is another St Aug person on Fark.


EIP means Email in Profile.
I work for the National Guard Public Affairs office right behind St. Francis Barracks, but live on the island. I just moved here about three weeks ago. PCB has changed a whole lot. Condos everywhere, in fact, Breakers and Harpoon Harrys are closing after this season to make way for more condos. Sad, really.
 
2013-04-26 08:44:36 AM

Worldwalker: Bruxellensis: I just put a deposit on a Bengal cat

There's one sitting next to my chair meowing right now. (my cat is a total slacker: he won't leap up into my lap; he wants to be lifted) They're awesome cats. Also the only breed that I know of where personality is actually written into the breed standard.

I've always had recycled cats of one sort or another, ranging from shelter cats to a feral kitten, but this time, I wanted a Bengal. It's been an interesting experience. He's very intelligent, and also the laziest cat I've ever met. He's a total slacker. He is so laid-back he's upside down. Sometimes literally -- he lies on his back with his feet in the air and wiggles when he wants someone to scratch his belly, which is most of the time. Also, this cat has no fear; where fear belongs, he got curiosity instead. Possibly twice over. If the end of the world was coming, he'd want to go look. I can envision him running up to a large dog -- or a large dinosaur -- just to see what it is. He also has absolutely no aggression, which is good, but he'd get into less trouble with a bit more fear. Particularly, less trouble with me. Last night, he bit a gallon water jug and caused a flood. He likes this sort of thing. He's not one of the more aquatic Bengals (though he does have webbed toes) but he likes to play in water sometimes. Usually at all the worst times.

He walks on a leash, plays fetch (when he was a kitten, he'd demand that I throw toys for him to fetch until my arm was ready to fall off), and, when he was getting his adult teeth, chewed on a puppy-sized Nylabone. There may be some species identity issues here. :p

So, yeah, Bengals rock.


That's awesome.  I did a lot of reading about Bengals before deciding to adopt one.  I liked just about everything I read.  I can't wait to pick her up in June.

Thanks for sharing your story!
 
2013-04-26 09:35:22 AM

steve0701: How taxidermy is done.
[splendidlens.com image 373x456]


I used to work for a guy who had the stuffed bear he shot in his office, and I have no problem believing that's how it went down.
 
2013-04-26 03:54:20 PM

Bondith: RatOmeter: dennysgod: What's the point of having wild cats in zoo, every time I go they are all just lying around sleeping, I can watch my cat do that at home for free.

'cause then you can see that cats are all the same, except for the size?

The only difference between a leopard and a "kitty-cat" is that one can scratch you and draw blood and the other can eat you.

The first one can eat you too, it just takes longer.


He'all enjoy it more, too
 
2013-04-26 08:24:51 PM

Worldwalker: Yep, Riverbanks. And you're right, it's an amazing zoo for its size and location. I mean, they've got not one but two species of mole rats! (I know, you have to be a special ... or maybe speshul ... kind of geek to appreciate that, but I do) And that penguin exhibit is awesome. (now if only those fishing cats would wake up)


Do they still have that 'aquarium' where you watch the polar bears swim? Because I always loved that. And yes, the penguin exhibit is awesome. The first time I went in there I thought I was gonna catch the diabeetus, but then I observed some aggression between them. It wasn't like this

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

But some of those guys were definitely pissed at each other. Impossibly adorable nonetheless.

Then there's the fake rainstorm on the birds. I always loved that, too. The elephants were great until I was asked to help clean up the unfathomably large piles of dung. I was not majoring in zoology; just got along with everyone and I think they took advantage of me (this was the same zoo where we raced the golf carts after closing, so you could say there was no real oversight after closing). At least it wasn't the polar bear sh*ts. Mother of God.

Before I quit rambling, do they still do the feeding of sea lions? 'Cos that was just...man that was just awesome. Even when they're fat and lazy they're adorable and hilarious.

Not-so CSB,

Once after work I forgot that my motorcycle forks were locked in park position (ancient bike where you did it manually instead of automatically through ignition switch + 18 year-olds are unilaterally retarded), and foolheartedly tried to get cute in the mostly vacant parking lot. Ending going in a complete circle twice before being launched off as if from a bucking bull. Good sir, my blood and skin is in that parking lot. You can't see it, but it's there. That guy from the original CSI could probably find the DNA from 1993.

/is also on Greystone Blvd and I-26, where it leaked back to campus
 
2013-04-26 08:48:37 PM
Barndad

Can other small cats be hybridized with the housecat the way the jungle cat, serval, ocelot were?

Can the black-footed cat really take down a giraffe? Would it even be capable of doing so?

Have you or any of your colleagues ever seen an Andean mountain cat?

What calls of prey species do margays mimic?

Is it true that that the cheetah population is so limited and inbred that they are all almost as genetically close as identical twins?

Why do some cats turn into man-eaters?

How do jaguars behave after eating ayahuasca? Why do they do it?

What's the coolest/most exciting/most amazing story you have about your work?
 
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