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I’m going with kittens.

Oh, no. No no no. Deranged gunman, so not my beat. Not when it’s all hot and fresh and chock full of unknowns, anyway.

Let’s go with kittens. Specifically, these two Amur leopard kittens, born about six weeks ago in a big cat sanctuary in Kent.

Amur leopards are from the Russian far East and they’re the most endangered big cats on earth. No more than 35 of them in the wild, and around 100 in captivity. Hundred and two now.

There. Isn’t that better?

Comments


Comment from Brother Cavil, straight outta New Caprica City
Time: July 20, 2012, 9:36 pm

I’ll take it. Well, two, they’re small.


Comment from Redd
Time: July 20, 2012, 10:03 pm

They’d make beautiful earmuffs. So rare…no more than 102 pairs.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 20, 2012, 10:12 pm

MUCH better. So tired of hearing the recriminations going back and forth, despite a complete lack of details..


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 20, 2012, 10:13 pm

From Buzzfeed, the fifty cutest things that have happened, like, ever.

I’m on a roll. Take that, grim realities!


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 20, 2012, 10:23 pm

A therapy kangaroo. . .wow! But, oddly–that was fun.

Oh, and yeah–the cheetah kittens are irresistible.


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: July 20, 2012, 11:44 pm

Thanks, I needed that. Been trying to avoid the media as much as possible when they started to call for TSA like security at the movies. Insanity, and I’m not just talking about that poor soul who thought shooting up a theater was a good idea.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 20, 2012, 11:47 pm

I’m pretty sure big cats are much the same as small cats but a small cat would eat you, if it could. You’re just too big and strong.


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: July 21, 2012, 12:07 am

Kitties!!! I really want a kitten, or two…but I’m currently on staff for a grumpy large black cat with extremely long whiskers and a nasty attitude. But maybe these kittens could kick his furry butt….(really, I do like my kitty cat, I just have to remember he doesn’t LIKE being picked up!)


Comment from Pavel
Time: July 21, 2012, 12:21 am

The fifty cutest things was cute until it got to the racing basset hounds, at which point it became adorable.


Comment from JeffS
Time: July 21, 2012, 12:24 am

Teh Cute, it burns, it burns!

:-)


Comment from j2
Time: July 21, 2012, 12:33 am

i’m not a cat person; yet i’d take one or two of these uns’… until the hamburger bill got out of hand that is.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 21, 2012, 1:00 am

Thanks for the break from the dark day’s news.


Comment from Frit
Time: July 21, 2012, 1:51 am

Thank you, Stoaty, for the 50 cutest things link. Made my day! `/;)


Comment from Redd
Time: July 21, 2012, 2:44 am

See the cat on the right — look how his ear is squished back. What is on the tip of it? The one on the left appears to have something similar. Are they tags? They look strange.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 21, 2012, 5:00 am

The one on the left is a smugulous looking beast.


Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 21, 2012, 5:47 am

Kittens are undeniably cute – I recently acquired two Siamese females, litter-sisters but as different as chalk and cheese. Finding the lilac-point at the top of the velvet curtains in the dining room this morning, however, was not so cute…


Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 21, 2012, 5:49 am

Redd: I don’t think they have eartags yet, they are too young for the process. I think it’s just the coat-pattern showing behind the ear.

Their ears are small even for cubs, but maybe that’s a cold-weather adaptation in this particular subspecies?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 21, 2012, 10:17 am

I had a pair of lilac points as a kid, JuliaM. Nuttiest damn cats ever. When my mother walked down stairs in the morning in her bathrobe, they’d sit on her coattails and ride ‘em down.

Our friends with kittens were pressing their case again yesterday. They’ve got two unclaimed: brother and sister all blacks. They are currently just entering that adorable super athletic stage, where they can skitter to the top of Mount Human in about a second and a half.

We have another friend with kittens. They decided, really, they couldn’t bear to part with them. So now they have two adult cats and five kittens.

And thus it begins. Must. Be. Strong.


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 21, 2012, 11:15 am

I hope that they are going to feed them a varied diet of Africans?

:)


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 21, 2012, 11:16 am

We had some years ago outside Kimberly. Lovely creatures.


Comment from Mysterion
Time: July 21, 2012, 4:03 pm

Heer iz pikshur for S. Weasel. Be strong!
Here is video for Badger to get him excited for Olympics.
Here is picture for Oceania because nobody has dumped on him in this post yet.


Comment from Nina
Time: July 21, 2012, 5:19 pm

Awwwww!

(hello from Oslo)


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 21, 2012, 5:47 pm

Hello, Nina. Are you coming back to the UK this trip, or are we missing the Visitation of the Nina this time?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 21, 2012, 9:01 pm

Via Nice Deb, cat pictures taken at just the right moment.

Give a million monkeys a million Instamatics…


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 22, 2012, 7:32 am

Hey Scube!

Anyone you know sell wifi jammers?


Comment from Nina
Time: July 22, 2012, 9:41 am

I’ll be back Monday night, and I hope we’ll be heading your way (again, we were actually in Battle last week on the spur of the moment after Stonehenge), and we’re all hoping to interrupt the UK kids’ moving for another trip down south. I’m running out of time and money in equal measure. :)

Tonight I’ll be attending a memorial concert in Oslo, followed by a party at the home of a friend of the NO kids who survived the island one year ago today.

Dang I wish all my kids were in the same continent!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2012, 10:08 am

Hm. I didn’t realize you were in Battle. I didn’t miss an email, did I? (If so, it might be the second this week).


Comment from Nina
Time: July 22, 2012, 10:29 am

No, it was spur of the moment and we found ourselves down there without being able to shout out. It was late and we didn’t even get to see the whole thing, which is why we need to go back. It’s top on Mark’s list of my last week there.

:)


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 22, 2012, 11:03 am

That’s the island that the young Labour and Communist supporters got snuffed out on for promoting multiculturalism?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2012, 12:44 pm

No, that’s where Bill the Conq landed in 1066. It was called Senlac before that.

The Abbey you mean, Nina? That’s awesome. I mean, it’s just big and empty and open and you can walk all around and gawp without any guides or anything.


Comment from Redd
Time: July 22, 2012, 4:09 pm

Didn’t Bill the Conq fall flat on his face upon landing?


Comment from Redd
Time: July 22, 2012, 4:11 pm

I just watched Henry V. That Tom Hiddleston – he so dreamy!!!1!!! Seriously, he is. Probably gay,though.


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 23, 2012, 2:05 am

Killing Frenchies at Agincourt?

:)


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 23, 2012, 6:11 pm

What the Hell – I’m going with kittens too

http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/ppmsca/09600/09633v.jpg


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2012, 6:39 pm

I wonder how many people today realize how damn difficult that was to do in the days before Photoshop.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 23, 2012, 6:43 pm

There’s not much more that would make me deliriously happy right now, than to sit down with a basket of kittens. Or a puddle of puppies.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 23, 2012, 7:03 pm

I wonder how many people today realize how damn difficult that was to do in the days before Photoshop.

If your first take isn’t spot on, you’re going to have to get new cats, cos no fucking way will they not learn what’s about to happen. & cats have a special way of letting you know when they know what’s up.


Comment from mojo
Time: July 23, 2012, 7:18 pm

Hey, I wonder if they have “service elephants”…


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 23, 2012, 8:07 pm

Some days I wish I could just pile a bunch of kittens on me and forget the world.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2012, 8:15 pm

Confession: for years, I’ve had a folder on my machine labeled “kittens.” In it are a bjillion photos of kittens. You simply cannot be depressed looking at a kitten (unless something horrible is happening to it, of course).


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 23, 2012, 9:03 pm

I’ve got Olympic Fever and the only thing that can cure it is a jouncy, bouncy . . . oh, wha’d'ya mean she’s not in the games this time? Back to youtube, then.


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: July 23, 2012, 9:18 pm

Ugh, Sally Ride has died.


Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 23, 2012, 9:47 pm

Pancreatic cancer, nasty. Angharad Rees, who played Demelza in Poldark, died of it a couple of days ago.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2012, 10:11 pm

And someone else in the last month. Jon Lord of Deep Purple, Uncle B informs me.

We were just wondering if cases were up, or if it’s just one of those clusters that isn’t a cluster.

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