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D’oh, a deer. A preemie deer.


Rupert the Deer, born two to three weeks prematurely by c-section after his mother was hit by a car. On second thought, don’t follow the link — despite the best care, Rupert didn’t make it. Check out Smoothie the Squirrel instead, and join me in laughing at the misfortune of others. There, isn’t that better?

Brought to you by St Tiggywinkle’s Wildlife Hospital. Because Britons are bugfuck crazy about animals.

Good weekend, all!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 26, 2009, 6:27 pm

Today we bought two porkchops from a lady butcher who has nine cats. Sadly, that’s down from fifteen.

Hm. I *think* they’re pork chops.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 26, 2009, 6:31 pm

I await Her Ladyship’s conversion to the Jain faith, any day now.

Not me, however. I currently sport half a dozen furiously burning hen’s egg sized lumps on my hips, courtesy of the attentions of a single mosquito, which feasted on badger blud last night.

There is no torture yet devised that could match what I would do to that insect…

Comment from Allen
Time: June 26, 2009, 7:44 pm

My first thought was, “why does Tiggywinkles’ have an atomic hedgehog logo?” Then I looked a little more closely. I still prefer the idea of an atomic hedgehog though.

I can see it in my mind’s eye now: Godzilla versus Hojira the Atomic Hedgehog. Keerist I just re-read that, I think it’s cocktail time.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 26, 2009, 8:22 pm

I thought that was a nuclear symbol, too. What the heck is it, then?

Comment from Oldcat
Time: June 26, 2009, 8:29 pm

I think its supposed to represent a crossed set of band-aids on the hedgehog.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: June 26, 2009, 10:22 pm

Just wait till someone tries to put band-aids on a hedgehog thanks to that logo…someone will do it.

Comment from Bob
Time: June 27, 2009, 2:12 am

Rupert did not have my wife for a nurse. (She can’t be everywhere.)


Comment from JuliaM
Time: June 27, 2009, 6:40 am

“…born two to three weeks prematurely by c-section after his mother was hit by a car. “

Shame he didn’t make it. The two to three weeks must have been a bit too early.

Seems to work better with cheetahs

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2009, 6:46 am

Awwww, Bob. They’re adorable. They look hairy rather than furry. Like mink-lined baby ducks.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: June 27, 2009, 11:03 am

I rather like the idea of atomic hedgehogs.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 27, 2009, 10:44 pm

See? Squirrels are just cute rats.

Comment from porknbean
Time: June 28, 2009, 8:57 pm



Comment from porknbean
Time: June 28, 2009, 8:58 pm

Weasel and haiku. Heh.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 29, 2009, 12:27 am

Uncle Badger: antihistamines, at doses where you should not be operating, never mind heavy machinery, but anything more challenging than a knife and fork (because of the drooling). Repelling mosquitoes in the UK is largely fruitless, unless you are willing to resort to bed-nets and malathion. It is dealing with the aftermath that is important. Since you are not at risk from malaria or dengue, just conk yourself out with pheniramine or promethazine, plus topical antipruritics (chlorphenoxamine hydrochloride is very effective). I am at risk from dengue so my anti-mosquito precautions have to be somewhat more elaborate (nets on every window, no standing water – including dripping taps). But I haven’t been bitten in five years.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 29, 2009, 1:39 pm

Oh, this is a tough one, PnB. Is my love of ferrets powerful enough to cancel my fear of clowns…?

Comment from porknbean
Time: June 29, 2009, 4:16 pm

Brrr….clowns. That guy dressed as a clown wasn’t as scary ’cause it’s face wasn’t painted.

It’s hysterical because the suit is so long.

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