Let’s Check in With Cole’s Pet Sitter…

Meanwhile, back at the Villa Cole:

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Soothing Balm of Nature (Open Thread)

As we wait for the Trumpcare vote to come down, here’s something lovely to look at — our white squirrel, Salt, hanging out in an oak tree:

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In Barkest Night!

In canine day, in barkest night.

No squirrel shall escape my sight.

Let those who worship feline might,

Beware my power — Dog Lantern’s light!

I give you the Dog Lanterns of Space Sector 2814.

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It’s just a little ‘un…

I hope valued commenter Mnemosyne doesn’t see this:

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Lovelier Things (Open Thread)

Forget about that gelatinous marmalade hairball for a minute and check out this osprey with a shopping bag attached to its nest:

The nest is located on top of a light pole — really high up. It’s likely the bag flew up there by chance and got caught on a stick.

But I like to think the osprey added it as a special design feature of the nest. Maybe it serves as a windsock that helps the bird stick the landings?

Oh, and check out this beach bunny:

There’s a closer look at the bunny below the fold… Read more



Something Nice

Here’s an urban animal rescuer in Germany removing a hook from a swan’s leg and releasing a rehabilitated fox:

Did you notice the little fuzzy cygnets paddling around the pair of adult swans before Stefan Bröckling so deftly captured the injured party? So cute!

My daughter and I rescued an injured seagull from a supermarket parking lot several years ago. It had been hit by a car (I think) and lost the use of a wing.

I called a local seabird rescue place to report it, and they said they couldn’t send anyone to capture it, but told me if we brought it to them, they’d give it medical attention.

The thing about seagulls? They’re FAST! It took us the better part of an hour to corral the critter, which we chased between parked cars, under shopping carts and over median strips. We finally cornered it in a flower bed, threw a towel over it and placed it gently in a cardboard box for the hour-plus trip to the seabird rescue.

My daughter sat in the backseat cradling the box, with the gull shrieking and raising hell inside. At one point, as we neared the top of a very tall bridge, it nearly escaped. I pictured it leaping over the seat and pecking at my eyes, causing me to lose control of the car and plummet over the guardrail into the bay 400-plus feet below.

But luckily, my daughter was able to contain it, and we delivered it to the rescue place without further incident.

Anyhoo, hope your Friday is going well.








Monday Afternoon Open Thread

Here’s a beautiful photo of some clam-digging ibises from faithful reader cope:

Ibises aren’t strictly shore birds. I see them sweep the neighborhood frequently, moving from yard to yard in small groups while digging for bugs. They’re such a part of the daily landscape that I scarcely notice them anymore, but I’m going to pay more attention in the future.

Saw news alerts about that despicable Milo creature getting the boot from CPAC (the annual conservative circle-jerk that takes place soon). Just a couple of weeks ago, wingnuts were bewailing the abridging of his “First Amendment rights” after an appearance in Berkeley was met by protests and then black bloc rioting.

Now that video has emerged of the creep defending pederasty in no uncertain terms, the wingnuts have dumped him. Wonder if he’ll lose his book deal and perch at Breitbart? Maybe. He sure sounds worried in this Facebook post.

It’s comforting to know there are still lines someone who defames liberals for profit cannot cross. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc., are all well and good, but modern conservatives WILL draw the line at child molestation. Good to know.