Time For a Little Cat Blogging: Nice Kitty. Nice Kitty! Nice Kitty!!!!!!

NPR has the details:

A tiger alarmed a woman who was sneaking into a seemingly abandoned Houston home to smoke marijuana on Monday. Now it has found a new home of its own.

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary located about 200 miles north of Houston, announced on Tuesday it was welcoming the tiger, according to Lara Cottingham, spokeswoman for Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, which oversees the city’s animal shelter that had been caring for the animal.

Cottingham told NPR on Tuesday that the tiger was en route to its new home.

If you’re still caught up on the would-be-smoker-stumbling-across-an-actual-tiger-part, let’s back up.

The woman, who is remaining anonymous, told police she had gone into the home in a residential part of East Houston when she came across the unexpected inhabitant, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith.

Fortunately for the woman, the tiger was locked inside a 4-feet-by-8-feet cage within the garage. She called 311, the city’s nonemergency line, and animal enforcement officers showed up alongside Houston police, who obtained a warrant enabling them to reach the tiger.

Despite its tight quarters the tiger was apparently healthy and seemed to have been fed regularly. Officials just don’t know by whom.

Houston police have launched a criminal probe to find the tiger’s still-unidentified owner.

“It is categorically not legal to own a tiger within the Houston city limits,” Smith said.

Ya think!!!!

Animal cruelty charges could be involved. “We are working to determine who owns the tiger and who owns the property because that may or may not be the same person.” The woman is not in trouble, Smith added.

The animal officers, who are more accustomed to handling dogs and cats of the smaller variety, tranquilized the tiger, loaded its cage into a horse trailer and drove it across town to the city shelter Monday, Cottingham said. The tiger slept off the drugs and seemed in good spirits by Tuesday morning.

Cottingham noted that this Houston tiger’s story has happy ending with its upgrade from a garage cage to the sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, which comes with expert care.

“We are really glad it worked out as quickly as it did,” Cottingham said.

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Florida Woman Achievement Unlocked!

From The Tampa Bay Times:

TAMPA — A gator. A beer. A pack of cigarettes. A shotgun.

To Lindsey Tuttle, that’s a Florida Woman.

And in a maternity shoot that went semi-viral on Facebook in the past week, the 26-year-old Tampa native put an exact visual to the stereotype she loves.

The dramatic photograph shows Tuttle on a dirt road out in Myakka City, clad in black boots and half-unzipped denim shorts, cradling a live alligator (fed from a baby bottle by husband Jonathan) and staring off into the distance, as a shotgun gently rests on a bright blue case of Bud Light. The state flag waves behind her, claiming the territory for all Florida-kind.

“Alligators don’t like to bottlefeed, apparently,” the caption reads. The alligator’s name is Fred.

“It turned out perfect,” she said Saturday. “This is like the exact vision I had of a Florida Woman shoot.”

Tuttle said though the photo has gotten some criticism — she assures that she didn’t just snatch the alligator out of the wild, and the gun is an old family heirloom — most people have been nice about it.

“I knew it would have elicited a reaction, just because it’s so over-the-top and ridiculous,” she said.

The leg tats, the unbuttoned, too small daisy dukes, and the shotgun are all nice touches that tie the whole scene together.

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Help a Kitten Out: Cat Bleg II Saving Grace Edition!

Look at that face!!!!

From commentor MomSense:

Here is a pet bleg for the kitty of my friend who died recently.  I would be so grateful if you would post this.

Grace is a very shy but well behaved little kitty.  Her mom Maya passed away at the end of January and ideally we would find a jackal home so she doesn’t have to go through the stress of being in a shelter with lots of people and other cats.

She has been an exclusively indoor kitty and we are not sure what her vet history is but the family will pay for a veterinary work up and all the testing and vaccinations she may need before going to a new home.  They will also help with transportation costs.

She is a very small kitty but I think she may be polydactyl.

Thank you!!!

MomSense

Here’s some more pics of Grace:
MomSense will be along in the comments to tell us where Grace is currently located.
Update at 12:33 AM EST
Grace is currently in Brunswick, Maine.
You all know what to do!
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Late Evening Cuteness Break: Everyone Say AWW!!!!!!

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Swamp Drama (Open Thread)

So, a couple of days ago, as we were entertaining visitors in the Swamp Compound, we all got to see a “nature, red in tooth and claw” drama play out right under our noses. First, this Great Blue Heron speared a big old bullfrog:

Sad for the frog, but at least its ordeal was short-lived. It soon became clear that the heron couldn’t figure out how to get the dead frog off its face, which it needed to do in order to eat the frog. It tried shaking its head vigorously, snapping its beak, etc., but the frog remained firmly affixed.

Meanwhile, the heron’s frantic frog-dislodging activities attracted the attention of a nearby hawk, which offered to assist by dive-bombing the heron and trying to snatch the frog away in its talons. It tried several times as we watched. (And as I fumbled with the damned camera to try to switch to video mode to capture the hawk attack — unsuccessfully!)

Eventually, the heron flew away across the river, with the frog still attached to its face. There’s probably a metaphor in there somewhere.

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