A Cat’s Fishy Friends

There’s something sweet and peaceful about this video: just a cat interacting with a pondful of huge gorgeous koi (giant goldfish, to most of us).

Our turtle lived in hope that our cat, Henry, would someday feed him; but all Henry wanted to do was sit by the turtle tank and watch him swim around. The turtle was always fed by hand, so his expectation wasn’t unreasonable.

I always fed my goldfish by hand, too.

Fox & Cat at Play

Gee, the last time I saw a fox and a cat this chummy together was in Pinocchio.

It’s obvious the fox wants the cat to chase him, and the cat obliges. I’d rather they weren’t playing in the street, but they don’t care what I think. Wild animal and pet animal buddy up: another glimpse of Paradise.

Pet Rats? Of Course!

This video reminds me of our pet rats. They were smart, affectionate, and playful–really nice pets. Very well behaved in the car, too.

They had only one flaw. When you turned out the lights for bedtime, you would hear from the rats’ tank Whack-whack-whack-thump-thud–SQUEEEEEAK! So you turn the light back on and they’re both just sitting there, totally innocent: they’d whistle nonchalantly, if they could. Then you turn out the light again and they’d fight again. Sibling rivalry. Cats have it, too. *sigh*

Squirrel Solitaire

The first time I ever saw this, I was amazed–a squirrel playing with a stick, jumping on it, rolling around with it, having a grand time. Well, what else are you supposed to do when there are no other squirrels around to chase?

Rodents are very, very smart, by the way. If they lived longer, they’d be playing chess.

Cat, Dog–and Lamb: Playmates

See? This is why your house should have a yard–so your pets can play in it.

Domestication does some funny things to animals. Some good things, too. The friendship enjoyed by these three–cat, dog, lamb–would not exist in nature.

Just another little peek into Paradise.

A Tumbly Kitten

Here’s a question which has tantalized sages and philosophers for heaven only knows how long:

Why do people who have their own cats watch videos of other people’s cats? Is it because our cats mostly sleep? That doesn’t make for good video.

I don’t know the answer to that question.

Breakthrough! You Can Change Your Species

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A doctor in California (where else?) has announced a breakthrough in plastic surgery which he claims will be “the next big thing in liberation from reality!”

Dr. Hobart Plotz claims to have successfully removed a patient’s nose and replaced it with a miniature elephant’s trunk.

“Just because you’ve been assigned a human nose,” he said, “doesn’t mean you have to keep it!

“Look–we are assigned a gender, but now we can change someone’s gender at will, it’s no big deal. Transitioning into another species is just like transitioning into another gender. In this case, an elephant.”

Critics have mean-spiritedly pointed to the string that seems to go around the patient’s head, holding a plastic trunk to the face. “Don’t listen to them!” says Dr. Plotz. “They’re just a bunch of racists! The string is purely temporary. We don’t want the trunk falling off before the surgery heals.”

Once the trunk is firmly attached, says Dr. Plotz, “Next we do the ears–and so on and so on, until the patient has completely transitioned from human to elephant.”

But why do this at all?

“Because we can!” exclaims the doctor. “Simply because we can. And of course,” he adds, “to demonstrate there’s no such thing as reality.”

A Disgruntled Puppy

I’ve never seen a puppy act up like this. None of my lizards ever did, either.

But wait–maybe there’s a reason for this foodophobia. Maybe this dry dog chow doesn’t taste good. Maybe the pup had been led to believe he’d be getting something else.

Byron’s TV Listings, Oct. 16

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here. Welcome to another weekend of fantastic TV viewing brought to you by Quokka University. We seem to have missed our deadline for offering courses, but never mind–TV’s more fun. Here’s a brief sample of what we’ve got lined up for you.

9:00 P.M.   Ch. 08   SCHMOE FOR A DAY–Game Show

Patterned after the classic “Queen for a Day,” the contestant who tells the most horrible sob story gets to be Schmoe For A Day, complete with propeller hat. Last week’s schmoe, the guy with all the leeches in his swimming pool, tonight defends his title against a pitiful old lady who has a monster living in her kitchen sink. Host: A former Turkish politician concealing his identity.

Ch. 12   MY FRIEND FRANCO–Sitcom

The ghost of the former Spanish dictator (Bill Dana) haunts Debbi DuBuque (Capucine)–but he’s awfully good at solving her boyfriend problems! This week: Can the Generalissimo engineer a fatal accident for Chester (Dennis Weaver) without the police getting involved? Officer Mike: Ed McMahon.


Instructor Fong Hsueh-ting can teach you virtually incomprehensible language dialects, puzzling even to persons who regularly speak them. Are you tired of people understanding what you say? Dr. Fong can fix that! Featuring the June Taylor Dancers. Song: “Du Gwangst Mihr Hsiao Gebleben.”

9:30 P.M.  Ch. 16  GNUSMOKE–African Western

Imagine James Arness’ confusion when he showed up for work in his U.S. Marshal’s costume only to find himself cast as a game warden in East Africa! Gotta read those contracts more carefully, Jimbo! This show was briefly famous for the friction between Arness and his co-star, Liberace–and cancelled after Liberace pushed Arness into the crocodile tank! With Gorilla Monsoon and his orchestra.

Ch. 48   EL BORRACHO!–Western/Romance

Who’s that tireless fighter for justice who keeps walking into the wall instead of out the door? It’s “El Borracho” (Frank Botox), feared by bad guys from Paraguay to Oman, or wherever else he winds up. Nancy Kwolvczek plays “Dona Pupitre,” El Borracho’s lady love. This week: Sgt. Fernandez (Jackie Chan) thinks he has evidence that will send El Borracho to the gallows. If they can find the gallows.

Well, there you go! Is that great TV, or what? Grab a eucalyptus leave and settle down! We are gonna see magic!

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A Peek into Paradise

Baby deer, baby human–and love at first sight. I mean, I’ve approached wild deer–living here in this town, they have to get used to people–but never ventured to pet one. It would just run away.

Look at this, though. Take a good look. When God’s finished re-creating His Creation, it just might look like this.