Here is a Cute Kitty, Just Because

October 14, 2016 Animals, Featured, New York City Comments (1) 817

I walk past this kitten every morning on my way to work, along with another (a sibling, presumably?) with whom he or she shares an Upper East Side pet store window.

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Comfy Cat Photo

November 12, 2014 Animals, Personal Comments (0) 640

Max seems to be adjusting well to the new apartment. Also , cats really are the best at looking comfortable.

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Kitty in Repose

April 9, 2014 Animals, Personal Comments (0) 510

I realized last night that this blog features a dearth of cat photos. I don’t want to lose my Internet license, so here’s one.

I swear I woke up with him in this position next to me.  No one posed him this way.

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Nomencreature

March 24, 2014 Animals, Artwork, Comics Comments (0) 865

Point of trivia: You can tell because a crocodile’s fourth lower tooth is enlarged and visible (sticking up behind its nostrils) when its mouth is closed.

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The Myth of the Brown Recluse Spider Bite

March 2, 2014 Animals, In The News Comments (2) 3627

Few things stick in my craw more than perpetuating bad information, particularly when it comes from a respected community of medical professionals and major media outlets. This weekend, the story broke of Ron Reese, a Tampa-area man who died of a necrotic wound on the back of his neck. Reese’s doctor diagnosed him with a bite from a brown recluse spider, and the media reported as much: “Man Dies From Brown Recluse Bite.”

My sympathies go to Mr. Reese and his family, of course, but the reason I’m posting is because Ron Reese was almost certainly NOT killed by a brown recluse spider. How can I say this? Because there are no brown recluse spiders in the Tampa area.

Rick Vetter is an entomologist at the University of California Riverside who has dedicated himself to fighting the myth of the brown recluse spider bite. See, each year multiple thousands of brown recluse spider bites are reported by medical authorities across the United States–but the vast majority of these diagnoses are almost certainly wrong, because they happen in places brown recluse spiders don’t exist. Continue Reading

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