Gene Expression

A fell wind stirs….

The first week of spring, and two birds have already been the victims of domestic selection….

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Comments

  1. #1 John Wilkins
    March 25, 2006

    The grey one looks remarkably like the oversized furry bag of sago we call “Chris” in our own home. He can only manage skinks and grasshoppers, though.

  2. #2 Niobe
    March 26, 2006

    Keep them inside, please. Better for wildlife, better for them.

  3. #3 razib
    March 26, 2006

    Keep them inside, please. Better for wildlife, better for them.

    hm. this brings up an interesting question: are creatures with operationally obligately reside in a backyard “wildlife.”

    as for better for them…is the measure of a katz life the years they live or the thrill of the hunt?

  4. #4 tavella
    March 26, 2006

    Keep them inside, please. Better for wildlife, better for them.

    I’ve never been convinced by this. People tend to go on about the potential disadvantages of the outside (cars and catfights), but not about the potential disadvantages of the indoors (neurotic and overweight cats.) I’ve had both indoor (faced a too-busy road to risk it) and indoor/outdoor cats, and the indoor/outdoor ones were happier and healthier.

  5. #5 Agnostic
    March 26, 2006

    Not to be overly emotive or anything, but… Awwwww!!! My maine coon’s about 11 years, so he doesn’t hunt much anymore, except camel crickets. I’m sure letting him go outdoors exposes him to lots more infection than if he were locked up, but he’d be miserable as an indoor cat.

    Dammit, now I gotta go lay down w/ him for awhile.