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Everyone is depressed, but not everyone has squirrel rabies

A couple days ago M and I were walking through Riverside Park at sunset trying to work up an appetite for dinner because not an hour beforehand we’d eaten Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for lunch, as grownups do. Pretty soon we discovered a city squirrel on our heels. Feeling proud of ourselves for attracting [...]

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How to kill bedbugs with your bare hands*

I know a family recently transplanted from Brooklyn. They gave me a tour of their new house down the street. “And this,” they said, “is the shed where we keep all of our stuff from New York.” Their many boxes of books and clothes and sheets had been relegated to a utility shed in the [...]

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He’s still got it

Last night Letterman described McCain as a “screech owl.”

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A few links about critters and the people who love them

Animals! 1. They’re bisexual, especially in captivity. 2. They’ve enjoyed a short history of radical human advocacy. 3. They would prefer it if you didn’t

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Local death by T-Rex

This morning the bbf’s mom sent a mass email saying that BABY RACCOONS were camping out in a TREE in her BACKYARD. Best of all, she included VIDEO DOCUMENTATION. I immediately wrote back: “Mary, get your raccoon-catching net and bag those things. I want them in a UPS box on my doorstep first thing Monday [...]

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Day 5 without a hairbrush

On Saturday I misplaced my only hairbrush, but I didn’t notice until Tuesday. Now the squirrels have moved in to build their nests. My hairbrush should arrive in the mail tomorrow, but meanwhile I have become used to squirrel babies pooping down the back of my neck. And the literary advice they whisper in my [...]

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Virginia Safari Park

The Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, VA is the saddest, most wonderful adventure you can take from an Interstate 81 exit. First, a photo essay: Hi, furry cow creature. Do you want to wipe your boogers on Darren’s hand? Look Harper! Baby piglets! We can just throw them some grain from this bucket and… [...]

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The secret life of large African animals & English tourists on safari

“A small buffalo gets taken away by some lions. A group of crocodiles battle the lions for the buffalo. Then a herd of buffaloes come back and kick the lions’ ass.”

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Aww…Men from the 70s steeped in catnip are so cute

Lion reunites with her two gay daddies.

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Halloween is coming up

Time to dress your dogs and cats in funny costumes.

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