Several readers—thanks, all!—called my attention to the recent birth of a litter of black-footed kittens. (Is that what you call baby black-footed cats?) In March of 2011, as part of my series on “wild cats of the world,” I posted about the biology of the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes), and you should read that first. The species is one of the smallest wild cats (2-5 pounds, or 0.9-2.3 kg), is endangered, and lives in southwest Africa.
According to HuffPo, the source of this video, a pair of black-footed cats at the Philadelphia Zoo (Ascari and Aza) gave birth to three kittens on April 8. This video shows their introduction to the public in May. As usual, there’s cutesy and obtrusive music:
And. . . my lovely cat shirt, embroidered with the Feline Princess of Poland, arrived on Thursday. It was beautifully wrapped in cellophane, and also sports a small red tag on the pocket tag saying “GoGo5,” the name of the Etsy shop of the embroidery artist, Hiroko Kobota. She also made the shirt to my measurements, adding a button-down collar (not the norm in Japan).
Here’s the package, and she thoughtfully added a linen swatch with an embroidered flower-—this is intended for Hili, Andrzej, and Malgorzata:
And a selfie of me in the shirt. Isn’t it beautiful? (See the tail?). It fit perfectly. (You can see a close-up of the embroidery here.)
You can see Hiroko’s Flickr page, showing much of her embroidery, here. Notice that Hili is the latest addition after Grumpy Cat and some other bizarre moggie; and, I must that Hili is the finest-looking of all the cats (Hiroko also does d*gs, but you needn’t look at those.)