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Otterday, and Open Thread

These Cape clawless otters were photographed on the Uitsig Peninsula in South Africa. Read more at the Zandvlei Trust, which does environmental work along the False Bay Coast wetlands, near Cape Town.


Tigtog and I are both going to be more family-focussed for the next week or two, so Hoyden About Town will be a bit quiet for a while. Please feel free


Eureka Street: The nun and the burqa, by Bronwyn Lay I wonder how a fully garbed nun, living a reclusive life of prayer and consenting to the authority of a male Pope/Bishop, would fare. I doubt the nun would be… Read More ›

Otterday! And open thread

These bronze otters were snapped by Jason Pratt on flickr, at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to… Read More ›

Otterday! And Open Thread

Today’s otter is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, via Cute Otters. They have a new African Spotted-Necked otter baby named Ziwa, after the Swahili word for “lake” or “pond”. Ziwa will be three months old tomorrow, which is getting close… Read More ›

Denialism and climate change

Having only so many endlessly whirling arguments to devote my time to, I haven’t written hardly anything on the issues of climate change and the vagaries of the denialists here in yonks. I’m not going to write anything in particular… Read More ›

Otterday! And Open Thread

Dara is thought to be the only hairy-nosed otter in legal captivity. He was rescued in December, and re-homed in the Phnom Tamau Zoo. The hairy-nosed otter is endangered by hunters seeking fur, medicine, and pets, and by loss of… Read More ›


I missed this last week, but Bernice explains why this number ought to be burnt into our brains.