Warm fuzzies

Cutsie animal photos and other fluffy stuff

Seymour’s been surfing the net …

and he found what he believes is  The Next Big Thing: Keyboard Cat.

This musical moggy has been mixed and matched with some interesting footage and now even has his own site.

Here’s what started the whole thing:


I feel it’s time …

for some cutsie animals.  I see you there, rolling your eyes. But I don’t care.


In the words of Dame Edna: Hello possums!

I don’t know about you, but I always find there’s something quite celebratory about a box of baby possums.

Happy Waitangi Day! (And for those of you who aren’t Kiwis, and who are wondering just what Waitangi Day is, click here).


He’s like a ninja …

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals


Awww … more prickly goodness

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Prickly cuteness

I want one!

I can’t help but wonder what Seymour the wonder cat would make of this cute little critter. 

You don’t see hedgehogs around in urban areas so much these days. Back when I was a kid (you know, many, many, many years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth) they were a common sight in the garden. 

Sadly though, they are few and far between now. 

We’ve lived in our current house for 4 years and have spotted just 2 hedgehogs in that entire time. 

Ah well, thank goodness for Cute Overload, a site full of cutely goodness (which just happens to be where I found this photo). 

Go on, click the link. You know you want to.


Apocolympic countdown

It’s nearly over.


Is it just me, or do the Olympics seem to be going on for a very long time? Perhaps it’s because I’m not watching the Games but it really does feel like they’ve been going on for weeks, and weeks, and weeks, and … maybe even a month.

Anyway, I found some Olympic events that I wouldn’t mind watching. Who knew guinea pigs were so athletic?

Click here for more of the little critters in action.


Ol’ blue eyes …

frankieOkay, now for something completely different. Here’s something to make you go awwww its Frankie, the world’s first blue-eyed koala

Read more about Frankie, and check him out on video here.


Warm fuzzies and feathers

All together now: Awwwww...

All together now: Awwwww…

It’s time for another warm, fuzzy moment. It’s a tale of love that crosses the boundaries of colour, religion and species. Um, and no, there’s nothing kinky about it. 

It’s the tale of a lonely little monkey and his best buddy — a pigeon.


It’s otterly enthralling

Otterly adorable!

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)

Have you ever wondered how the rest of the world sees us? Have you sat there in your living room, asking yourself just what is it about our little country, populated by talented movie directors and athletes and full of adventure touristy ways to scare the living poo out of yourself that grabs international attention?

No, I haven’t either. However, had that been a question pinging around in my brain, I’d have had my answer this week.

An American friend I chat to online has been following a breaking news story here via the Stuff website. This woman has never been to New Zealand and I’ve never met her in the flesh but because we chat she makes a point of checking out the news from our little corner of the world.

So, what is the story that got her attention and prompted a lot of discussion on the US-based message board we both use? It’s Jin, the fugitive otter.

The story of Jin’s daring escape from Auckland Zoo and her subsequent life on the lam has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. All we need now is a one-armed man (or perhaps a one-flippered penguin).

I have to admit I’ve also been quite enthralled with the adventures of Jin as she continues to evade her would-be captors.

So there you have it, perhaps the world sees us as otterly besotted otter-spotters.

They’re interesting little critters, those otters and you’ll find more about them at the Houston Zoo’s website. Yes, I know Auckland Zoo has a website but I was particularly taken with just how happy the little otter pictured on the Houston Zoo site looked. Perhaps if Jin had been this happy she wouldn’t have done a runner.



Jillian "George" Allison-Aitken

I live in the deep south of New Zealand, where smelly dairy cows are taking over from sheep in the livestock stakes. My hometown is the small but perfectly formed city of Invercargill, which is also the hometown of the original boy racer, Burt Munro. Find out more about me here.


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