FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING….Reader Peter Jung sends us this story from the Queensland Courier-Mail about a five-year-old girl who rescued her kitten from a (thankfully non-poisonous) local viper:

Marlie Coleman did not think twice about taking on the scrub python when it wrapped its jaws around her kitten Sooty in their Cairns backyard earlier this year.

The sharp-toothed python let go of the kitten, but attached itself to Marlie’s lip, hanging on until her mother heard the screams and shook it off.

As you can see from the photo on the right, viper-feline relations are considerably better here at CalPundit HQ. In fact, Inkblot feels his safest when he’s curled up on the couch in the cold-blooded emprace of our pet python. On the left, the all-too-warm-blooded Jasmine is poised to attack some freshly planted catnip.

And reader Douglas Reynolds writes: “Your affinity for cats I don’t get, they always seemed like such Republican animals….” Well, let’s see: cats are sneaky, self-indulgent, demand attention, and don’t realize just how good they have it thanks to the hard work of those around them. So, um, yeah, I guess I see your point.

Today’s bonus cats come from Kip of Long story; short pier, who posted a link last Friday to this graphically entertaining scrapbook of his cats, Ranger and Kali. Check it out.

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