Honey, Kids, DINNER!

Sometimes, take-out is just simpler.


Thanks for bringing home the bacon, Robert R.

Comments

  1. As a rodent lover, this isn’t the kind of thing I want to see on my ‘cute’ site.

    At all.

  2. But mom, there is hair in my food…..*whines*

  3. I am always amazed what kind of prey Ermines will take on. I have seen wild Ermines dragging full-grown Cottontail Rabbits proudly behind them. More attitude per ounce than any other Weasel.

    Looks like it caught itself a Vole. Voles are like the Hot Dogs of the North. EVERYTHING eats them. They are darn cute though.

  4. I agree. Circle of life and all that. I get it. But this just makes me sad for the poor brown whatever-it-is. It doesn’t make me feel overloaded with cute.

  5. I completely agree!! I’m just glad my sweet pet rat wasn’t near my computer when this picture came up.

  6. 260Oakley says:

    If I were a Harry Potter fan I would make a joke about Vole-de-Mort. But i’m not, so I think I’ll just go hide behind the nearest snowbank and watch the pudding fly.

  7. *THWOCK*

  8. Cute how? Am I missing something?

  9. Horrible says:

    This is appalling!! To have pictures of cute mice all the time and then put up something like this?? I used to love this site, but I wont be coming back here anymore.

  10. LoL at all the people estranged from nature. Reality check: animals eat each other, even the cute ones.

    But look at him standing there, looking so prosh and proud of himself!

  11. This doesn’t belong on cute overload. Please delete this post.

  12. Duh, it’s not CUTE.

  13. Oh yeah it is! Do you eat meat?

  14. Enough with the nuffers! Critters gotta eat and this one is especially cute.

  15. Only the cutest survive.

  16. Even though I’m a biologist and yes things eat each other, this is NOT what I want to see when I visit Cute Overload! I am a rodent lover and come here for happy ALIVE cute animals, not one animal being cute at the detriment of another. So disappointed!

  17. He’s stoat-ally adorable, I love how proud he looks of himself! I want to cuddle up with his fluffy tail :D

  18. Nuff nuff nuffy nuff.

    This photo made me smile. I agree, he looks so proud of himself. And he should be. Adorable.

  19. Jenne Frisby says:

    I think it’s pretty cute. He or she is incredibly proud. And healthy, too, if you look at that fur. This pic reminds me of all my mornings spent watching Wild America.

  20. I distinctly remember ordering lemming tart, not chocolate vole-au-vent.

  21. Bravo!

  22. Victoria, mom to 5 rats says:

    As soon as I saw this pic, I knew there’d be commentroversy.

    I feel bad for the vole, but that ermine is darn cute.

  23. That would make a boss Hinterland Who’s Who, “The Vole: the Hot Dog of the North”

  24. Zaferina says:

    Agreed.

  25. It’s lucky for the rest of us that it isn’t up to you, then.

  26. What he/she said. It’s plenty cute.

  27. Animals crap all over, too. Even the cute ones….doesn’t really mean I want to see pictures of it. :)

  28. Ah I miss Hinterland Who’s Who!! Thanks, I haven’t seen one of those in years! :)

  29. *golf clap*

  30. I don’t eat meat and I am not shocked that animals eat each other, but this is not a “cute” image.

  31. oaklandcat says:

    I’m revoleted! ;p

  32. You know what’s NOT cute? People feeding their kids greasy take out burgers and hormone injected supermarket ‘meat’. This dude is bringing home the most organic stuff there is for its little ones!

  33. SlaveToCat says:

    Is this Cute Overload or “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” ?

    Not happy about my weekend ending this way. I’ll just have to sit and pout for a few hours while I watch Maru re-runs until my mood is re-adjusted. Puts on my Garfield slippers and Simon the Cat T-shirt and sits in a box waiting for Maru videos to start.

  34. SlaveToCat says:

    That Vole have the ultimate look of displeasure on his little face.

  35. SlaveToCat says:

    Honey can you pick me up an order of McVole Nuggets all dark furry meat, and oh yea can you supper size that too?

  36. Hahahaha! I agree. While I LOVE rodents (I currently have 2 dwarf hamsters and 2 dumbo rats), I find the little white thing very, very cute! Yes, the dead one isn’t so cute, but it’s not like it’s dripping with blood and guts hanging out of it.

  37. My sentiments exactly.

  38. its food is bigger than he/she is! :3

  39. *snerk* ;)

  40. I think it is super cute. What do you think all your dogs and cats eat? Lettuce?

  41. Dinner doesn’t have a shadow…

  42. Merino- totally agree on his/her proshness. :)

    What an adorable lil creature!

    *hums circle of life while walking away*

  43. oh boy, now we can all talk about you!

  44. You gotta eat cute things to stay cute yourself! Ok it’s kinda out of character for this site, but MAN, lighten up! That little dude is so proud, just give him props and stop the snark!

  45. i know! if anything bad had happened to your sweet rat, i would hope my sweet rat terrier wasn’t near MY computer!

  46. i can’t wait to hear from the mole people.

  47. phred's mom says:

    I’m with you, Merino. This ermine is one gorgeous creature, doing what ermines
    aka weasels, do to survive. As would kitties and goggies without humans and
    their can openers.

  48. Amandaish says:

    I have to agree. Nothing cute about it at all. I get that they eat each other. Heck some humans eat other humans! Is that cute? No. I really hope someone pulls the chain on this bad, bad, mistake.

  49. He IS cute the great white hunter and for those who say they wont come back or are trying to dictate what can be seen on this site all I will say is goodbye.

  50. Clearly MY priorities are wrong … I’m only bothered because it looks like this stoat may have been bribed for his vote! Election fix! Boo! Hiss!

    And yes, I know it’s an ermine. “-)

  51. belphebe says:

    My first thought was: what a beautiful picture! I wish I could take such great pictures of ermines or other animals in their natural habitat.

    My second thought was that the brown thing (a vole, based on what others have said) is almost as big as the ermine! How can he/she lift it!

  52. stbernardmom says:

    I live in the Wyoming mountains, and we have ermine who come around our house to catch mice that live in our woodpile. My son and I watched one like this who came to our sliding glass door last spring and threw his dead mouse around and danced his victory dance right outside our door for about 10 minutes, and he did it because we were watching!!! God is so amazing in his creation and how we all interact!!

  53. Troll!

  54. I will never buy your calender again. There.

  55. That tail is adorable!

  56. But….but….Its not election day!!!!

  57. Hehehe.

  58. What a beautiful little creature! How can this picture ruin anyone’s day? Really?

  59. What would NOT be cute is pictures depicting the lives of the animals eaten by most of our omnivorous/carnivorous pets – and those on this site.

    Reality check, people.

  60. hmmm let’s see… I have chocolate and I have butterscotch… maybe some tapioca in the back.

    puddin’! getcher’ puddin’ here!

  61. absolutely appalling! geez, cuteoverload what are you thinking?!
    get this guy a toothpick, stat!
    he’s gonna have fuzz in his teeth, fur sure.

    gah! and I thought y’all were supposed to like animals…
    ;)

  62. Or, you could just walk away

  63. Ermines are cute but my god they are blood-thirsty – that’s my impressions of them anyway. LOL.

    As for whether such a picture should be on the site, I’m neutral.

    I mean at least it’s not “gorily” – saw a video of a cat eating a mouse once, I will spare everyone the details.

  64. I too agree with Merino. This is a prosh and proud ermine who, due to her hunting prowess will be able to feed either her cute self or her extremely cute babehs, allowing their survival. When we begin to feel too sorry for the hunted, we should take a sec to think of the cute babehs who will starve without this food. Okay I admit I’m not a big fan of rodents, so maybe that’s why this is easier to take. Unless they are Guinea Pigs, and I’m not even sure if they are rodents. I think they are cavies.

  65. *snerk*

  66. *starts popcorn* *gets cocoa ready* Ah, another nuff-fest….guess it’s a good thing there wasn’t a human young one in the pic, too!

  67. This is not cute.

  68. What’s the problem? It’s clear that this stoat is carrying his little mate home, who drank too much at the birthday celebration they were all having for their friend Sir Cumberbatch the badger at the Wood’s Grub Pub.

    Remember kids, if you’re going out celebrating and there’s going to be alcohol, always have a Designated Stoat.

  69. HAW! :)

  70. Exquisite proud ermine. beautiful boy. majestic stance, magnificent life.
    Sad little vole. Seeing the vole dinner, notwithstanding circle of life, is it teh cute?
    ummmm, (thinking carefully with paw on chin….), prolly not.

  71. CUTE ON CUTE CRIME! Tough but a fact of life and the cuteology of planet Earth.

  72. Furthermore, for all you ‘rodent lovers,’ wild rodents *need* predators to naturally regulate their populations, or they would all starve to death or die of disease. This is especially the case for voles. Ok, I’m done ranting, but it is REALLY bothering me how many people are complaining about this picture.

  73. pssst: you might want to skip our big june event.

  74. i guess this means you aren’t interested in the Cutes Gone Wild version, too?

  75. hi five!

  76. i know, i was beginning to think meg had lost her touch! i was beginning to miss you all and i just finished a nice batch of fresh mango fritters and squash blossom tempura.

    try one!

  77. HAHA!! That was definitely the best mental image to end the night on. I’m picturing him standing up and doing the Mexican hat dance around the mouse!

  78. Sweet, they sell out too fast, I need one

  79. rescue gal says:

    Circle of life, blah blah. Not cute. Not even a little bit.

  80. Yes!! Perfect.

  81. Is that an Ermine or a Weasel.. I didnt think ermine had such long tails or the little black tip.. or I just clearly mixed up my mustelids

  82. Aww! What a cutie! Nothing like a proud animal, taking care of their family. Way to go, little stoat!

  83. For one excited moment I thought it was John Candy’s spoof of the Hinterland Woodchuck from Second City! Which used to be on the official Hinterland Who’s Who site at hww.ca until, for some strange reason, they took it off. Phooey :-(

    Although you can still see a really bleh copy of it here at 4:28:

  84. Meh, it ate my link. I’ll try this instead:

    *whimper*

  85. Delete this post? You must be new here.

  86. Personally I am hoping that is a pocket gopher that the ermine caught and I am wondering if I can hire him/her to come and help out at my house.

  87. I’m a vegetarian and I still can appreciate the cute factor in the stoat’s proud posture. You can’t even see the other rodents face, so it’s really not disturbing.

  88. I don’t eat meat either, but I do actually think it looks cute.

  89. He’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable plumage, the Norwegian Vole . . .

  90. Kirsten D. says:

    Well, this makes me sad. D: Kind of a depressing note to end my weekend on! Yes, the picture is gorgeous, the ermine is cute and looks endearingly proud of himself, but it still makes me a little upset to see this. Yes, it’s the circle of life, people and animals die all the time, but I agree with Rob — animals crap all over, but I don’t want to see it, just like animals kill each other, but I don’t want to see it.

    But it’s not like I’m going to let one post ruin my entire CO experience! This just gives me an excuse to trawl through the archives and soothe myself with cute alive animals instead. :p

  91. warrior rabbit says:

    Isn’t that a horror film?

  92. Awww. :o( What the heck? This is not cute. :o(

  93. Killing isn’t cute.

  94. It may not be cute, but really folks, if a photo of an baby ermine was posted, would that be cute? You bet. But do baby ermines eat just salad?

    If it makes you feel better:
    a. don’t come back
    b. pretend the vole is just sleeping
    c. pretend we live on a planet where ermines eat only salad

  95. *snerk* ;)

  96. I honestly am not sure that Meg has ever, EVER deleted a post on here, no matter how much fuss people in the comments make.

  97. Ermines are det-ermined.

  98. Okay, here’s the Rated G version for all of you ’nuffers

    http://cuteoverload.com/2011/01/31/snowpocalypse/

    Now really, would you want to deny that perfect creature a mouse for supper? And it looks so proud of itself. I think I even saw its tail wag.

  99. Cute or sad, perhaps?

  100. I might have gone with ‘eh, not cute,’ but: that TAIL! Look at that white fluffy tail, held out stiff with pride, with the flufferdoodle at the end!

  101. Well played, friend, well-played. XD

  102. Espilonarge says:

    I think a revision of the rules are in order…

  103. Miss Spell says:

    Oh for god’s sake …

    Seriously people? Offended? You’ve never set a mousetrap? NEVER???

  104. Miss Spell says:

    Well, that’s going to change things!

  105. phred's mom says:

    Guinea Pigs are rodents. Their teeth grow if not worn down by chewing.
    I think of them as “growdents”.

  106. phred's mom says:

    Humans go to the A&P, ermines to the woodpile. No dif. Except we don’t dance
    in the parking lot. Until maybe today. Um, where did I put that shopping list,
    and my castanets???

  107. PorkRoll says:

    “Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such nature films as ‘The Vole, Hot Dog of the North.'”

  108. WIN!

  109. Brave hunter! Keeping the rats under control. Now enjoy your meal outside and don’t leave anything on my doormat, thank you very much.

  110. DanielleD says:

    One pic, two smiles.

    First smile looking at the cute white thing (Ermine?) looking all proud and accomplished holding his dinner (Vole?). It’s just to die for! (pun intended)

    Second smile when reading the comment count. Commentroversy, Bring It!
    Hilarious people, hilarious.

    One picture, double the fun.

  111. I don’t usually comment on here, but I have to join the “this is cute” brigade. ;) He (She?) just looks so proud!!! :) (circle of life, circle of life, as long as the circle doesn’t end in my kitchen)

    Of course I’m the same person who took a photo of a baby hawk catching a meal and looking quite proud, so, I’m probably not the best judge. But I enjoyed that too. ;-)

  112. baileysgrandmom says:

    You know there’s a song called “The Mole People?” If I had computer-smarts like most of younses, I would offer a link to it–it is hilarious.

  113. Blue Footed Booby says:

    That’s adorable. It’s half as big as he is. :D

  114. Exactly what I thought:

    “Nagini. Dinner.”

  115. Live and let die, that’s life – we all know that…

    Still, being a rodent aficionado, this just makes me sad.

    *closes eyes, covers ears, sings lalala in denial*

  116. :-D

  117. High five!

  118. “It’s the ci-i-i-rcle of life, and it moves us all…”

  119. Oh my goodness! The super-prosh hunter presents his feast! I’m sure he’d object to me calling him ‘cute,’ though. :D

    “I’m not cute! I’m FIERCE!”

    But you are, fluffers. You surely are.

  120. If “flufferdoodle” isn’t a word, it ought to be.

    Not even going to get into the nuff-troversy. Little McErminepants is just too proud of him/herself, and there, THERE is the Cute, my friends.

  121. WendyLady says:

    :)

  122. Well said Kirsten D. <3

    I wonder if this was posted to engender commentroversy.

    I did not care for the image and no I do not eat meat, nor have I ever set a mousetrap. I set a humane trap to get the wabbit in my backyard and then released him into the woods (with the requisite disapproval of course :)).

    But I will still look at CO for the qte (and also the zooborns site) but will stay away from the comments which seemed a bit mean in places. That's just my opinion and I am a bit sensitive today anyway since two of my kittehs are getting surgery tomorrow and I am scared for them. I was looking for a haven of relief but will look elsewhere today.

    Thanks for listening.

  123. TEAM MEG!

  124. Chris B. says:

    This is cuter than what my neighbor’s cats bring and leave for me on my front door. They look so proud of themselves for bringing home the bacon.

  125. heh.

  126. I like giving attribution in those situations I am able, and this picture is part of what I’m guessing was a series of shots of the same two critters taken by John Blumenkamp.

    http://www.naturescapes.net/iow/2008/2008WL_JB.htm

  127. Linda H. says:

    I agree.

  128. come for the qte, but stay for the comments! we’re a wonderful bunch, but sometimes the moderator (i.e. me) has to step in with her big girl boots. think of me as the stoat.

    96% genuine!

  129. Exxxcellent Smithers!

  130. Wow, I would like a autograph of the badger.

  131. i found it, it’s hilarious!

  132. (The Original) Mel says:

    That’s awesome.

  133. (The Original) Mel says:

    Eeeeeeeee.

  134. The Koala says:

    Silly nuffers, I suppose the poor ermine is expected to have her little ones survive on a diet of pasikies then?? Good for you ermine – bringin’ home the bacon (or whatever).

  135. tonicakes says:

    This is cute. Its a clean picture almost as if it were staged. There is no blood or gore or anything. I

    Way cuter to me than those horrid North American opossums. Those things are the nastiest ugliest critters I have ever seen. But maybe that’s because I grew up in the woods and we had them attack our chickens and try to get the trash and fight the dogs all the time. Like ROUSes but more evil. bleh ew. But I’m not going to demand they be pulled down for it.

    Cute is subjective. Also up to the owners of the site. But Nuffers gotta Nuff.

  136. Mrs Burns says:

    never. Except non-kill ones, and then we release the fieldmice outside.

  137. (The Original) Mel says:

    Even though I’m a cop in the 5th largest city in the US, and I see all the horrible things people do to each other…I’m a people lover and come to Cute Overload to entertain myself by snerking at people like you getting all huffy over the death of a Hot Dog of the North. P.s. I majored in biology.

  138. skippymom says:

    Saffron, I hope both your kitties do just fine. Skippy hugs to them and you.

  139. JenDeyan says:

    OMG! Baby Woodchucks! Too abnorabuls.

  140. IM NEVER COMIN BACK AGAIN TAKE IT AWAY TAKE IT AWAAAAIII!!!11!! D8

  141. “Blood-thirsty”? They are very small carnivores with a high metabolic rate, and they have to eat a lot just to keep themselves alive. So do hummingbirds, but we think they’re all cute because they eat nectar from flowers. So do shrews, but they mostly eat worms and buggy critters so we don’t care.

  142. Fird Birfle says:

    He’s pinin’ for the Fjords, that’s all ’tis ….

  143. Am I in Moderashuns for using the word “toothy”?

    *Gives a pathetic “Puss In Boots” look at Sharpy, hoping to be thought adorable and forgiven all*

    *Epic fail follows*

    *Looks around for something to eat, hoping not to find rat-onna-stick*

  144. I have two questions for the people who run this site:
    1) Which rule of cuteness does this fall under?
    2) Will this make it into next year’s calendar?

  145. So proud. So confident.

    So brave.

  146. Hands bunny hop a cute fluffy bunny to hold

  147. where they romp and play and dance until they retire and die of old age.

  148. He’s so proud! I would be too. CO, thanks for posting this picture :)

  149. I can completely understand some of the sentiments of folks who feel this may not fall under their “Context of Cute”, and that the sight of dead or injured animals may be disturbing to them. Many of us animal lovers don’t want to see creatures suffer, and I’m in the same category.

    At the same time, I consider this photo cute in many ways. The Ermine’s stance speaks of determination and strength in a tiny package. All weasels, including this Ermine, are full of spunk and personality and are never afraid of a challenge. They are willing to take on big prey, and defend their turf from all sorts of troublemakers. I am a firm believer that nature is never cruel, and though animals may die and suffer in the ‘circle of life’, their own lives become those of others and are continuously passed on.

    “Cuteness” is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but I I’d like to take this time to recommend to folks that you find cuteness in places that you may not have looked before.

  150. farewell, sweet whacked mole.

  151. i needed company.

  152. (sharpy hugs, too)

  153. OM NOM NOM NOM. :mrgreen:

  154. Well, there’s always Shorpy;)

  155. wait wait…Sharpy is this your ploy to get me to come back to the lounge?? Because I would DEFINITELY come for that.

    *steals victoreia’s popcorn and holds out her mug for some cocoa*

  156. First thing pops in my mind when I saw the picture was the song “Circle of Life” from the Lion King.

  157. Is that the humans’ can openers, or do your dogs and cats have little can openers? Because that would be awesome!

  158. Kew, you are not alone. I guess you won’t buy Sharpy’s “dead animals for every day” version either;)

  159. You should take a look at these educational toys for children: the Food Chain Friends. Maybe you could learn something.

    http://www.foodchainfriends.com/

  160. …although if the ermine had been carrying the un-alive remains of Eli Manning, this would be a AWESOME picture.

    Signed, bitter Pats fan. :)

  161. warrior rabbit says:

    I’m not sure what’s going on here, Sharpy. Is he wearing a fez? Or did he break a lamp on his head?

    Also, how many times will Steven Bloomfield post messages saying it’s uncute/demanding it be yanked? Only time will tell. (But I count three so far.)

  162. Congratulations to Crazy Pants! Your first commentroversy! Is this your official induction into the “in-crowd” at CO??!

  163. Ditto. Makes me sad :(
    Please understand, I realize that this is just nature being what it is. But, I just don’t like seeing it.

  164. We’re having fire-roasted meerkats tonight.

  165. With occasional revisits to the house from whence they were evicted, since it takes moving them away at least a good few miles to prevent a return to the warm happy place of countless cabinets and goodies stored in plastic or paper packages.

  166. Steven:
    1) Did you peek at the CO Entrance Exam????
    2) Don’t tell anyone, but I heard this is a finalist for the COVER.

  167. victoreia says:

    *golf clap*

  168. victoreia says:

    Wait, somebody let C.M.O.T. Dibbler into the Mod Lounge?!? 8-O

  169. Björn Giesler says:

    I hate this post. It’s horrible. There’s not a single clearly visible human rack in it.

  170. OHMYGOD that’s really funny. Love it!

  171. Thanks for not approving my comments. ?

  172. like getting eaten is fun? or cute?
    um, i think i will pass.
    and stay vegan.

  173. but we shouldn’t think of the cute babies that will starve because their mother has been eaten?

  174. do you actually think this vole “needed” to be killed? i am thinking this vole was not happy about it.

  175. on a site called “cute overload” we shouldn’t have to a) not come back b.) pretend anything.

  176. Shhh, if you say that, a bodybuilding 5 year old with a moustache and pubes will beat you up!

  177. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Some animals are smart enough to be cruel! Dolphins and orcas, for example, are jerks. I read about an orca that HATED great whites, and would swim up behind any she saw, grab them behind the head, flip them upside down so they go all torpid, and then proceed to hold them there until they asphyxiate. Some kind of whale racist.

  178. Best reply yet. :)

  179. Hi, w.r., the original is before my time, but at least from the 90’s reboot, this is ‘Morocco Mole’, Super Secret Secret Squirrel’s sidekick. He’s wearing a fez because he’s supposed to look and sound like Peter Lorre’s character in ‘Casablanca’.
    And speaking of boots to the head, the funniest talpidae is the Frantics’ Marvin the Star-Nosed Mole, who likes dirt and the colour brown.

  180. ;-)

  181. On YOUR site called “cute overload,” you can do whatever you want to. On Meg’s Cute Overload, you take what’s given to you and you don’t throw tantrums and demand things.

  182. So I see, Sharpy – I’m still in Mod Lounge, for accusing you of having a toothy grin!!
    Epic fail, certainly ;)

    Mind you, CMOT Dibbler appears to have left now. Pass the cheese and chive Pringles

  183. For the win, Sharpy. For the win.

  184. 1) Rule 17 – Have tiny ears! Rule 15: Disproportionate head to ear size!
    Hey, you asked, aight?
    2) Surely not, because the world is all fluffy bunnehs and kittehs and goggies and … ERMINES!

  185. Feels a lot better holding a cute fluffy bunny

    Thank you, kittyAdventures!

  186. Eastie78 says:

    Love it!

    Signed, another bitter Pats fan

  187. Sad for the poor little vole, but just look at how proud and shiny the stoat is! Or weasel ferrety thing, not sure. What I don’t understand is how it just doesn’t tip over forward onto its pretty face from the weight of its dinner.

  188. It’s like a bag of Doritos. Just fuzzy. And with feet.

  189. Teehee

  190. My nine-year-old daughter, who loves all animals, just took a look at this photo, read the caption, giggled and said, “Someone’s got a nice dinner!” So traumatized, I tell ya.

    Seriously, though: this photo is awesome. Keep up the cute work!

  191. I think nuffers must hibernate; they’re all coming out of their burrows now that it’s almost Spring. Who knew?!

  192. Are you serving that with bits of cobra on a cracker?

  193. Cobra on a cracker was sposed to go with the meerkats remark. (Just to clarify.)

  194. Then it’s fortunate there is no ‘killing’ going on in the picture – simply an animal bringing home dinner for the family :3

  195. I thought this was adorable. He’s so proud of himself, like “Look what I caught!” ^.^

    I don’t get what all the fuss is about, but to each their own, I guess.

  196. Zola Bunny says:

    me neither…poor wee vole thingy…

  197. welkies.

  198. Zola Bunny says:

    nope, you get kill free traps these days…

  199. And I also absolutely hate to see animals die or be eaten………;
    However, on any given day, I can look out of my backyard window and see very few birds around, even though there are three fully- stocked bird feeders there……;
    The birds have been hiding for several weeks now, because a Cooper’s Hawk regularly patrols the area, looking for food; I have actually seen him sitting on the fence, just waiting for some unsuspecting prey to show up……. and on three different occasions I have seen sparrow feathers littering the grass: the only remaining remnant of them left…..;
    Sad? Very! But I love all the birds, raptors or finches:
    And regretfully, I bow my head…… the Circle of Life goes on without missing a beat……

  200. Max&Sophie'sMama says:

    “Voles are the hot dogs of the north.” Pure genius.

  201. I don’t think my comment made it on here either, it was rather large…

    Basic summary was that little Ermine is very cute, but I don’t think we should nuff the nuffers, you know what I mean? I can see how this is not cute to rodent lovers, if that was a bird in his mouth I would find it pretty traumatic because I have bird family members (mother to two lil’ boos). Circle of life regardless, people don’t like to see pics of dead animals that remind them of their pets. While a lot of us find the proud little Ermine pretty darn cute, would it kill us to be a bit more sensitive to those poor folks that don’t?

  202. phred's mom says:

    get over it already…. signed: Jints fan

  203. phred's mom says:

    mature beyond her years

  204. Ok….it was worth seeing a dead vole on here for that comment……

  205. It’s bloody adorable. I have ferrets and I love seeing them be their little carnivore-y selves!

  206. Thanks for sharing. =D Weasels are the cutest things ever even when hunting.

  207. They’re obligate carnivores so they can only eat meat! I don’t think that’s a bad thing. =) Cats are the same way.

    I think they’re very cute even when hunting, but I love carnivores. As much as I also love rodents I just accept some animals eat others.

  208. 6Rabbits says:

    Best interpretation!

  209. Crazy Pants says:

    Yup!

  210. *gulp*

    yes.

    i sowwy.

  211. victoreia says:

    See? Kids have their priorities straight!

    Signed,

    Han shot first!

  212. victoreia says:

    Wow, 200+ comments! Right on, Crazy Pants! *thumbs up*

  213. Crazy Pants says:

    Wow is right! I feel like I might have learned something.

  214. Uhhh…seems out of place on this particular website….

  215. One more comment – Cute is awwwww, Cute is ‘what IS that?’, Cute is ‘it’s doing what people are doing’, Cute is interspecies snorgling and babies of all kinds napping, jumping and falling off of things… Cute is all the stuff we see in and impose on our fine furred and feathered (and finned and tentacled etc friends). But behind all the Cute are kritters that need to eat. We feed our friends the processed remains of other kritters, but the pellets and packaging of meals for our Household Cutes distance us from the fresh, furred and immediate reality of the rodenty meal this Wild Cute is taking back to its den. We get someone else to do the dirty work for our Cutes. Sure, we love the snorgling and so on – it helps us appreciate life and feel pleasure and joy. And it helps us when we find it just plain hard to be (a recent post about how Cute helps with Human Pain illustrates this). But I think Cute has room for the Wild with the Household, has room for the life and the death. We, and Cute, need the wild and the uncomfortable, and if all we had was packaged and pelletized Cute, we would be missing quite a lot.So thanks for a thought provoking Cute!

  216. Is it not obvious? The furry white animal is cute. Sorry it had to eat, but such is life.

  217. Can you delete yourself off the internet, please? Or at least your internet connection.

  218. My cat likes to eat yogurt. But then I thought of the pain the yogurt might have gone through and started tearing up. Then I decided my cat wasn’t cute anymore so I gave him away.

  219. I fear for the existence of this website without Kew’s monetary contribution.

  220. I’m sure most small animals don’t have the brain capacity to know what happiness and sadness are.

  221. You mean…it’s..not…sleeping…?

  222. Crazy Pants says:

    This is directed toward Michael and all of the people who have asked/demanded for this post to be removed.
    What do you do when there is a program on TV you don’t like? What do you do when there is a Billboard with an ad that is offensive to you? I’m truly interested in understanding this.
    It is clear from all of the comments that there is a wide perception of “cute”; eye of the beholder and all of that. It is also clear that many people think only their perception is worth efficacy. What I am struggling with is why people feel it’s acceptable to demand that this post (or any other post, see Cats N Racks) be removed. I will be the first person to stand up and say that feelings are valid. They are subjective and singular to the individual having said feelings. I will also be the first person to remind you that feelings are not necessarily based in reality. While you may feel that you have ownership on this site, the reality is there is only one Decider, only one Doctorate of Cuteology, Meg – the owner and creator of Cute Overload.
    So, please, help me understand why you believe differently.

  223. skippymom says:

    Too funny….

  224. Crazy Pants says:

    Here are some quick stats for anyone interested (please allow for + or – 5, I’m not a statistician, just a good counter):

    All those who thought the picture was cute (did not include comments that did not directly say something about cute, adorable, like or agree): 56
    All those who thought the picture was NOT cute (did include nuetrals and anyone who empathized with or thought empathy should be given to those who did NOT find the picture cute): 28
    Those who said they would never come to the site again or buy a calendar: 5
    Those who said they would like to start a campaign against this image to Cute Overload Advertisers: 1

  225. Crazy Pants, we’re behind ya all the way. It’s hard not to let people get under our fur, especially when they forget that this isn’t a public service site. It’s a personal site that has become popular enough to have advertisers, employees, contributors and rabid fans. When people start stomping around and acting all grown-up and starchy, it’s annoying.

    Sometimes people forget to look at the rules Meg drew on a piece of cardboard and nailed up to that tree over there:

    No fiteing.
    Laffing ok.
    Awwing alloud.
    No meen people.
    Swears r ok but mostly only by me so shut up, the end, Meg.

    People keep forgetting that this is Meg’s fort and we’re ALL happy to belong here, but if you don’t like the puppet show, take a break and visit the Le Lounge de Moderasheone. Have some root beer or cotton candy or mini dont’s. Or have some whiskey or hot buttered rum or a big tank of Guinness. Enjoy some crudites, whatever those are. Then come back and join the crowd.

    the end by sharpy no gives no backs no takes

  226. oh michael, bee-have!

    skippymom is not a troll! she’s a good speaker of english *and* a cuteologist!

  227. Fird Birfle says:

    ?? Is Michael suddenly the Gatekeeper and Ruler of the Universe??

    Jeez. Who put pickle juice in YOUR cheerios?

  228. gawwwd I love this website :D
    AND all of its cuteologists

  229. Crazy Pants says:

    I heart Sharpy.

  230. It’s like your cat dropping “presents” on your face when you wake up.

  231. anybody who is not a vegan has no right to complain.

  232. Crazy Pants (and everyone else),

    Please join us in the Moderation Lounge, or comment purgatory. I don’t know who started calling it that, but it’s become a swell way to take a break from the heat of commentroversies. We have a wonderful menu (anything you want) and I love the company while I sort through comments.

    Congratulations on your first mole-in-one!

    What’s your poison?

  233. you know, i’ve never associated morocco mole with casablanca! i was a kid, so i just assumed he was a mole with a fez. like the flintstones–it never occurred to me that they were the honeymooners until, i’m ashamed to admit, college.

  234. *snerk*

  235. are they the ones that have been digging up my lawn?

  236. that was amazing. i love sctv. thanks for the laughs.

  237. phred's mom says:

    I’ve had one of those “presents” start walking when I reached to brush
    it away. GAAAAAK!

  238. Puhlease says:

    I would love to see the letter you write to Kohl’s demanding they remove the sponsorship due to this post. Please post it after you are finished writing it. I could use the laugh.

  239. are you still on about this?

    you are being censored on OUR site. you are not being polite, you’re distracting, self-promoting and argumentative.

    you call yourself a cuteologist and yet you don’t know how things work around here. you are new here and so let me explain a few things:

    we have one moderator, me.
    when you assume someone is a he, you make an ass out of yourself.
    we post dead stuff once in awhile. e.g., http://cuteoverload.com/2010/01/20/the-bird-was-disturbed/

    if you can’t play nice, your ass is banned.

  240. LOL x a million

  241. you know, the more i think about this latest commentroversy, the more i feel bad for the people who get all balled up, stomping off and waving their signs and i think, where did you come from? this site is FAMOUS for the cute AND the tart!

    imagine this: if you hear about a house where the owners put up cool christmas decorations with, say, disney characters every year, do you go and start protesting because they don’t have your favorite hanna barbera characters? or start yelling because you think the mickey and minnie shouldn’t be holding hands, but should be kissing or eating meatballs or something?

    have you ever gone to a thanksgiving at another family’s home? did you throw a snit fit because they sat down to eat at 3 instead of 5, the way your family does?

    i am sorry if i get too tart or mean. i shouldn’t let people get to me, but the huffing and puffing won’t blow this house down. i get that a dead rodent is hard to look at, especially for people who keep rodents as pets. what i don’t get is when readers start demanding things that, well, just aren’t on the menu.

    i DO take sides, btw. i love our regulars–we recognize each other and we meet here and inside jokes are told. i don’t even get half of them, but i like the wit and concern that the community has for one another. please join in! have your say, but try to keep it light.

    or i’ll hit you on the head with a hammer.

  242. send ‘em my way when you’re done. my yard has been utterly destroyed by them.

  243. i deleted most of the bothersome comments, so this thread may look a little disjointed, but we still had some fun, didn’t we?

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