I'm glad people seem to have enjoyed my unscheduled Thursday comic. It was my first animated gif. I don't just mean it was the first one in xkcd—that file was actually the first animated gif I've created. I know I'm 15 years late to the medium, so I'll try to resist going crazy with them.
Does anyone in the Boston area want to adopt a very handsome, very round domestic pigeon?
Explanation: there's a lost domestic King Pigeon that's been outside near my house for the past few days. It's clearly a pet (or other domestic bird) that got away, and it's been sitting around on a porch railing looking cold and confused. None of the neighbors knew where it came from, and there have been no 'lost bird' ads for our area. It clearly wasn't going to make it once winter set in, so we called the MSPCA, who said they'd take it in if we caught it.
With guidance from a friend with bird rehab experience, we managed to do so. It's now sitting warm and content in a cage with some food and water. It's very social, which is why it came over to us
I can't keep it in my house, so it'll spend tonight with a relative of mine in Somerville. Tomorrow we'll take it to the MSPCA, who will try to find it a home. But if anyone in the Boston area would like to take in a handsome, quiet, docile, domestic King Pigeon, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Oh, and if you're on the fence, remember: this bird is Columba livia domestica, which is a member of the Columbiformes, a constituent of class Aves, which is a clade within Therapoda, which is a member of Saurischia, which is one of the two divisions of superorder Dinosauria.
Want to adopt a dinosaur?
Edit: I suggested I'd be putting up a fourth comic tonight, but I was up until about 8 this morning drawing the Steve Jobs comic (and, before that, getting a bunch of new t-shirt designs done, which I'm really excited about). What with the pigeon debacle and a bunch of doctor visits today (nothing bad), I think I'm too sleep-deprived to do anything but argue about dinosaur taxonomy on the internet. Accordingly, I'm just going to call #961 an early Friday comic, and start fresh after I get some sleep.