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Piglet and emus, oh my!

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If your household includes a cute little piglet  (too bad it will grow up to be a hog) and a pair of baby emus,  you are  likely to  see them playing together,  mainly by chasing each other until the birds run out of steam. You will undoubtedly enjoy it enormously for the brief time it lasts until this part of your menagerie grows up.

But you never know  —  Big Girl is nearly ten now,  and when she has canid visitors,  she still offers to  play with them,  just as she does the neighbor’s cat when he wanders over.

 

 

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August 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Louie freed…

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A year after releasing 130 year old Larry back into the ocean,  Peter’s Clam Bar in Long Island has officially  set free  Louie, thought to be a few years older,  who had been living in a tank at the bar for the last two decades.

I am less sanguine about Louie’s chances of survival in his former natural habitat than the town of Hempstead seems to be.   I’m afraid the ancient crustacean will shortly wind up as lunch,  most likely as human food at a restaurant.

 

 

 

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June 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm

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Anywhere will do…

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…if you are a cat in need of a nap,  as  these pix  prove.

 

 

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September 15, 2016 at 11:52 pm

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Safety not guaranteed…

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Jonathan Last has written a  marvelous article  about taking his young son to Yellowstone National Park.   Every parent should be required to read it, but especially the helicopter parents.   You all know some,  ever present,  ever ready to interfere if their little darlings are at risk of getting a boo-boo.

I grew up on a farm,  and was taught early and often that actions have consequences and that you are responsible for keeping your brain in gear and reacting appropriately to your circumstances.   I was taught how to behave around horses and cattle and farm equipment.   I learned which snakes were poisonous,  how to recognize rabid animals,  and what the proper courses of action were when confronted by them.   My parents kept an eye on me,  but generally with such subtlety that I was unaware.   Of course,  my father thought that at age eight I was perfectly capable of riding several miles of fence line on my very large horse with only my faithful dog accompanying us.   He was correct,  but some government ninny would probably try to charge him with child endangerment or neglect in this day and age.

The lessons I learned about the natural world as a child carried over into adulthood,  and have kept me safe all over the world,  including Yellowstone itself.   ear spray wasn’t available when I visited,  but I did have a stout oak hiking staff which would have proved as useful in fending off bears as it did an annoyed rattler the group ahead of me on the trail had stupidly messed with.

Take all your children to Yellowstone for the beauty and the education.  Or take them to one of the nation’s many national parks and forests.  Or just to a local park,  if it still allows swings and has a little pond to muddy your feet with.  Humans are basically advanced chimpanzees,  so if your children learn to navigate the natural world they’ll have a good start on finding their path through the pitfalls of the human world.

 

 

 

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August 29, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Cat heaven…

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Even if you don’t love cats,  you’ll have to admire  this cat sanctuary  in Hawaii,  which lets visitors cuddle cats all day,  or adopt one,  for free.

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August 21, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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Parrot vs cats…

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How does a parrot flummox three cats?   He  meows at  them.   Kittens meow to their mothers,  but once they become adults,  cats meow only to humans.   No wonder these kitties are confused!

 

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August 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Seagulls trippin’ …

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If you’re in Britain,  watch out for  drunk seagulls  which have been goring themselves on flying ants.   Apparently the formic acid in the ants’ bodies produces either vast excitement or a form of drunkenness.   Scientists are arguing about exactly what to term the effect,  but they all agree that the gulls love the little critters as much as we humans love M&Ms.

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July 23, 2016 at 10:08 am