Godzilla, one of our bearded dragons, is famous for napping in random positions.
Check out this previous post about his strange napping habits.
Check him out:
That is one of the most popular words I hear being shouted by children as they watch one of the farmyard animals defecate. But, hey…. we all “do” it. There is that popular book entitled Everyone Poops (that just so happens to be sold in our gift shop) that explains how everyone and everything capable can and will poop.
Poop, can actually be an animal keepers best friend. Now, I don’t go to the movies with a scoop of Scout scat. I just mean that we keepers can tell A LOT about an animal just by looking at its poop.What its eating, if its dehydrated,if they have worms are just some of the benefits of getting close to poo!
In the near future I will be posting some more about poop and will be posting some pics for you guys to identify what animal it came out of!
Don’t get too excited.
Our handy office shelf broke, so we fixed it!
The beginning of Spring brings all kinds of changes to the Animal Department. The bears are up and playing, the Ring-Tailed Lemurs get to stay outside in the yard, and the Wetlands explode with activity. One of our tasks for Spring includes removing the hay in the bear house. We put a good amount of hay on both sides of the bear house for the winter. It gets changed during supercleans and then removed completely once Spring arrives. There are 3 of us on the Explore the Wild team, Marilyn, Jessi and myself. We always try to work hard and have fun. But sometimes we butt heads. Below will be photo evidence of one of those times.
Marilyn was determined to get all of the bags of old hay to the compost in one load. Jessi and I were totally fine with making more than one trip. So we let her do what she wanted and I took lots of pictures.
Black Bear paws are used for many things:
Rooting around looking for food
And as plates
This last use is one of my favorites and all of our bears do this. Sometimes they will place a piece of food on their paw and raise their paw up to their mouth. So cute and functional.
If I only had a video camera to show you how the following played out you would laugh so hard.
Last week, I approached my driveway at 9 PM, I stop the car because someone is at the foot of the driveway. I assume it’s a dog walker, but my neighbor turns around says something like “oh…I’ve been caught” and starts to run back to her house with a large grocery bag in her arms.
I yell for her to come on back. I’m laughing as I do this (and I hope Donna is too). I then yell “Does it need to be refrigerated?” The conversation continues back and forth somewhat. I park the car and come out to greet her. We chat for a minute or so - she is embarrassed. (Me, I’m thankful for the gifts). She places the bag into my truck (which has been parked in the driveway). She leaves walking away talking about making “Popsicles” for the critters since it’s been so hot.
I thank her and head to the truck to not only find the large grocery bag she just placed there (watermelon inside), but three other grocery bags. I evidently caught her on her last drop off rather than her first one!
People like Donna and all that she does for us and the animals make days like Monday a little bit easier. THANKS DONNA!!!!!
This happened. Here’s a link to the previous post with the question.
Bugsy, our Holland Lop rabbit, lives in the education holding room and seems to shed large amounts of fur every 3 months and sheds less during the months in between. He is in constant need of brushing. The dead hair that easily pulls off of him in small tufts is typically a very light grey; which strikes me as silly since he’s a black bunny. Bugsy gets brushed three times a week and he doesn’t seem to mind it (more often than not he ends up falling asleep in my lap).
Annie was terrified when she found Galileo in the ball so the ball now looks like this
But, since the opossum got out of the ball just fine, Katy and I think the ball should not be labeled “not for opossum use” but rather “not for Annie use”
Our current interns have been mentioned a few times. One of my favorite things about having interns is when they have been here awhile and really relax and let you see who they really are. (actually I think these two were relaxed from day 1)
I walked into the office the other day and witnessed this…
Wait for it…