Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa, Come Get Your Reindeer!

Here is another Big World Report from my mom from The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. She met some European Red Deer, who were quite a rowdy bunch!
Clearly they were not one bit shy as you might expect Deer to be!

They were quite persistent, in fact!

So persistent, that my mom got deer drool all over her!! Mom tried to tell them to stop, but it did not help.

Are you talking to me? Are you talking to ME?

Stop talking, and feed me!

Yum, yum, yum!

Ew! Mom! Why doesn't this Deer have to get his teeth cleaned like I just had to? I know my teeth did not look THAT bad!

Yes, these European Red Deer are a rowdy persistent bunch......

Santa, come get your ReinDeer!

Thank you to everyone who has read my silly little blog this year. My mom enjoys taking pictures of animals and I like meeting all my new animal friends and talking about them.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Grevy's Zebras are Groovy!

Lookey here! My mom found these new friends for me also at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. They are called Grevy's Zebras and they are the largest of all Zebras!

Grevy's Zebras are can be identified by their large ears and their brown facial markings. Kinda looks like a brown suntan on their faces!

These Zebras are one of the most endangered of all Zebras due to poaching and loss of their natural habitats in Somalia, Ethiopia, and northern Kenya.
Another interesting way to identify Grevy's Zebras is that they have very narrow stripes which do not meet at the bottom, so their bellies are white!
And look! A baby Grevy's Zebra!! He is just the right size for me! "Mom....mom.....do you think I could go for a ride on this baby Zebra?"

I like my new Grevy's Zebra friends! I think they are Groovy!

(Please see my previous post for the introduction of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center showing my mom on Big World Assignment!)

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Bongo in the Jungle!

My mom and daddy FINALLY went
on Big World Assignment again,
to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. It is about 2 hours from our house. This Center has 1800 acres of mainly free roaming animals!

My next few posts will showcase the animal friends that my mom and daddy found for me. As you will see, some of these animals were extra SUPER excited to be my friends!

Oh, and just so you know this is a REAL report, here is my mom in action, on Big World Assignment!

The first animal I would like to present is the Bongo, which is the largest most colorful Forest Antelope. It is on the Endangered Species list.

It comes from West Central Africa. They are very good at hiding in forested areas due to their coloring.

Hey.....Wasn't there a song about Bongos a long time ago?

Yes, let's BONGO in the jungle.
Well, that's all right by me, yes.
Well, I'm a tiger when I want love.
I'm a snake when we disagree.

Let's BONGO in the jungle.
Well, that's all right by me, yes.
I'm a tiger...

Ok, maybe that is not exactly how the song goes, but meeting these new Bongo friends made me think of it!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Going Batty

My mom and daddy went to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico a while ago.

They saw lots of stalactites and stalagmites and underground rock formations.....like these:

But what was really interesting and quite batty was what lived inside this cave entrance!

Somewhere around 400,000+ Mexican free-tail bats live inside this cave from about April to October! Every night at dusk, all the bats fly out of this cave in a big wave, and come out and eat insects. They eat about 3 tons of insects EVERY NIGHT!

The bats look something like a smoke plume like this when they leave in such large numbers!

The bats fly south to Mexico for the winter, so they are gone now. These bats are a little bit creepy, but they are animals and animals are my friends.

I was glad to learn about my new Batty friends! Hope you find your way back to New Mexico in April!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Katy Did!

My mom and daddy have not been on Big World Assignment much lately, so I had to get my brother, Bear, to help me out to see if he could find any animal friends for me in our backyard.

Bear came running in the house the other day and yelled: "Katy did! Katy did!" I said: "Katy did what and who is Katy?"

And Bear said: "No, silly.......Katydid! I found a Texas Bush Katydid on my water bottle! He wants to be your friend!"

Katydids are known for their unique sounds they make. Please click the following to hear a Katydid:
16 s of fast-pulsed song [1.38MB]; male from Alachua Co., Fla.; 24.8�C. (WTL062-36a)

n. Fla. seasonal data.; References: Spooner 1964.; Nomenclature: OSFO2 (Orthoptera Species File Online)

Thanks to my brother, Bear, for this Big World report. Bear normally eats my backyard friends, so I am glad he spared this new friend, so I could meet him!

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Trespassing in JB's Big World

Now I'd like to tell the story as to why a Bear came into my life, to follow up on my last post. It was instigated by my next door neighbor, Dakota. Dakota is a very friendly Golden Labrador Retriever mix.

He has been working on my daddy for a while. Always wagging his tail, and shaking hands, and just being much too nice.....

Even my mom got sucked into his little scheme!

He frolicked in his back yard, displaying his favorite rug that he'd like to share with a friend to play tug-o-war.

Finally he just plain begged my mom and daddy to get him a friend! That was the day before the Bear arrived at my house and changed my whole life......

Whose world is this any way? It is JB's Big World, not Dakota's Big World! Stop trespassing, Dakota!

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Where Do Bears Come From?

Where do Bears come from? This is a question I asked my mom recently, because I have been worrying about Bears a lot lately in my sleep.

So mom told me the story, from her Big World Assignment to Ennis, TX, just south of Dallas.

I did not know this, but it seems that Bears can come from a farm! The farm mom visited had Chickens......


And even a fancy white Cockatoo type Birdie!

And last but not least, there were Bears! A whole bunch of little Bear cubs! Do you know which Bear in this picture I worry about in my sleep?

The Bear cubs had nice parents. The mama Bear is pictured here on the left and the daddy Bear is pictured on the right. My mom was very sad that they could not run around free.

Out of all the Bear cubs, there was one who was the most pesky, persistent Bear of them all! He personally asked if he could come home with my mom and daddy! He whispered to my daddy that he heard about me and my Big and Small Worlds, and he wanted to be my friend......AND my brother?? Now that is a little presumptuous, isn't it?

My mom carefully evaluated the situation, making sure that the Bear got along with the Official Farm Cat. He did not seem to mind the Cat, and ran off with his Bear bubble butt wagging behind him.....ok, he seemed to be Cat-friendly.

So that is how it came to be, that a Bear became my friend in my Big World, and came to live with me as my brother in my Small World!

Now that I know where Bears come from, I will try not to lose so much sleep worrying about them!

P.S. To see some of my brother's antics, please visit my Small World here!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

HipHop in My Backyard

I want to introduce to you my Grasshopper friends. They live in my backyard. They can be all different colors from brown to olive to bright green or yellow. The can change color to camoflage themselves, and are very good hoppers with their large back legs.

My mom is mad at them, because she says they have been munching on our Canna Lilies. Grasshoppers are known to destroy plants, so maybe my mom is right.....

Sometimes we think we can hear the grasshoppers tying to make music. I wonder if the music is called HipHop? Just another thought I ponder...........

If you'd like to see a BEAR, please come to my Small World and meet BEAR!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fly Away.....

My mom has been so busy, that she wishes she could just fly away like a Monarch Butterfly, with no cares or responsibilities in the world. Monarch Butterflies fly to and from Mexico each year and they must go right through our back yard!

We saw lots of Monarch Butterflies, and they are so beautiful. They fly down from the north in October, and can fly up to 550 miles within 3 days!

Here is a map which shows this year's migration.

(Courtesy of Texas Monarch Watch)

It was a beautiful sight to see so many Monarch Butterflies in our yard. I hope my mom does not get any ideas and fly away with them!

(Come see my new brother in my Small World Blog!)

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lost & Found in the Desert

Here is the rest of my mom's Big World Assignment from Arizona. Mom and daddy went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix the last day of their trip.

It was super hot there and mom almost passed out......on Big World Assignment!

At the entrance of the park, was a sign for some missing animals! I think I had seen something similar to this on the back of a milk carton in our fridge!
My mom went in to the park to try to find them for me to see if they would be my friends.

The first animal she found was this Western Whiptail Lizard!

The Western Whiptail Lizard is a very shy Lizard. If a predator tries to attack him, he drops his tail! The tail will flop around and distract the predator so the Lizard can get away. Wow! This lizard must dropped part of his tail sometime, because I see he has a bit of a stub now!

Mom also saw Desert Quails. Now, according to the entrance sign, these Quails were not missing, but mom found them anyway! Mom and daddy had to sit on a bench for a long time to catch a shot of this Quail, because they also were very shy. A sad fact, is that Arizonians are allowed to hunt these Quails in the open desert.......but thankfully, not at this park.

Last, but not least, mom got a shot of this Gila Woodpecker who had built a nest inside this Saguaro Cactus! Now I have heard of humans using barb wire for security, but this is ridiculous! This is definitely No Place Like Home for me!

Mom had to report back to me that some of the animals were still lost, but the ones that she found, were happy to be my friends!

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