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......

Horses......

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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