Sunday, January 25, 2009

Little Robin Redbreasts

Little Robin Red Breasts, all in a row. All in a row, standing by our pool, that is! They have been hanging out every day and I have been watching them every day.

Oooh, my daddy gets mad when they hang out by our pool. Do you know why?

It's because there is a whole lotta pooping going on, and he has to clean it up! These American Robins migrate from Canada down to Texas for the winter. Do you think they fly all that way to drink from our pool?

These friends remind me of a nursery rhyme......

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up climbed pussycat and down went he,
Down came pussycat, away Robin ran.
Says little Robin Redbreast, "Catch me if you can."

Little Robin Redbreast flew upon a wall,
Pussycat jumped after him, and almost had a fall.
Little Robin chirped and sang and what did pussy say?
Pussycat said, "Mew," and Robin flew away.

Now if I could only go outside to meet my new Robin friends face to face......

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Now That's a Lot of Horns!

Everyone is probably tired of me talking about the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, so this post will wrap up the introductions of my new friends from this Big World Assignment.
The Giraffes in my last post were pretty snooty, but the rest of these guys were very friendly!

Whose eye does this belong to?

It belongs to an Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep, the only African wild sheep.

Here is the Blackbuck, native to India and Pakistan.

And this is the Arabian Oryx, on the endangered list, and was extinct in the wild in 1972, but now has been reintroduced in Oman, Jordan and Saudia Arabia.

I think this is a Silka Deer, and it is native to Eastern Asia.

Ok, some of these guys were just a tad bit too friendly! This is an Addax, and his distinctive feature is that he looks like he is wearing a "toupee"!

These cute little white and brown guys are Scimitar-Horned Oryx. Their coloring provide perfect desert camoflage in the wild.

What a big rack this is! This is a variety of Fallow Deer.

And last but not least, #612 is a Blesbok. Their numbers in the wild were in danger, but thankfully are successfully recovering.

I hope you enjoyed meeting my new Horned friends. I know I did!

~~~~~In loving memory of my sister, PooPoo~~~~~

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Too Snooty to Be My Friends

There were so many cool animal friends for me at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, that I am still reporting from there!
The next potential friend I would like to present is the Giraffe! There are actually 9 subspecies of Giraffes, and these look to be Reticulated or Somali Giraffes.
When my mom and daddy entered the park, they were told at the front gate that they would be lucky to get close to the Giraffes as they were a bit snooty, and not as friendly as the other animals!
That seemed to be so, as the Giraffes looked at my mom and daddy from afar......they had no interest in meeting my mom and daddy, OR being my friends!
"What's that you say? JB wants to be our friend? JB is much too small to be our friend. We are the tallest living land animal! We have more important things to do......"
These Giraffes are typically from North eastern Africa, Somalia and northern Kenya. The patterns on a giraffe are unique to each animal, very much like a human fingerprint!
Finally the Giraffes turned their backs on my mom and daddy completely, and went and ate some breakfast leaves from the trees. This must have been one of those "more important" things they had to do!

Oh well, I know I am popular and I have a lot of animal friends, but
sometimes one can't be friends with just everyone!

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

A Whopper of a Tortoise!

Still reporting from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, in Glen Rose, Texas. Here we have a whopper of a Tortoise! This is called an African Spurred Tortoise. It is the third largest species of Tortoise found on mainland (not on an island).
In the wild it lives in the southern part of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. Did I mention it is a whopper of a tortoise? It can grow to over 200 pounds!!
They can also live to be up to 80 years old! Below is a sign from the Wildlife Center with some more interesting facts about this Tortoise:
I think this is the slowest friend my mom has found for me yet. I wonder if I would look cute riding on top of the shell of this Tortoise? I bet I would, but it would have to be when I was not in a hurry to get somewhere, for sure!

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