Animals Amaze Me

Willow the white whale swims next to a normal colored whale off the coast of Spitsbergen, Norway. Dan Fisher was on a boat trip to Svalbard in Norway when he noticed a giant white hump rise from the water. Rushing up a mast to get a better look, he quickly realized he was witnessing one of nature’s rarest sights – a white whale. Its color is caused by a condition called leucism, caused by a reduction in skin pigment.

Follow the Leader

Horsing Around: Captain Charlie FitzRoy is kissed by Thomas, a 22-year-old horse in the Household Cavalry, that will be retiring after 19 years of service, in Hyde Park, London, on October 26, 2012.

                                             “If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity.” – Jane Goodall

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Give it a rest

I went to Zoo Miami yesterday and while enjoying ‘my babies’ I ventured over to see the newest baby, Titan – he is a 6 foot tall 130 lb. giraffe…not big? How bout if I told you those were his measurements AT BIRTH — yes, the female in this video is the mother of Titan, she also gave birth to Marlee just a few months ago. After watching this gentleman try to ‘court’ Kita… I secretly yelled at him to leave her alone .. she has given birth twice in the past 4 months and probably wants her alone time… I spoke with a friend who is a keeper at Zoo Miami and she said that Kita in fact WANTS it, that giraffes go through a postpartum breeding period where they feel that they need to be doing it again. The animal kingdom is CRAY.

Here are a few more pictures from yesterdays much needed Zoo visit:

Critters

We have recently moved into a wonderful gated in community in Coral Gables and are completely in love with the quiet neighborhood… no traffic, no trucks, no honking etc.

BUT (yeah there it is) we have our fair share of ‘tropical’ critters. Here are a few…

The pooches have had a fantastic time on their walks at their new home… they have become very well educated about the animals and many lessons have been learned along the way:

1. Crabs will nip you, you will cry.

2. Cats will not fear you, you are on the leash – they aren’t. They mock you.

3. Toads are poisonous. DO NOT EAT THEM or you will end up back at the emergency room again with “buns of steel” as the vet tries to take your temperature. **REMINDER IT WAS NOT FUN**

4. Peacocks, while beautiful are idiots but at the end of the day, they can fly and you cannot. Stop trying.

Each day is full of excitement here in Coral Gables. We never know what animal will grace us with their presence!