Maybe, the right pet for you is the pet you want to pick up and cuddle – and in spite of your overindulgent squeezes, that particular pet clings to your warmth and falls into your eyes with a devotion that will last forever-after-more.
Listening to my daughters and their children talk of going to the zoo and seeing Nikita, the polar bear, brought back a lot of memories. I lived so close to the zoo that my siblings and I would walk there back in the 50s. The zoo was free at that time, so we went often!
Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many stories have animals that talk? In all our literary experience, animal characters are among our enduring favorites. If you look carefully, the most successful animal characters are ones whose basic nature mirrors those of their human counterparts.
In the early hours of December 7, a staff member here at Red Bridge was able to get a clear photograph of one of the "Invisible Turtles" making their home in that Branch. The size of the colony remains unconfirmed, but based on the number of missing library materials, items vanished from the staff fridge, (mainly half-drunk sodas and cookies) and the number is believed to be between fifteen and twenty-five. An accurate number of the turtles will not be possible until the turtles are caught, tagged, and re-released.
The Excelsior Springs Branch has a special treat for the Discovery Club this month. The Kansas City Zoo will be here to take you on an Australia Adventure. You will get to learn more about Australian folklore and culture. There will also be some mystery animal guests for you to see. The program will be on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11 am. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.
Visit the Mid-Continent Public Library Weston Branch on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m., and prepare to be amazed. You've never experienced a "wild" time like this! Rep-Tails brings the zoo to you! This educational and exciting adventure features a hands-on introduction to some of earth's most unique creatures. Federally and state licensed, these animals are safe and enjoyable for everyone. If you have more questions, or would like to register for this great program, call the MCPL Weston Branch at 816-640-2874.
I was reading blogs from other branches yesterday and came across one blog featuring a video of a round-headed kitten playing. What, do you ask, could be more cute than a bouncing ball of meowing fluff? Try a baby wallaby in a backpack, a gang of mini-nubian goat babies, or my favorite, an infant two-toed sloth. All of these baby animals and more can be found on my favorite website ZooBorns. I love this site and visit it every day. I even have their free app on my iPhone.
I'm sure we've all heard about how magazines and the media are negatively affecting our body image, giving us a false sense of what is "perfect" in the looks department. Now apparently, this bad habit has carried over to other mammals as well.
You see, recently I added to my home a new baby boy. He's a bit prickly, quite literally, and is super sweet for a critter covered in spines. This is WALL-E (named after one of my favorite Pixar characters), my new hedgehog, and he's blind in one eye.