SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy Trails..

That Cheetah, the mischievous chimp in the Tarzan movies from the 1930s, was apparently alive and well all these years in a Florida primate sanctuary, where he was a fan of finger painting and appeared to be "in tune to human feelings," according to the center's outreach director.
Or that when he died on Christmas Eve of kidney failure, he had reached the ripe old age of 80, which is pretty good for a chimp and was also a longer lifespan than his co-star, the swimming champ turned actor Johnny Weissmuller, who passed away in 1984.
Some media accounts have had the gall to question whether this is the same Cheetah that starred in the famed series. (His name, after all, was spelled differently on earlier occasions.) But the Tampa-based sanctuary is sure about their celebrity chimp and the condolences have been pouring in, a testament, you might say, to the enduring power of the silver screen — and maybe to animal actors in particular.