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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Exam 9 - Baby steps 10/18/12

Mom on Display
Now 11 weeks old, he is 21.6 inches (55 centimeters) long and weighs 7.2 pounds (3.3 kilograms), which is the same weight as last week, but he is more active now, climbing out of the den by himself. PK Robbins, the attending veterinarian, did notice that his little canines are starting to come in under his gums, and he is starting to get a spot on his tail.

 This little guy definitely loves the camera, as he was trying to crawl toward their Zoo photographer, during the entire exam, raising one front paw, followed clumsily by the other, “like a toddler holding onto the furniture.”
His physical development is on track for a panda his age.
He is just starting to stand up on all four paws and is working on his balance.