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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Meet one of the cutest baby in the world

THE cutest little addition to the Taronga family and possibly the whole world - Monifa - has been unveiled. Meaning ``I am lucky’’ in Nigerian, the gorgeous three-week-old pygmy hippopotamus.

 Little Monifa was born on October 15 and is the first pygmy hippo calf born at Taronga for 23 years. Weighing in at just 3.8 kg at birth, Monifa is growing every day and now tips the scales at 6.7 kg.

 The plucky youngster almost didn't make it into the world after her mum Petre, a first-time mother, experienced complications during the breach birth (she was born backwards). She is now being hand-raised by dedicated keepers Renae Zammit and Tracey Roberts. The two have literally moved into the zoo to care for Monifa and are doing 24-hour alternate shifts to feed and bath the youngster. ``Although it is a massive undertaking, it’s definitely a labor of love,’’ Ms Zammit said. ``She is quite an unusual looking baby, she almost doesn't look quite real but after months of planning for this birth, it was love at first sight. ``The infant is such an inquisitive little thing and loves bath time. She even turns somersaults in the warm water.’’ Ms Zammit said pygmy hippos were extremely endangered and there were only about 3000 in the world.
Monifa is now Taronga’s fourth pygmy hippo and is currently having six meals a day.