TBT to when I had a giraffe in my face

My NPR email updates are often things I try to ignore, like Trump's latest cabinet appointments, but today they sent an article that brought me right back to my zookeeping intern days, when I would occasionally get to take a break from shoveling endless piles of poop to spend some quality time with Randall, the …

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Lieutenant Pumpkin MIA

I haven't seen my little one in over three days, and I'm starting to lose it (depending on who you ask, that might be an optimistic assessment). She ran out through the new doggy door before the dogs even figured out how to use it, and she hasn't come back yet. She's never left for more …

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Questions from the trail: Is that a Caterpie?

Great guess, but this is actually a real-life spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) caterpillar! Josh and I couldn't believe our eyes when we saw this little guy by our campsite on the Appalachian Trail recently, and I am still in awe at how cartoony it looked even from just a few inches away. The caterpillar looks …

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Feline Friday: Pumpkin learns to paint a seascape, and we have a newcomer 

What makes a cat so relaxed she lounges on her back with her toes in the air? Why, a painting lesson, of course! I was feeling a little overwhelmed when I happened to scroll across the Bob Ross "Beauty is Everwhere" series on Netflix. Although I used to paint quite a bit, I had never seen …

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How to be WILDLY affectionate this Valentine’s Day

How do you and your partner show each other affection - hugs, kisses, cuddles? How about caressing one another’s eye stalks or changing colors while dancing together at dawn? Let these ten couples show you how it’s done in other parts of the animal kingdom. Lean On Me Embed from Getty Images Owls are usually …

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Wonderful Wildlife Moment: affectionately leaning owls

While researching adorable ways other species show affection (scouring the internet for heartwarming pictures iS research!), I learned that owls often stand close to their mates and lean on each other affectionately. Aww. The Northern Saw-Whet owls in this picture (courtesy of Kathy and Sam) are young and most likely siblings, not three-way mates. Still so …

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Feline Friday Special Edition: How To Pack Your Kitten

This week Lieutenant Pumpkin shows us her favourite ways to travel! The car is way cozier from inside a tote bag, she advises.   When preparing your suitcase, always pack your socks before your kittens. And don't you dare put that suitcase away when you're back! It's mine now. We left the suitcase on the floor …

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Feline Friday and Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge

I know it's fuzzy, but she just looked so dramatic! Plus I think everything she does is adorable to begin with. This pose had me thinking of the Twilight Bark in 101 Dalmations (original cartoon). Any thoughts on what the feline equivalent would be?Visit Michelle's Weekly Pet Challenge for a dose of furry and sometimes feathery …

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