funny/cute animal pics

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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 10:48pm

Because everyone loves animal pics. These are mine.

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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 10:56pm

Couple more.

I'm trying to keep busy so I don't spaz out before my beta.

Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 9:26am
Wow! Look at those birds just standing on the ground eating from the bird feeder! What kind of birds are those? Do they frequent your house? I've never seen anything like that before! :) We (my DD and I) loved the three cats watching the squirrel doing acrobatics to get food from the bird feeder, too! :) We love awesome animal pictures! Share as many as you want!
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 9:48am
Those are Sandhill cranes. They're really tall. The one eating from the feeder is a juvenile and both parents stay with them until they're full grown (the second parent was watching in another window at the herd of surprised cats). The cranes are all over central FL. One experience I had was once when I was squatting in my flower bed to pull weeds,
I felt a presence behind me and turned around. Less than 4 ft away a crane was towering over me, watching with interest. Their favorite food is grubs in the soil, so I think he hoped I would dig up a few. Or he thought I was hogging them all for myself!
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 9:54am

Here's a rare one of all 4 of our furballs together.

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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 10:11am
Awww...love that picture! And thanks for the info on the Sandhill cranes! My DD will LOVE that information! She's huge into learning all she can about various animals. She even has one of those binders with information cards in it on a whole bunch of different animals. She studies that like she's going to have a test on it. :)
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 10:19am
LOL! She just wrote down "Sandhill Cranes" and said, "I need to look them up and learn more about them." :)
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 11:21am
Too cute! Be proud of her - as a biology teacher, hearing that there are kids like her out there warms my heart!
More about them - they nest at water's edge on the ground. They love water snails. You can find big apple snail shells with holes in them. They stab their big beak in to stun/kill and easily pull them out. They lay 1 or 2 eggs only and usually have only one chick. When they're young, they're fuzzy and yellow, but still tall like a crane, so they look like plucked turkeys.
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 11:39am
Sweet! Thanks for the additional information! She will love it! :)
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 11:50am
We visited the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" website - lots of facts there! :) They even have an audio of the sounds they make. She said they sound like a swing creaking. :) Too bad they didn't have any video of them, though. She liked the fact that they are one of the few crane species that is still common (only endangered in Mississippi and Cuba). We will have to ask my aunt if she sees them where she lives in the Ft. Myers area. We're hoping to get down there at some point in the next few years and visit and I bet that'll be on the top of her list of things to see (forget about Disney...well, maybe not FORGET about it, but I bet she'd enjoy the natural parts of FL at least as much as the hoopla of Disney). :)
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Fri, 07-08-2011 - 12:07pm
I love seeing them fly together and make their sound.
There is a Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Maitland (N. Orlando) and Gatorland in Kissimmee. Both are more animal-oriented. She'd probably like those more. Busch Gardens is also more about animals (and rollercoasters)
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