|I just love the Polar Bear twin cubs.|
Born November 2012, this photo shows either the boy Pixel, or girl Noordje.
I absolutely adore this photo
I know it’s been a while since we last checked in via the journal route, but it’s been a crazy busy two weeks.
First, there were the project at my school (which frankly, went quite well) and a little survey amongst my pupils for my research (apparently, they definitely do not like history class, but absolutely love PE). Meanwhile, the Mouselemur has been busy with her own research and internship (which seems to be sort of the same thing – the internship is meant to do research).
Last week though, was absolutely-amazing, truly fantastic.
My older sister had left for a month long vacation in South Africa with her old room mate, and was backpacking through the country, even making a trip into Swaziland. And boy, did she experience some adventures! She’s made some awesome photos (and has granted us the privilege to submit a few gorgeous ones to this DeviantART account as she wants to share the awesomeness as well ) and has told us all about it when she came back March 4th.
But not before the Mouselemur and I had a little break in our internships. This past week has been the Spring holiday for me, basically because I’m a teacher and the kids get a week off (in that regard, I did pick the right profession ). But the Mouselemur works at some kind of social service organization (she’ll explain it in length if you ask her ) and does not get a vacation.
But we deserved a break, and when my sister and I had given her tickets to see BBC’s Planet Earth live in concert at the end of December, we walked by a different music hall and saw the announcement of the American band OneRepublic who’d perform the 3rd of March.
Sure, we knew them, and their latest single “Counting Stars” had been released, a song we both loved, as we do some old ones. So, we bought us tickets, and bought the CDs to get in the mood, and last Monday, it was the big day.
Not as big as when we went to see The Script, but I have to admit, I liked this one better. Ryan Tedder is a really good singer, and the whole show was freaking AWESOME A violin, an cello, lots of guitars, drums and keyboards, and even an acoustic set. All the big hits, nice sing-alongs, and some funny jokes cracked through the set. I loved every single second (except for those two times I knocked my drink over myself Rather sticky, and very unpleasant).
So, I told you about my sister’s trip to South Africa, and the photos we’ll post of those wild animals. I let you in on yet another awesome concert the Mouselemur and I visited, so now on to the zoos we recently visited (if you’re still with me, that is ).
Zoo Dierenrijk: the European Wild Cats have been moved. They’re now sharing their enclosure with the Lynxes. Not really sharing – the Lynxes enclosures can be divided in two, and the smaller cats have taken up the smaller enclosures.
The Raccoon Dogs who’d been placed in the enclosure that formerly belonged to the Pallas’s Cats (who got a disease and deceased) have been put back in the large enclosure of the other Raccoon Dogs (their relatives) as the Badgers have been moved to a different zoo.
This all, to make place for Ring-Tailed Lemurs, who’ll approximately arrive at the zoo mid to late April. They’ll be placed in the two enclosure formerly of the European Wild Cats and the smaller group of Raccoon Dogs, which we suppose will be made into one large enclosure. And let’s hope the zoo will be initiative and not put in an island as you see in so many zoos.
ZieZOO: I’d taken my friend along to this zoo once, because she wanted to see the Clouded Leopard as much as we did (in a different capacity than asleep, because we had seen them before), when a zookeeper told us it was a good thing the Tayras weren’t out. Why was this good? Because they suspected the female was pregnant.
And guess what? There was a photo of the nest box up, and there are THREE BABIES! If you don’t know how these adorably cute creatures (still blue-eyed!) look like, I direct you to this article: www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012…
Apparently, Tayra babies are rather rare. There aren’t a lot of zoos in Europe that can breed them, and I’m very glad of this zoo having Tayras in the first place, and secondly, for having nearly all breeding couples
The Mouselemur just informed me that we made some okay, cute, nice photos of the babies, so hopefully I can encourage her to very quickly slightly edit them, so we can show our own photos to you!
And other news on the baby front from this zoo: I’d read on Facebook that three European Eagle Owl chicks had hatched. They’re adorable, and already have the orange eyes ^__^They’re so fluffy, and ugly, they’re pretty
The zoo hasn’t been around as a real zoo for too long, and therefore, they’re expanding. Which means the Bactrian Camels have been moved to the back, and the Ring-Tailed Mongoose and Coatis have been moved off-sight until their new enclosure are ready (and promised to be better for the animals, and better accessible for us visitors).
Since AnimalsofTheWorld will be hosting a Spring contest, with three possible subjects – insects on flowers, baby animals and bunnies – I was really happy to see these baby animals. And lucky me, the zoo has a cuddle corner with Rabbits! So, we went in, petted the cute bunnies and made some funny photos (they were really interested in my shoes, which made for some *ahum* awkward moments ). So all I need now, are some insects on flowers
The weather today was beautiful, and I’m hoping for some more days like this. Mainly, because I might get t see some insects on blooming flowers, and secondly, because I know there are already some little lambs out (I saw 3 lil’ ones out and running today, the cutest thing ) and maybe some little ducklings or something as well.
I hope your days have been going well, you’re enjoying the pretty weather (or are safely tucked inside with bad weather ).
Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my teachers about my research, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that one. Then, teaching again, making some tests and writing some new reflections on my classes.
Hope your days ahead look better and brighter than mine, and enjoy the sun when it’s out!
As always, with lots of love,
Mouselemur & Me