( pictures within! including meerkats! )
( pictures within! including meerkats! )
When the cichlid died this fall, that only left the pleco, and as I was the only one caring for the tank I decided that my friend cicadabug, the proud owner of several very large fishtanks, could benefit from my pleco's algae-sucking action.
She was having a party anyway, so I (with much trauma and no little assistance from p_j_cleary) managed to bring the poor fish on an epic journey of 100 miles and 2 hours in a small glass jug. He survived, and this is his new fishy home. ( Read more... )
Warning: Link contains pictures of baby animals of all kinds, wee small Japanese products, and even a guinea pig in a santa hat. sarcasticah, you might want to submit the antler picture. If you can survive the cute.
(Note: I think my favorite is the bunny stealing the cookies, but YMMV)
A note: Not for the fainthearted! Decapitation and dismemberment and eating of young! Scary voiceover! Sorta low res! Jumpy cuts!
Isn't it weird that there were several breeds on the giant web? It would seem counter-intuitive. I mean, what next? Tigers and lions sharing a gazelle?
They are very very large spiders, too. It's like a zoo exhibit out there. And they're eating EACH OTHER.
I plan on bringing my good camera to work to capture get some better shots (maybe with more than one at a time). Autofocus on my smaller camera, combined with the thickness of the window glass, combined with the background noise all makes it a little tough for my wee Sony to handle.
A little confused about why the river otters would be the one casualty (would have thought they, more than any other creature, might be likely to make it!)... but am ok with the minimal losses. Big thumbs up for the zoo administrators and all the people who stayed to take care of the animals.
I can watch and read no more. My imagination is too vivid. Enough for now.
I heard a report on NPR about how New Orleans has always had a fatalistic side to it, knowing that it was only a matter of time before they'd end up underwater. And I had certainly heard that often enough before this whole storm. So if that was the case, why didn't they have a better evacuation plan in place? One that would have enough places for people to go, and would have ways for the housebound or infirm to actually GET to these places?
I tried to find a few local government websites on Gulfport and they're just...gone. Much like some sites were gone after 9/11. The local New Orleans paper is not producing actual printed copies, just online editions. They're moving all the Superdome people to the Astrodome (which makes for an interesting story to tell, but not something I'd want to be able to claim!) in Houston. It's all so sad.
Can someone please tell me why people leave their animals behind when they evacuate?!
And hey, thank god the president cut short his vacation by two whole days to take care of this. Those people should feel better already.
Last night I get home from work, and every light in the kitchen and living room is on. There's a note from Mom that the dishes are clean and not to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, so being a thoughtful roommate I open up the dishwasher and start putting them all away. About a third of the way through the plates and bowls I see our kitchen mouse scurry down the wall, all panicked. Sam gets excited, but nothing comes of it (except me saying "OH" in a loud voice). Apparently the lights are not a deterrent for our wee friend. We've sort of ignored him because he seems to be safely tucked behind the kitchen sink, and because Sam has been keeping a watchful eye on his home since we moved in here.
So tonight I'm sitting here in my bedroom, minding my own business, reading an email, and suddenly the boys are milling about and there's a weird noise. I look down, and they've got the mouse IN MY ROOM, and it's squeeeing between the two of them. ( Read more... )
A conversation I had with Patrick the other day (warning: kind of looooong):
L: I had a Suzanne moment of Suzanne-ness last night!
L: So I leave my nice air conditioned room to go to the basement and move some laundry from the washer into the dryer. I pop on the light in the kitchen along the way and...
L: ...wait for it....
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