We have broken ground on Tango's new enclosure. He is going to be one happy little Patagonian Cavy. I shouldn't say little since he is growing so fast! He loves to follow Augusto and I around and if we skip he throws his head and jumps along with us. He loves to dig and will have his own backyard to dig in as soon as the new structure is complete.
For the last few days we have had a hawk hanging around really close to the animal compound. It looks like a juvenile and we are thinking he might be attracted to the outdoor pigeon aviary.
This situation is not very dangerous for the pigeons since the hawk can't get them but it is seriously dangerous for the hawk. In some situations juvenile hawks will continue to hang out looking at the pigeons and not hunting anything else. He can eventually starve himself thinking at any moment he will get a nice meal. If you have birds outdoors please be aware of juvenile hawks caught in the situation. Either bring the birds inside or cover them or scare away the hawk every time he comes around.
We have covered the pigeons and hope that this is enough. He has not come very close today so we're hoping he starts to move on. The other birds have not been allowed in their outdoor enclosures either. Coconut refuses to come outside because he has seen the hawk flying overhead and gets very scared. We'll be watching closely for signs of the hawk for the next week or so.
Thank you Jeannie Siegler for your donation to Animal Wonders. We truly appreciate your contribution and support to our cause.
Animal Wonders is making plans for new enclosures. The biggest project is going to be Tango's (Patagonian Cavy) enclosure. Since he loves to dig and loves to chew Tango needs special accommodations to ensure he can enjoy these activities to their fullest extent. Tango's enclosure will have indoor and outdoor facilities so he can dig outside and come inside when the weather turns cold.
We are looking for sponsors and donors to help fund this project. The estimated cost of the new enclosure is $400. Since we are a non-profit, all donations are tax-deductible. What we are offering to do, is match every $100 donation with a free show to whomever the donor chooses. Lower donations have incentives as well! This is a great way to donate to an important cause and get rewarded at the same time. If you are interested please let us know.
Black Dalia, Mexican black kingsnake, healed up nicely and has been doing great for over a month now. Domino, corn snake, laid a 2nd clutch of eggs to our surprise! We now have 4 healthy baby corn snakes from the first clutch that are about to go through their first shed. 4 more eggs are incubating and are due to hatch in a little over a month. Tango, Patagonian cavy, continues to grow faster and faster. He is learning all sorts of new behaviors and generally enjoying life and the scenery on his walks. Ray, rainbow lorikeet, is as good right now as we could possibly hope for. Some of his feathers that he had lucked are now fully in and he gobbles of everything we put in his bowl, even purple cabbage! He still has a long road to complete recovery but he's doing great. Chongo, lilac crowned amazon parrot, has been with us for over a year and he has made vast improvements. Pretty soon he will be ready for his first public appearance. We will choose a very low key atmosphere for his debut. That about covers it for updates at the moment. We are looking forward to the start of the school year, can't wait to see all the new kids this year.
We have a new resident sharing the beautiful view here at Animal Wonders. Cheeks is a Netherland Dwarf rabbit. He is coming along quite well and we can't wait to take him to his first show. He quickly learned that he loves bananas and is already learning to use a litter box. Welcome to AW little Cheeks!
Yesterday the first hatchling from Domino's clutch came out if it's egg. What a miracle to witness. Today the second one arrived and several more are peeking out at the world. Domino has begun to gain her weigh back and is looking healthy and happy again. Soon we will be looking for suitable homes for the little ones and hope that they spread interest and respect for all animals to everyone who meets them.
Tango, the Patagonian cavy, is growing up nicely. He's gaining weight and height and energy. Pretty soon he will be able to outrun us on his walks, but for how we are managing to let him stretch his legs to the fullest extent and run his little heart out. He's been exploring his new enclosure and finds it to his liking. He won't move in until he's a little bit older. Tango is learning all sorts of new behaviors to keep his mind attentive and healthy. He's a very smart guy and picks up on cues quickly. He's keeping us on our toes and surprises us will something new every day. He's already been a great source of education for every new person he's met, thanks Tango.
We had a blast at the Community Medical Center's Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit Reunion. There were so many kids and their families it was amazing to see everyone so happy and enthusiastic about life. They loved the animals. Coconut, the cockatoo, loved screaming very loud to get attention and once everyone was looking at him he would say "hello" in a sweet little voice. The kids flocked around to see the snakes and cockroaches, but the favorite by far was Chalupa, the tarantula. After the torrential rains the last few days we were thankful to have just the perfect weather, what a wonderful day.
We are busy gearing up for another show on Saturday for a Community Hospital reunion. It will be a large event so we are preparing the animals for a lot of fun. Coconut with be joining us since he LOVES people and lots of activity. Tango will also be there for his debut show. He is coming along quite well and really enjoys being scratched behind his ears. Other animals will also be there to educate and entertain the children and their families. It should be a fun for us all!