Saturday, August 10, 2013

Animal Adventures

By Ellery Adams

This has been the summer of animals. All four of my cats have needed annual check-ups and during those four trips to the vet, I met other cats, some lovely dogs, and a duck who'd been caught in a crab trap.

In Myrtle Beach, my family and I were lucky enough to have our photo taken with a tiger cub. This is Tibet and he's about 3 months old. The money from the photo sales helps pay for Tibet's care, but also helps Tiger conservation around the world. I fell in love with this guy the second I saw him.

As for the hundreds of alligators we saw? Um, not so much. They're really cool, but not quite as snuggly and lovable. We did get to watch a mass alligator feeding session and catch a glimpse of a rare albino alligator (they're supposed to be good luck). And there was also this island of alligators in case we didn't see enough of them while walking through the rest of the preserve.

I realized that even when I travel, animals are a part of my daily landscape. I love to see shorebirds and horseshoe crabs at the beach and listen for owls hooting and the croaking of frogs at nighttime. And nothing says summer like the flash of a firefly in a deep blue evening sky.

How about you? Have you had any animal adventures so far this summer?