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?


Elaine said...

We have had masses of hummingbirds at our feeders these past few weeks. They are so fun to watch! One granddaughter would stand still and put her hands around one of the feeders and they would stand on her fingers while they drank.

Unknown said...

We see animals everyday! Including hummingbirds and large parrots and even chickens and horses! Also of course dogs and cats and goats and sheep. I love where we live - there are many beautiful creatures here. Not far from where we live are Buffalo which we go by and visit.

Adrienne said...

I love reading anything you write, Ellery! Thanks for sharing all of this with delight.
You do take delight in life, don't you! I love the little animals you've been posting on FB and hearing about your adventures. What I love most (aside from your great writing; you are one of my favorite authors) is your love of family. That love comes through in your FB posts, the pictures you share, your stories. It's what matters, yes? Enjoy!
Adrienne on Lake Vermilion in Minnesota (no sharks, lots of lakes, loons and beautiful sunsets)

Anonymous said...

Thank you. It's fun to tag along.

Patti said...

As I was watching birds from my kitchen window, I noticed two moving objects way in the back of the yard on the wood line. It turned out to be two deer. Then, a large flying bird landed on the bird post. Wasn't just any bird, but a beautiful owl - must have been at least 16" in height. It was daylight, so that puzzled me. We are slowly turning our backyard into an animal & natural plant habitat. I can't wait until it's finished.

Aurian said...

Lovely post, thanks Ellery. Good luck or not, that white croc is scary.
My zebra finches finally managed to raise a young. Usually it dies within a day or two of hatching, but this one actually left the nest! now I call him/her: screamy. Makes my boyfriend nuts when it is begging for food ;)