Monday, July 30, 2007

Safari Sally

Well, after a great weekend camping at Eleven Mile Reservoir with our friends, we tried to take it pretty easy today just cleaning the house and getting stuff put away.

And then we remembered about our tickets to the Safari Sally show at the Belmar library! Of course, remembering isn't the same as knowing where they are. After hours of uncleaning our newly cleaned house, we still couldn't find the tickets! I called the library and spoke with a nice man in the children's department who told me we could still get in. Whew!

The show was magnificent! We got to meet Fred the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and each of us took a turn touching his backside. He was pretty cool, although I sure learned from Jen that I probably don't want one as a pet. We also met Legs - a Giant African Millipede. We also learned a new word, detrivore, which means a critter that eats dead critters. Fred and Legs are both in this category.

We met But Sure (his sister is Slow) who is a hingeback tortoise and Squiggly, an amelanistic corn snake. Sally said we should not refer to reptiles as cold blooded, but rather as ectotherms as the blood of these critters isn't really cold.

We learned about rodents and saw a beautiful, yet shy, chinchilla. But the real treat was meeting Bindi, the red-neck wallaby baby Sally kept in her backpack. She is about 8 1/2 months old and from a breeder in the US. They are great in number in Australia and sometimes culled like prairie dogs are here. This little guy is still being bottle fed - it sure looked adorable in that little pouch. And WOW - what big feet it has! That taught us our new word - macropod.

So this was an exciting afternoon for us! Ronnie chose several books about the animals we saw and Clayton decided to join the childrens bookclub. We also FINALLY got our copy of Muzzy (Spanish) level I so we will be starting that this week - YEAH!


At 9:53 PM, Blogger Renee said...

Hey Heather,

It wasn't that they had soup bones or that there was anything wrong with the bones that caused the was that they had consumed too much of the bones. Usually when I give one to Lilly she chewes off the meat & marrow until she's full, burys the rest and gets it later. But since Princess was there and stealing the bones they both ate all the meat & marrow off the bones and were still chewing on them. So their tummies kinda exploded. Silly pups!
I'll still give Lilly the bones, just not when she has company. LOL!

At 1:06 AM, Blogger Jen said...

That sounds like a great show!

I put pictures up of our trip over at my site. I blogged yesterday, but didn't have my camera, so it was really two days of blogging about the weekend :-)


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