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Message 1891387 - Posted: 22 Sep 2017, 18:07:01 UTC - in response to Message 1891352.  

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Message 1891395 - Posted: 22 Sep 2017, 18:27:06 UTC - in response to Message 1891385.  

And who says animals don't feel pain or terror...

A Raccoon, ok I've got one, though it's not about everyones favorite bandit...

Koala survives 16km(10mi) ride on car axle in Adelaide, Australia

The wheel of the car had to be removed to free the animal

A koala has been released into the wild in Australia after recovering from a 16km (10-mile) car journey clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive.

The female had crawled into the wheel arch of the vehicle while it was parked in the hills near the city of Adelaide last weekend.

The driver was only alerted to the marsupial's presence when he stopped and heard her traumatised cries.

Rescuers eventually came to take the wheel off and free the koala.

"I could smell her burnt fur," Jane Brister from the Fauna Rescue charity told Reuters news agency.

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Message 1891754 - Posted: 25 Sep 2017, 12:36:33 UTC

We had a kitty on the baseball diamond, now we have a squirrel scoring a touchdown!
"Louisville, KY (WBAY) - You could say the game between Louisville and Kent State got interesting on Saturday.

Louisville was up 21-0 when a furry friend wanted its time to shine.

A squirrel is seen moving quickly down the field and had no plans on stopping until scoring the "touchdown." It made a 42-yard dash to the end zone.

The crowd in Papa John's Stadium went wild as commentators gave a play-by-play of the great play."
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Message 1892140 - Posted: 28 Sep 2017, 11:20:40 UTC

Moose on the loose.
This morning a stressed moose came into central Gothenburg (Sweden not Nebraska).

That's quite unusual but I have seen one running on the parking lot just outside where I live.
And some have them very close to home:)
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Message 1892693 - Posted: 30 Sep 2017, 18:16:51 UTC

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Message 1892955 - Posted: 2 Oct 2017, 15:37:22 UTC - in response to Message 1892693.  

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/09/29/Floor-cleaning-raccoons-surprise-diners-at-Mexican-cafe/7141506709927/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=12
Floor-cleaning raccoons surprise diners at Mexican cafe

It's a good thing I wasn't there. I'd have fed them from my plate. :-(
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Message 1893317 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 3:59:13 UTC

I have been teaching the raccoon kits to stand on their hind legs on verbal and gestural command. Standing on their hind legs is a behavior raccoons do naturally when they are curious about something or when they are trying to see something that is out of their field of view.

Raccoons do not stand up on their hind legs frequently enough for me to reinforce the entire behavior, so I have had to shape and reinforce the behavior that I want in five steps:

1. nose up on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

2. nose and one paw up on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

3. nose and two paws a little up on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

4. full hind leg stand on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

5. full hind leg stand on verbal and gestural command without seeing a peanut

Walnut Baily is on step 4 and he got there in two nights. He is a boy, by the way. It is pretty easy to tell the sex of a raccoon when a raccoon is standing on hind legs

Brazilnut Bjorn got to step 4 in three nights. He is also a boy.

Peanut, the mama, is barely at step 4, as of tonight.

Hazelnut Tanooki has been keeping her distance. She (I am assuming she is a "she") rarely comes out from under the deck when I am sitting on the back porch step. She is at step - - -1. I am simply reinforcing her for showing herself! Before I can train her to stand on her hind legs, she needs to be comfortable standing close to me on four paws. If she pokes her head out from under the deck, I toss her a peanut.

Macademia Bobo is super shy. So far he has trained me to feed him peanuts under the deck!
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Message 1893319 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 4:00:31 UTC - in response to Message 1893317.  

P.S. My avatar is Bravesy, a raccoon kit from many litters ago. This is what raccoon kits look like when they stand on their hind legs.
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Message 1893348 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 11:41:22 UTC - in response to Message 1893317.  

I have been teaching the raccoon kits to stand on their hind legs on verbal and gestural command. Standing on their hind legs is a behavior raccoons do naturally when they are curious about something or when they are trying to see something that is out of their field of view.

My rabbits do that sort of thing too, occasionally. It's called periscoping.
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Message 1893357 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 13:10:38 UTC

So, who's more nuts?
The raccoons with the nutzy names following peanuts?
Or our dear CRL playing with the peanuts?
LOL.

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Message 1893360 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 13:25:57 UTC - in response to Message 1893348.  

I have been teaching the raccoon kits to stand on their hind legs on verbal and gestural command. Standing on their hind legs is a behavior raccoons do naturally when they are curious about something or when they are trying to see something that is out of their field of view.

My rabbits do that sort of thing too, occasionally. It's called periscoping.

It could almost also be called, bipedalism, almost.
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Message 1893373 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 15:03:34 UTC - in response to Message 1893317.  

I have been teaching the raccoon kits to stand on their hind legs on verbal and gestural command. Standing on their hind legs is a behavior raccoons do naturally when they are curious about something or when they are trying to see something that is out of their field of view.


I hope you'll have Eric video record you doing this and then post it where we can see it. I'd love to see it.
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Message 1893380 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 16:56:27 UTC

In Cambodia rats are used to smell landmines. The French photographer Simon Guillemin ha documented their action. They were brought by a Belgian NGO, Apopo, which has used them in Mozambico,Tanzania and Angola. The photos appear in La Repubblica paper of 5 October.
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Message 1893392 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 18:31:00 UTC - in response to Message 1893380.  

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Message 1893424 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 21:55:06 UTC

This week I have been trying to get a bit of order in my life so I decided to visit some of my favourite places.

On Tuesday I wen to The Grove, a park a few miles away. I mostly went to see if the squirrels were still as tame.

On the way along the river Wandle was a heron standing just a few feet the other side if the fence.



And yes the squirrels are just as tame. This time I had walnuts and they seem to like them.



However the pigeons also seemed to like them and would try and take them from the squirrels.

I just like this picture, should be in the caption competition!!



Today I went to London to do the Thames Path walk from London Bridge to Westminster then on to Victoria. I went through St James park and saw a black swan.



Never seen one before, apparently a native of Australia, but some were brought to this country and have established small colonies.

Not sure I have ever seen these before either.



Egyptian geese, and in this case that is where they originate, again brought to this country and now considered native.

Now if I can just sort out the other 120 pictures I took today I may post some in the picture thread.
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Message 1893430 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 22:09:16 UTC - in response to Message 1893424.  

Great squirrely pictures, Bernie. They look well fed! :~)
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Message 1893443 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 22:38:38 UTC - in response to Message 1893430.  

Squirrels eat a lot.
In just a week's period, they can eat their entire body weight in food, which is about 700 grams.
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Message 1893460 - Posted: 5 Oct 2017, 23:09:21 UTC

Bernie, lovely pictures!
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Message 1893578 - Posted: 6 Oct 2017, 6:44:00 UTC

The Black Swan is the symbol of Western Australia, and a small population of black swans exists on the River Thames at Marlow.

Yes the Grove and the twin ponds, used to go fishing for sticklebacks there in the 1950's, and remember when the ponds bottoms were lined with concrete in 1968 to stop them drying up.

When necessary they turn on an artificial recirculation system which pumps water from the Wandle - just north of Goat Bridge - up to the Ponds, The last six months of 2016 were very dry with only two-thirds of the long term average rainfall being received. There were also some cracks in the edges and bottom of the ponds, which meant that when they pumped water into the ponds, it seeped back into the ground before it could get out of the lower pond and flow down the Wandle. So instead, they were pumping most of the water straight into the river below the cascade in Grove Park, with a small flow to the ponds to top them up.

Repairs to the ponds were completed during the low water levels in April 2017and they have been refilled.
The park is the remaining part of The Grove Estate, which originated in the medieval sub-manor of Stone Court, which can be traced back to the 14th century.

I just like this picture, should be in the caption competition!!
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