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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lorikeet Glen Aviary at Busch Gardens

Another exotic treat at the mini zoo in Busch Garden is the Lorikeet Gleen Aviary. It was awesome going inside there because the birds will fly and land on your head or your shoulder. Or they would land on your hand if you offer.
Lorikeets have a specialized beak and tongue perfect for feeding on nectar. You can buy  the nectar to feed them as you enter Lorikeet Glen.  If they hungry, they may fly to you for a drink which I thought is a very unique experience especially if you have kids.  Unfortunately, my kids were afraid lol. 
According to their blog,  the blue streaked lories are found in New Guinea and the Tanimbar Islands. These birds tend to stick together, so where you see one you will probably see a few more.  The Edwards’s lorikeets are native to the Timor Islands in Indonesia.
Although the lorikeets are the main attraction, there are a few other bird species to see.They also have a pair of Stone curlews and Guira cuckoos, a Sulawesi green imperial pigeon, a Blue crowned mot-mot and a Crested wood partridge couple.
The green-naped lorikeets can be found in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand and New Caledonia. These are the most abundant lorikeets in Lorikeet Glen.
Here are some more lorikeets.
It was a really nice treat after an exhausting walk  at the  park.
I found this video by IBWIV on Youtube.

 As you   go out the aviary, you can't help but   take a look at this adorable guard.  He stares at you like he was sayting "Don't mess with me" lol.
This   is the   rescued bald eagle, her name is Kamali.  she is the animal Ambassador for her species.  according to the information they have there, Kamali was found at a very young age with a gunshot wound in her wing and rescued by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey before being brought to Busch Gardens for further care.

You can watch the video below to  know more opf her story.

The Clydesdale Draft Horse Breed at Busch Garden

I didn't think there would be animals at Busch Gardens so I was surprised to see some.  These Clydesdale Draft Horse Breed,  according to the information have originated from an area in Scotland known as Clydesdale.   When road surfaces in Britain were improved in 1700's, and packed horses gave way to haulage, the Clydesdale came into his own as a working breed.  
The  breed is of mixed origin and the early history is obscure, but the blood of both Flemish and English horses were dominant during its formative period.
Mature adult Clydesdale on average weigh  1800 pounds and stand about 18 hands in height.  No other draft breed equals the Clydesdale in their style and action.
The Clydesdale has been used to work the prairies of North America often in teams of seven horses to a three furrow plow.  Clydesdale have been exported all around the world and are found  in countries such as Germany, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Aside from the horses, there are wolves there as well.  Unfortunately, they were hiding when we  pass by their area so we never saw Beo and Kaya (names of the wolves).  It would have been nice to see them, I haven't seen  a wolf in real life so I am  intrigued!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Honoring Your Pet's Memory Can Be The Best Way Of Coping Once They're Gone

Pets are a huge part of our lives. Whether you have a rabbit or a dog, they can become as much a part of the family as anybody. That’s why the death of a pet can be so hard. The people around you may not understand, but the loss of a pet can be just as hurtful as the loss of a family member. That’s because they were a family member! A pet can massively improve your life, and knowing how to cope once they’re gone can be hard. We’ve got some tips about how you can honor your pet after their death. Respecting their memory can make moving forward that bit easier.


Just like with a human, you could get your pet cremated. Most vet surgeries offer this option. This could be right for you if you aren’t ready to let go. Holding a burial for a pet you’ve just lost can be daunting. Nobody likes to think of the pet they loved in the ground. Cremation means you can keep them in your home, where they belong. If you intend to keep the ashes, take time choosing an urn. Pick one that fits into your home. There are some beautiful options, like the ones found here. Once you’ve got the urn, you’ll need to decide where to keep it. You may want it on display in your main family room. That way, your pet can see the comings and goings of the owners they loved. Or, you may want the urn in a private space. Decide before you bring your pet home, so they can go straight to their resting place.


Photographs can be a fantastic way to remember a pet. Having pictures of them around the place will make it feel like they’re still with you. This is also a great way of keeping the happy memories alive. Take some time to find some nice photo frames, and hang your favorite pictures on the wall. If you have an urn, you could place some pictures around it. If not, you can incorporate those pictures into your home. If you don't want to put pictures on display, invest in a good quality photo album. That way, you can have a flick through whenever you’re missing your pet.


You could even honor the memory of your pet by getting a tattoo. Many people get their pet’s face tattooed on them to preserve their memories. If you don’t want to go so far as getting your pet’s face, you could get something else to remind you of them. If you lost a dog, you could get a tattoo of their favorite toy, of a collar and lead. You could just opt for their name or the dates of their birth and death. Aim to get a tattoo that reminds you of the good times you had with that pet. This can be a beautiful way to honor their memory and keep them with you at all times.