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A to Z challenge: V is for Vicuna April 29, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,mammals,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 2:48 am

The Vicuna is one of two wild South American camelids that lives in the Andes. The rarest finest fiber comes from this animal. It was reduced almost to extinction at the end of the Inca empire in 1572 and again in 1970’s. It now has made a come back and is protected for it’s fiber.



A to Z challenge: G is for Grampus April 8, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 8:05 pm

A grampus also known as Risso’s dolphin, is grey in color with a white under belly and white scratch-like markings.   The head is bulbous with a blunt nose. It has a tall curved dorsal fin almost like a shark fin. It is a cetacean of the dolphin family which means it is a carnivorous, aquatic, mammal, unable to survive on land.

The word itself means fat fish and has also been used as another word for orca.





A to Z Challenge: F is for Foumart or Fitch

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 7:02 pm

I love this challenge. I’m finding lots of words I had no clue about previously, like foumart, such a fun word don’t you think?

A foumart is a European  polecat also known as a fitch, kind of like a ferret or weasel. Hey new insult words, you’re such a foumart and don’t be a fitch.

These little animals give off an unpleasant scent much like minks or skunks.








A to Z challenge: D is for Degu April 5, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 12:20 am

In my quest for something interesting, I found this little critter called a Degu. It’s a caviomorph rodent. Kind of a cross between a chinchilla and a guinea pig. They have the ability to drop their tails like a lizard if it is grabbed, however they don’t grow back. So never grab one by the tail. Like any rodent they also bite.

They can not metabolize the simple sugars that are found in fruit nor can they tolerate the oils of nuts and seeds. Green leafy vegetables are what they like the best.

Degus are social animals and need companionship, so it’s best to have two, preferably two males or two females. These are very affectionate pets that can live to be almost nine years old.






Day 28: Only Pictures May 29, 2013

Filed under: animals,blog everyday in May,Pets — Cynthia @ 2:57 am
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A to Z Challenge: Z is For Zonker April 30, 2013

Day 26. My final post in this a to z challenge with the exception of my reflections post is Z is for Zonker.

No not the comic strip character, but he was named after it. Zonker is my very spoiled house cat. He has a deep meow like his daddy and some pretty sharp claws that when he’s playful, likes to reach out and snag some skin. His favorite place to sleep is either a clean basket of clothes or on top of my son’s winter coat.

My sons argue about whose cat he is. But we all know he’s pretty much he’s own kitty.




Nessie’s Back June 1, 2007

Filed under: animals,Loch Ness,Scotland — Cynthia @ 12:46 am

NessieThe famous fabled Loch Ness monster is back, with a new video taken by an amateur scientist. While there is something definitely in the water the video isn’t any clearer than any of the other videos but it’s the best so far. Makes me wonder with all the high tech equipment there is these days, why no one can get a clear picture. With over 4000 sightings you would think Nessie would get over her camera shyness.


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