Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Delicacy of Bears

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Mishka, one of the lovely and adorable WW bears

Last week, I had the privilege of tagging along with the bear enrichment team at the Wildlife Waystation. While the bears were in their catch cages, we filled their main enclosures with all sorts of goodies – peanuts, nilla wafers, apples, honey-covered bread, pasta, cereal, carrots, and other forms of beary deliciousness that I’m forgetting.

We strew the goodies all around – inside boomer balls, on top of den boxes, in crevices and cracks, making sure that the bear would have to spend a good amount of time hunting for its treats.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I imagine a bear eating, I envision them going at it. Full face, teeth gnashing, paws flying and food splattering everywhere. Not exactly the prettiest picture.

But on bear enrichment day, boy was I was surprised! Bears are delicate eaters! Picky, even. Trust me, bears have taste. I watched as each bear headed first to the sweets, then the fruit, and last hit up the pasta and vegetables. The bears did not maul the honey-covered bread; no, they oh-so-gently licked the honey off of the bread, leaving the bun behind. And when it came to grapes, instead of just crunching their way through an entire bunch, the bears would pick each grape off, one by one, leaving the vine behind. I don’t know about you, but I’m not so sure I could do that with my mouth.

The lesson I learned? Bears are not only creatures of force, they are also creatures of finesse. Apparently they make quite the refined dinner guest.

The Zebra Play

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A poem, dedicated to the Wildlife Waystation 🙂

 

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The Zebra Play…

 

I have seen a zebra play,

I have seen a wolf’s legs leap,

I have heard a coyote bay,

I have heard the sheep herd’s bleat.

Have you seen the monkey smile?

Have you seen the parrot roust?

Have you heard the crow beguile?

Have you hard the llamas count?

I have known a slope of forest,

I have known a place apart

nestled in the mountains

and a valley of my heart.

Miss Foxy Needs A Home

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Meet Miss Foxy, a 4-year-old Pomeranian in need of a new home! Her current family has become financially unable to provide for her, so rather than leaving Miss Foxy to the horrors of the pound, they’ve teamed up with Life as a College Vegan to try to find Miss Foxy a new home/foster home!

Miss Foxy is extremely loving, very obedient, and full of spunk. She takes a little while to warm up to other dogs and would prefer a home without small children. She has a hot spot on her lower back but beyond that is spayed and in good health.

We’re trying to find Miss Foxy a placement in San Diego (her current location), Los Angeles, or somewhere in between. If you are able to help, please message Life as a College Vegan at mshockle@caltech.edu

Let’s work together to find Miss Foxy a forever home!

The Quill Writings

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Happy 2013 y’all! As one of my first moves in the new year, I’ve created an author page on facebook! Since my writing is branching out from blogging into barding (poetry-writing) and novel(la)-writing, I decided it might be good if I consolidated and built up my readership. Hope you all enjoy the new avenues!

Visit Miceala’s author page here.