Lion cubs at the Denver Zoo are celebrating Halloween!
Halloween came a day early for Denver Zoo lion cubs Sango and Sabi. The two cubs pounced on a pumpkin in the primary yard of the zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit. This was the first time many guests have seen Sango, a 1-year-old male who arrived from Lufkin, Texas' Ellen Trout Zoo in July. He spent the last few months behind-the-scenes clearing a mandatory quarantine period, growing accustom to his new surroundings and getting to know his new mate, Sabi. Visitors can now see them both in Predator Ridge, weather permitting.
On Thursday, October 31, guests are invited to watch elephants squash massive pumpkins at the Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit at 11:30 a.m. The two pumpkins, estimated to weigh around 400 and 500 pounds each, are a donation from Brian Deevy, a giant pumpkin hobbyist.
Have you seen any Puppy vs. Mirror videos online? They are a huge hit, getting millions of views each. I can spend hours watching puppies online, so I thought I would share a couple of Puppy vs. Mirror videos that are popular on YouTube.
Mini Dachshund Puppy Vs. Mirror
and a favorite of mine, since I just love Beagles...
The Denver Dumb Friends League launched a brand new website that is easier than ever to navigate and find information on adoptable animals, helpful pet information and much more!
The Dumb Friends League launched a dynamic new website this week, unveiling a multitude of user-friendly improvements that provide faster, easier access to important information for current and future pet and horse owners. The website’s modern, responsive design allows it to be easily viewed on mobile devices while simplifying navigation and streamlining searches for adoptable animals, League services and more.
“As technology and the needs of our patrons evolve, we are exploring innovative ways to connect with them, and the new website is a reflection of that,” said Rick Gabrielson, vice president of development and communications for the League. “We expect the many improvements to help pet owners and soon-to-be pet adopters navigate the site more efficiently, search and sort adoptable animals more effectively, and ultimately increase pet adoptions of homeless pets and horses at our facilities.”
The Denver Dumb Friends League has an abundance of cats that need a home. The are having a Halloween “Trick-or-Treat Adopt-a-thon to help give animals a second chance and find a new forever home.
Denver Dumb Friends League
Over the last year, the Dumb Friends League has increased cat placements by 5 percent, but we are facing a real challenge this fall. With close to 400 cats and kittens available for adoption, and another 450 in our care—including lost and found—we are doing all we can to see that they’re placed in homes. This includes waived cat fees for all cats 1 year and older.
All adoptions include a spay/neuter surgery, a microchip ID implant, initial vaccinations and a free visit to a participating veterinarian within the first 15 days of adoption. Visit ddfl.org or stop by any of our adoption centers—including select Petco and PetSmart locations—and give a Colorado cat a second chance.
From Friday, Oct. 25, through Thursday, Oct. 31, the Dumb Friends League is holding a Halloween “Trick or Treat Adopt-a-thon,” with continued waived fees for adult cats plus 50 percent off select items in our gift shops for cat adopters, half-off adoption fees for adult dogs, and Halloween decorations and candy for the kids. Stop by our Quebec Street and Buddy Center shelters to pick out a pet and enjoy some treats!
The Denver Zoo is now home to a "lucky" cinereous vulture from Mongolia.
The young bird, named Aztai for the Mongolian word for "lucky," was rescued and brought to the United States after zoo conservation experts determined she would not be able to survive in the wild due to a damaged wing. Visitors can now see Aztai in her new home outside the old Pachyderm Building.
Aztai was discovered by Denver Zoo conservation biologists as they studied cinereous vultures, their nests and migration and movement patterns at Mongolia's Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in August 2010. While taking measurements of chicks in the nests, they found a chick with multiple, significant open fractures on its left wing. They weren't sure how the bird became injured. Staff cared for the chick, providing food and shelter, and fortunately the bird survived; however her wing was permanently damaged. She would never be able to fly.
Zoo staff knew a vulture that couldn't fly would not survive in the wild and decided to bring the chick to Denver Zoo. This decision provided a place for the bird while improving the genetic diversity of the North American zoo population of less than 50 individuals.
This year's maze will be every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27, 2013.
Fridays 4-9 p.m.
Saturdays Noon – 9 p.m.
Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.
Wind your way through acres of corn, view the design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges that overlook the giant Corn Maze, and watch the delight as younger children find their way through a mini-maze designed just for them. Hayrides and pony rides will be available for an additional cost. An array of food vendors will offer some of your favorite fall foods, including freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hotdogs and kettle corn.
If you have a baby on the way, you're probably thinking of names. So, what are the most popular baby names for 2013 so far? Well the popular nameberry.com, has compiled a list of the most popular baby names for 2013 so far.
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Nameberry is out with their lists of the top baby names for 2013 so far
His bandaged right arm is raised in what we now know is a salute.
His face is mostly obscured, but the photo captures details like the color of the patient’s hair, the shadow of what appears to be a large bruise on his left cheek and a Purple Heart medal pinned to the quilt.
The patient is Cpl. Joshua Hargis. His wife, Taylor, calls him Josh. The photo has been shared thousands of times since Taylor posted it to her Facebook page nearly a week after he was injured during a military operation in Afghanistan that killed four troops and injured 14.