The Denver Zoo has welcomed two new Maned wolves that look a little bit like foxes.
Denver Zoo visitors will now notice a couple of new, young maned wolves in the Wolf Pack Woods exhibit. The two youngsters are now exploring the yard for the first time this weekend after arriving from other zoos. The energetic, red-haired pair is made up of male, Inigo, and female, Adrianna. Visitors can see them bounding about their area now, weather permitting.
Inigo comes from Texas' Abilene Zoo, where he was born in December 2011. Adrianna comes from Springfield, Missouri's Dickerson Park Zoo, but was born at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, near Glen Rose, Texas in February 2012. They both arrived at Denver Zoo this September and spent the last couple months behind-the-scenes clearing a mandatory quarantine period, getting to know their new home and each other.
Maned wolves resemble red foxes with long legs. Despite their reddish coloring and general appearance they are not related to foxes and despite their name, they are not members of the wolf family. The maned wolf is the largest wild dog of South America.
Is Cranbeary, the polar bear at the Denver Zoo pregnant? Well, maybe! Could a dog have the answer to that question? Well, yes, a beagle, named Elvis, might be able to help determine if a polar bear is pregnant!
Denver Zoo hopes that 11-year-old polar bear, Cranbeary may be expecting.
Worldwide, traditional methods of pregnancy detection, such as progesterone monitoring and ultrasound examination, are not effective at diagnosing pregnancy in polar bears. So scientists at Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) have gotten creative. In collaboration with professional dog trainer, Matt Skogen, owner of Iron Heart High Performance Working Dogs and a beagle named Elvis, CREW is trying to determine if the sensitive noses of canines can distinguish a pregnant polar bear from a non-pregnant bear simply by smelling fecal samples.
Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo, Elvis
Over the next two weeks, Elvis will be testing and double-testing samples to come up with predictions for this cubbing season.
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.
Most of us will say our dog is cute, maybe even clever, but your dog might even be one of the top ten smartest dog breeds, at least according to a recent list from the American Kennel Club. They were asked to list the ten smartest dog breeds.
Kevin Mussman, KOSI 101.1
Now we know every dog is different, and mixed-breeds are some of the smartest, so we want to mention them up front. If you have a mixed breed (or any breed!) that's great at a certain task, we'd love to hear about it in the comments.
1. Border Collie
Known as the workaholic of the dog world and prized for its intelligence and working ability, the Border Collie excels at agility. Border Collies have extraordinary instinct and need a job to do in order to be happy.
2. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is extremely smart at police work. They are well-known to be the world's leading police, military,and guard dog. They're also loyal and dependable.
Bloodhounds are the best at trailing. They are often used in police work and search and rescue. Their scenting abilities are so exceptional that a Bloodhound's mantrailing results are permissible in court.
The 29th annual Boo At The Zoo will be held October 26-27 at the zoo during normal hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is included with regular zoo admission. Young goblins, ghosts, princesses and zooperheros will experience child-friendly trick or treating while enjoying magic shows and wild animal encounters in Denver Zoo’s 80 acres of animal habitats, home to more than 3,600 animal residents. Kids can get up close and personal with creepy, Halloween creatures like vampire bats, spiders and reptiles.
New this year is Goliath, a giant talking pumpkin that will tell jokes and interact with visitors. Zookeepers will give talks about creatures ranging from the spooky, like spiders and Komodo dragons, to the not so spooky, like great apes and sea lions. Also, at random times throughout the park, zookeepers will give Halloween-themed enrichment to various animals, such as pumpkins to stomp and food disguised as ghosts to eat.
The Tivoli also has a history of ghost stories. I have talked to some of the maintenance people myself. They say that they are afraid to be alone in the building at night. One of them told me about a construction crew he worked with. They said that they had heard strange noises and felt watched Even though they were tough guys, they were also afraid to be alone at night in the building.
One of the common haunting stories in the Tivoli is of a little girl that is seen running around the hallways. Some believe it to be the ghost of a little girl who died in a house that was located where one of the wings of the building is now. Others think that she could be Moritz Sigi’s daughter. She might have enjoyed running around the brewery, and continues to do so to this day as a discarnate spirit.
Does your dog chase the vacuum, unroll the toilet paper, try to eat food on the table, or jump on a freshly made bed? This dog got shamed on video, and it's pretty cute.
Get a $5 Coupon for Canyon Creek Ranch
You've heard me talking about how much my little Jasmine loves Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Food and you can save $5 on a bag of Canyon Creek Ranch so your dog can try the all-natural food pets WANT to eat. From beef to chicken to salmon, their is a recipe your dog is sure to love. The coupons are limited, so get your $5 coupon at canyoncreekranch.com and get to Petco to get a bag of Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Food.
You've heard me talking about the all-natural pet food that pets WANT to eat and how much my beagle, Jasmine love Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Food and Saturday you can get a FREE sample bag while supplies last!
I will at Petco in Highlands Ranch, just southeast of 470 and Santa Fe, this Saturday (October 5, 2013) from 10 a.m. to Noon with free samples of Canyon Creek Ranch so your pet can try it. Canyon Creek Ranch is formulated without any corn, wheat, or soy, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives are added. It's the healthy all-natural pet food, pets WANT to eat and it's packed with vitamins and minerals.
I love that the first ingredient in every recipe is the protein, from chicken, beef, turkey or salmon!
Jasmine LOVES Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Food so much she cleans the bowl up in no time.
GET YOUR FREE SAMPLE OF CANYON CREEK RANCH SATURDAY
Stop by with your dog(s) and see me at Petco in Highlands Ranch, (1265 Sgt Jon Stiles Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129) from 10 a.m. to Noon this Saturday. Get there early because this is only while supplies last! We will also have coupons for Canyon Creek Ranch and I think my little Jasmine will be joining me too!
What is the Miracle Marathon 2013 and how can you help?
I am on a mission to get out, get moving and save kids' lives, and I need your help!
I have joined the Miracle Marathon journey, and throughout October I will not only be moving for 27.2 miles, but also raising funds for my Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
Since a traditional marathon is 26.2 miles, Miracle Marathon adds a special touch by adding one more mile "for the kids." Over the course of 27 days, we are going to complete one mile per day by walking, running, dancing, skipping or just moving to reach that goal. It's a marathon - plus an extra mile - for the kids!
It was fate -- sort of. Lakewood High School's lip-dub to Katy Perry's "Roar" was in fact a submission to Good Morning America's call for such entries, but it wasn't the first time the Colorado school had gone viral with its own Perry rendition. In 2011, the school did a take on "Firework," but hadn't produced another video of it's kind until now.
Kerry Perry loved the video so much, she gave props on Twitter.