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Pets eat the strangest things: 2010′s most unusual ingested objects
I just got this fascinating news release from Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI):
With nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion (insurance) claims received over the past year, VPI saw plenty of pets make meals of inedible objects. Many of the usual ingestions showed up again and again; socks, hand towels, sticks, and rocks were especially popular pet “snack” choices. Other ingested items were not quite as common.
Here are some of the more noteworthy items that were removed from the stomachs of VPI-insured dogs and cats in 2010:
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Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs | 3 Comments »
Robin nesting material. Photo by Heather Van Rykn, Walnut Creek, CA.
Found these while playing at the Presidio in San Francisco: Winged Wisdom – 3 sites that describe robin behavior. Each letter is framed with a steel armature and mesh netting and is filled with straw, providing nesting material for the American robin.
I love living in the Bay Area!
Heather Van Rykn, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Photo by Heather Van Rykn, Walnut Creek, CA
You’re right! You never know what you’re going to find lurking around the next corner! (I’ll bet a lot of other bird species will be taking advantage of all this free nesting material.) /Gary
Resolve conflict with song. Photo by Heather Van Rykn, Walnut Creek, CA
Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010
Under: Birds, nesting, Robins | 1 Comment »
Photo by MacKenzie Terzian, Pleasant Hill, CA
Word on the street is that turkeys have unusually small brains. Well, not the turkeys that roamed through the intersection at Virginia Hills Safeway in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Escaping, only a few days before Thanksgiving, the rafter of turkeys made their way for the sweet hills of Paso Nogal Park.
MacKenzie Terzian, Pleasant Hill
They may have small brains but they appear to use them very efficiently. /Gary
Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010
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Robin eating red berries. Photo by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA.
Speaking of robins: “YUM! It’s the berries!”
Photo by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA
Got interesting photos of wild creatures in your backyard (or in the area) that you’d like to share with the rest of us?
Please e-mail your digital photos to me at email@example.com. Please include the name and city of the photographer (example: “Photo by Joe Smith, Walnut Creek”). Also please include a statement that it’s OK for me to publish your photo(s) in my blog.
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing and sharing your pictures of local wild things. /Gary
Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Under: Birds, Robins, Wildlife | No Comments »
ARF’s Christmas Valentine. (ARF photo)
Help ARF’S Holiday Hope Fund & Foster FFF’s Lonely Pets For The Holidays
I’ve been alerted to some special needs for this Holiday season. If you can provide any kind of help to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and/or Friends of the Formerly Friendless (or any other local nonprofit animal rescue groups that need an assist), please do. Thanks for caring! Merry Christmas!! /Gary
AUGH! I have tears in my eyes as I write this. We need your help!
ARF rescued a 13-week-old kitten in need of medical care and TLC from the Martinez shelter after having been abandoned the Concord BART station. A good Samaritan found her in a cardboard box. She has minor wounds however her ears have been badly damaged, possibly burned by a chemical agent or other unknown cause and will likely require surgical removal. They are stiff, we fear they will break! She can still hear and is remarkably affectionate, purrs like a diesel and engages anyone willing to pet her.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Under: ARF, Cats | 2 Comments »
Flying red-tailed hawk. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
Red-tailed hawks are truly beautiful birds.
I think these photographs by Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif., speak for themselves. /Gary
Red-tailed hawk perched on fence. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Under: Hawks, Red-tailed hawk | 1 Comment »
Mantis on outside of bathroom window. Photo by Sharon Burt, Concord, CA
The Aliens have landed …right outside my bathroom window!
I’ve been lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that is apparently “Happy Mantisland.” I’ve noticed them every year since we moved here 18 years ago. They are one of my favorite insects!
Sharon Burt, Concord
The praying mantis is an amazing predatory insect. It they were as big as, say, a Chihuahua, it wouldn’t be safe to go outside! /Gary
Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2010
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By Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA
A great blue heron flies off with a fish for breakfast at Lafayette Reservoir, in Lafayette, California. Photo by Jim Kardos, Walnut Creek, CA.
The great blue heron, our largest heron at 50-plus inches tall, will stand quietly in shallow water until a fish swims by and then grab it with its long bill. They are truly beautiful birds, as you can see! /Gary
Posted on Friday, December 3rd, 2010
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Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, California
Wild creatures need their own special places without people. Don’t we wish. /Gary
Posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
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There was fire in the sky this morning. Photo by Bob Brittain, Walnut Creek, CA
Sunrise over Mount Diablo on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
There was fire in the sky this morning.
Bob Brittain, Walnut Creek, Calif.
What a wonderful way to start the day! /Gary
Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
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