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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Animals in balloon form have long helped humans celebrate all good things on this day, proudly taking part in Macy’s famous parade. Take a look at these swelled-up celebrants of yore.

The elevated elephant.

The blimpy bobcat.

The inflated insect.

The dirigible dachshund.

The helium hippo.

And the star of the show, year after year. The towering turkey!

Likewise, let our spirits soar today, and let us be grateful for the good things we have, for family and friends, for warm hospitality, and for good company. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hedgie hero

Posted: November 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Azuki, a hedgehog from Japan, has 270,000 followers on Instagram. And more are signing on every day. Why? Because Azuki is irresistibly cute. And Azuki has a more interesting life than many people. Including me, possibly. I haven’t been camping in ages!

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Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | No Comments »

Today’s the big day.

Grab a bag, get your nerve up, and gather your treats.

But be sure to leave a trail behind you, so you can find your way home!

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Ghastly glances

Posted: October 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

These trees looked so ordinary yesterday.

Why do they seem a little sinister today?

IT’S BECAUSE OF TOMORROW!

 

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Oh—did you WANT spiders in your pie?

Posted: October 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Then I’m sorry!

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Haunted humor

Posted: October 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

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The countdown has begun!

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

THERE ARE FOUR DAYS TILL HALLOWEEN

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Happy International Sloth Day!

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Friday, October 20 is International Sloth Day, created by Foundation AIUNAU to bring awareness to the rehabilitation and conservation of these slow-moving creatures.

Interesting fact: Until 10,000 years ago, South America had a big population of giant sloths the size of elephants. The ones we know today are so much cuter!

Go here to learn more fun facts about these memorable mammals. Try to work them into your conversations with friends and family today!

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Boos getting excited?

Posted: October 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: | No Comments »

Getting your spirits up? Me too!

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Trunk bump

Posted: October 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The Oregon Zoo used to exercise Chendra, its baby Asian elephant, by walking her around the neighborhood in the morning. Here’s Chendra at the zoo’s Stellar Cove in 2007, saying hi to a sea lion named Gus.

In the wild, Asian and Indian elephants are endangered by poaching, hunting, and destruction of habitat. Sea lions face hunting, pollution, and entanglement in fishing equipment. The Oregon Zoo recommends helping at-risk species by taking Small Actions. For instance, you can plant wildlife-friendly flowers in your yard to aid bumblebees. Check out more of the zoo’s helpful tips here!

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