What else does an alligator do on a cold, sunny day? 🙂
My hometown, Tallahassee, Florida is not only home to the #1 Undefeated FSU Seminoles 2013 BCS National Champions (!), but also my beloved Junior Museum (officially the Tallahassee Museum). My son and I make regular treks to visit our feathered and furry friends in this natural outdoor habitat. The Tallahassee Museum is home to several species of animals, all of whom are injured or cannot survive in the wild. I have several favorite animals, particularly the elusive bobcats. It is a very rare occasion that I spot both, and a special one when I spot at least one in the tree. Well, did we ever get lucky our last trip, not only did we spot this beautiful bobcat in her tree, but she got up, stretched, and leisurely made her way down the tree, one shot is her looking straight at me.
The Florida wild bobcat (Felidae rufus Floridanus), in addition to the panther, are the two predatory big cats native to the Florida region. The bobcat is more common and much smaller than the panther, which is rarely sighted in the wild. So it is indeed a real treat to be able to see both Florida panthers and bobcats at this outdoor museum.
This is “Gator,” the Bengal Tiger that was the visiting guest at the Tallahassee Museum for most of the past year, but he went back home to Gainesville, Florida, in early October. I really miss that big furry guy. But he’s gone back to a great home, the Carson Springs Wildlife Sanctuary. Gator is three years old and was rescued from a traveling circus after he reached the 40 pound weight limit and was being starved so he could continue having pictures taken with people. This sanctuary is run by a couple and they’ve rescued lots of big cats and other animals. What a great place and wonderful people! I intend on sending a check soon, that’s how much Gator touched my heart. 😀
Meet Diamond, our sweet little baby girl. (Insert sound of screeching record here) Actually, she can be a sweet angel, she usually sleeps in the crook of my knees, she even helps out with my documentation work sometimes (yes, she even knows how to pull up online help). But … while she can be utterly endearing (she loves her head scratched so much she drools), at no moments notice, she becomes El Gato Diablo, the devil cat. Full of hisses and swipes, she’s telling you “enough!” Or, sometimes she becomes “Diamondsaurus” when she hangs out with T-Rex and her other dinosaur buddies. 😉
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Meet Spot, also known as “Spoticus” or “Big Boy” for his mighty girth. (Three pictures) He is truly one huge cat!
He was an impulse bring-home-a-new-kitty type deal (I held him at a friend’s place and he fell asleep in the crook of my arm, like how could I not bring him home?!?) Well, after getting in trouble with dear hubby, Spot stole his heart, too. Unfortunately, he didn’t win over either of the girl cats, but that’s a different story! He’s very vocal, loves to be patted on his rump, and squirms so with delight, he cannot sit still. He’s my big lover boy!
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