Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

The Great Topiary Camel-Bunny of the Panhandle – Hiding Ugly Machinery from the Delicate NIMBY’s of the 94117

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

This thing is huge:

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Action Shot: Bird Catches Goldfish in Golden Gate Park – A Natural Scene Inside of the Big City

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Or not.

Presenting Finn the spokesfish for Pepperidge Farm – “The Snack That Smiles Back! Goldfish!”

All right Gentle Reader, well how about a Great Blue Heron with a crayfish at Stow Lake from ten years back instead?

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Remembering “Golden Guardian 2010″ – A Terrorism Drill in SF Featuring Military Dolphins and Sea Lions – Amazing

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Back in the day, we had military drills in San Francisco featuring marine mammals, like “Golden Guardian 2010,” for instance.

I remember as if it were yesterday…

Golden Guardian 2010 will be the sixth Full Scale Exercise (FSE) in the Governor’s Golden Guardian Exercise Series since 2004. The theme of Golden Guardian 2010 is terrorist attacks in multiple ports throughout California. The FSE will be aligned with the National Level Exercise, NLE10 (Improvised Nuclear Device in FEMA Region IX), and will take place over several days in May 2010.”

O.K. then. Joe Eskenazi has a full report with video.

A military dolphin today near AT&T Park:

On the job:

OMG, call Cute Overload. These critters salute when they’re not finding terrorists ‘n stuff:

Here’s a much better photo of a well-trained animal. Hard at work or hardly working? A military dolphin as seen in the Persian Gulf:

Brien Aho / U.S. Navy

Never saw anything like this before…

The San Francisco Zoo’s Very Own (Somewhat) Dramatic Chipmunk: A Short History of Prairie Dog Viral Videos

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Here it is, a Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) as seen at our San Francisco Zoo

And here’s the world-famous Dramatic Chipmunk:

Notice the similarity?

And here’s where it all started:

Fin.

Monarch the Bear Has Had Enough of California: Famous Grizzly Shown Exiting State Flag for Greener Pastures

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

From the official State of California Energy Upgrade California roadshow:

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I’m srsly, they’ve got a whole Have You Seen The Bear thing going on these days

Monarch was last seen boarding a Greyhound bus headed to Dallas, Texas.

Who approved this California-backed marketing campaign? Was it Lou Avery?

If You Don’t Stare Into the Pretty Eyes of Our San Francisco Zoo’s First Red Panda, You’ll See He’s Just Like a Raccoon

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Meet Tenzing, currently causing panda-monium at our San Francisco Zoo

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A little shy when I passed through, but oh well.

Anyway, they have some great shots of this critter on the Twitter.

See you there!

Shrimp-Boy’s Pony, Clement Street

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Young Couple Finds a Home to Raise a Family in San Mateo County – Is This a Good Time to BUY? It’s the BEST

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Here’s a new crow family nesting high above the 101:

See?

Good thing that this is Best Buy instead of the USPS, right? I mean official United States Postal Service spokesmodel Augustine Ruiz prolly would have shot these boids with a 12-gauge if this were post office property, I think.

Post office: no birds hurt

U.S. postal officials continue to deny that birds were harmed in the course of the tree trimming. A postal maintenance worker observing the tree-trimming on Saturday reported that no birds were injured, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz.

The injured birds at International Bird Rescue, and a dead bird photographed by The Chronicle, must have been hurt in unrelated incidents, Ruiz said.

“We would never do anything intentionally to harm any living creature,” he said. “We have a very proud tradition of issuing stamps to promote the preservation and conservation of wildlife and nature.”

Anyway, good luck, crows!

Life and Death on Hippie Hill: Great Blue Heron vs. Botta’s Pocket Gopher

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Hey look at this silly goose on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park:

So you notice the new gopher holes and you figure there might be some action so you pass the assembled hippies talking about philosophy or drugs or whatever.

Oh, much closer now:

I’ll spare you the shot of this boid waiting above the gopher to give you the lunge:

Poor little feller:

And now, down the hatch…

without a scratch

Here’s the Bright Yellow and Black Bird You’re Googling For, California: It’s a Hooded Oriole and It’s In Season Right Now

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

As seen on Strawberry Hill at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, back when there was an ornamental fan palm at the south end of the northern bridge:

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This is the post from a while back - lots of comments are there.