Posts Tagged ‘Animals’

Know Your Wild Animals of the East Bay: It’s Not a Rat, It’s a Muskrat – Video from Peregrinating David Cruz

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

First check out this photo from David Cruz, who’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

Almost cute, huh?

But then check out these fun facts, and the video below, which shows how rat-like it is.

-Muskrats are large rodents that always live near water. They have thick brown fur and a long, furless, scaly tail. They can grow up to two feet long (with tail). Their rear feet are webbed for swimming, and their eyes and ears are very small.
-Muskrats live in marshes, or alongside ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams.
-They could stay underwater for 15 min
-People often kill Muskrats for their fur.
-Muskrats are very important as marsh managers, removing extra plants and making sure waterways are clear. (http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/muskrat.htm)

Keep up the great work, DC!

Does Golden Gate Park Now Have a “Coyote Reserve?” Yes, Unofficially Anyway – Take a Look

Friday, April 12th, 2013

It looks like this:

Via Nature’s Lantern - click to expand

The Elusive Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – “Catch Me if You Can” – Another Great Shot from Nature’s Lantern

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Another great shot from Nature’s Lantern:

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Just think, this critter might have been a mere pup last year…

Loch Ness Has Its Monsters, Anza Vista Has Its Raccoons

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Or maybe this shadowy figure was just a very, very large house cat out on the prowl:

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But please remember that urban raccoons kill more more than urban coyotes

OMG, Goats Take Over MUNI’s Presidio Yard! Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats! By Bluoz

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Once again, from out of nowhere, it’s Bluoz.

The Presidio Yard, perched on Mervyn’s Heights just below the deadly Masonic Trader Joes (Store #100):

Here’s the mugshot. You are guilty of being adorable:

 

Official SFMTA Goat Herder:

See you next year!

How Many Goddam Pit Bulls are Too Many Goddam Pit Bulls for One McDonalds? Eight on Haight

Friday, September 28th, 2012

This was the scene last night at the famous Micky D’s at the end of Haight Street at Stanyan near famous Hippy Hill.

I passed by two pit-bull-looking dogs outside at the rear entrance, two pit-bull-looking dogs inside the store with owners on the way to the bathroom, two pit-bull-looking dogs with owners in line to buy food,* and two pit-bull-looking dogs as I exited out the front steps.**

Now, some of them might have been less than a year old, mere pups I suppose, and some of them might have been presa canarios or whathaveyou, but goddam, I didn’t expect to encounter eight fighting dogs*** in one minute at one McDonalds.

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I’m not particularly afraid of dogs at all and I’ve never been bitten, but that was my reaction.

And here’s an update – the Dollar Menu is still there but it’s not as prominent as before, as if they don’t want you to see it, it seems.

See you in about a year or so, Haight Street McDonalds.

*At this point, I was looking for an exit strategy, like if they all went Hera and Bane on me, I’d have hopped on one of the counters, that kind of thing. 

** Sans food. I was going to get a large order of fries and two side salads for $4-something for a special lady friend but the line was kind of long and there was some kind of kerfuffle going on so I said the Hell with this and left for the WF right across the street.

***The most I’ve seen in one place at one time.

 

Remembering the Good Old Days When It was Legal for Tourists to Feed the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Back in the day down there betwixt San Francisco’s Financial District and the Golden Gateway Apartments, tourists would come along and just hold their hands out, with astonishing results.

Wild parrots looking for a handout – via Gwen in a great capture from 2007, before The Law

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Ah mem’ries;

First it was all like this (Yes, this is the view you’ll get of the 415’s famous wild parrots from our Filbert Steps.)

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

But now it’s all like this. (Gee, should I get a Chinese character inked on my Europid skin and be a laughingstock for the rest of my life or should I get something cool like this instead? Mmmm, decisions, decisions…)

Wow! That’s a good one, Deanna Wardin of Tattoo Boogaloo.

That’s the best tattoo I’ve seen in the 415.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill were made famous a few years back by the movie with the same name. Get the new Special Two-Disc Collector’s Edition today, why don’t you?

A friendly pair in the Presidio. Click to expand:

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

Here’s What It’s Like to Discover a Raccoon Family Living in Your San Francisco Residence – First You See the Eyes

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Like this:

And then the rest:

Those little rascals!

The Masked Bandits of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle: Energetic Raccoon Charges from NoPA to SoPA

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Look at ‘em go!

This thing was just a blur shooting by in the dark – I wasn’t sure what it was.

I prefer my critters less squirrelly, like the nice raccoons you’ll find in this outstanding capture from Plomomedia’s Flickr Photostream.

racc 

Full-size.

Anyway, I’ve never before seen a raccoon running through the Panhandle…

OMG, OMG, Here are the Totally Adorable Coyote Pups of Golden Gate Park for 2012! They’re Teenagers Now

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Word comes from renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz:

“A pair of wild coyote pups enjoy the sun on a midsummer’s day in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.”

Via David Cruz

Here’s the super big version.

See? Adorable.

(Will the State of California soon pay us a visit in order to blow these critters away? We’ll see.)