Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

November 4, 2011

Car Hits Deer: No On Hurt

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CAR HITS DEER: NO ONE HURT

 

     It was 7:18 p. m. last night when my husband Monte just called. He’s doing a good deed for a neighbor, Dan, who needed to pick up his car in Somerset, Pennsylvania, on top of Laurel Mountain. That meant Monte had to drive one of the cars home. He ended up with the Prius, which, as a duel-energy (battery and gas driven) drives differently. I know, because I have practiced driving it on our community’s gravel roads in case I need to use it to pick up kids at school.

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Cute? Not when it dashes in front of a moving car...

     A deer ran out in front of him and glanced off the front hood. It apparently survived, because it kept running and disappeared.

     Monte pulled off the road in front of some company, and a car from the company approached him.

     “What happened?” a man asked. He was a guard at the company. (more…)

October 31, 2011

Pirate Superstition: (Black) Cats

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

PIRATE SUPERSTITION: (BLACK) CATS

I, a handsome black cat, symbolize GOOD LUCK!

KEEP CATS!

ESPECIALLY BLACK CATS!

OR CATS WITH EXTRA TOES!

(A key pirate superstition.)

      Well-kept, well-fed cats kept on ship board protect against pirates against harm. Black cats, especially, are considered good luck on a ship, but luckier to have are cats with extra toes.

     They are good for the pirate’s health, too. After all, they catch the ship’s rats.*

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OTHER BLACK CAT SUPERSTITIONS**

  • A black cat crossing one’s path by moonlight means (more…)

October 30, 2011

Bald Eagle Sighted in Ligonier, Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BALD EAGLE SIGHTED IN LIGONIER, PA.

     Watching the big birds soar through the air is a glorious experience that makes me wish I too could soar like they do. It also makes me wish I was accomplished at identifying the beautiful creatures flying freely.

     True, I’ve photographed osprey. But I’ll admit—the only reason I know they are osprey is through their nests, which I locate high up on roosts adjacent to power poles (constructed by power companies to protect electric wires while still allowing a place for the raptors to perch).

     My neighbor Dan called me tonight. He began the conversation by telling me that he sighted a majestic bald eagle this weekend.

     And he sighted it here in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     He was headed to the middle school to pick up his daughters, who had been on a school function. As he drove to the school he saw a large bird soaring over (more…)

October 23, 2011

Why Own Lions and Tigers?

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WHY OWN LIONS AND TIGERS?

     Collecting exotic pets is considered fascinating by some people.

     Why are they drawn to having these pets?

     There is almost a machismo with guys who want to keep lions and tigers in their backyard for t heir own enjoyment and amusement. They almost feel like it makes them more interesting or more of a real man to say they go home at night and hang out with their tiger.*

 

     Terry Thompson, 62, of Zanesville, Ohio, had a collection of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, black bears, grizzly bears and wolves. His neighbor described him as (more…)

October 22, 2011

New Words: Oryx & Kestral

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORDS: ORYX & KESTRAL

The two new words today, oryx and kestrel, come from the creature world.

 ORYX: an antelope hunted to near extinction, associated with the deserts of the Middle East. Its thin, graceful, horns underline the unicorn legend because from a certain angle they look like (more…)

October 21, 2011

New Words: Spoor, Pug (Tiger)

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 CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORDS: SPOOR, PUG (TIGER)

    It’s deplorable what happened in Zanesville, Ohio, where over fifty exotic animals, including lions and tigers, had to be killed to protect human life.

     In the process of writing a post, Lions and Tigers in Ohio????, I came across two unfamiliar words: spoor and pug. Curious, I just had to look up their meanings.

Spoor is any sign of a creature. Spoor includes track, trail and droppings. Spoor is useful for discovering or surveying what types of animals live in an area, or in animal tracking. Generally droppings can be referred to as scat.*

     At least I am familiar with the word scat. We find deer and bear scat on our property quite frequently—deer, however, more than bear.

     The name of any animals’ paw prints are called spoor.

     A second source confirmed the above: n. The track or trail of an animal, especially a wild animal.  V. spoored, spoor-ing,spoors  To track (an animal) by following its spoor or to engage in such tracking.**

     A pug (n.) is a footprint, esp. of a game animal or (v.) to track (esp. game) by following footprints or another spoor.***

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     Since the post was about lions and tigers I followed up my research by checking out tiger pugs. A tiger’s paw (more…)

September 1, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  UP

You must look UP to see this awesome osprey nest and the parent osprey flying about, hovering above their young ones. Can you see the baby nestled down amongst the twigs? 

Osprey nest near Black Lake, New York

 

You must also have your camera aimed UP. To see more photographs of osprey (more…)

August 1, 2011

Dog Stories I Heard and Told at the Cafe

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

DOG STORIES I HEARD AND TOLD AT THE CAFÉ

     I enjoy having breakfast at a local café—or anywhere, in fact.

     This morning was the first time I’ve been to the café in over a month. I met a friend and we became engaged in conversation with other patrons. A good chunk of the conversation involved dogs. I made two posts as a way of sharing our visit to the café. To read them, click on Dog Stories I Heard at the Café and Dog Stories I Told at the Café.  

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A DOG FOR ALL SEASONS

WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

Honey’s Coming Home! Our cat must recuperate

Honey went home—She’s romping in animal heaven

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

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July 22, 2011

The Leprosy-Armadillo Connection in the United States

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE LEPROSY-ARMADILLO CONNECTION

IN THE UNITED STATES

What do a Biblical plague and an armadillo have in common?

Leprosy.

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     Apparently about one hundred and fifty Americans become plagued by leprosy each year. Two-thirds of the victims contract it while traveling overseas.

     The other third?

      Most of them are from Texas, Alabama, and  Louisiana.

     There are strains of Mycobacterium leprae, the bacteria that causes leprosy, found in humans and armadillos in this country and South America.

    Researchers have shown that by showing that wild armadillos and leprosy patients share the (more…)

July 18, 2011

Osprey in Southwestern Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

OSPREY IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

 

     Last year my husband Monte and I spent the July week between his family reunion and his class reunion at Black Lake, New York. It was here that I saw my first osprey nest, and took my first osprey pictures.

     While at the July 3, 2011, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Sunday evening band concert, I spoke with a young couple. The husband is involved with the aviary in Pittsburgh. He informed me that there is an osprey nest at (more…)

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