The guide did warn us but the sneaks were nowhere near the picnic table. I unwrapped the sandwich started munching on half of it and bam! Beast had zoomed up, snatched it and was gone. At least his buddies snatched a good portion of it away from him!
While waiting for the guide to obtain entrance to Tarangire Park, we saw another monkey climb in an open vehicle window. The driver quickly shooed it out but apparently they are known for taking anything not nailed down.
When we were eating dinner at the lodge the table next to us had plates of food but was unattended because the diners had gone to get drinks. A flock of finches had swooped in and was having a heyday.
Lesson learned: all the critters here will snatch your lunch and anything else left unattended.
Such an amazing diversity of life on this planet. And the “Return to the Water” episode was particularly interesting to me. Seems like you can really see evolution in action on seals and sea lions on their back flippers/feet.
But the “Life in the Trees” episode was really neat. I am not a monkey fan, normally. I do think gibbons have very pretty faces.
Fossas, on the other hand are just way cool. Mongoose have interested me since I read Rikki Tikki Tavi as a kid. (Seeing it animated by Chuck Jones and narrated by Orson Welles probably didn’t hurt, either.) The idea of one that big is awesome.
And say what you like about Attenborough’s nutcake personal philosophies, he did seem genuinely fascinated and tickled by being so close to some pretty remarkable animals.
My aunt in California sent me this and I swear, I thought this was a spoof when I was first watching it.
Unfortunately, I think these are real people. The priceless line for me is about 4:34. No. A cat isn’t going to change the world. He’s a cat. He may be smart and clever and cute, but he’s still just a cat. Unless he’s going to be the face of a feed the world campaign or stop the Mideast conflicts by walking between the warring factions and rolling over to show his tummy for a rub, he’s not going to change the world. Perspective is the word you need here, lady.
I’m glad they got him to the point where he’s a tolerable and even good pet. I wouldn’t have ever called a behaviorist. I’d have done internet research, talked to a vet maybe… and then tried to modify the behavior on my own. I just think I’m next to incapable of being this clueless when it comes to animals that share my home. The fact that there is a show about a cat whisperer seems ridiculous.
I can almost see the dog one. Dogs take more readily to training than cats. Dogs are pack animals and they are wired to have a cooperative intelligence. It is it to their benefit to do what the pack needs. And the pack is whatever family they have at the moment. Cats are solitary animals. Their brains are wired to consider self only. They can learn tricks, sure. But it’s an exceptionally rare cat that will open that cabinet door just because you want them to and not because they want what’s inside.
Eh, in the end, I guess if you can afford it, do whatever helps you get a handle on life. If that involves hiring a cat behaviorist to change your behavior, more power to ya.
Disclaimer: I didn’t watch any further than City the Kitty.