Floriduh! Man and Gator

Back in July, I brought you the story of the Floriduh! Man who dumped an injured gator at a WaWa gas station and convenience store. Apparently this has started a slowly developing trend of Floriduh! Men, gators, and convenience stores!

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Sunday Night Cuteness Overload: Good Morning Young Prince Edition

I have a new neighbor!

This adorable little beastie sauntered out of the scrub on somewhat shaky legs around 12:30 this afternoon. The fawn chirped a half dozen times or so while looking around then settled in for a siesta. About four hours later the fawn got up, chirped some more, walked around the side of the house, and went in to the really thick scrub, which is probably where mom was bedded down for the day. He or she chirped off and on for a bit.

The whole thing, minus mom, a family of quail partridges (or are those ptarmigans?), a family of opossums, a mole, and knowing if the fawn is male or female was kind of reminiscent of this:

I thought I’d share because we can all use a lot more beauty in our lives about now.

And a PSA from the Wildlife Center of Virginia:

If you find a baby deer:

Do any of the following apply to the fawn?

• It is bleeding, has an open wound, or has a broken bone.
• It’s covered in fly eggs [look like small grains of rice].
• It’s cold or wet.
• It’s crying nonstop for hours on end.
• It appears weak AND is lying on its side.

• If YES, the deer is likely injured or orphaned. Contact your nearest permitted wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian for treatment.

• If NO, then continue on to the next question.

Is the fawn in a dangerous location (e.g., by a busy road, in a backyard with dogs, etc.)

• If YES, the fawn can be moved a short distance to a safer location.

When moving a fawn, it’s not unusual for the fawn to follow you as you leave. To prevent the fawn from following you, place the fawn facing away from the direction in which you plan to leave so it cannot watch you.

Tap the fawn once or twice firmly between the shoulder blades (this mimics how the mother taps the fawn with her nose to communicate “stay here and wait until I come back.”)

Quickly leave the area. Do not linger. The fawn may stand up and take a few steps to follow. Keep going and the fawn should lie back down. If possible, you can monitor from afar with binoculars.

• If NO, then the fawn is healthy and simply waiting for mom to return.

Leave the fawn alone! Keep children and pets away. Monitor from a distance and reassess the situation in 24 hours.

Remember …

• Never chase a fawn to capture it. The stress of being chased can be dangerous to a fawn. Fawns are prone to a condition called capture myopathy, which is caused by chase and stress. Capture myopathy can lead to damage to internal organs, and even death.

• Never give food or water to injured or orphaned wildlife. Inappropriate food or feeding technique can lead to sickness or death. Fawns in particular have very sensitive stomachs and require a special diet. Cow’s milk will make them sick.

NOTE: Each animal’s nutritional, housing, and handling requirements are very specific and must be met if they have any chance of survival. Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a state permit. For information on how you can become a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, contact the Wildlife Center of Virginiathe Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries [PDF], or your state’s wildlife agency.

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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Not An Expected Visitor…

From indefatiguable gardener / commentor Ozark Hillbilly:

We had a visitor… All pics and video by my wife from her cell phone

(There was also a short video, but I can’t figure out how to embed .mov files on FYWP.)

Backyard bears are a common enough sight in eastern Massachusetts that the state government has a web page about them. But then, unlike OH’s neighborhood, we get the video clips on the nightly news because The Responsible Authorities are never more than a few minutes away!


Not exactly garden-related, but we’ve just capped several thoroughly disruptive weeks revolving around a caravan to Michigan (pursuant to the ancient folk ritual of celebrating a family wedding by rigorously stress-testing one’s own) with the news that the mystery plumbing back-up in the basement is related to ‘a big clog out where the pipe joins the city line’. And while there’s a temporary fix in place, a permanent resolution will involve paying to have the public street dug up, at the predicted cost of ‘some tens of thousands of dollars.’ I have an uneasy feeling this is going to be one of those catastrophes that our home insurance doesn’t cover, of course…

What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?

Florida Iguana! Wait, What?

Well you don’t see this every day!

From WSVN 7 News in Miami:

A South Florida woman says she was shocked when she spotted two iguanas duking it out in the parking lot of a Starbucks in Boca Raton over the weekend.

Shannon Moskoff captured video that shows the large reptiles fighting for over a minute, as she and a friend try to figure out what is happening.

Moskoff says that she didn’t know how the fight ended since other cars were behind her.

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Thursday Morning Open Thread: Out of Our League

In related news, Not The Onion… but the BBC“Does the US have a pet tiger problem?”:

Taj was a four-month-old tiger cub when purchased at a Texas truck stop by the driver of an 18-wheeler lorry. But after Taj began tearing up the truck’s cab, the driver contacted Austin Zoo to get the animal off his hands. The zoo now looks after the fully grown 17-year-old Bengal tiger male.

Taj is one of as many as 7,000 tigers living in the US either in zoos or privately owned, according to some estimates. That’s nearly double the estimated 3,890 tigers still prowling in the wild around the world.

Many of America’s tigers could be in people’s backyards as pets, and often aren’t registered, especially in states like Texas. No-one really knows just how many tigers there are out there.

At the heart of this surprising tiger turnout is the very American notion of a God-given right to do one’s own thing, including owning a pet – no matter how exotic – being an individual liberty that the state should not mess with…

It is easier to own a tiger than a dog that has been labelled dangerous in the state of Texas, which could have between 2,000 and 5,000 tigers.

“Texas is a conservative state and values personal liberties and the right to keep what you want,” says Pamela Boich of the Texas Human Legislation Network, an animal welfare lobbying group…

Floods and hurricanes notwithstanding, Texas’s climate is usually very amenable for tigers, meaning they can live outside year round, without the need for winter quarters, says John Gramieri, general curator at Austin Zoo…

And here we thought the imported boa constrictors in Florida were an ecological disaster!

Considerably further down the ‘dangerous wildlife’ scale…

The Washington Post quotes an academic expert:

… Suzanne MacDonald, a York University psychologist who studies urban raccoons… wasn’t worried. Why? Because raccoons — as their black masks might suggest — have “quite a few superpowers,” she explained not long after the drama ended Wednesday morning. The most obvious of those talents: a crack climbing ability.
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Don’t Mind Me I’m Just Gonna Play Through!

Where does a bull gator walk on a golf course? Anywhere he wants!

Stay out of the rough!

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Late Evening/Early Morning Open Thread: Floriduh! Gator Goes Swimming!

It’s not a pool party till someone loses a limb!!!!

From WSVN Channel 7:

ODESSA, Fla. (WSVN) — This is one alligator that really didn’t want to get out of the pool.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the 9-foot gator threw a bit of a temper tantrum as a trapper and deputies worked to capture the reptile on Thursday.

The alligator had somehow made its way into the homeowner’s screened-in patio in Odessa, about 25 miles north of Tampa.

The animal was safely removed from the water.

Anyone who spots an alligator should call local law enforcement or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in order to have it safely captured.

Stay scaly and remember to run in a serpentine or not!

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