Animals

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Name Those Pandas

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Hey, girl. What's your name? - SEQUOIA PARK ZOO
  • Sequoia Park Zoo
  • Hey, girl. What's your name?
UPDATE: With 202 of 645 votes, Cini and Masala (Nepalese for sugar and spice) edged out 10 other possible names for the red panda twins at the Sequoia Park Zoo. Now we just have to figure out which one is which. 


PREVIOUSLY: In July, our red panda family expanded again with a pair of twin girls born to Stella Luna and Sumo. That's a total of three cubs for our happy couple (Móhú moved out last year to seek her fortunes at a zoo in Des Moines, Iowa), who frankly could teach the giant pandas a little something about romance. 

Now that the young ladies are out in society, the zoo is asking for the public's help naming them. Before you start brainstorming, the zoo has set up a list of options (many inspired by the regions where red pandas dwell, so it's not like "Chai" would be a hipster/poseur thing) on its Facebook page. Panda fans and Red Panda Rangers (we see you) can cast their votes until Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. Choose carefully — you don't want people rolling their eyes when these girls introduce themselves at college years from now.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Very Special Finding Bigfoot

Posted By on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

If you were Bigfoot, you'd hide, too. - COURTESY OF ANIMAL PLANET
  • Courtesy of Animal Planet
  • If you were Bigfoot, you'd hide, too.
On Sunday, July 20, take the night off from trolling the woods in your furry suit and settle in for James "Bobo" Fay's return to our neck of the woods. A very special "Finding Bigfoot" takes the sasquatch hunters to Humboldt in search of giant footprints, shadowy figures and infrared footage. The episode airs at 10 p.m., and who knows? Maybe he shows up in this one. 
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amphibian of the State

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The California red-legged frog, or Rana draytonii. Let's hope fame doesn't spoil him. - FROM THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE WEBSITE
  • From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website
  • The California red-legged frog, or Rana draytonii. Let's hope fame doesn't spoil him.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has tapped the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) to be our state amphibian. In other news, there is, in fact, such a thing as a state amphibian.

So far, the Sequoia Park Zoo doesn't have one of these little flippered fellows — which, according the the press release, inhabit wetlands from southern Mendocino to Los Angeles and are the largest among indigenous frogs in the western U.S. — but one hopes the state will be passing them out like cigars in celebration. Well, maybe not. California Fish and Wildlife says the species is considered threatened under the Environmental Protection Act. Evidently those red legs taste just like chicken, or they did to the gold (and frog) hungry '49ers who nearly pan-fried them to extinction. 

So how did the frogs land this gig as croaking state laureates? It's who you know. Some elementary school kids in Salton City wrote Assemblyman Perez to make it happen. 

A quick scan of the ca.gov website reveals that while we have a state animal (grizzly), bird (California valley quail) and flower (Golden poppy), there's still plenty more flora and fauna to stake out. State Elusive-Missing-Link-Man-Beast, anyone?
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Update: Trophy Dog

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Absolutely Talk of the Town captions herself. - PHOTO BY WARREN COOK, COURTESY OF LOST COAST KENNEL CLUB
  • Photo by Warren Cook, courtesy of Lost Coast Kennel Club
  • Absolutely Talk of the Town captions herself.

UPDATE: This year's Best in Show is Absolutely Talk of the Town, a smooth (damn right) fox terrier, here with her owner James Smith.
MELISSA SANDERSON
  • Melissa Sanderson

No judging here — just love. We're still waiting for the official results of the Lost Coast Kennel Club dog show in Ferndale this past weekend, but really, aren't they all winners?
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Beasts & Babes

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

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Two Wandering Bears and Venatore Media present The Fourth Annual Animal Carnival, with all proceeds supporting the Open Door Clinic's Literacy Program and Humboldt County's Godwit Days.
Organizers describe the menagerie thus:

"For four years now, the animal party has entertained catfish, coyotes, crocodiles and caterpillars from all over the world. We have had car fires and donkeys, naked belt-wielding freshman university sloths and fire-spinning parrots. We had pink flamingos twerking and polar bears dancing on stilts. We had a large tuna fish take us to the early morning last year and, my God, mammals, it was good." 

The Portuguese Hall will be divided into two separate rooms. In the jungle room, hear local bombastic boogie beats with Psy Fi, Wu Wei, Pressure Anya, Treemeista, ONHELL, G.I.R and Rhizae. Meanwhile, the Carnival Room will keep your membranes blinking and your scales vibrating with the The Fungineers Puppet DJ Set, DJ Dirtbag and Kelley Mak, SambAmore Arcata, and The Black Cat Comedy with Ivy The Panther Vasquez. Additional performances throughout the night by Humboldt Circus and The Redwood Rings Hoop.

Tickets are $20 presale at The Works and People's Records and $30 at the door. This is an 18-and-over event. No costume, no entry. 8 p.m.

If you prefer a night out sans animal attire, please note that the Fortuna Concert Series welcomes back The Babes, a choral group started 20 years ago as an outgrowth of the Humboldt Light Opera Co. The Babes guarantee an eclectic mix of songs from folk to jazz, serious to seriously funny. This all happens at the Fortuna Monday Club. Tickets are $10 general/$8 students and seniors, and available at the door, which opens at 6:45 p.m.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Buzzed

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

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Is the whole disappearing bees thing keeping you up at night? Did that M. Night Shyamalan movie make it worse? Arm yourself with knowledge. Busybodies from the Humboldt Beekeepers Association and the Natural History Museum in Arcata have teamed up with local beekeepers for Bee Friendly Days today through Sunday at Eureka Natural Foods from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They'll be discussing colony collapse, answering questions and letting you know what you can do to help bees. 
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ten-foot Inflatable Puppy Coming to Old Town

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

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Who's a provocative anti-cruelty demonstrator? You are! Yes, you are!

Mercy for Animals is bringing this cuddly weenie to F and Second streets on Monday at 11 a.m. It's part of the group's "Why Love One but Eat the Other" campaign. Look, here he is at the Alamo! He comes with organizers, vegetarian literature and apparently mustard, mayo, cheese and lettuce. 


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Fair?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

SHANE MIZER
  • Shane Mizer
SHANE MIZER
  • Shane Mizer
Both seen at the Humboldt County Fair — not sure which is more cruel. Discuss.
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Off the Leash

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Your dog loves you, but sometimes it feels like everything is about you: Seeing you out the door, waiting for you to come home, listening to you complain about how someone's chewed your remote. Let's not be so self-centered, shall we?
What up, dog? - WADE BARRETT PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Wade Barrett Photography
  • What up, dog?

Woofstock is back in Halvorsen Park this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($12). Music from Silver Hammer, Kindred Spirits and Rooster McClintock is sure to soothe the savage beasts, and there'll be plenty of food, even for people. It's all put on by the Sequoia Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, by the way. Phew.

Your pets can try their paws at dog games like weenie bobbing, bobbing for baubles and a treasure quest. Has Fido fallen in with a bad pack? Watching too much Giggy? Sniff around the K-9 police dog demonstration for some positive role models.

Canines who like a little competition might want to enter the contests for best trick, best tail wag, best costume, best kiss or the sometimes cute, sometimes disturbing dog/owner lookalike contest.

The Mutt Strut walk-a-thon starts at 11 a.m. Get there early to register and put down your $25 (which also covers your entry to Woofstock) and parade your pup along the waterfront to raise money for shelter animals. You can even form a team! Just make sure everybody's got their tags and shots. And leave the cat at home. 
Bubbles. - JAMES R. MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY
  • James R. Martin Photography
  • Bubbles.

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