Video of Goat vs. Little Lion at Schramm Farms

goat eats kid in lion costumeI am not one for watching and sharing animal videos.  But, I will make exceptions … my friend Olga shared this video of her daughter visiting Schramm Farm and meeting the goats.  Olga’s daughter was wearing her lion costume to visit the farm.

This goat was a fan of this little lion and Olga happened to be recording their encounter.  The little lion is completely fine – a little shocked, but fine.  I am sharing this video with the permission of the parents.

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Goat got her good! @pogoda13

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Vulture Fun for the Whole Family

Vulture

Vulture (Photo credit: clio1789)

Yep.  That is supposed to say vultures.  Now that the olympics are over – I know everyone has turned their attention to the I know everyone is thinking about shark week.  The National Aviary wants to remind you about another important member of our eco-system… vultures.

The National Aviary is hosting a special program this weekend – the Value of Vultures.

  • With paid general admission, visitors to the Aviary will be able to participate in a variety of fun vulture-themed activities for all ages, including educational displays, crafts, trainer talks, live encounters, and (of course) a scavenger hunt!
  • August 18 & 19, 2012

A PITSburgh Partnership – The Cotton Factory and Hello Bully

When one hears “dog shirts”, the visual of a small dog gnawing at a tight knit sweater may come to mind, but CottonFactory.com and TeeRex Syndicate had something else planned when they partnered with Hello Bully to promote Pit Bull welfare in the Pittsburgh area.

In 2002, before she and her husband founded TeeRex Syndicate and purchased CottonFactory.com, Samantha Ginsburg was the proud owner of two rescue Pit Bulls from Animal friends and four cats. Samantha and Stephen then purchased the CottonFactory.com and founded TeeRex Syndicate, two companies that work together to sell specialty screen printed tee-shirts and clothing. TeeRex Syndicate and CottonFactory.com are “local Pittsburgh company[s] run by a group of obsessive designers, artists and printers” Samantha said. Based in 6000 square ft studio in the Friendship neighborhood, the Tee Rex team designs fun tee shirts, hoodies, aprons, tote bags, and scarves. Samantha said one of the reasons she and her husband enjoy owning their own company is “we like to do things with a cause”. Samantha has about as much Pittsburgh Pride as any local business owner, and proudly supports local designers and artists through the “Handmade Arcade” and “I Made It! Market”, as well as regularly partnering with local non-profits.

Samantha also has a special place in her heart for Pit Bulls. She is the proud owner of a Pit Bull and has seen the first hand the hardship these four legged friends of ours can go through. We this in mind, Samantha, TeeRex Syndicate and cottonfactory.com joined up with “Hello Bully” to produce a line of dog tee-shirts and aprons to support the organization. Hello Bully an all volunteer run 501(c)3 devoted to improving the welfare of Pit-Bulls. Hello Bully sponsors everything from Pit-Bull owner education, a half way home and rehabilitation for hurt Pit Bulls, and an aggressive spay and neuter campaign that has spayed or neutered at least one Pit Bull per day since 2009. Many Pit Bulls are used for dog fights, brandishing them with a rather unfortunate public image.

Samantha and Stephen “paired up once again [with Hello Bully] to bring back limited edition items for the month of May” she said. The “PITSburgh” line of tee shirts and aprons feature Samantha’s own Pit Bull, Tank Girl. The dog shirts are made for humans, not dogs, and the designs are currently up on www.cottonfactory.com. $3 of every apron sold and $5 of every Tee-Shirt sold go to support Hello Bully and advertise the nice side of the Pit Bulls.

The sale just has a few days left! Go to www.cottonfactory.com to see the PITSburgh line of shirts and aprons.

And if you’re looking for a furry companion to join your house go to http://www.hellobully.com/adopt.html to see the animals they have for adoption.

Are you a Bird Nerd?

Bird - Blue Jay

Bird - Blue Jay (Photo credit: blmiers2)

I would not really describe myself as a birder – but I have a few friends who are – and I have to say the bird watching stuff sort of rubs off on your. My sister and her good friend were visiting in Florida and have gone out of their way to look for certain birds.  I have joined in on a few of these trips – I was more excited about seeing a dolphin than the pelicans.  Last year when we were visiting some family in Florida, we went to the store (aka took a break from the family) – on our way to Target my sister shrieked and I almost ran the car off the road – turn out the elusive crane she had been hunting for just chilling in the Target parking lot.

And if you really, REALLY, really like birds and you find yourself in Venice, FL – you should stop and see the Venice bird rookery.

Anyhow, if you are a bird nerd or tend to hang around with bird nerds – then you might be interested in some of these events for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Just want to check out some birds from your computer screen?

The Audubon Society of Western PA has a Live Bird Feeder Camera here.

Saturday is Sloth Day

We are not just saying Saturday is sloth day because maybe sometimes you are lazy on Saturdays.  But Saturday is really International Sloth Day at the Pittsburgh Aviary.

You can spend the day – slowly hanging out with Wookiee the Aviary’s two-toed sloth.  The sloth is the worlds slowest animal and spend most of the day sleeping.

There will be sloth themed activities and kids can make a sloth mask.

Sloth fun is included in the Aviary admission.