Frank B. Baiamonte

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Fig . . . and Figlet

The San Diego Zoo has a mating pair of North Sulawesi Babirusa, which are a sort of pig native to parts of Indonesia.  The male is Jethro, and the female is named Fig . . . so when they had a couple of babies recently the zookeepers came up with a generic term for them . . . Figlets.

Here's Fig with one of her Figlets.

     

Snow Leopard

I stopped by to see the Snow Leopards at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday.  

       

Monday, September 12, 2016

Seven Magic Mountains

I drove from San Diego to Las Vegas last week for a short conference for work.  About 12 miles north of the California - Nevada state line, and just east of I-15, is a public art installation called Seven Magic Mountains.  Created by Swiss-born artist Ugo Rondinone, the 7 towers of day glow-painted boulders stand 30 to 35 feet tall.  They are an impressive site, with pretty much nothing man-made in the background as far as you can see.  It was a bit warm out there on Wednesday, at a little over 100 degrees, so we didn't stay too long.


     

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Malayan Tigers - Saturday at the San Diego Zoo

Some days things just come together the way they should . . . yesterday at the San Diego Zoo was one of those days.  When I got to the tigers at 9am, Connor was out in the big enclosure, and the sunlight was filtering through the trees at just the right angle.








Connor alternated between napping at the lower window and wandering all over the place.  There were a few times where I had to wait over an hour for something to happen, but it was worth it.  Meanwhile, his younger brothers Cinta and Berani spent most of the day crashed out.  I had to settle for something a bit more abstract with them.


Click here to see a few more pictures of the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo from Saturday, August 20, 2016.
       

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wondering What Happened To The Guy Who Turned The Rio Olympic Pool Green?

Have you been wondering what happened to the guy who turned the Rio Olympic diving pool green? . . . I think he got a new job . . . at the San Diego Zoo.

     

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Comic-Con International San Diego - 2016

I got a few pictures from Comic-Con in San Diego this year.


You can click here to see them.
     

What Do You Get A Tiger For His Birthday?

It's probably not a question many of us think to ask, but . . . what do you get a full-grown Malayan Tiger for his birthday present.  

Well, food is always good.  In this case, a rather large beef shank.  Maybe to add a bit of excitement you hang it from a supposedly tiger-proof stretchy-bungie-cord-thingy from a company called Aussie Dog Products.  April 2, 2016 was Connor the Malayan Tiger's fifth birthday.




It didn't take long at all for Connor to strip the several pounds of meat from that bone.


Then he decided he would rather chew on the bone in the shade of the tree, so he had to get it off the bungie, or break the supposedly tiger-proof bungie.


To give credit to Aussie Dog Products, it was strong enough to support his 300 lbs. weight while he was swinging from it, but in the end, with enough stretching and leverage by pulling it around the tree, he was able to snap it and take his bone where he wanted it.


I think this is about where I overheard a keeper say something  like "well, there goes a few hundred dollars".


Click here to see a few more pictures of Connor the Malayan Tiger from the San Diego Zoo on his fifth birthday, April 2, 2016.
      

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Header image: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola, Arizona. End image: Downtown San Diego, California skyline from Coronado Island. Profile picture: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, by Heather Baiamonte.