I found my old checklist from my first few weeks working in the petting farm at WildLife Trails. In the petting farm area, we took care of chickens, ducks, geese, guineas,sheep, cows, goats, donkeys, miniature horses, llamas and pigs. After doing all this stuff on this list daily, caretaking for a large number of assorted animals became almost second nature to me. Within a couple of years I graduated to Senior Keeper, and I was then able to learn working with the wild animals, which were all native Georgia wildlife such as deer and elk, owls and hawks, cougars, bobcats, possums, otters and raccoons, and even snakes and lizards!
It was a very exciting job, learning about all sorts of wild and farm animals and being with them all day, but it did get pretty exhausting. I was younger and fitter then, of course, but even then, being outside in the heat, rain and cold all day, every day wore me down after a while. I was in college and my parents were divorcing, and my mental state wasn’t that great. After four years I resigned, but I will always have very fond memories of the place.
A few weeks ago, I asked some Facebook friends to challenge me with this: Name two animals for me to meld together. No dog breeds or other purebred whatnots, no imaginary animals, no cartoon characters, and don’t try to be uber-witty or I’ll just skip it. Just two animals straight out of nature. I got some terrific requests! I got so many that I asked people if they would want their hybrid finalized and colored for a donation to my pet rescue, and some peeps stepped up to the plate.
The first finalized one is what I will gingerly call the TazBee.
But wait! There’s more…
Introducing Colonel Heironymous and his adventures around our big, odd world.:) Oh, and Happy Valentines Day!