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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Our Answer

Yesterday, I called the wildlife rehab. man, David, and was told to take the baby bird to the zoo. He wanted to identify the bird then keep it there. It was sad to see him go, but we knew it was the best thing. I knew that I didn't know enough about a bird of prey to raise one.
As soon as David saw the bird, he identified it as a Mississippi Kite. He was very excited about it and said it was a better find than a hawk. He already had one that was a little younger than ours, so he was able to put them in a box together. He said that our bird, Pete, was dehydrated and not doing so well. We had him on the wrong diet....they don't eat worms. We got to watch David feed Pete and Darryl, their bird, a rat while teaching us all about kites and what he does there at the rehabilitation association. Afterwards, we got to go outside and see the older animals that have been saved. It was so much fun and such a great learning experience. We were also shocked to find out that we could have been fined $5,000 if we had kept the kite and been caught!!! David told us that we could come back and see Pete again once he has been moved outside with the older animals.
When David was finished, he invited us to stay at the zoo for as long as we wanted. I wouldn't have chosen to go to the zoo in this heat, but I certainly wasn't going to turn down an invitation to go for free :).
You can look at Carter's face and see how hot it was out there. We reached triple digits again yesterday!
Here is the cutest monkey I saw in the entire zoo!!!
Someone hasn't been taught not to give the monkeys food, much less gum!! This monkey knew exactly what to do with this piece that he found!!!
We had the best time with the birds. There was one little white one that would dance every time we gave it a beat...humming or clapping our hands. A beautiful red one kept telling us "hello", and I was able to tape him doing it!

We woke up yesterday morning with no plans for the day and ended up having a very busy, fun day. Like I've said before, the greatest times are those that we don't plan for!!

4 Comments:

Blogger Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

Great pictures! It sounds like y'all had a great day! What a great treat to go to the zoo for free!

10:23 AM  
Blogger ~Angela (mommylawyer) said...

What a great story and experience for the kids! I'm glad you had a place to take your little foundling - a good home with care and love.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Mama Teaching 2 said...

So much fun! The children will never forget it!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Heather the Mama Duk said...

Cool. What a bonus to get a free trip to the zoo!

3:02 PM  

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