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Monday, December 5, 2016

How to Survive as a Tiny Arctic Fox - Wild Alaska - BBC

Here is a video about an artic fox looking for food scraps in Deadhorse Alaska. Had to be an interesting sight for the people working there (probably a good chance to get pictures of the artic foxes there).  I also liked how the red fox seemed to be unphased by the artic fox's visit to Deadhorse.  I don't think we get arctic foxes here in Washington (besides the ones in zoos), but we supposedly get red foxes in various areas, though they are rather elusive around here in the Seattle area (not even sure they exist in the Seattle area)..

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Arctic Fox Has a Case of the Giggles

What does the fox say?  Apparently, this one laughs (not sure if it is normal for arctic foxes, but it is funny and cute to watch).  Of course, I a sure the animal has a bunch of other things he/she can say (like barking, howling, vixen screams, etc). 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Does the Seattle area get red foxes? This is a mystery worth investigating (updated)

(Entry updated, see near the bottom of the article for the updates).
Sorry it has been a while since I have posted last.  My day job work schedule has been picking up considerably in recent months and been less active as a result.  Anyways, last month I went on a train trip to Wisconsin and Illinois and since then I have become curious about red foxes.  I remember seeing one once back when I was a kid on a door county trip to Penninsula State park when I was little (probably 3rd or 4th grade if I have to guess).  And looking back on that, it makes me wonder: do red foxes exist in my back yard here in Snohomish, Washington?
Here is a life size model of a red fox at the Milwaukee Public Museum at Milwaukee Wisconsin.  If you visit Wisconsin, you just might encounter one of these magnificent creatures camping out in the woods there (like Penninsula State Park).  Now I wonder if Washington State (specifically the Seattle area) gets foxes?  Definitely an untapped niche (not a whole lot of infomation about them here in Washington).  
In my 23 years or so living in Washington, I have yet to see a fox in the wild, though in my neck of the woods, we seem to get coyotes instead (sometimes hear them howl at night, like last night).  However I have heard about the Cascade red fox, like the one seen in the video below about a cascade red fox at Mount Rainer.

There also seems to be foxes on San Juan Island too (random short video about a red fox sighting on San Juan island):
Now the question is: does the Puget Sound area (Seattle, Tacoma, Everett etc) get red foxes?  Here in my neck of the woods, it is rural and my back yard backs up to woods, so it seems like a possible place to see a fox (though it seems like you are more likely to see a coyote than a fox here in Snohomish).  I don't know for sure if they exist around here, but I might be interested in doing a field investigation sometime and see if we do get foxes around here.  I don't have a definitive answer to this question, but I do want to believe they exist around here.  If anyone has experience or stories about foxes here in western Washington or even around the Seattle area, feel free to share your expriences.  If I have a sighting or get more information about red foxes here in Washington, I will be sure to let you know (definitely an untapped niche for anyone looking for untapped niches online).  

By the way, both the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo have Arctic Foxes.  See below:
I tried to get a picture of the arctic fox last time I was at the zoo, but it was undeveloped (it was also around the time my last windows phone was going bad too).  Will try to get a more clear photo of one next time I am there.


I think I may have recently had my first sighting of a fox near Monroe Washington, possibly marking my first time encountering a fox since moving to Washington State 23 years ago.  I was driving towards my church from Monroe Washington (going the back roads) and as I was going up one of the back roads, I saw what may have been a cross fox.  As I was driving, on the right side of the road, I saw what looked like yellow eyes and whatever it was, it took a look at my car and ran towards someone's yard (happened in a wooded area).  At first I thought it was a cat, but it definitely looked bigger than an average cat, had what look like a reddish brown body and a busy looking tail and was pretty quick at running away too.  I couldn't make out the face either (would have made it easier to tell what I saw), but it looked like it had a black face.  There are 2 possibilities of what I saw: a large house cat or a cross fox (basically a red fox with black faces instead of a red and white face)
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Random picture I found showing what a cross fox looks like.  Baically a red fox with a dark looking face and redish brown fur (source: http://www.redbubble.com/people/martinsmart/works/8387151-cross-fox-in-the-arctic)

Now I am not 100% positive it was a fox (could have been a large house cat too), but it didn't quite look like a cat and it had a bushy looking tail (more like that of a fox), so my hunch is that it was probably a fox that I saw.  I wish I could have gotten a better look at the animal or even snap  a picture of it, but I was driving and it was night time (harder to see at night).  Also, I remember there were people behind me (the back roads here in Washington are notorious for aggressive drivers who love to ignore the speed limit and tailgate people), so I couldn't really stop or slow down to get a better look. I have also been digging around on information about foxes around here and found a few things on them:

1. 2 hotspots for fox sightings includes: Mount Rainer near the Paridise area and San Juan Island (aka Friday Harbor), especially in the American Camp vincinity.
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Random picture of foxes on San Juan Island I found (source: http://www.sanjuansites.com/wildlife-in-the-san-juan-islands.html)

I haven't been to either place in a long time, but I definitely would be tempted to check both places out sometime and see if I can catch a glimpse, and possibly a picture of a fox.  Not sure when I will make those trips gain, but I probably am due to visiting both places again and will try to do so if I get the opportunity. Interestingly, one of my family friends is getting married at Roche Harbor in April and my family was invited to the wedding, so I might get an opportunity to visit San Juan Island then (though I am not sure if I will make it to American Camp or not on that trip, so a separate trip to Friday Harbor might be needed).  Also, I understand that my brother's wife is expecting to have her baby sometime in April, and if it happens on the same weekend as the wedding, that could disrupt my plans to attend the wedding (would have to stay behind for the baby instead).  However, I will definitely have to check out American Camp on San Juan Island sometime and see if I can get some pictures of the foxes there given the opportunity. Maybe even visit Mount Rainer too.  Will tentatively plan on visiting at least one of those 2 places sometime next year if I get the chance.

2. Red foxes come in 2 forms in Washington State: Cascade Red Fox and the Lowland Red Fox:
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Random picture I found of the cascade red foxes (source: http://marathi.wunderground.com/wximage/oneshotww/2303
There are supposedly at least 2 varieties of red foxes in Western Washington: the cascade red fox (you can find them in the mountainous areas of the state and it appears Mt Rainer can be a good place to see them) and they are the native kinds.  California and Oregon seem to get the Sierra Nevada Red fox (their version of the cascade red fox)  There is also a lowland variety of the red fox and is supposedly an introduced species (not sure when or how they were introduced, but they may have once been on fur farms but have since escaped or were released into the wild (I can't blame them for wanting to escape considering that animals raised on fur farms are basically under a death sentence and are eventually turned into fur coats).  I wouldn't know how to tell the 2 varieties apart, though if you are trekking into the cascade mountains (like near Snoqualime Pass on Interstate 90 or Mount Rainer) and see a fox, it is probably the cascade red fox.  Elsewhere (like Monroe or San Juan Island), it is probably the lowland variety.  Foxes also seem to come in multiple colors too, such as the classic red fox, silver fox, and cross foxes.

3. I found a range map for red foxes (see http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/maps/wa/mammals/WA_red_fox.html). Green and yellow seems to represent areas where they seem to have a presence.  Though the map was created in 1991, so the range can change over time.

4.   Northwest Trek apparently has some red foxes you can view.
Here is a random picture of the red fox at Northwest Trek.  Image source: http://www.travelthewholeworld.com/traveling-washington/north-west-trek/

Will have to go there sometime and try to get a picture of it (probably in the spring months given the extra time and money).  Same with the artic foxes at Point Defiance Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo (I think I tried to get a picture of the artic foxes last time I was at the zoo, but it was out of focus, so I will probably have to make another attempt sometime).

5. Cross Foxes and Silver Foxes seem to the most common versions of the red foxes too
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Here is another random picture of the cascade red fox.  Note that this comes in the cross fox variety (darker fur and black face).  Image source: http://pinterest.com/pin/103371753921200992/

Assuming what I saw was a fox, it seems like they often come in the form of the cross fox or silver foxes and are most active at night (probably explains why you almost never see them during the day around here).

6. There are also elusive creatures too, probably due to the presence of coyotes
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Random picture of a coyote.  Coyotes are far more common in Washington State than foxes are in my opinion.  Image source:http://catdefender.blogspot.com/2006/10/coyotes-cheered-on-by-wildlife.html

You are more likely to see a coyote in the wild in my neck of the woods than a fox, though I have heard that fox populations tend to be more scarce in areas where coyotes are present (probably because coyotes kill foxes sometimes).  In my neck of the woods, we get coyotes (I have seen them and heard them howling from time to time, usually at night) and they do seem to be keeping the foxes at bay around here. 

7. Gray fox
Random picture of a gray fox.  Source: http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/delaware/state-mammal/gray-fox

Interestingly, towards the end of November, my dad and I were throwing away pumpkins into a compost pile near the woods and my dad claims he saw what may have looked like a gray fox retreating into the woods.  He saw a tail and what looked like and animal booking it into the woods behind my house.  Ironically, I didn't see it despite being with him at the time (he or my golden retriever probably spooked it as we were throwing out the pumpkins and the fox was gone before I could notice), but he thinks it may have been a gray fox.  I wish I could have seen it for myself, but I didn't, but, it is possible that we get gray foxes too.  I wouldn't know for sure, but I could look into it and see if gray foxes exist around here or not.  Was under the impression that they come in the form of red foxes, but I could be wrong.

8.  Friends seeing foxes?  Interstingly, my brother Justin claims he may have seen a red fox in the Lake Stevens area here in Washington (just northeast of Everett) early in the morning.  I also have some friends from church that claim that they have seen foxes around here too

9.  Valleys, Rural areas and Farmlands (like Snohomish Valley, Duvall area, Carnation, etc) are probably some good to look for them. There are also lots of forests and woodlands in Washington State (especially on the west side of the mountains, though eastern Washington has more of a high desert terrain).  Western Washington is full of valleys and rural areas, and I have a hunch that if you are looking for red foxes, you might start with those.  Interestingly, Duvall and Carnation both have wildlife viewing areas where you can look for animals like foxes  (though some of them require a discover pass).  Also, the area near La Conner in Skagit County can be a good place to look (flood plain and all).

I think I am going to make an educated guess that we probably do get foxes around here.  They are rare and probably elusive too, but they are definitely those types of animals (kind of like wolves and cougars) that most of the time you will probably not see, but you know are out there.  I will be sure to add to this post if I get more info.  Interestingly, I have heard that at various sporting goods stores, you can get special whistles that hunters use to draw out predators like foxes.  When I get the extra money, I should buy one sometime and test it out and see if anything responds (not that I would shoot a fox, don't even own a gun just fyi).  I would also be tempted to get some camera traps sometime (special cameras that take pictures of things that move by it, like animals in the back yard).  I might also be tempted to buy a drone someday and explore the woods behind my house with it sometime (though I understand drones are not cheap and I wouldn't know how to fly one).  . 

Have you ever seen a fox here in Washington State?  Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.  I would love to hear your stories.  Pictures and videos of foxes are welcome too if you have them.  Feel free to like and share this post.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on foxes.  I was more or less oblivious to them till recently (the trip to Wisconsin seems to have sparked my interest in them considering that foxes are quite abundant in Wisconsin), so I am just beginning to scratch the surface on them, but I have definitely learned quite a bit about them from the web, youtube, along with talking to friends and family about them.  If you have questions, I can try to answer questions to the best of my knowledge and ability, but I probably won't know all of the answers.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Washington's live mascot Dubs energizes Husky fans

Here is a video I found on YouTube featuring Dubs the Alaskan Malamute.  I didn't actually go to University of Washington, went to Northwest University instead (basically right across the highway 520 bridge in the Kirkland area from UW), but not only did my brother Brett (and his wife) go there, but I also had some former classmates from Jackson High School that went there.  I can't say I have ever been to a "husky" game, but I might consider going to one someday given the opportunity.  Interestingly while the UW football team are known as the Huskies, they have a Malamute pose as a "husky", though I suppose Malamutes could be viewed as larger versions of huskies (like Siberian huskies, but generally bigger).  Check it out:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An eagle, a fox and my cat all getting along fine on my porch

How would you like to wake up on some winter morning and see an eagle, red fox, and a few cats on your porch?  Thiat is what happens to this lady from Alaska.  The eagle and fox both seem rather bold being on the porch (around here in Washington, foxes and eagles are a lot more elusive).  I think we might get foxes here in Washington, but I have yet to see one in the wild.  In my neck of the woods, foxes usually come in the form of coyotes.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arctic Foxes

Arctic foxes anyone?  Here is a video on youtube featuring arctic foxes at the San Diego zoo.  Interestingly, the woodland park zoo here in Seattle also has them (forgot to get pictures of them last time I was there though).

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fox Village in Zao Japan! 蔵王きつね村・kitsune mura

Here is an interesting video on red foxes.  You have heard about an island full of cats in Japan, but did you know that there is also a village in Japan full of foxes?  Who would have known?  Can't say I hae ever been to Japan, but Japan definitely seems to have some rather bizzare and interesting places like this fox sanctuary.  By the way, I might recommend keeping the volume low when watching the video as the foxes can be quite noisy.  I believe we get foxes here in Washington, but they are much more elusive here (you are more likely to see coyotes in the wild here than foxes).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"Some Dogs Just Hate Certain Words Compilation" || CFS

For you fellow dog owners here, do your dog(s) respond to certain words?  Angel responds to the name, Charlie (my brother Brett and his wife Jocelyn have a st Charles dog named Charlie).  Tucker (the golden retriever) responds to several words, like "bone", "outside", walk/rock, etc.  This video shows some pretty funny reactions, such as dogs snarling to the word Justin Bieber (don't know what the dog has against him, but it is kind of funny to watch) or Bath.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Big Dogs Playing with Babies Compilation 2015 [NEW HD VIDEO]

Who likes babies and dogs?  Here is a cute video about dogs and babies playing together.  Doesn't this video bring back memories from when you were a kid?  I remember having my first dog back in Lindenhurst Illinois (a springer spaniel named Crocket).  However, Crocket was not well behaved we ended up giving him away.  However, I have lived continuously with dogs since 1997 (first Teddy the golden retriever and now Angel the Shih Tzu and Tucker the Golden Retriever).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nothing will make you laugh harder than funny animals - Funny animal com...

Good morning everyone, here are some funny animal videos worth sharing

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Angry Birds Movie - Funny scenes

Here are some funny scenes from the new Angry Birds movie.  I haven't seen the movie yet, but I want to.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Visited thee Espresso Chalet Near Index

Hey everyone, are there any bigfoot (or sasquatch) believers here?  Who here have seen the movie, "Harry and the Hendersons"?  About 2 weeks ago, I had to go to Gold Bar for Crossmark (had to do a job at the Family Grocer).  Afterwards, I wanted to visit a coffee shop where I can have my lunch (have been on the 30/10 weight loss diet lately) and get coffee, so I went out towards Index (just a few miles east of Gold Bar) and ended up visiting the Espresso Chalet.  Interestingly, the location is well known for its appearance in the movie, "Harry and the Hendersons".  For those of you who don't know, it is a movie about a family who encounters a "friendly" sasquatch while driving on some backroad in the cascades (Stampede Pass?) and the family must cope with having a bigfoot in their residence for a while (at least till they can release him back in the wild, which leads to some crazy happenings around Seattle). 

Here are pictures I got of the place:
Here is a picture of what the Espresso Chalet may have looked like at the time of Harry and the Hendersons.  May have been a gas station along highway 2 long before it became an espresso stand.

Here is a statue of what looks like a sasquatch waving at cars as they drive by on Highway 2 along with a sign welcoming people to the Cascade Mountains.  Highway 2 quickly transition from a country highway to a mountain highway east of Gold Bar and goes over Stevens Pass and eventually goes to Wenatchee and even Spokane.  It is a popular alternate route (along with highways 12 and 410 to the south and highway 20 to the north) to Interstate 90 when going across the mountains

Here is a picture of the espresso chalet today.  It is an espresso stand/coffee shop nestled out in the woods.  This is what the place looks like today.  I actually had a picinic there myself (had a Americano, soup, and salad like I normally do). 

Another picture of the Espresso Chalet Espresso Stand.  The building to the left seems to be where the "Bigfoot Mueum" was in "Harry and the Hendersons".  Now it seems to be the back office building for the espresso stand workers.

Above is a trailer for the movie on youtube.  You can watch the full movie either on Netflix (it is currently on the listings there last I checked) or I am sure you can buy it on Amazon (see http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Hendersons-Special-Don-Ameche/dp/B000MRNWKG?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B000MRNWKG&linkCode=w00&linkId=BW3WCVC46WJYGMQC&ref_=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til&tag=rjsavjoma-20) for a link to the movie(s) on Amazon.

Foods for thought:
- I had no idea that the espresso chalet was featured in Harry in the Hendersons, but I went back and watched the movie and was able to confirm it (though it may have been a gas station at the time).
- Do real life big foots exist?  While Harry and  the Hendersons is a work of fiction, there are people that claim they have seen real life bigfoots or sasquatches and the Pacific Northwest is apparently a hotspot for sightings.  The espresso chalet even had some books and brochures that you could buy that talks all about the creature.  Personally I have never seen or heard a sasquatch, but there is that part of me that wants to believe they exist.  If you have any experiences with the creatures, feel free to share your stories in the comments section.  Like the commentators in IGN once said (on GTA San Andreas once said): I want to believe they exist, but I want to see real evidence that bigfoot is real (such as a clear photograph of one or even a video that surpases that of the Patterson film).  By the way, the Bigfoot Field Organization website specializes on bigfoots and even has a database of sightings that take place all across the US and the globe for that matter.  You can check out their website at www.bfro.net.
- While I do live in the Seattle area in present time (2016), back when the movie was made (1987), I was actually living in the Chicago area in Illinois).  Was probably about 5 years old at the time the movie was made and was living in the house I was at on Timber lane in Lindenhurst (maybe about 5 miles south of the Wisconsin border and just off of the Interstate 94 freeway).  I was in Illinois for over 9 years before moving to the Seattle area in 1994 (of course by now, my time in Washington has surpassed my time in Illinois by over 20 years).  I am pretty familiar with the Seattle area by now.  By the way, you know the exit that the family takes to go to "mount rainer", it is actually the exit for highway 522, lake city way.  I've been up and down that road on many different locations, especially between highway 2 and interstate 405.  It starts off as a boulevard arterial and makes a popular alternate route to Seattle from the east side (especially with the new 520 bridge tolls) and does have some freeway stretches between Interstate 405 and highway 2 in Monroe.  According to the DOT website, there are long term plans to upgrade the route to a full freeway between Bothell and Monroe and about 2/3 of the route is a freeway (especially with the Monroe section done), but there is still about a 3 mile gap that is a super 2 freeway and even has a stoplight in Maltby (currently the only stoplight on the road between Monroe and Bothell).  It is not clear when the gap will be bridged due to funding issues (they should widen it considering that both Monroe and Snohomish are fast growing communities and 522 is a major thoroughfare between Seattle and Monroe with congestion growing every year, especially in the afternoon commutes). 
- Espresso Chatlet can be a popular pitstop point for people heading to Leavenworth.
(more will be added later as I think of more)  

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ps - Have you seen a bigfoot or sasquatch and have a story you want to share?  Feel free to share them in the comments below. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Angry Birds Movie Trailer 4 (2016)

I was kind of debating on  whether to share this video on my video game blog or my animal videos blog, but considering that it is about birds, I thought I would share it here.  Who here has played any of the "Angry Birds" games?  I remember playing the Google Play version a few years ago where you play as the angry birds and defeat villainous pigs by destroying their structures.  Anyways it looks like the franchise is about to get their first animated film.  Check it out

EXCLUSIVE: 'Finding Dory' Trailer

Hey, have any of you seen the first "Finding Nemo" movie.  I remember seeing it when it came out in theaters. Now in 2016, Finding Nemo's official sequel is about to come out: Finding Dory.  It is supposed to take place sometime after the events of the first movie and focuses on Dory.  Here is the trailer for the movie below.

By the way, who is excited for this movie.  Marks the first official sequel in the Finding Nemo series and will definitely be interesting to watch.  Lots of cool movies coming out this year.  Last week I saw Captain America Civil War.  Finding Dory will probably be a hit for  the children considering that Disney movies usually have kids as their target audiences.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pictures from the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim back in September

Hey everybody.  I am sorry for not posting these pictures sooner (working almost full time lately between Crossmark and Advantage Sales and Marketing).  Anyways, my birthday falls on the 26th of September every year, and my family usually does something special to celebrate my birthdays.  I turned 33 years old this last year and do you know what I did: went to the Olympic Game Farm.  It was actually a surprise and I didn't really know we were going there till we got to Sequim.  It was actually one of 3 things we did, along with visiting Port Gamble and even having dinner at Port Townsend afterwards. Anyways, while at the Olympic Game Farm, I was sure to get a bunch pictures while I was there with my windows phone.  These pictures below are not all of the pictures I took, but I picked them out of the bunch I took.  For those of you who are not familiar with the Olympic Game Farm, it is basically a Wildlife Safari style zoo park located along the Olympic Penninsula near Sequim and houses a wide variety of animals.  Interestingly, at one time, it housed retired animal actors after they stopped appearing in movies (such as Disney movies).  Not sure if they still have animal actors or not (I was told most of them have passed away from old age over the years), but they still have a good number of animals you can see.  Generally it is basically a "drive through" park where visitors can drive through the park and even feed animals with the foods they give you to feed the animals.  Plenty of animals to see, including wolves, elk, bears, bison, moose, goats, sheep, and even a variety of birds. 

Here is a picture of the general route my family took going there, taking the Edmonds Kingston Ferry and driving out to the Olympic Penninsula. 
Picture of the Olympic Game farm sign near Sequim.  Found this picture on Flickr.  The park is a short drive north of downtown Sequim.

Arriving at the Olympic Game Farm park

Here is a picture of my folks at the park.  I like how the zoo has pictures of random animals on the side there.

Picture of a grey wolf "smiling" for the camera.  Apparently, these wolves are tame enough that zoo keepers can walk them on leash.  Food for thought.  Do wolves live in Western Washington? My understanding is that they are being reintroduced in various parts of Washington, most notably on the Olympic Penninsula and in Eastern Washington.  Personally I have never seen a wolf in the wild here in Washington (besides the ones in zoos) and apparently there have been sightings of them in Western Washington (see http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/reporting/sightings.html) for a map of reported wolf sightings), but I am not sure if they exist in Western Washington or not (though they do seem to be more common in British Columbia Canada).  However, in my neck of the woods, wolves usually seem to come in the form of coyotes.  I have seen coyotes on various occasions, most recently while driving towards Monroe yesterday (one crossed the road and went into the woods as I was driving) and you can hear their howls, usually late at night.  Do any of you have any wolf sightings worth sharing?  I would love to hear it. 

Picture of european fallow deer at the Olympic Game farm.  They are quite common there and love food hand outs you give them.

picture of a deer trying to keep up with my dad's truck as we were driving (yes we were in a pickup truck during the tour).

Entering the area with buffalo. Like other animals,  they love hand outs and will try to reach for them with their long tongues.  Interestingly, the park recommends people do not stop in that section, but they can definitely slow down traffic when out and about and will approach vehicles for food handouts. 

Picture of an elk at the game farm.  They share the same habitat as the buffalos.  Interestingly, they do seem to exist in the wild here in Washington (outside the park) and I have seen warning signs of elk crossing on various highways and freeways throughout the state (most notably on highway 101 along the olymic peninsula and on interstate 90).

Not sure if these are wolves or coyotes.  The park seems to have both kinds of species.  They look more like wolves than coyotes to me though

Picture of a grizzly bear at the Olympic game farm.  Apparently, he is the bear that will "wave you good bye" according to the commercials.  In western Washingtion, I have never seen a grizzly bear in the wild, but I have seen black bears on at least 3 occasions.  One time I even saw a bear when driving down the hill in my neighborhood (he literally ran across the road while my mother was driving towards town running errands).  Grizzlies do seem to exist in the cascades though, especially at north cascades national park along highway 20 near Ross Lake. 

Me getting a selfie with a grizzly bear out the window

Another picture of the grizzly bear

Yes, there are zebras at the Olympic Game farm.  Apparently there are lions, red foxes and coyotes too.  Never saw the lion though and forgot to get pictures of the coyotes and foxes (phone ran out of batteries though).
Well that is all of the pictures I took.  I am sure you can find more pictures of the park on the web.  By the way, the Olympic Game Farm does have a website you can visit.  You can check it out at http://olygamefarm.com/.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I am planning to do another visit sometime this year (probably the Woodland Park Zoo) and will try to get more pics whenever I go.  This visit actually marks the second time I visited the Olympic Game farm (went there one other time towards the end of my college years while attending Northwest University).

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Close Encounters of the Giant Kind

How would you like to encounter a massive whale like this diver did?  Never done anything like it before, but this diver got a very close encounter with a right whale. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Incredible Timelapse of Birds nest video

Here is an interesting video featuring a birds nest.  Interestingly a bird lays eggs and flies away.  Sadly, a snake enters the scene too and eats the eggs.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Farm Animals Compilation

Hey, who here lives out in rural areas in the United States or America.  Do any of you consider yourself "hillbillies"?  I am not quite a hillbillie type (lived in the suburbs most of my life), but here in Snohomish, you are pretty much in a growing small town (just south east of Everett) and you are never far from farm lands or ranches (there is even a valley full of farm lands you cross when heading towards Snohomish from Mill Creek).  Who here has farm animals (such as horses, cows, pigs, donkeys, chickens, etc)?  I never owned any farm animals myself, but do know people who have horses and sometimes even cows. 
Here is a picture of some alpacas at Remlinger Farms at the Fall Festival near Carnation.  Remlingers is definitely one of the more popular pumkin patches to go to in my opinion in Halloween season.  If you have never driving on highway 203 between Monroe and Fall City here in Washington, it is a very scenic route going through the small towns of Duvall and Carnation and transversing much of the farm lands in the sky valley and can make a good alternate route going to the Issaquah and North Bend area from Snohomish (as opposed to taking Interstate 405 to 90). 
  Here are some videos you might like:
Farm animals compilation by Tony Crossfil on youtube - here is a video showing off various farm animals he has
2. Day in the life of a west Texas cowboy - interestingly, my grandfather on my mom's side (Joe Shackelford) used live in west Texas as a kid (long before moving to the Sacramento area back in the 1920s and 30s), so he was probably familiar with that kind of lifestyle.  I live a long ways from Texas, but Eastern Washington and even Montana is likely to make you feel like you are in cowboy country, full of farm land, deserts, mountains and even farm animals
3. Horses up close
4. Baby Cows

Are you more of a dog person or cat person?

Hey, who here has pets?  Do you have dogs, cats or both?  I currently live with 2 dogs (sometimes 3 when my brother Brett is around, he has a st Charles caviler) and never owned a cat.  I don't mind cats myself, though sadly I am allergic to them (sneeze a lot, itchy eyes, etc and sometimes even the mere presence of them can trigger my allergies, especially when 2 or more are present), so owning one would be difficult.  Though I've known people that have had both.  Even my Aunt Linda from Sacramento owns several cats at her house.  I've also known a good number of people who own dogs too.  Even some of my neighbors own some dogs too (for example, the people next to my house have a black lab named Jake).  Here are some videos I found on youtube that shows off some dogs vs cats:

1. FUNNY DOG and CAT Videos Cats vs Dogs Compilation by Human Fail
FUNNY DOG and CAT Videos Cats vs Dogs Compilation
2. Tucker the golden retriever at the dog park (video of my dog at the Lowell Dog Park in Everett)

3. Dogs vs cats conversation - here is a video about these dudes doing a debate about dogs vs cats
4. Here is another dog vs cat compilation video - aw, isn't that sweet with the black cat and the lab together?
5. Cats can be curious - here is a funny video compilation that America's Funniest Video posted a few years ago about curious cats.  Pretty funny video to watch

Well, that is all for now.  There are plenty of other videos you can watch about dogs and cats, but you can find more on youtube.  By the way, are you a dog person or cat person?  Do you have experience having both kinds of pets?  I am more of a dog person myself, especially after owning several dogs since my high school years.  Feel free to leave a comment below sharing your experiences

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cats vs Balloons

Friday, April 1, 2016

Coyote and Road Runner

Here is one for those of you who are Looney Tunes fans like I am.  Here is a real life rendition of a coyote and road runner.  By the way, when I went to Moab last summer, the scenery definitely reminds me of what you would see in the shows

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Stray Dogs vs Laser Pointer on Stupidvideos

I was browsing some of the latest animal related videos on Stupidvideos and here is a video I found pretty funny.  I am sure that we all know that dogs and cats can get pretty funny when it comes to laser pointers.  Now in this video, imagine a pack of dogs chasing after a laser pointer.  Very funny to watch.  Note: I don't know what breeds they are.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dog Sledding with GoPro

Dog Sledding anyone?  Here is a go pro video showing people going dog sledding.  I can't say I have ever gone dog sledding before myself, but it might be fun to watch a dog sled race or event someday.  Do remember seeing those sled dogs in Skagway back in 2010 though.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Boomer In...THE BALL PIT

Here is a funny video showing a cat playing in a small ball pit.  Funny to watch

Kittens Who Haven't Learned To 'Cat' Yet

Kitten fun anyone?