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I Forgot to Remember to Forget

I fell down this weekend and I could tell at the time it had irritated my old rotator cuff injury - as of this morning, I KNOW it has. Ow. My arm hurts doing simple things, like putting on socks.

Do cats know instinctively that you have to go back to work the next morning? *yawn*



This is, sadly, the best of the lion pictures from MGM, of the boy lions having fun:


Ducklings at the Mirage:


Daddy dolphin, at the Secret Garden, from underwater (I like the way the flash reflects in the glass here):



Mama and Baby Dolphin, moving fast:




Pacing white tiger:









The main problem with photos from the Secret Garden is the fences, of course; but some of the white lion came out well. Here he is pacing:










Here he is roaring:



Here he is rubbing himself up against his wall, just like a cat...



Here are some leopard spots (he would not stand still!):



White tiger at the indoor habitat:






That seems to be it for this one - next entry will have the rest.

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cornerofmadness
Aug. 7th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
note to self: go to secret garden next time. Great pictures
wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

It's small, but it's really well kept. I think we got so much active pacing because it was almost closing time (and therefore, almost feeding time!).

cornerofmadness
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
something else to remember
cornerofmadness
Aug. 7th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
oh and forgot, hope your arm gets better soon
wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You can find out all about 'em at Siegfried & Roy's lion site...
ljs
Aug. 7th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Poor K! I hope your shoulder heals quickly. [hugs]
wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I have to go back to taking the fish oil every night, I think. I don't know if it's a placebo or not, but it seemed to work...

wisemack
Aug. 7th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Owie, hon - hope your arm gets better very soon.

Yes, cats know all. ;)

And whoa, a white lion? Does he have blue eyes, and could he possibly be the lion who's currently appearing in a commercial on tv? (I'm assuming that white lions are a scarce commodity.) And although I've only seen the ad once, the said lion and his big baby blues are unforgettable.

wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I figured they did. I have been assured they're all over me because they missed me, but sometimes I wonder...

I haven't seen that ad... I apparently don't watch ENOUGH television! *g* There's information on the White Lions at Siegfried & Roy's website; they are the White Lions of Timbavati, who are normal, healthy lions in every aspect (including yellow eyes), they just happen to be white. I have a book on them from the mid-70's, when they were "discovered" in Timbavati - Siegfried & Roy have a complete breeding and preservation program going, since of course white lions can't survive in the wild.

The book is by Chris McBride; don't know if it's still in print.

I've been deeply in love with white lions since I was a little girl (I blame Kimba), so took a very large number of shots of the male, since I rarely have gotten the chance to see him active. Usually he's just posing.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Hmmm... the lion in the tv commercial (for some sort of beauty product? I can't even remember) features a girl in white and the white lion, and both have intensely blue eyes, which I now realize might be the result of Photoshop. I need to keep this here modern tech stuff in mind. Silly me. (Besides, only Hugh Laurie's blue eyes are really that blue, and nothing will convince me otherwise. Heh.)

Never saw a white lion but remember well the excitement when the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans got its first white tiger back in the early 80s. My friend Kathleen and I took our girls who were wild with excitement. The tiger was quite a beauty and a good showman, too, treating the children to the sight of a very large cat swimming leisurely around and around his pool, and then stretching waaaaaaaay out for a nap on a sunny ledge. He wa spectacular, and if the rugrats hadn't been forcibly restrained, they'd have been OVER the rail and in the water with him! Good times!
wildrider
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
I finally read through the white lions page over at S&R's - not a lot of information! There's much more playing regularly at the Mirage, when you stand and look at the tigers in the indoor habitat, on the televisions they have running there - I think that stuff is on DVD, but I'm not sure. I'd have to look around at the Mirage's website and see what's available.

I do love the big cats, and the white ones have always made me unreasonably happy. One of my favorite characters that lives in my head could turn into a white lion (and when I adapted him to another universe, he became a snow leopard).

typographer
Aug. 7th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ouch! :(

Yes, cat's know all sorts of things about us. :P
wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
It's often more annoying than painful, but it was painful this morning.

Cat's what? (Sorry, that apostrophe thing! *g*)

sillymagpie
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Yipe! If your injury doesn't clear up soon, go to the doctor.

Lions get lion-sized chew toys! Eeeee!

I have to see the Secret Garden.
wildrider
Aug. 9th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Well, I'll be seeing him Monday morning, anyway, for the pre-op EKG, so I'll mention it - in the meantime, I'm getting a massage tomorrow.

It was really cool watching them play with the chew toys - one fellow dropped his into the pool just above the waterfall when he stopped for a drink. We watched him drink for a while, then he started to dig around in the water until he fished his toy back out. It was VERY cute. It occurred to us that it was just about two years ago that mom and I posed with those lion cubs - one of these boys could have been the same one!

If we can work out a gang trip to Vegas, that would be cool. We could stay someplace cheap, off-Strip, and just walk everywhere (provided we go in November, when it's really nice to walk around there!).

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