Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Newsday - Give It a Swat!


Animal news stories that caught my eye this week. Not the human-animal kind, though I'm sure there was plenty of that sort of news. 
1. If you don't like something, knock it down:

Chimps at a zoo in the Netherlands didn't like a drone intruding on their monkey business, so they swatted it down. The drone was equipped with a camera that captured the ingenuity of the chimp, as well as the destruction of the drone.



I'm wondering if we couldn't train these chimps to monitor our skies. After all, they got it right the first time around. You can't argue with 100% success.

2. If you don't like weeds and underbrush, chomp it down:

Hillside brush is a nuisance, so some communities (including mine) have been creative with weed wacking work by abandoning it completely and letting goats do it for them. It's a great idea until you tell the goat, "Stay!"  

Apparently, a community in southern California hired a free-spirited herd of goats for two weeks and gave them the task of clearing away weeds and unwanted plants.The problem was that they took a break (union goats) and wandered all over the roadway. 

Ventura County Policemen were said to be "severely outnumbered."


Cherdo Trivia: I used to raise, breed and show Nigerian Dwarf goats. I think I know a thing or two about them. Let me clue you in...
  • When I told them to come, they'd stare at me and scream, "BAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
  • When I told them to get back, they'd stare at me and scream, "BAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
  • When I stomped my foot and said please move, they'd stare at me and scream, "BAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
  • When I gave them their least favorite hay, most favorite alfalfa or grain they didn't give a flip about, they'd stare at me and scream, "BAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
Armed with that knowledge, I wonder if the people who stopped to help are feeling like they are accomplishing anything? Spoiler alert: The goats will go back to the hillside when they feel like it, and in the meantime they will just stare at you people and...well, you know the answer now.


3. If you're tired - lay down:

Michael Duffey was sleeping "down below" on his boat at the San Diego Yacht Club one night, only to awake to the sound of snoring and heavy breathing. Thinking it was one of his friends crashing at his place, he went back to sleep. 

Later, he woke and once more heard the snoring. He looked over at the other bunk and saw a 35 pound sea lion pup curled up on the bed and getting his beauty rest. Duffy speculated that the pup might have been looking for his mother and so he shoo-ed it away, back into the sea. He remarked that it seemed very calm and used to humans.

I love animals. I'm jealous of Michael Duffy. I would have crawled into the sea lion bunk and taken a seal-fie.

This is my new holiday wishbone wish: I hear loud snoring and heavy breathing every night; I'm hoping to one day wake to a sea lion. 

Sorry, Hubzam, but a girl gotta have a dream.



28 comments:

  1. I read this before I went to bed. Thank You so much, what a hoot !
    When I lived in Laguna Beach we had goats on our hillside. The shepherd used to put a a fence up and they would just work on what area they were in. My children were in Elementary School and we always would check them out. They were on my hillside but the wildfire came up and over my hill and destroyed my home anyways.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Now I can't laugh - you lost your home to a wildfire? Oh, that's terrible!! Every time I see the news that wildfires are out west, I can only see the human impact. It's devastation on more than one level. I'm so sorry that happened to you.

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  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Congratulations on picking The Monkees as your "M" musical act! Ooops! I'm a month late with this comment. (Never mind!)

    You wrote:

    << I used to raise, breed and show Nigerian Dwarf goats. >>

    Preposterous! You're making that up!

    You wrote:

    << When I told them to come, they'd stare at me and scream, "BAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!"
    When I told them to get back, they'd stare at me and scream, "BAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!" >>

    Mrs. Shady and I had a similar exchange in the bedroom Saturday night. (BA-DUM-BUMP)

    You wrote:

    << I would have crawled into the sea lion bunk and taken a seal-fie.>>

    That does it! You've pushed the envelope of humor far beyond reasonable limits!

    Thanks for the amusing animal tails, dear friend Cherdo, and happy Tuesday to you!.

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    1. Ha ha ha...I like this one.

      One of my former blogs was all about critters on my faux-farm. The blog was called Simple Joys because that was the registered name of my herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. I could write continuously about the antics of goats and chickens.

      Then I added a herd guardian: a miniature spotted Sicilian donkey named Dottie. She was a character, too. Once, she stole a newborn kid and took it to the far side of the field and tried to claim it as her own. I didn't know at first because the goat had twins and I wasn't present when it happened.

      I need to do a whole post about Simple Joys for old times' sake.

      Blog post! Preposterous! I'd never do THAT!

      Happy Tuesday, Shadgerian, be safe!

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    2. >>... << I would have crawled into the sea lion bunk and taken a seal-fie.>>

      >>... That does it! You've pushed the envelope of humor far beyond reasonable limits!

      Translation: Yer gettin' even better.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. Now who's going to clean my dripping monitor, I ask you! Don't you dare scream BAAAH at me!

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    1. Well, now that you mention it...

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  4. The chimp and the drone, didn't we see that movie :)

    As for the sleeping sea lion, a friend who sailed around the world told about waking up to really bad breath being blown on him and just out of the porthole was a large sea lion looking in.

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    1. I wanted to laugh but I'm too amazed at the friend sailing around the world - how fantastic is that? Skilled, brave, and buoyant. He's got it all.

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  5. You hope to wake to a sea lion - funny!
    I imagine herding goats is a little like herding cats. At least the cats don't say Baaahhhh...

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    1. I love the goats and everyone thought mine were trained. It was just creative use of the power of food.

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  6. You can't be serious. You know what happened the last time we put apes in power!

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    1. "Get your hands off me, you filthy ape!" Ah, yes...

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  7. LOL! Love the animal stories!
    That is too funny with the goats taking over. It's funny because beagles will do the same thing as goats. My little beagle boy eats all the dandelions and weeds in our yard! The benefit of using a beagle vs. a goat is that he comes when called (if you have a treat).
    That is quite an amazing story about the sea lion! I also love the company of animals. I hear one of my beagles snoring right now and it makes me smile.

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    1. Animals make life fun, period. You can't be mad at an animal. Their antics are hilarious. What more could you ask for?

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  8. Maybe you should set your sights on waking up beside something snoring and smelling of fish. My wife dreams about waking up next to George Clooney. I've told her that if she can arrange it, she has my permission.

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    1. But Stephen, they're so dang cute!

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  9. That monkey had the right idea, and more courage than the Americonned Sheeple have. When're we gonna start taking out Uncle Scam's drones?

    Oh, wait. Never mind. I momentarily lost my head and forgot that those drones are in place to keep us safe.

    [I like how the monkey even climbed down from the tree and checked his victim to make sure it was truly dead. That's called "follow-up" or "confirming the kill". That's a thorough assassin monkey there!]

    ~ D-FensDogG

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    1. I'm telling you, using monkey intelligence may be our only hope. They're thorough, precise and follow up. What government agency can say that?

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  10. Is herding goats kind of like herding cats? So funny that the ape struck down the drone. I'm not sure I would be remotely interested in cuddling up with a seal. I'll keep my sweet hubby.

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  11. I loved that drone-chimp video. You know that things are scary when the chimps are smarter than the people, right? My dog is also fairly good at recognizing who/what belongs in our neighborhood and who/what doesn't. People don't seem to be that smart.

    When I was a toddler my mom took me to a petting zoo. I had a little black purse with a wooden handle. One of the goats thought it was food (you're right... not very discriminating) and we got into a tug of war over the purse that my mother had to resolve. She saved the purse and took a crying me out of the petting zoo. That experience scarred me... I could never have raised a goat family ;)

    How awesome would it be to nap with a sea lion pup? I'm so jealous.

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    1. Ha!-Ha! I could imagine the tug-of-war contest with the goat over your purse and it made me Guffaw-Out-Loud. That's GR-R-REAT!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  12. That's ambition, to cozy up to a sea lion! I'll make do with a cat.

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  13. I've thought about getting sheep to mow the backyard. But then there's sheep poop.

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  14. Good going, Mr. Chimp! I would've knocked down that drone too. The video reminded me of King Kong. :P

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  15. Love the chimp! he knows what to do with these drones. Now I did read it twice and blinked rather calmly with no true surprise that you raised these goats. Doesn't everyone raise goats? As for the sealfie...sounds fishy to me:)

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  16. I'm close- I have a 35 lb beagle snoring next to me every night!

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  17. I want two chimps, one to guard each door, but they have to be nice to Franklin. He's sensitive. When The Hurricane rowed crew, she said sea lions often swam up to the boat and looked in. I imagine they wondered what the idiot people thought they were doing. I get a little snoring in my house, too, but I'm usually the one who snores.

    Love,
    Janie

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo