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Pop Goes the Weasel August 9, 2020

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 This is day 149 for me being home during COVID19. Happy to continue with the theme of childrens’ games and songs. Today we salute the Mustelidae, a large family of carnivorous mammals including the weasel, badger, otter, ferret, marten, tayra, sable and wolverines. “Pop! Goes the Weasel” is an English nursery rhyme and singing game. It is often used in Jack in the box toys. For those that like to sing along…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sazc2J5MO7M

Hungry, Hungry Hippo! August 2, 2020

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 This is day 142 for me being home during COVID19. At my good pal Mary Schwalm’s request I am continuing with my theme of children’s games. Since Mary’s favorite zoo animal is the hippo – here we go.  Hungry Hungry Hippos is a table top game for 2–4 players. The idea for the game was published in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll and it was introduced in 1978. The objective of the game is for each player to collect as many marbles as possible with their ‘hippo.’ These fun photos were taken at the Toledo Zoo (thanks Jeff), Sedgwick County Zoo and the Dickerson Park Zoo (thanks Katniss)). The two photos where both Mary and I are feeding the hippo is actually Henry, little Fiona’s father, before he moved to Cincinnati. RIP Henry. You were an amazing hippo. Stay safe please and wear a mask.

Red, White and Zoo – 2020 July 5, 2020

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It is day 116 for staying home during the COVID19 pandemic for us. This was a fun montage to create. I didn’t realize how many animals could be included in this red, white and blue themed photo montage. Most of the animals depicted were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Obvious exclusions are the giant panda, cassowary (above) and the arctic fox (although we used to house that species) and the red-eyed tree frog (taken at the Prospect Park Zoo). Hope you all had a very safe and happy Fourth of July. Wear those masks please.

Otterly Adorable June 28, 2020

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This is day 109 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. Still hoping that you are all staying safe and wearing your masks. My goal each week during the pandemic is to give you a few smiles. Nothing makes me smile more than otters. They are active, fun and most of all – adorable. This week’s selection of photos come from my previous visits to the Prospect Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Capron Park Zoo and the Woodland Park zoo. The animals featured are river otters and small-clawed otters. Hope they give you a little cheer. Stay healthy please.

Daddy Dearest June 21, 2020

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This is day 102 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. Tomorrow NYC enters phase 2. Woot, woot! Outdoor dining, indoor shopping, haircuts and playgrounds reopen. Not sure I will be doing any of those – but we shall see. I do hope you have been staying healthy, safe and wearing your masks. Not only is today Father’s Day but it is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. While most caregivers in the animal kingdom are mothers, there are some father’s who join in the role as caregiver. I salute all of those father’s out there in today’s photo montage. The photo above today’s salute is of my father and me. The photo was taken (circa) at the beginning of time.

Frogger June 14, 2020

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 This is day 95 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. NYC is now in phase 1 of reopening but since I am not in construction or manufacturing nothing has changed. Hope you all are being careful, staying healthy and wearing a mask. I decided to continue with the theme of games and so today I am featuring frogs in a salute to the 1981 arcade game called Frogger. I spy with my little eye, hide and seek and duck, duck goose were popular. Let’s see how you feel about frogs. GRIBBIT!

I spy with my little eye… June 7, 2020

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 This is day 88 of hanging around Casa Lobo during Covid19. Hope all of you are doing well and staying sane and healthy. I’ve been walking my dog, Mr. Pepe’s little legs off. Enjoying my recent theme of children’s games as inspiration and thanks to an idea by my friend Roni in Canada this week I feature ‘I spy with my little eye…’ Last week’s Hide and Seek and the previous week’s Duck, Duck Goose were just as much fun. “The soul can speak through the eyes, and kiss with a look.” Some experts, whose jobs require them to study faces, have observed that eyes are the window to the soul because they’re the most sincere part of the face. Enjoy some of these beautiful eyes.

Hide and Seek May 31, 2020

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 This is day 81of my being home during COVID19. Hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. Last week my Sunday montage featured a children’s game called Duck, Duck, Goose! I am continuing the theme of Children’s games this week with another popular game, Hide and Seek. Sometimes at zoos when we approach an exhibit the animal is hard to find. If you keep looking carefully all of a sudden you finally see the animal and they have been staring at you. That also happens at home with my three cats. Enjoy!

You are what you eat! May 17, 2020

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This is day 66 of my staying home during the COVID19 pandemic. So how’s your diet? What have you been eating during your time at home? Comfort food? Salt? Sugar? Too much caffeine? Alchohol? I thought I would show what types of food and treats our zoo animals eat. Perhaps modeling our own behavior after them would be a very good thing. Hope you all are healthy and staying safe.

Mother’s Day 2020 May 10, 2020

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My mother was born in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic. I wonder what she would have to say about what we all are living thru today because of COVID19…sigh. I want to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all to all of the mothers, caregivers, nurturers, pamperers, surrogates and loving coddlers out there regardless of how you celebrate the day during these unusual times. Our mother, Lillian Wolfe, is long gone, but her advice, warnings and general ‘Lili-isms’ live on in our daily lives.  She taught us to laugh at life, to think, to question authority, to march, to protest – to fight the good fight. She also gave  us our moral compass – one glance from Lillian told us instantly whether our behavior was acceptable or not – and I got a lot of glances.  My sister Terry and I remember many childhood events differently but we both agree that our mother was a  pistol. Here’s to Lillian Wolfe – she formed and informed what we are today.