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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!

Duck, Duck, Goose! May 24, 2020

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 This is day 74 of my staying home during the COVID19 pandemic. Trying to keep healthy, upbeat and busy is a daily challenge. Looking at baby animal photos always makes me smile so I share with you today some of the adorable ducklings and goslings that were born and raised at my home base, the Central Park Zoo over the past few years. Hope they put a smile on your face too.I had the honor and joy of documenting these delightful little ones. Since some of you will ask, here are the names of the species featured today. Ducklings: Baers Pochard, Falcated, Pink-eared, Long-Tailed, Marbled Teal, Pacific Common eider, Red-breatsed Merganser, Smew, Harlequin, Ruddy, Garganey, Scaly-sided, Argentine Ruddy, Black, Barrows and Mandarin. Goslings: Swan and Emperor Goose. To my bird nerd friends out there – I might have missed naming a few. Mea culpa in advance. Stay healthy please.

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.

Zzzzzz’s April 19, 2020

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Do you find yourself catching some extra Zzzz’s these days. Are you bored? Are you yawning? This is day 38 for me staying at home as a non-essential person. Hats off and loud cheers to all of the essential folk out there. I appreciate your heroic and difficult efforts during this COVID19 pandemic. So what have I been doing? I have brought out my art supplies and hit the drawing board which feels pretty good. I am a bit rusty but other than my three cats and a dog, who is going to judge me? I keep in touch with the heroic zookeepers and education staff at the Central Park Zoo who are keeping everything going. I check in on my sick friends daily. I text a lot, enjoy some face-timing with family and friends and get and send many silly memes which always make me laugh. I try to reach out via telephone to two people a day and have longer chats than usual. Of course there are always dog walks. I read the newspaper – even the articles I am not very interested in. Am I bored? Not really. But I thought these yawning photos of animals might make you smile – and we all can use that. Stay safe out there.

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits April 12, 2020

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A very Happy Easter to all who celebrate even though this year will be very different as we are still hunkered down during this COVID19 pandemic.

Rabbits are the ‘go to’ animal during this holiday. See if you can spot some of these breeds in today’s photo montage: Himalayans, Belgian Hares, Flemish Giants, Holland Lops, Giant Chinchillas, Dwarf Hotots, Harelquins, Thriantas. Oh – the top photo includes photos of my sweet compliant pretend rabbits Benny the Dog, One-eyed Jack, Mr Pepe and of course Roberta the cat. We have never had a bunny at Casa Lobo so this is the closest we could get.