Author Archives: Merry

What Animal Ate my Mango?

Or, Possums, Raccoons and the Hazards of Tropical Fruit Trees in Florida! We have a beautiful mango tree that so far has brought only one mango a year to fruition. This I pamper for several months, investing gallons of water … Continue reading

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The Owl Across the Street

About a week ago my husband and I stopped by to visit my Aunt Margie in Jacksonville. The plan was to take her out to dinner, but she stepped outside without her keys and we were locked out instead. Ed … Continue reading

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Hyena Makes a Good Companion?

I met a zookeeper one time who told me an interesting story about a hyena. I have to admit I’ve always been a little repelled by these animals. I thought of themas being  grotesque scavengers, emitting that hideous laughing sound … Continue reading

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Bo Obama

Bo seems like the perfect name for the Obama’s new pet, a Portugese Water Dog. I’m amused by the idea of a dog moving into the white house, clueless as to the importance of his new home and owners. I’ve … Continue reading

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New Amphibians Discovered

Madagascar is at the top of my list of countries to  visit. This is because of the animal life, unique to this island country. All those amazing chameleons and lemurs – Wow! But now they’ve come across some new amphibians. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Frozen Baby Mammoth

I read the most incredible article in this month’s National Geographic.  It was the story of the two reindeer herders who came across a baby mammoth carcass in Siberia back in the spring of 2007. What was unusual about this … Continue reading

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Honey Bees in Spring

Whenever I see a honeybee on a clover, I breathe a little sigh of relief. One of my relatives on the other side of Florida once mentioned to me that she planted a garden which never produced any squash. Anyone … Continue reading

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Hissing Cockroaches Make Oddball Pets

Most people have heard of the hissing cockroach. There area people who swear by them as calm, good-natured pets. I have my own opinions on cockroaches of the American persuasion, but I know little about these creatures from Madagascar. Except, … Continue reading

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A Very Old Octopus

There’s a very recent report of fossil Octopi having been discovered in rock! This is terribly rare, since the death of an Octopus normally results in complete disintegration of the boneless body. This is an exciting find for the paleontology … Continue reading

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Welcome the Praying Mantis!

The praying mantis is the gardener’s friend. It’s a good thing we like them around, because they are formidable and scary enemies of just about every bug. They can turn their heads 180% when they’re looking for their prey, where … Continue reading

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