267 posts categorized in "Wildlife"

Oct 14

Raccoon Prank

 

An earlier blog post covered the release of this year's batch of orphaned Raccoon kits. There was one event that occured at the last release, however, that was not captured in that post. During the release, one Raccon tipped the release carrier up on its edge. When a second Raccoon noticed this, he tried to investigate underneath the carrier, at which point the first Raccoon dropped the carrier down on his head.

The carrier is light plastic, so the second Raccoon was not hurt. He did look quite annoyed though. Also, I know the first Raccoon did not intentionally sabotage his former cage mate, but it sure did look like it in the moment. I took a series of photos of the event and created an animated GIF with them. Take a look and see if you think there is now a Raccoon prankster on the loose.

Raccoon-prank

- Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist


 

Returning wild animals to their natural habitat is always a very moving experience, but in the case of young Raccoons it can also be quite humorous. They are curious, but very cautious, and they explore with all of their senses. They are especially focused on their tactile sense, and they use their sensitive forepaws to investigate everything within reach.

More than forty orphaned Raccoon kits were raised at PAWS this summer, and the majority of them were released over a one month period that began on September 12. A dozen kits in total were released that night at a large, wooded wetland complex in a King County Natural Area. The Raccoons wasted little time heading for a nearby stream to turn over rocks and look for tasty morsels.

Raccoon Release

Continue reading "Return of the Raccoons" »

 

September was a very good month for three Harbor Seals in care at PAWS. Starving, orphaned pups when we first met them, the seals came to PAWS in early July. The first was from Olympia, arriving on July 8. The second pup was from Shelton, arriving the following day. The final member of the trio arrived on July 11 after he was rescued from a beach near a marina in Everett, WA. The three remained separated until they were weaned, but then shared a pool during their final weeks of care and seemed to get along well with one another.

Three Seals Set Sail

Continue reading "Three Seals Set Sail" »

 

It’s that time of year again. Migratory birds are hitting the road and heading for their overwintering grounds. But the birds aren’t just hitting the road metaphorically. In some cases they're doing it literally. That's the case with a Western Grebe who was found stranded on the shoulder of a road in Gold Bar, WA. Fortunately, he was scooped up by a concerned citizen and brought to PAWS for care.

Western Grebe

From the air, the wet pavement looks a lot like the surface of a lake or pond. The illusion is so convincing that migrating birds sometimes come in for a landing on a road or in a parking lot, not realizing their mistake until it is too late. Grebes, loons and a few other groups of water birds are so specialized for their aquatic life that they struggle to walk or even stand on dry land. They are also small winged and heavy bodied, so taking flight without first running along on the water’s surface is not possible. Even if they don’t suffer injuries in the process, a crash landing on pavement puts them in a life-threatening situation.

Continue reading "A Migrating Bird Hits the Road" »

 

Play Quingo for PAWS

Play Quingo to help the animals at PAWS!


Quingo is a fun, light-hearted trivia game with a bingo twist—play for free and support the animals at PAWS! Quingo, created by local startup Game It Forward, combines the fun of bingo with the challenge of trivia questions, and enables players to support PAWS just by playing.

The game presents players with a trivia question that has five correct answers hidden among 20 wrong answers laid across a bingo-style grid. Correct responses range from easy to very difficult, making it engaging for players of all knowledge levels. Players are awarded points for correct answers and scores can be shared through social channels.

Quingo is free to download and currently available for the iPad at the iTunes store. Game It Forward plans to develop Quingo for additional platforms in the coming year.

Download Quingo and play for PAWS!

 

 

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to save animals, because PAWSwalk is just around the corner!  

PAWSwalk2013 Protector SponsorsJoin PAWS and our phenomenal Protector sponsors, Whole Foods Market, Cowbelly Pet Photography, Canine Behavior Center and BowWow Fun Towne for a fun-filled day in the sun at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7 for PAWSwalk 2013. 

At PAWSwalk, you'll enjoy a walk in the park with your friends, family and favorite canine. There will also be great pet-friendly shopping, an interactive Kids Zone, doggie games, photobooth fun, delicious food and a beer and mimosa garden!

There's no shortage of fun at PAWSwalk, and best of all you'll be saving animals' lives.

This year, we're excited to welcome Whole Foods Market, Cowbelly Pet Photography, Canine Behavior Center and BowWow Fun Towne as PAWSwalk 2013's Protector Sponsors.

Their generous support will help us provide food, shelter and loving care for thousands of animals at PAWS this year.

We would like to thank Whole Foods Market, Cowbelly Pet Photography, Canine Behavior Center and BowWow Fun Towne and YOU for supporting PAWSwalk and helping us create a better world for the animals in our community.

Join the fun and register now for PAWSwalk 2013!

 

 

 

Grab those leashes and get ready, because PAWSwalk is almost here! Join PAWS and our dynamite Defender sponsors, Seattle Weekly and P2 Solutions, at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7 for PAWSwalk 2013!

PAWSwalk2013 Defender SponsorsGather your friends, family and favorite canines for a day of fun in the sun at PAWSwalk and help thousands of cats, dogs and wildlife in need of a second chance. Helping homeless animals is indeed a walk in the park!

This year, we're excited to welcome Seattle Weekly and P2 Solutions as PAWSwalk 2013's Defender Sponsors.

Their generous support will help us provide food, shelter and loving care for thousands of animals at PAWS this year.

We would like to thank Seattle Weekly, P2 Solutions and YOU for supporting PAWSwalk 2013 and helping us create a better world for the animals in our community

Join the fun and register now for PAWSwalk 2013!

 

 

Peregrine Falcons are known for their impressive flying skills. They are master aerialists, flying circles around their avian prey in a pursuit that sometimes culminates in a 200+ mile per hour dive at the end of which the falcon delivers the fatal blow. But these skills take time to develop, and a young Peregrine leaving the nest on his or her first flight shows considerably less airborne talent than one would expect from the species.

One such youngster ran into trouble on Saturday, July 27 shortly after she took flight from a nest ledge on the ship canal bridge in Seattle. That flight ended with her splashing down in the water below, and her parents frantically circling her in a vain attempt to lend assistance. Although the parents could do nothing to help, the commotion they caused caught the attention of a nearby boater who scooped the fledgling falcon out of the water and brought her to PAWS.

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Continue reading "A Fledgling Falcon Stops By to Dry Off" »

 

Northern Alligator Lizards are relatively common in Western Washington, but they are seldom seen due to their excellent camouflage and secretive habits. Their brown, mottled coloration allows them to blend so well with the leaf litter and woody debris in which they live that they become almost invisible to human eyes. They blend slightly less well with pavement though, so when an alligator lizard recently wandered onto the blacktop at a Toys-R-Us in Lynnwood, it wasn’t long before a concerned citizen snatched her up and brought her to PAWS.

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Continue reading "That's Not a Plastic Lizard in the Toy Store Parking Lot" »