Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This post is a bit off topic. I was on a walk yesterday (here in Brasilia, Brazil) and I saw a cute family of owls. They consisted of two parents and two babies. The top two are the baby owls and the bottom is one of the parents. The other parent was perched up above. The babies were running around on the ground (trying to keep up with the parent) and when they would trip, they spread their wings and I could see they still had quite a bit of fluff.

On the other side of the road was another pair of owls. One was perched on the fence and the other was camouflaged in the dirt (I didn't zoom in to show how they camouflage quite well). Both were angry with me taking pictures and were bobbing their heads (like Manzi does to threaten people) and screaming. Finally, one began diving at me and I decided it was time to go. The owls are tiny little things. I think they are burrowing owls like what we have in Davis, CA.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I've hit the Jackpot

So the past two days because of the elections race (especially Proposition 8 in Ca) and other stuff, I've been watching kids for various friends. ALL the kids that came over LOVED Manzi. They ALL wanted to feed him a treat and hear him talk. Manzi seemed to be loving the attention and was not acting aggressive or overwhelmed with all the children- so I let them feed him his favorite treat. Almonds! Thus, in the last 48 hours I think Manzi has had about 20 almonds! (Keep in mind I only give him two a day at the most.) I think that Manzi caught on really quick that having kids come to visit is a really good thing. He even opened up and started saying "hello." The kids thought that was the best!

Some of Manzi's visitors.

Kids trying to get Manzi to say hello.
(The boy in the black shirt stood in front of Manzi's cage for almost an hour trying to get Manzi to keep saying hello.)

Gabriel loves to give Manzi treats.

Manzi taking a treat from one of the little visitors.
(BTW- that's dye not blood on her hands.)

Manzi enjoying his favorite treat.

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