Archive | June, 2012

AE Journal #2

27 Jun

Yesterday, I completed my second full day of my internship at Animal Embassy, and it was even better than the first day! Not only did I learn a lot, I got hands on experience. Did you know that a Reticulated Python is the longest snake in the world? Animal Embassy cares for a reticulated python (that was once a pet) that can grow to be 25 to 30 feet! That is as long as a school bus. AE sends the message to all its visitors that these exotic animals are not meant to be pets. Just imagine caring for a snake that large!

It’s not every day that you can say that you held an owl, and a red-eyed tree frog. These animals were simply stunning, and I will never forget this experience.

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Gaining this hands on experience with animals has not only been exciting, but it has reinsured my decision that this is what I would LOVE to pursue in the future. I can’t wait to work with animals all day, everyday. Gaining hands on experience is like no other. I recommend that you get out, and get active.

AE Journal #1

26 Jun

Today was my first day of interning at Animal Embassy – an exotic animal sanctuary with a wide array of animals from all around the world. As most first days, I struggled through the newbie awkwardness with the inability to complete certain tasks. This was a long day, but it was a GREAT day.

Here’s a list of all the things that I want to remember:

  • Cleaned the chinchilla cage and stroked its soft fur
  • Cleaned the cage of a sugar glider
  • Cuddled with a ferret after cleaning its cage – then it kissed (licked) my nose!
  • Bonded with the tortoises while stroking their heads and shells
  • Held a baby chick
  • Cleaned the cage of baby turkeys (poults) and held them
  • Cleaned out the fish filter – nasty!
  • Washed out a tank covered in mud and excretions – not my favorite…
  • Took a trip to the tarantula house, which helped me concur my arachnophobia
  • Went hunting for tadpoles in a fountain
  • Held spotted salamanders
  • Pet multiple snakes of different shapes and sizes

As you can tell, it was a pretty jam-packed day. Tomorrow is another day – Can’t wait!

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Hiking 101

24 Jun

One of the great summer activities is going on a hike with your best friend – your dog.  Here are some tips for when you decide to take your loyal animal out in the forest, or in a specified hiking area:

1. Make sure that your dog responds to his/her name being called – They must obey to your commands, especially in an area with other animals.

2. Training Tip: Teach your dog to stick by your side with treats whenever other hikers, or dogs, pass by on the trail.

3. Do not use extending leashes – You may be spending more time unraveling your dog from around trees and brush than actually hiking.

4. Always have a leash on standby to clip to your dog when encountering other hikers.

5. Be sure that your dog is allowed to roam free without a leash in an off-leash area.

6. Your dog must have on the proper identification tags, such as a collar or harness with your current contact information (including your cell phone number, address, and the dog’s name)

7. Check your pet’s veterinary records and make sure that his/her vaccinations are all up to date. Also be sure that your dog has been treated for ticks.

8. Have respect for your surroundings and fellow hikers, therefore please scoop up after your dog and dispose of it properly in a trash can.

9. Always have clean water handy for both you and your dog! But do not allow your pup to drink out of any streams, puddles, ponds, or lakes, because they may contain harmful parasites.

10. After your hike, look over your dog for any ticks or other insects – especially around his/her ears, belly, and folds of skin.

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A Quote: Mahatma Gandhi

24 Jun

“The greatness of a Nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated … I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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