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Bitten by a squirrel + funny ZOO Vienna - PHOTOS

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 24, 2012, 12:20 PM


Hi :D

I used my a bit higher (but still pathetically low) self-confidence to meet another dA member - this time it was Shadow-and-Flame-86, lovely young scientist from Scottland, where she studies marine mammals! It was just perfect, she is very nice person, we had fun (at least me :giggle:). I am really glad we met and could chat a lot about her work, ZOOs and animals in general :aww:

What was the biggest attraction? Giant pandas? Wolves?
No! Those were squirrels :D
ZOO Vienna is totally full of wild but tame squirrels. And by full I mean that they are everywhere in a forest part of the ZOO! People feed them with nuts, so they come VERY close to you, they even run to humans, following them and begging :lol: I was ready for this and I prepared a sack of wallnuts for me and Shadow-and-Flame-86 to have some fun. It was amazing :D one squirrel bit me when she took a nut from my fingers - I was rude to hold it too tightly, I think XD other squirrel climbed me chest, other one my bag and I got one on my head! :laughing:

Also, wild great tits are tame too, we just put some nuts on our palms and birdies came, sitting on our hands, getting nuts from us :D that was so sweet :aww:

The weather was bad for photos, so I have only some new red panda shots - but , squirrels and birdies were such fun! :D


Thanks for meeting Shadow-and-Flame-86, I hope I will see you again :hug:



Shadow-and-Flame-86 feeding a tame wild Eurasian red squirrel :D
And then there are some new photos from Vienna ;D


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:iconrebelwolfchris:
rebelwolfchris Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Red panda is a STUNNING shot!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
squirrells > all other zoo animals in zoo Vienna! :la: :iconsquirrelsplz:

I had an amazing time too! It was so much fun with all the 'wild' animals coming up to you, I'd never done anything like that before so its was one of the highlights for me too ^-^

I love that last sea lion shot :love:

I haven't even uploaded my photos yet... that is tonight's job!
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hatshere Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
That sounds like an amazing day you had! :D
I'm glad you day was filled with happiness ^-^
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DezzeShattered Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I want your job!
Can you share?
x3
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SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember I got bitten by a chipmunk once while I was feeding it because I made the dumb mistake of trying to pet its back and ended up squeezing it a bit by accident. It didn't like that and bit my finger. I immediately ran into the cottage to run water over the bite and I was fine. I still feed the chipmunks when I'm at the cottage.
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:iconshadowofnightmares27:
Aren't you worried about potential rabies if the squirrel bit you?
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Seeing that squirrel taking a nut reminds me of my late squirrel, Scout.
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lenslady Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!!! Excellant pics as usual.............always enjoy your work.
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KIARAsART Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool :D. Sound like you had fun! How did you like the zoo Vienna overall? Exhibits for the animals and possibilities to take photos.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
hi :D I have been to Vienna ZOO several times, this was not my first visit :D to be honest, although I know this is very high-ranked ZOO, I do not like it that much. It is too park like, and those precisely cut trees and bushes, perfect colour stylisation make me feel uneasy. I prefere Czech style of ZOOs - I think they are better at breeding, they have larger and more natural and more photographer-friendly exhibits. And also, ZOO Vienna is usually totally crowded - which means that you need to WAIT in a queque to get close to the viewing window and when you finally get there, there are people behind you, wainting too, so you do not have the best feeling when you want to stay and take photos :XD:

they have some interesting species, but: wolves are under trees (terrible light for photos), jaguars (very dark exhibit and jaguars do not pose at all), tigers (but there are many people around the only small viewing window), lions (but there is fence in the background), giant pandas (but they usually do not pose), humming birds (but they keep themselves far from people). They have also aquariums, but they keep the species I do not love that much.

And some exhibits are REALLY small - for example exhibit for giraffes is not acceptable at all in my eyes.

So yeah, interesting ZOO, but in my eyes, it is far worse place for a photo visit than almost any Czech ZOO... and that's also why I loved wild squirrels so much ;D
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Ren10sei Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, the squirrels in vienna are really tame ... especially those ones in the vienna zoo. But it's quite funny to watch them. The crows are really interesting too - they are really clever to get their food from the people ... sometimes they steal it. XD
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shots, and nice to see Shadow. Wish you hadn't mentioned tits. I've been thinking of tweeter birds (what I call small birds that go tweet) lately and now I'm going to have to find some sparrows being cute.
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you had fun with Shadow. That sounded like a fun day. No photos of the wild tits? I like little tweeter birds. Far better than pigeons. I seldom catch them with my camera though. And no photo of a squirrel on your head? :( LOL
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Klutz80 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh! The squirrels there are sooo skinny!! The ones here in PA USA are so fat because everyone feeds them. I had one jump on me and scratch my neck over the summer, now I'm scared of them!
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
If I was there I would have eaten all the walnuts myself :lol:
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
you would not, the squirrels would not allow you to do so :lol:
and we spoke about you with Shadow :giggle:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
They wouldn't have much of a choice, I'm stronger and am immune to rabies. . maybe :lol:
Oh? Better have been all good things. . like picking up dead fish and throwing them at pelicans at the zoo :laughing:
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
there are good things... ? :confused:

I had no idea :laughing: :la:

**runs off to hide behind the squirrels**
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lies all lies, you had an idea! :lol:
Although I must say it's kind of curious to think what could have been said about me but I assume it can't all be that bad otherwise you would have stopped talking to me long ago :lol:
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
mwhaha I can't really remember to be honest... I think we talked about the drink Woxys gave you on your visit because she couldn't get hold of any for me!
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Ahhh yeah burcak, such a shame she couldn't get any because it's very nice :)
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
DO NOT SPEAK ABOUT DEATH FISH, AAAAAAARRRGGGG! XD
yup, we said all the bad stuff about you, we did not forget anything :lol:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haahaaa sorry I know you love fish :hug: :lol:
Ohhh greeeeeat I hope you didn't forget anything :laughing:
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:iconpale-recluse:
Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL! Nothing worse than smelling of nuts around squirrels, or salmon around house cats.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haahaa ohhh yeah I would have had rabbid squirrels after me :lol:
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:iconpale-recluse:
Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
But there's nothing worse than a jealous evil eye from a house cat who smells salmon on your breath.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah I guess that's right, pretty nasty getting the evil eye from a cat :lol:
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:iconpale-recluse:
Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Because they will cough up a hairball in your favorite shoes.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Great photos--all of them! Those squirrels are pretty cheeky, aren't they? :)
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larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
the gorgeous blue bird is wonderful!

i love feeding squirrels, the one at the botanic gardens park in glasgow, scotland, are just wonderful for feeding. they love peanuts :D they will climb on you just for a treat :D
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TheTellerofStories Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My friend told me this story of going to Washington DC, the capitol of the United States. Well, anyway, she was there on a school trip and a squirrel was chasing her friends, chittering at them. She sent a picture of it sitting on someone's backpack, tail poofed out and looking insane.
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FefaGriffin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once I fed squirrels too! It was in Montreal tho...
But there was like, some ceral cookie left because no one wanted to eat and I saw some people giving nuts to the squirrles and why not?
So even clibed my legs to get the cookie hahaha But they weren't veery nice, once they got the cookie, they run off XD
But it was fun :D
I did it until I saw a guy taking photos of me and the squirrels and I was sudently scared of the guy and I went away o.o'
OH and btw, lovely photos!! 8D
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
At first I was worried, not so anymore. :pat: Awesome story, beautiful pictures. I would have wanted to go nuts with those squirrels and birdies too (pun intended). :squee: :D
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Sainja Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
The photos are great! I am from austria and I used to visit the zoo very often and you had really good luck that the animals where this much active! (they always are when the weather is bad)
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CATSr2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
"Also, wild great tits are tame too" << Um, is 'tits' a typo????? xD Glad you had fun. :D
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
no, it is not a typo ;D

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CATSr2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
So it's a chickadee. My new favorite animal. xD
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
nope :giggle: chickadee is only one species of tits :giggle:
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CATSr2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Well, either way. It's an awkwardly named bird, that is now my favorite animal. xD
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Dragongirl269 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fun! I would love to feed squirrels and birds :D
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FairyStoryteller Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I understand you had a great time there ^^

Dear, I think you forgot to put your signature on the ippo photo. At least I can't see it.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
oh, thanks, I forgott :(
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FairyStoryteller Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
^^
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The squirrel wasn't rabid, was it? :worry:
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
well.......... pray for me :rofl:
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Get your shots, then I will pray. :pray:
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
:rofl: do not worry, it was not a bloody bit :D squirrel just wanted a nut, she did not want to hurt :D
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay. XD
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dark--miracles Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! :love: I would love to feed squirrels some time!

And amazing pictures as always! :)
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