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Hurraaaay, ZOO Nuremberg, mad squirrel - PHOTOS!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 25, 2011, 6:24 PM


Hi!

Thank you for buying mugs, people - also thanks to them (and my name day gift), I could go to ZOO Nuremberg :la:


My journey started at 9 PM, I went to Prague and at 11:55 PM, I caught a bus to Nuremberg. I got there at 3:30 AM and I went to the railway station, as it was warm and safe place to stay. I needed to wait some 5 hours on a bench like a homeless! :XD: but I had a book and I was so tired, that I also slept a bit. Then I went to the ZOO, being the first visitor again! :XD:

Of course, dolphins were the main attraction for me - all other animals are kept also in Czech ZOOs, but dolphins are real rarity for me. And ZOO Nuremberg has absolutely new exhibit for them - big outdoor lagoon with underwater window, which allows you to see swimming dolphins and sea lions, who share this home. Last time I considered myself to be a bit unlucky - only two dolphins were in the whole lagoon and they hardly came close to the window, so I took only few photos of them underwater.
This time, I saw all four dolphins in the complex of lagoon. But they almost did not enter the biggest tank, so it was impossible to see them underwater! :( they spent only few minutes in the biggest pool and they did not come close to window at all, which was a bit disapointing, because my main task of this trip was to take some underwater photos. But well... nothing is perfect :XD: and fortunately, I still have some underwater shots I took during my last trip.
  
I also noticed three things: although dolphins can enter all the pools of the lagoon complex, they prefered small ones! They were playing there, having fun, although the main pool is much deeper, wider and longer. So funny - antidolphinarium activists should have see that. For second, dolphins LOVED to take part in the training - Jenny had to be stopped, because she kept waving her flips so long, that people laughed. For third, some dolphins refused to do some tricks and nobody punished them, of course. Dolphins were asked to get out of the water - but they did not want to, so they stayed in the tank. Trainers obviously loved them deeply and they just laughed when animals made some problems :heart:

But the most funny thing I saw in Nuremberg (except of really strange people at/in (?) the railway station :XD:), was...... a TALKING squirrel. Almost everytime I visit ZOO Norimberk, I see a ginger Eurasian red squirrel on the same place. Yesterday, I walked the road and then I heard a strange sound. Bird? I thought. Or a cat? Or a squirrel? Then I saw it - it was wonderful red squirrel on a tree just above my head. Not only it was making some strange sound, it was TALKING! Have you ever heard a snarrling cat? So this squirrel had this voice of snarrling cat and it was saying "MÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ!" all the time! I took many shots of the squirrel and even when I left it, walking away, I could still hear that "mííííí" :XD:

After I left the ZOO, I went for a little walk in Nuremberg city (people who know me are surely shocked - I voluntary walked!), enjoying their automatic underground without a driver and some interesting mixture of old and very modern architecture. I also had really delicous Cappuccino :giggle: I saw funny fish product market and I bought Nürnberger bratwurst as a "sample" of Nuremberg's cuisine for rest of my family :D then I just waited on a bench again, at 0:30 AM, I caught a bus to Prague and at 5 AM, it was another bus to Brno. I got home at 8:30 and I was reaaaaaly tired, because I did not manage to sleep in a bus :roll:



So, now it is a feature for the last Kiriban (666 666, wooooooo! :giggle:) winner and then some photos from ZOO Nuremberg ;D







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ZOO Nuremberg





P.S.: my photos have not been stolen and posted here on dA for pretty long time - incredible! :XD:

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:iconriley2016:
Riley2016 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Photographer
CHEETAH!!
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olgolugo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!!!! :XD:
Dat squirrel hahaha i bet it was funny :aww: and funny :rofl:
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What an adventure!
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously, I love this Chameleon.
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
hi, dear :hug: how are you and how is your little squirrel? :hug:
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Scout is doing fine and my laptop kicked the bucket.
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
kicked a bucket? :oops:
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a phrase meaning it died on me.
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
what a pity :(
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:iconnookslider:
Nookslider Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nah, it's okay. I got a new computer out of it.
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FairyStoryteller Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
The talking squirrel XD adorable!
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hooray, you finally made it to 'my' city again, yay. :) :clap: I wish I could have come with you to visit the zoo again. I have been really busy these days, argh. Still, my family and I decided to go visit the zoo again asap cos it's actually a shame I live in this awesome city and don't go as often as I wanna. :sniff:

I never encountered that squirrel there, but a few years ago one of these cheeky red ones jumped onto my shoes and begged for snacks. ;)

Could you describe where exactly you saw that squirrel? Next time I visit the zoo I wanna start looking for it, maybe have a conversation with it. :D

I'm glad you saw all the dolphins and they goofed around so much. Your observations tally with my own, I never had the impression they didn't enjoy the training and performance of tricks. They certainly toyed around with the trainers a LOT! And they sure love the new venue and pools though I also noticed they prefer the smaller ones (sadly, underwater-photographing-wise). Maybe we should try to attract their attention by bringing some fish-shaped toys with us? It did work with Moby before, didn't it? :)

Did you see the snow leopards too? If yes, I hope they were more active than when I visited last time (they stayed hidden or slept, I wasn't amused). Did you bring photos of them too?

And what do you think of the manati-house? Isn't it gorgeous?! I just love it!!!

And you took the U3 (automatic subway) and brought some Bratwurst, that's great. I take the U3 almost every day, on my way to work and back home again. Took some getting used to, since we used to have subways with drivers for so many years. Bratwurst is delicious, but I hope you tried some Lebkuchen (gingerbread) too!!! It's the season right now, they offer all kinds of yummy Lebkuchen variations.

And yes, the people at the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) are totally strange..well, most of them are. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff I witnessed there. :sarcasticclap: I actually try to avoid going to the main railway station, I rather make detours than spending time there (although it is cozier there than outside when it's cold or raining).

Sounds like you had some decent quality time in Nürnberg. I'm happy you finally went to visit the dolphins again and that you had fun. You totally deserved it. :blowkiss:
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
hurray, many questions! :la: thanks for them - I will answer with caps lock :D and congrats on living near the lagoon, I am envious!

Could you describe where exactly you saw that squirrel? Next time I visit the zoo I wanna start looking for it, maybe have a conversation with it. :D

THIS SQUIRREL CAN BE FOUND NEAR THE OLD DOLPHINARIUM BUILDING, USUALLY BETWEEN DOLPHINARUM AND REPTILE HOUSE :D THIS TIME IT WAS CLOSER TO REPTILE HOUSE (SIMPLY THAT PAVILION, WHERE YOU CAN SEE TREE FROGS AND GREEN PYTHONS)

I'm glad you saw all the dolphins and they goofed around so much. Your observations tally with my own, I never had the impression they didn't enjoy the training and performance of tricks. They certainly toyed around with the trainers a LOT! And they sure love the new venue and pools though I also noticed they prefer the smaller ones (sadly, underwater-photographing-wise). Maybe we should try to attract their attention by bringing some fish-shaped toys with us? It did work with Moby before, didn't it? :)

I DID TRY IT! :( IN OLD DOLPHINARIUM, IT WORKED A LOT. LAST TIME (ALREADY IN NEW LAGOON), IT WORKED A BIT - DOLPHIN CAME CLOSE WHEN I WAS ALONE WITH THEM. THIS TIME IT DID NOT WORK AT ALL, DOLPHINS ALMOST DID NOT ENTER THE BIGGEST POOL AT ALL :( :(


Did you see the snow leopards too? If yes, I hope they were more active than when I visited last time (they stayed hidden or slept, I wasn't amused). Did you bring photos of them too?

I DID! I USUALLY SEE THEM SLEEPING IN THE DISTANCE, THIS TIME I HOPED TO SEE THEM ACTIVE, BECAUSE IT WAS COLDER. I TOOK SOME SHOTS :aww: THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!


And what do you think of the manati-house? Isn't it gorgeous?! I just love it!!!

OF COURSE IT IS TOTALLY FANTASTIC - WHAT A PITY THAT I DID NOT MANAGE TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THAT BIG BLUE BUTTERLY AND BLUE BIRD. IT WAS FINALLY TOO HOT AND I DECIDED TO LEAVE, AS I COULD NOT STAND IT...

And you took the U3 (automatic subway) and brought some Bratwurst, that's great. I take the U3 almost every day, on my way to work and back home again. Took some getting used to, since we used to have subways with drivers for so many years. Bratwurst is delicious, but I hope you tried some Lebkuchen (gingerbread) too!!! It's the season right now, they offer all kinds of yummy Lebkuchen variations.

I TOOK U21, I THINK, THEN U2, IT WAS FUN :D YOU HAVE SOME STRANGE SYSTEM OF TUBE, AS MANY LINES GO ALONG TOGETHER :) IN PRAGUE, LINES ONLY CROSS, NEVER SHARING THE SAME DIRECTION :D

And yes, the people at the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) are totally strange..well, most of them are. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff I witnessed there. :sarcasticclap: I actually try to avoid going to the main railway station, I rather make detours than spending time there (although it is cozier there than outside when it's cold or raining).

WELL, I THINK ALL RAILWAY STATIONS IN THE WORLD ARE THE SAME, THEY ATTRACT HOMELESS OF DRUNKEN PEOPLE WHO CAN STAY IN WARM AND SAFE PLACE THERE... BUT STILL I FELT SAFE THERE, THERE WERE WORKERS OF THE STATION THERE, SO IT WAS NICE :) I EVEN SLEPT A BIT, ALTHOUGH I AM USUALLY TRYING TO PROTECT MY CAMERA AND MONEY ALL THE TIME :D

Sounds like you had some decent quality time in Nürnberg. I'm happy you finally went to visit the dolphins again and that you had fun. You totally deserved it. :blowkiss:

YOU ARE SO SWEET! THANK YOU FOR LOVELY WORDS :hug: I HOPE YOU WILL SEE DOLPHINS SOON TOO!
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh, thanks, I will sure look far that squirrel next time I will go there. :)

I am sorry the dolphins didn't swim in the bigges pool much. I hope next time you will be luckier in seeing them there (if I happen to see them in the biggest pool more often, I will let you know).

Yay for snow leopards. I wanna see the newest pictures of them. Please?! :giggle:

Oh, yes, the temperature in the manati-venue can be a bit too much. I plan to stay long enough to catch that big blue butterfly though (on picture, not really catching it, of course).

Hmm..I think in many German cities (at least the ones I know subway-wise) there is that system of lines sharing partially same directions.

It IS safe there, as cops patrol the area very often. Once, I witnessed a guy being beaten up by a youngster and my friend and I knew where the police were patroling and we started to run towards them to let them know but they had already heard the noises of the fight and sorted it out quickly. I usually can't sleep at all while traveling. I'm weird that way. :D

As soon as I will visit the zoo again, I will toss you a message. :hug:
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GottaLoveMushrooms Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Gorgeous photos! Glad you got to go! :D
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
aw the visit sounds very exhausting, but awesome, especially about the squirrel :)
I am happy about your report, it shows again that quantity of pools/size of a pool does not matter, but the quality of care is much more important.
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
yeah! To be honest, although I trusted you and your words about dolphinarium Munster (that dolphins prefer to stay in very narrow channel), I was still surprised and a bit sad, that dolphins do not use the biggest pool of the lagoon. It is even so nicely deep! But dolphins hardly enter the deepest part. I thought they would love those 7 metres of depth a lot :(

there was a sweet moment - I saw a trainer who went to smaller pools, he knelt there. Sea lion got close to him and the trainer hugged it with obvious love, petting the sea lion, speaking to him :D and the animal just cuddled with trainer, enjoying to stay hugged and petted in keeper's arms :D
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
aw what a cute story about the sealion :aww:
Thing is, that most bottlenose dolphins in dolphinaria were captured in gulf of mexico, around the coasts, where they live in rather flat water of about 2-4 meters. So they really seem to prefer flatter water which also seems most safe of sharks or other dangers. Thats why they are probably rather "afraid" or "cautious" about the 7 meter deep pool. :XD:
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
yeah, I got the same idea, but I feel so disappointed about it... but honestly, I must say that when I saw final plans of the lagoon and I saw where they wanted to place a viewing window, I was like "Wtf? It is the most distant part of the pool, dolphins might not swim there at all!" :( I wish I was not right :(
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
true that seems to be part of the reason why they do not swim there. I wish they had a huge window as long as the one in Harderwijk. Then, a dolphin would definitely swim by there during the day :XD: but with a shorter window it is also less possible I guess.
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Mukimpo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
I think the Zoo in Nuremberg is really nice made. When I was the last time there, the Dolphin lagoon wasn't ready yet. Until now I unfortunately didn't managed to go there again... I really have to do so I think, even if they don't have hyenas *sob*
And people at Nuremberg station are always strange, it's nearly like a rule x)

Really nice shots

What do you think wich of Czech Zoos is most worth to be visited? Maybe I can reach for it one day as little aim :D Someone told me the Zoo in Plzen is very nice, can you agree? I'm just curious. Or any other Zoo you can recommend, which I'll set on my huge list of zoos to be visited :)
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
I think all the railway stations attract strange people worlwide :(

Oh, I am sorry, but ZOO Plzen is the only typical Czech ZOO I have not visited yet :( but I have heard it is nice... All Czech ZOOs are wonderful, but I would totally recommend you to visit ZOO Prague and ZOO Olomouc, they both are very nice and Olomouc has fantastic collection of predators!
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Mukimpo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
yeah, you're probably right,however in some places it seem to be worse than in others.

In Prague I was oh.... many years ago, I was in Czech Republic for student exchange, I thin I was maybe 12 or so. My host family back there asked me where I want to go, I said I would love to go to a Zoo and so we did. Unfortunately I don't remember much of it. Just some strange lift, that the flamingos looked beautiful and some in fear (for what ever, maybe I'm just too scary xD) runnig away Przewalski’s horse. xD I clealy have to revisit it one day x)
I just looked a bit around the website of Olomouc ZOO they have lots of nice pictures of their animals and I now want to visit it :D

If would be milionair I would make a tour around the world to see all the beautiful Zoos X) Right now I just collect postcards from Zoos all around the world ~ it's a start x)
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
there were terrible floods in ZOO Prague in 2002 - during them, ZOO Prague got attention of all the nation and started to be extremely popular and rich. So I advice you to go there, because it would be like visiting it for the first time ;D

ZOO Olomouc is just super!

Same wish here! :D
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Mukimpo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
it probably would also without x)

I belive you :)

So I go now to sleep and try to get tomorrow some nice shots of Baikal Seals ;)
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
lucky you, I wanted to go to Olomouc, but I am ill :/

have fun and thank you for magical seals! please, can you also take a photo of enclosure and tell me, how deep the pool is? I am obsessed with animal tanks XD
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Mukimpo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
get well soon and go when you feel better :)

thank you. I'll try my best, but don't expect anything too good. I'll try to get these information for you.

Random fact: if I say I'm going to sleep...it could still take some hours until I'm really away ^^'''
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Random fact: if I say I'm going to sleep...it could still take some hours until I'm really away ^^''' -------- I sooooo understand this! :(
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Carotierchen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student Photographer
Can't believe it. Since the new dolphin lagoon opened, you've been there two times.
For me, it just takes about an hour with the train to get there but it's been years I visited the zoo. While seeing your photos I'd love to go there again <3
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
do go, it is a crime that you do not go there, although you live so close! :rofl:
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Carotierchen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Photographer
This sounds like an order O.O
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
nope, it was a joke ;D
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Carotierchen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Photographer
Ok ^.^ But you're right, I should go there again..
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yokuns Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot for the feature! :huggle:

Very beutiful shot you take there :)
I love the first two and the last one :love:
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Shirakei Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
AGAIN that little bastard?!He stole my......Eh,I can't tell you,but he stole it!
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FloatingUkuku Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man that vulture is just amazing!

Also, sounds like an awesome trip. And considering the times the trains and busses went, also exrtremely exhausting OTL
I'm glad you could finally visit Nuremberg!
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RaiDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay for more zoo time! The story about the squirrel was hilarious. I keep looking at the picture of the squirrel and imagining it making such a noise. [Imagining because I've never heard a red squirrel before.] Then it makes me laugh. >< But I'm pretty sure that it's far from the true noise! And I love the sea lion and vulture. :3 Amazing critters.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yay you made it :la:
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Oh you got growled at by the squirrel? I had one that kept getting territorial and growling at me through the window... that was.. until i cleaved of the limb of the tree that lead to the window... he can't get up there anymore haha.
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I would understand if it was just growling, but it was really like speaking :rofl:
and oh no, I would like to have a squirrel in my window, that would make me happy!
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o.O interesting.. and no you don't want them by your window.. they go nuts... they chewed threw the wooden roof barrier, had to replace it and all

(asked my father to make sure when he did it no squirrel was inside.. but... there was one... it died eventually... i think... and then my bathroom was filled with flies....although the amount of bugspray used kept my room toxic for 1-2 days and.... killed any living insect that came into that bathroom >..< XD.. what a horrible spring)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
All of the animals are beautiful but I really love the ginger Eurasian red squirrel! Where I live in the U.S. there are only gray ones (and a few black ones). :heart:
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
and gray ones got to Europe :cries: unfortunately, because they cause death of many our red squirrels :(
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I know. :( I wish that people would realize that it is simply wrong to release wild animals into a place which is not their natural habitat. Here in the U.S. the native silver fox has been reduced in numbers by a species of red fox that was brought over from Europe. A misguided attempt to introduce every bird mentioned by Shakespeare to the North American continent resulted in an overpopulation of European starlings. Problem is that these birds are aggressive. They will invade the nests of other birds, destroy the eggs, and hatch their own in the nest.
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
sad thing :(
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lilubrownie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Was the squirrel picture the one you were saying that was talking ? haha
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
yes :D it was cute, watching me and still making ,,míííí!" :D
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lilubrownie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Awuh, haha. Squirrels are so cute ! Haha, I never knew they made noises like that :D
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Samantha-Lynn-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Bearded Vulture YAY!
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Aeraki Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That first picture... of the seal (or sea lion?)... is SO. ADORABLE. :meow:
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