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Save The Bees!

Published April 6, 2021 by tindertender

It’s almost spring! That means the bees come out. If you see a huge cluster of bees, call a beekeeper. Do not call a bee exterminator please. The bees are not hostile. They have no eggs or honey to defend when you see them like this.

They’re stopping for a quick break.

Please don’t spray them. Contact a beekeeper and they will come out and take them! Swarms will soon be popping up across the state! They’re just looking for new homes, let a beekeeper rehome them for you!


(You can Google or search Facebook for beekeepers in your area.)

“Imping” of a Red-Tailed Hawk

Published April 6, 2021 by tindertender

A flightless red-tailed hawk was brought to the Gladys Porter Zoo recently. It appeared to have been caught in a fire and looked more like a porcupine than a bird of prey. All of its primary feathers and most of its tail were badly scorched, leaving only the shaft. Knowing that it might take a year or more for the bird to go through a natural molt and grow new feathers, the Zoo’s Animal Health Department staff went to work. The goal: restore this magnificent animal’s ability to fly.

Another rescued red-tailed hawk (brought in blind in both eyes and subsequently euthanized) provided donor feathers. These were carefully removed and laid out in proper order. The patient was then put under anesthesia. Using a process called “imping,” the ancient art of feather replacement used by falconers for centuries, each donor feather was meticulously dowelled and glued with epoxy onto the existing feather shaft.

After two sessions lasting two-and-a-half-hours each, the hawk is sporting a complete complement of plumage. Its first test flight was a success. To top it off, on its first, newly-flighted, night, it captured its own prey.

With a new lease on life, the hawk, affectionately named “Rakowski” after a local Texas Game Warden, is scheduled for release in two days.

The Animal Health Department at the Gladys Porter Zoo is the principal wildlife rehabilitation unit for the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Its wildlife rehabilitation involves caring for injured, ill, and orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing each into its natural habitat. Animals are brought to the zoo by private citizens, animal control officers, or Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Wardens.

Photos by Alex Olvera, Vet Tech

Governing Stupid People

Published March 31, 2021 by tindertender

You know, what is sad about this, is the people aren’t really stupid. They are innocent in a large part, and trusting. That poor chicken. Many times he tortured an animal or person to prove his “superiority”.

On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen.

Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, with the other he began to systematically pluck out its feathers. As the chicken struggled in vain to escape, he continued with the painful denuding until the bird was completely stripped.

“Now you watch,” Stalin said as he placed the chicken on the floor and walked away with some bread crumbs in his hand. Incredibly, the fear-crazed chicken hobbled toward him and clung to the legs of his trousers.

Stalin threw a handful of grain to the bird, and it began to follow him around the room, he turned to his dumbfounded colleagues and said quietly, “This is the way to rule the people. Did you see how that chicken followed me for food, even though I had caused it such torture? People are like that chicken. If you inflict inordinate pain on them they will follow you for food the rest of their lives.”

The way I first heard this, Stalin had used the term “stupid people” but I missed that meeting so I can’t say for sure.

Stay inside.
Shut your businesses down.
Do as you’re told.
We will take care of you.
Here’s $600.


Just A Dog …

Published March 30, 2021 by tindertender

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure and unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.

Because of “just a dog,” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog,” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man/woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile–because they “just don’t understand.”

Life on Earth

Published March 30, 2021 by tindertender

“Before I was six years old, my grandparents and my mother had taught me that if all the green things that grow were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all the four-legged creatures were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all the winged creatures were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all our relatives who crawl and swim and live within the earth were taken away, there could be no life. But if all the human beings were taken away, life on earth would flourish. That is how insignificant we are.”

Russell Means, Oglala Lakota Nation (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012).

Can you hear me, O Goddess!

Published March 8, 2021 by tindertender

Sweet virgin of the forests who hunts the night under the glow of the moon.

Terrible lady who avenges harm against the young.

Daughter of Heaven

Can you hear me as I ask that you walk with me and bring into my life your many divine blessings?

Let my songs reach you!

Accompanied by the sweet scents of fruits and herbs that I burn upon this altar.

Let my prayers be heard!

Accompanied by my sincerest wish that all upon this sacred Earth be touched by your beneficence.

Let my hopes flow!

That all know peace of mind.

If you hear me, O Artemis, and your will aligns with mine, I ask of you that boon!

Grant us the willingness to temper that part of ourselves more animal than man!

Grant us the will to make it happen!

For in our hearts is your light if only we choose to let it shine forth.



Don’t Panic!

Published February 23, 2021 by tindertender

Get ready!

After 17 years underground where they’ve been since 2004, feeding on sap from the roots of plants, Brood X, one of the largest broods of cicadas, will be emerging soon to lay their eggs in trees.

The eggs will hatch 4-6 weeks later and the “big brood” will spend 2-4 weeks in late May and early June courting, mating, flying, and driving people crazy because cicadas can emit sounds between 80 and 100 decibels, equivalent to a low-flying airplane or a lawn mower.

You can expect to see them in Tennessee and about 14 other states as soon as the temperature reaches 64 degrees. Their offspring will head back underground until 2038.

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