Tuesday July 17th 2012
We think we may have some Tropical Screech Owlets, as the keepers have heard owlet noises coming from the nest box. They usually breed sooner in the season, but due to the erratic weather, have probably been put off their stride somewhat this year. Still, better late than never.
The White-faced Owls have ‘recycled’, that is to say they have laid a second clutch of eggs, and the result is 2 more owlets, which are now branching out in the aviary.
There isn’t much else to report at present, but I was told an amusing story by a member of staff which I would like to pass on to you; Years ago, when legislation was different compared with today, the cafe at one of the established zoos was a corrugated iron shed. In those days it was still socially acceptable to smoke in public. Due to the heat and steam from the kitchen, condensation would form on the corrugated iron walls and ceiling; this would mix with the inevitable nicotine stains on the ceiling, and start dripping. To those in ‘the know’, i.e. the zoo staff, it was deemed prudent to enter the canteen with an umbrella, to prevent the ‘appealing’ mixture of nicotine and water from becoming an unwanted ‘condiment’ on any food eaten. The ‘good old days’ weren’t always that good.
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