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A Bobcat Walked In Front Of I Today — WOW!

by Anura Guruge


This is NOT the one I saw. This is a photo from the Interweb. But, the one I saw was also TALL & gangly. Smaller than this one.


Saw it again 2-days later. Managed to get pictures & a video.


I love bobcats. When we used to visit the ‘Squam Lake‘ ‘Science Center‘ I would spend hours admiring the bobcats they had. Watched one grow up.

Never thought I would ever be lucky enough to see one in the ‘wild’. And then, today. BINGO. Walked in front of me, across the road — about 100-yards ahead of I.

Yes, for the last 2-weeks we had heard reports, from neighbours, that there was a bobcat around & that it had been seen on the road.

Well, I saw it. WOW. I am so psyched.

I do NOT like domestic cats. I do NOT like small cats.

I like BIG cats. Love tigers, lions, leopards, mountain lions.

Bobcats are about as SMALL as I can tolerate them. Bobcats are so cute. I would love one.

But, I will settle for today’s serendipitous encounter. Made my week.

I have quite the Summer. Close, & I mean close (with it GROWLING at I for coming too close), encounter with a black bear 3-weeks ago. Then this — & I was told that there was a bear on the path that I had just walked. Wow. I won’t even bother mentioning the 3-deer I have seen of late.


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Us, A Picture, At The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, N.H. — Oct. 4, 2015.

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That is us, in case you didn’t realize, at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, ‘Legends‘, in at the Verizon Arena, Manchester, NH, on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

We go to this circus, i.e., Ringling Brothers etc. etc., in Manchester, in October, every year, without fail — having started doing so in 2007 when Teischan was 1. We took her to the “Big Apple Circus” when she was a few months old, in 2006, but she didn’t appreciate it much.

During the last few years we invariably have our picture taken — since for whatever reason we only get our picture taken, as a family, when we go to events like this. So this is the 2015 ‘circus’ picture.

Mainly ‘green screen’ magic. Just the two plastic tigers we are ‘posing’ around were ‘real’ — if one can really call a plastic tiger ‘real’. The other tigers were pasted on, digitally, to the picture. The irony is that the ONE ACT that we all, in rare unison, hate is the ‘Big Cat’ tiger hat. Yes, we should have refrained from having this picture taken.

The circus was ‘OK’ — but that kind of goes without saying. Kind of like a definition. It was, however, the MOST low-key, low-tech, spectacle-challenged Ringling & Barnum circus we have been to. Deanna found that refreshing. It was, in her thinking, more ‘approachable’. All the kids, and I am not just talking about our two, loved it and that, in the end, is all that matters. Plus, I can’t complain, not that I really would. We got complimentary seats and they were good ones at that. I will write more about the circus tomorrow. OK?


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, In Manchester, NH, October 1 – 4, 2015, With Elephants.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, the master marketers they are, making use of (‘exploiting’ would be too strong a term) Tuesday’s ‘Elephant Appreciation Day’ to remind us that the circus, with elephants, will be back in town, in Manchester, NH, as usual, for the October circus. There are, I am sure, also trying to make sure that we all appreciate that there will STILL indeed be elephants at this show. Yes, they plan to phase out elephants from their shows but that will NOT be in 2015 or even 2016. But the message is clear — the days of seeing elephants in U.S. circuses are numbered. As I have said before I have mixed feelings about this. While lions and tigers — and rabbits — performing in circuses bother me, greatly, I don’t have a major gripe with elephant, horse or dog acts. Basically I know that these animals will perform to please — while I am not sure about that with lions and tigers. But then there is the whole issue with the training and overall treatment. So in a way it is good that we will soon not be seeing elephants.

Just because the elephants will be in Manchester, PLEASE do not expect to see the elephant parade of old. That is history. Too dangerous with all the protestors. So as has been the case in the last few years the elephants, like the tigers and lions, will be trucked from/to the train and they will even do that during the second half of the performance.

Yes, we will go to the circus as we have for the last 7 or 8 years. I will do another post on the circus … promise.


“York’s Wild Kingdom”, Maine — Largest Zoo Hereabouts — August 2015.

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There was about 3 or 4 years in a row, starting c. 2007, when we used to go to “York’s Wild Kingdom” on an annual basis, usually on my birthday and at least once treating a bunch of local kids from Alton (NH) to a day at the zoo. Then other things like Whale Watches and Acadia entered the picture. Though she has been multiple times, and we have iconic pictures to prove it, Teischan couldn’t remember ever going to “York Zoo”. When Devanee is at Camp Teischan gets to go on two trips of her choosing to compensate. I rattled off a list of possibilities and one she picked was the zoo in Maine. So on Monday, August 17, 2015 we left early and got there sharp at 10 am just as they opened the gates.

It was a hot day and we knew that in advance. We were, however, surprised that it wasn’t packed. It was moderately busy but you could tell that it wasn’t crowded. That was good. Other than the ferris wheel with its cumbersome loading routine there was hardly any lines for anything. It was good in that respect. The heat, and I think it got up to 90°F at some point, also meant that the ‘Duck Pond’ — with its famous paddle boats — had a pungent “eau de duck poop” smell, but that was to be expected.

Exactly 3 months earlier I had taken Teischan to the Philadelphia Zoo. York’s Wild Kingdom is NOT Philadelphia Zoo.

The York Zoo is quaint and cute with its petting deer and the amusement park, but it is also old, dated and in someways very infuriating. Yes, it is very Maine and Downeast. None of the food places take credit cards. That is crazy. It has to be to avoid taxes! Places that don’t take credit cards when they should drive me nuts.

As a zoo it is a funny ol’ mixture. It has lions and two tigers and a fair smattering of other animals. The old elephant that used to be there a few years ago is gone. The enclosures are from the 1950s. Definitely not a modern zoo. That bothers me. BUT IT IS GOOD FOR KIDS. They love the petting zoo parts — goats, deer, sheep …

The rides are old and limited. The Ferris Wheel is an antique and they have to balance the weight of the riders which can be quite amusing in Maine. Teischan and I got called up ahead because they needed some ‘non-heavy’ riders. Funny.

It was OK. The heat didn’t help. But Teischan had fun. I tried the baseball batting cage — a first for me. It was interesting. I connected about 50% of the time. Took a load of pictures. I will try and share as we go along.