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This teeny jumping spider was on my desk at three o'clock, and I spent a good couple minutes shuffling papers trying to get it set up for the new camera. This is the best of bunch. With the warming spring weather animals indoors and outdoors are becoming more active.


A young red kangaroo lounges in the sun.


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Here is my wonderful entomologist friend rockbalancer taking us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Natural History Museum. She's holding an insect with astounding cryptic shape and color making it look like a damaged leaf. These are in the same group as walking sticks--us bug nerds call them all "phasmids."
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Zoo animals via iPod photos

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I've got your baby giraffe right here! This 6'5" 155lb female giraffe was born last weekend. She won't be on exhibit until the weather warms up in spring, but in the meanwhile she needs a name. Click that link to learn more. Go here to see more pics on facebook.

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I have had the opportunity to take care of a number of hyacinth macaws, and this one is my favorite so far. He doesn't scream in my ear very much, and so far hasn't tried to maul me.

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The giraffes aren't the only ones with baby fever. Take a look at the bulging, overflowing marsupium on this red kangaroo!
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A small crowd gathers in the rain to get a glimpse of the new baby kangaroo.

[Lookie lookie]


It's pretty at the zoo, even in the rain.


I just posted this on facebook and it's getting liked like you wouldn't believe. Kiki is teaching Edna how to handle Fenris.
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Matschie's Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matsciei

The Matschie's tree kangaroo is a fully arboreal marsupial from a small area of cloud forest in New Guinea. They are slow-moving leaf-eaters, ecologically similar to koalas or sloths. The species is listed as endangered, mainly due to habitat loss from logging and other human use. According to Wikipedia there are a little more than 50 Matschie's tree kangaroos in zoos, and there are two at Franklin Park Zoo, a female named Emily and the male pictured here, Snickers.

Two, no wait three! zoo animals.

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Okie is an 18 year old gorilla. I was watching him carry around this chair when to my surprise he plunked it down on its legs and sat in it. Everyone around said Awwww! because it was very cute to see this huge animal in this tiny chair. I was baffled that he seemed to know what a chair is for. Do chairs predate humanity?


This is Skippy, a red kangaroo. Can you see what she has in her pocket?


This was the joey's first public appearance! Welcome, baby!

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