Thursday, 18 October 2012

West Coast Creature Feature-The Ubiquitous but Adorable Raccoon

raccoon family, by smallgirl
I love raccoons. I know a lot of people dislike their wiley-sneaking-fruit-and-crop-stealing-garbage-rooting-asking-for-free-hand-outs-cat-eating-hissing-in-the-night ways, but every time I look into a raccoon's eyes, it melts my heart.
raccoons at the pond by smallgirl

Raccoons are highly intelligent, well-adapted forest and urban dwelling mammals. While typically nocturnal unless ill, where I live, healthy raccoons can also be observed in urban areas because they have learned to beg for food from humans. Feeding raccoons is a bad, bad idea folks! They are smart enough to get their own food, yet also smart enough to know that they don't have to when people are around. At the local forest (natural food like banana slugs, fish, clams, frogs, small mammals, berries, and mushrooms are abundant here), young children have been bitten and hissed at where I have observed people feeding raccoons unnatural foods such as chocolate, brussells sprouts, bread, and dog biscuits. Once, when I refused a raccoon food, it started tugging at my pant legs with its paws and tapping my shoes. Negative encounters lead to conflict and possibly deadly concequences for the raccoons.
young raccoon, by smallgirl
So, have a fun look-but-don't-feed-the-raccoons weekend!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

DIY- Helpful plastic teddy bear toys double as bracelet organizers

Not all the bears that live in Teddy Forest are of the fuzzy variety. These plastic bears are earning their keep as bracelet organizers. So, here's a fun DIY to make old toys useful again.
Mrs. Panda and Baloo are so helpful!
It's easy:
1. Grab an old toy, like a sturdy action figure
2. Affix it to your dresser with some reusable putty (like the blue plasticine stuff that you get from office supply stores)
3. Move the arms to an upright position, and start hanging your jewellery! This would be super fun in a kid's bedroom (and remember, jewellery isn't just for girls anymore).
For added fun, you could also glue the arms in place and paint your toys with thick artist acrylic paint.

Happy Recycling!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Happy World Animal Day!

Here at Teddy Forest, all the bears and assorted critters wish animals around the world (and everyone else) a very Happy World Animal Day!

Goats on the Roof, by smallgirl's family camera
Ensatina, by smallgirl
In loving memory of Chuppi Charlie, the greatest rabbit in the world