Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Snakes Fall on Adams Morgan Playground, Terrify Everybody

Today in continued signs of impending doom, snakes are falling out of trees and frightening the children of Adams Morgan. The trouble started in Walter C. Pierce Park on Thursday morning, according to an D.C. police listserv email noted by PoPville:
When the snakes fell they scared the children, and everyone fled. This was in [...]

National Zoo Sea Lion Watches Girl Fall, Thoughts Remain a Mystery

Is this sea lion concerned for the little girl, as In the Capital suggests, or looking for easy prey? Who can see into the mind of a sea lion?
Correction: Due to a reporting error, the headline on this post originally referred to a seal, not a sea lion.

“Cat Stasi” Accused of Kidnapping Adams Morgan Cat

Adams Morgan resident Lorelei Kelly has a tale of woe, Washington, and cat kidnapping. But the alleged villains aren't who you'd think: They're animal rescue volunteers.
"This just strikes me as 'only in D.C.'" Kelly says. "I feel like this is someone who didn't get their Senate confirmation hearing."
When Kelly adopted her cat Sharky in 2011, [...]

National Zoo Panda Could Need a Paternity Test

If all goes according to plan, male National Zoo panda Tian Tian could soon be hearing the panda equivalent of Maury Povich's "You are not the father." That's because Saturday's insemination of female panda Mei Xiang involved the semen from not one but two potential panda papas.
While the first instance of insemination featured both frozen [...]

The Needle: Elephant Walk

Room to Roam: The National Zoo's elephant habitat redesign is finally done, and it looks great. But was it worth getting rid of the zoo's hippos? That's a question each of us has to deal with individually. +3
Flagged Down: The new dome lights mandated for D.C. cabs should make hailing a ride easier, and look [...]

Rock Creek Park Deer Killing for Me, Not for Thee

Oh sure, the National Park Service is all about killing deer in Rock Creek Park most of the time. It just defeated a lawsuit intended to stop an upcoming deer slaughter in the park. But when an Average Joe  decides to kill some deer on his own, they throw a fit!
In a criminal information filed today, [...]

Rowdy Raccoon Terrorizes Foggy Bottom

It's a sad truth about life that some of the sweetest-looking creatures are also the most dangerous to live around: pandas, hippos, elephants. Foggy Bottom residents are learning that the hard way this week, as an "aggressive raccoon" has started to prowl the neighborhood.
Prince of Petworth reports that the Foggy Bottom Association is warning members [...]

D.C. Pandas Don’t Care About Earthquakes

Thanks to the District's excessive use of social media, we've pretty much heard how every person here (or the entire East Coast) reacted to the earthquake yesterday. Thanks to the National Zoo, we now know how the animals in captivity weathered the 30 seconds of terror.
The Zoo staff released a list of some of the [...]

The Needle: Make Way for Ducklings Edition

The Duck Whisperer: Last week, we learned that some D.C. residents can be incredibly cruel to animals in Franklin Schneider's cover story, "The Alligator Whisperer." Schneider rode along with D.C. animal control officer Ted Deppner, who shared a few harrowing tales from his career. It's nice to see that there are others who are the [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Fire Ants & Drug Lords Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Would You Like a Sweeping Generalization With Your Taco?: 14th & You observers the opening of El Centro D.F., 14th Street NW's newest restaurant, which coincided with Cinco de Mayo. (In case you hadn't heard: El Centro D.F. serves [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Happy Paws Dance Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Legalize It? In response to a post from a Crestwood email list complaining about teenagers smoking marijuana in a car last Friday, another fires back, "I got stoned a few thousand times when I was a kid on your [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Cat’s Meow Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
#four26dc: Happy voting to those who head out to the polls and cast a ballot for the At-Large D.C. Council election today. Bryan Weaver, who snagged the City Paper endorsement, also has the favor of at least one local blog. [...]

Today in D.C. History: Escaped National Zoo Magpie Recaptured

On April 20, 1983, a magpie that had escaped from the National Zoo a week earlier was finally recaptured, after traveling through both Arlington and Alexandria in its attempt for freedom.

The magpie, which had lived at the zoo since being donated in 1973, escaped through wires "knocked awry by the constant walking of parakeets with [...]

Zoo Poll: 67 Percent of Lion Cub Cam Fans Watch for 2+ Hours Daily

So the new lion cubs at the Smithsonian Zoo are pretty damn cute. Look at that cub. Did your ovaries explode?
But when we express our extreme love of the lion cub photos, our creepy baby-animal obsession stops there. Apparently for many of the Zoo's super fans, that is totally not the case. Some of the [...]

Zoo Babies: National Zoo Welcomes Four Lion Cubs, More Coming

It's baby-birthing mania over at the National Zoo. The zoo's 5-year-old lion Shera gave birth to a litter of four cubs overnight. The first-time mom is resting comfortably with her new pests.
And that's not all, folks! Baby daddy Luke also likely knocked up Shera's sister, Nababiep, in June. She's expected to give birth sometime in [...]