Monday, November 10

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

We went on an excursion with Lil Petunia's Sunday school yesterday to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary . They are an animal refuge and hospital that takes in approximately 4,000 animals each year. The animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild when possible.

A beautiful barred owl:

Skunks only spray when they feel threatened. Fortunately this one liked us!:

This fully grown Opossum was so cute. Did you know that Opossums are only pregnant for 10 days, but they give birth to approximately 25 babies at a time? The babies spend the next 4 months in Mommy's pouch before Mommy shakes them all off and runs like heck. Really!:

We see this size gator on the golf course! They look quite slow, but can chase you at speeds up to 25 MPH!:
A muddy turtle mugging for the camera:
The Florida Panther is quite large! He wouldn't pose for a picture.:

15 comments:

Mrs. K said...

ok i hate possoms. yuk. gross.

Pretty in Pink said...

how cute! i love animals ... lil petunia is too cute.

LyndsAU said...

Oh I wanna go there!!! I loooove animals and that place sounds awesome!

Madeline said...

How fun! Great animal pics!

NINA said...

The Owl is tooo cute!! Lil P is so darn adorable!! xoxo

Monogramchick said...

That owl is beautiful! Looks like a fun day.

Lipstick said...

Fun pics! I love the story about the pregnant possum!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I would have had a stroke if they brought that snake over to me. She was a brave gal...

Chitown Meg said...

those animals are beautiful- what a great outing. i think teaching children about animals is SO important. other than my huge support of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation....I support anything with animals (WWF, Humane Society, Anti-Cruelty Society, ASPCA....). My sister is in her second year of vet school and I've been blessed to be taken "behind the scenes" at the wildlife clinic at her school. The picture of the owl you have it gorgeous!

Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Love the pics! I have two awards for you, so please stop by!

Jaina said...

Wow, looks like fun. I might have been scared of some of those animals though...

Caffeine Court said...

My daughters love animals so much, they would have LOVED this!

I'm with Mrs. K. I hate opossum they are so gross.

Darrin said...

Fun! Looks much more interesting than your run of the mill zoo!

Heather said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

Jill said...

What a fun day! Lil Petunia is so brave! I'm terrified of snakes. :)