Thursday, September 30, 2010

In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, three Malayan tiger cubs look as if they are posing for the photo at the Tiger Mountain exhibit, at the Bronx Zoo in New York. The cubs are the first of two sets of triplets recently born at the zoo. 
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Three Amur tiger cubs rest

This Sept. 20, 2010 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows three Amur tiger cubs rest by a fallen tree limb at the Tiger Mountain exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in New York. The cubs are the second of two sets of triplets recently born at the zoo.
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Baby boom in the Bronx: First look at Bronx Zoo's two sets of tiger triplets

BY Barry Paddock

Thursday, September 30th 2010, 4:00 AM

Amur tiger cub bonds with tree at Bronx Zoo. The Malayan and Amur tigers will be displayed at the Tiger Mountain exhibit.

A baby boom in the Bronx has produced two sets of tiger triplets, and the Daily News has the first look at the feline furballs.

The six kitty carnivores - five males and one female - make their public debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo on Thursday.

The Malayan and Amur tigers will be displayed at the Tiger Mountain exhibit, but only the Amur litter will be watched over by their mother.

The Malayan cubs, the first ever on display at the zoo, have been on their own since their mother, Berapi, stopped nursing them weeks after giving birth.

"She just kind of woke up one day and decided she didn't want to take care of them anymore," said Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo.

"If it had happened in the wild the cubs would have perished. These guys were lucky that they were here."

The zoo stepped in, feeding the helpless cubs a gruel of meat and milk while Berapi went on exhibit in a separate area.

"Even though they're not with their mom, they have each other for comfort and security," Breheny said.

The lucky Amur triplets have a devoted mother, 300-pound Sasha, and are still nursing.

"It's really great just to watch her and how protective she is over those cubs, how she's watching us and watching them, just like a mom at a playground," Breheny said.

The zoo hasn't had Amur cubs in more than a decade, but not for lack of trying.

Sasha was paired with two previous potential mates by the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative effort among zoos nationwide that promotes genetic diversity among captive populations.

There was no love match.

"It's just not as simple as putting ingredient A and ingredient B together in a jar and shaking it up and getting a product," Breheny said.

When Sasha met the triplets' father, Bachuta, it was lust at first sight. The frisky felines mated the day they met.

The Amur cubs were born on May 22, the Malayan cubs on April 5.

Two of the Amur cubs are named Julian and Josie, while two of the Malayan cubs have been named Pepino and Claiborne. The zoo will name the other two cubs soon.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Don't burst my bubble!

Sept. 12, 2010

A hectic week at work was followed by Sunday breakfast at IHOP. yeah!  ThenTerry and I drove down to NJMP for a trackday again, this time with my new to me GSX-R 750 in tow.  We got down there Sunday evening and had din din with Dan the Cook and his girl.  Part of what makes trackdays so great is not only the riding, but the great people you meet and are surrounded by but also the family that is created.  After din din we headed to the hotel and I watched the season finale of True Blood.  What silliness!!!  I much prefer Being Human.

Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

We wake up early and head back to the track in the morning.  I pull up to my trailer which we had dropped off the night before and as I get out of my truck I see my trailer tire looks like it's about to explode!

Lucky for me my friend Jay came to hang out for a bit at the track, to check it out.  So he went to a near by trailer place and picked me up two new wheels.

So I didn't have to worry about the tire and was able to focus on my new toy.

So the bike is much more powerful than anything I'm used to, but I'm pretty smooth on the throttle so I'm not frightened by it at all.  The bike does however have some issues to be fixed and polished.  Fueling is one, suspension/handling and ergos as well.

Here are some videos taken from Terry's GoPro.

Me becoming acquainted with the GSXR

By the way... this was how Terry and I spent our 6th year anniversary of our first date! Which also took place on our motorcycles. ;) I love you sweebee.

I'm following Terry riding my bike in this one

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Senior once again!

September 11, 2010

So this past Wednesday I was informed that I am once again a Senior Keeper at the Bronx Zoo!  Originally I was promoted to Senior Keeper around 3 years ago, in 2007.  At that time I was given the charge of Babirusa Barn in the Wild Asia section of the Bronx Zoo.  In April of 2009,  I along with 2 other Senior Keepers lost our  titles due to the "economic crisis".    As of September 9, 2010 I am a Senior Keeper again, this time presented with the charge of Tiger Mountain and Bear Dens.  I am now responsible for Amur Tigers, Malayan Tigers, Snow Leopards, Amur Leopards, Grizzly and Brown Bears, Polar Bear, Red Pandas and two White Eared Pheasants.  A lot of very cool animals in my opinion.  Things are getting crazy but it should all be worth it!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday Ride

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Finally got out on the Monster for a ride with friends.  It was supposed to be a "short" ride, as my knee has been bothering me lately (after a fall at work).  250 miles later, we had a great time, it was such a beautiful day with weather that could not be any better!!

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Usual pee break at Torati Circle:

Quick stop along Rt 218

Stop for brunch at Chalet on Hudson

Revisited one of favorite sculpture spots we found a few years ago. It's built up since our last visit in 2008. Polich Tallix, an art foundry with very large industrial sculptures outside.

Rode my Monster right into their outdoor area and took some photos.

some other random shots at this stop:

Team huddle....

going your own way..... go team!

everyone checking in....