On Monday, we came home from school to find kittens tucked away in the feed room of our barn.
Those of you who live on a farm know that unexpected baby animals don’t always make it. Over spring break, Jillian’s rabbits had a litter of four kits, all of whom perished on that frigidly cold night after three days of 70 degree weather. Mother Nature at it’s best, some might say. However, I know a little eleven year old who was mighty bummed about it.
So, when she came to the house after feeding on Monday, with a grin as wide as the Grand Canyon, I knew something was up. In her hands she carried a cute little ball of kitten fluff. Of course, nothing can completely erase the disappointment felt at the bunnies’ demise, but if anything can ease the pain it’s a nose full of kitten fur!
Here’s to warm spring days and bright eyed new kittens!
1. The tide changes every 6 hours, 12 minutes, and 25 seconds.
2. The top three most dangerous animals to people on HHI are: #3: the stingray; #2: the jellyfish; #1: (get ready…) the oyster. Yes. I said oyster.
3. Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins do something that is specific only to the salt marshes around HHI. They strand feed. That is, they drive the fish up onto the muddy banks and then beach themselves while they feed, sliding back into the marshy water when they’ve had their fill.
4. Bald Eagles are evidently not confined to the northern regions of our country (if you already knew this, I’m sorry). I saw a mated pair with their eaglet while on our expedition today.
5. Never eat an oyster that has been in water that is 72 degrees or higher. Bacteria begins to grow at that temperature which deems them unsafe to eat.
6. There is a type of bird that can drill through the shell of an oyster to get at the meat inside. Sadly I can’t remember their name… I have some research to do.
7. Live Oac trees are native to HHI and do not lose their trees in the fall, like most deciduous trees. Instead, they lose them in the spring and then regrow new leaves about two weeks later.
8. Live Oac is absolutely the best company with which to take your dolphin adventure. Our guide, Scott, was awesome! They also lead kayaking, fishing, and various other outdoor adventures. Check them out!!