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Video of a Kangaroo Joey in a Pouch

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 | 0 comments

Here is a video of a young kangaroo joey coming out to check out the world and then quickly jumping back in.  It’s amazing to see how much kangaroo can fit into what looks like a pretty small pouch. There will be lots more interesting updates on marsupials, as that’s the next book I’m working on now: Pouch Babies and Their Marsupial Moms.

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Vampire Squid Video

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 | 0 comments

Check out this cool video of the vampire squid and how it can turn itself inside out! Vampire Squid Video

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National Zoo Animal Webcams

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 | 4 comments

National Zoo Animal Webcams

One of my favorite places to visit is the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.  But if you can’t get there, you can still check out the animals on these live webcams.  Many of these animals are featured in my books, including cheetahs, kiwi birds, golden lion tamarin monkeys, otters, and my favorite gross animals, naked mole rats.  See what the animals are up to day and night, but be patient because they might be somewhere else in their enclosure sleeping or eating but will eventually come back to the cams.  Have fun spying on the animals! Click here for the National Zoo webcams...

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Marsupial Mole

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 | 0 comments

Marsupial Mole

This is my new favorite animal, discovered while researching my next book, Pouch Babies, about marsupial mammals. It is blind and uses its shovel hands and hard nose to swim through the Australian desert, looking for food.

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Weird Science

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 | 0 comments

I love that scientists are always discovering new, weird animal behaviors and abilities. The octopus is one of my favorite animals, and recent research has uncovered some amazing things they can do. Check out this article and video from National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091214-octopus-carries-coconuts-coconut-carrying.html I’ll be sharing lots of animal news in my blog, as well as news about my new books as they come out and interesting experiences at school visits. Join me for some animal adventures!

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Owl Barf Balls

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 | 1 comment

Would you like to fool your friends and tell them you’re eating owl puke? Its easy and fun to make this recipe for yummy, pretend owl barf balls. Don’t worry they taste much better than they look! And always remember to get an adult to help you when you are cooking in the kitchen. Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter (half a stick) 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon cocoa 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter 1 1/2 cups oats (not instant oatmeal) 1/2 cup pretzel sticks (broken into small pieces to look like bones) (optional) 1/4 cup coconut flakes (for fur) (optional) Supplies: Large...

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