Animals/Pets

Fatima Boorman found Libby, her family's spaniel pointer mix, at the Seattle Animal Shelter between Ballard and Magnola.

Her former family became "disenfranchsed" and Animal Control found Libby living out of a car.

"We walked in and she was the only dog that was not barking," said Boorman. "She was sitting right at the front of the cage and she just stole my heart away."

Libby loves seafood, especially mussels and salmon, said Boorman. She weighs about 35 pounds.

"She is the best squirrel chaser around, she can sniff them out like a mile away," Boorman explained. "She is super protective of women, she is buddy's with the kids."

She is a really good natured dog, "With sweet sad eyes...when you look at her you just have to love her, " said Ish Manji, Boorman's sister.

When they first took Libby home she had a medical issue with ingrown eyelashes. The family took care of it and Libby really seemed to come into her own and enjoy her life after that, said her owners.

09/14/2009
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Kimberly Robinson

Libby is a sweet seafood loving, good natured dog. She's super protective of women, and buddies with the kids. (left to right) Fatima Boorman, Ish Manji, Lauren Boorman, and Liam Boorman are pictured with Libby.

School is back in session this week and so are Woodland Park Zoo’s animals, sort of.

This weekend, Sept 12 and 13, zookeepers will help stimulate the minds and hone natural behavioral skills of the animals with back-to-school-themed treats, such as sack lunches, textbooks and more.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hear zookeepers talk about how treats and a variety of activities are part of the zoo’s ongoing enrichment program to help improve the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors.

Back-to School treats: Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lemurs 11:00 a.m. – Tropical Rain Forest

Colobus monkeys 11:30 a.m. – Tropical Rain Forest

Orangutans 11:30 a.m. – Trail of Vines

Grizzlies noon (Saturday only) – Taiga Viewing Shelter, Northern Trail

Otters noon (Sunday only) – Taiga Viewing Shelter, Northern Trail

Raptors 12:30 p.m. – Raptor Center

Gorillas 1:00 p.m. – Tropical Rain Forest

Keas 1:30 p.m. – Near Willawong Station

Pigs 1:30 p.m. – Family Farm

09/10/2009
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Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

Orangutans and other animals "hit the books" at Woodland Park Zoo's Back to School enrichment event, Sept. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jumble is a Jack Russell terrier labrador retriever mix dog who is, "always excited," said her owner Janet Chu.

Chu works as a physical therapist and adopted Jumble from the humane society as a rescue dog in Georgia where Chu is from.

"I came here to work, but I couldn't take her on my road trip so my parents shipped her for $400 and she was on the plane all by herself," said Chu.

Jumble is almost 3 years old and is very active. She weighs 22 pounds.

"She always comforts me when I cry," explained Chu. "She always wants food. In fact, she will only play when you have food around."

Jumble is a very sweet pet, "funny and excited every day," Chu said. "But she hates water. She won't go in a lake or any other kind of water."

One unusual aspect of Jumble's life is that she likes to be spanked.

"When people pet her she likes to put her bottom up so they will spank her," said Chu.

How to nominate your pet for Pet of the Week:

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Kimberly Robinson

Janet Chu is a physical therapist and her dog Jumble is always excited, hates water and likes a good spanking.

The Woodland Park Zoo is once again organizing for its annual Fall Fecal Fest, when garden enthusiasts and Zoo Doo loyalists, get ready to enter a drawing to purchase the highly coveted Zoo Doo.

The piles of waste make up the richest, highly aromatic, most exotic compost in the Pacific Northwest, according to a release from the zoo. This year, the zoo has less Zoo Doo to go around, making the lottery more competitive.
 
Also available is Bedspread, a composted mulch made from the manures and bedding of the zoo’s non-primate herbivores.

Bedspread is like Zoo Doo but contains higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It is excellent fertile mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes, such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways, and is a good mulch and soil builder for Northwest gardens.
 
The zoo is accepting entry cards for Zoo Doo or Bedspread from Sept. 11 through Sept. 25 only. Entry cards will be randomly selected according to supply and demand. The zoo will contact the drawn entries only.

The Fecal Fest traditionally sells out.
 

09/08/2009
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Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo's Zoo Doo will be available for purchase through the Fall Fecal Fest lottery.

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will re-open Discovery Park after a cougar that had been sighted there and possibly in Greenwood was captured Sept. 6.

The park will open at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 6. Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials caught the cougar about 2:40 a.m. near the Daybreak Star Center.

WDFW had previously set two live traps on the site. The animal was captured with tracking dogs after an employee at Daybreak Star saw the cougar.

09/06/2009

After residents in Magnolia and Greenwood said they spotted a cougar yesterday, today Seattle Parks and Recreation will close Discovery Park on a recommendation from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife,

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is on site at the park setting a live trap for a cougar that has been sighted in the park. It's unknown whether this was the same one seen by residents the previous day.

The department intends to capture and re-locate it to a more rural setting, according to the parks department.

To avoid any interference with the trapping operation, the park will be closed until Monday, Sept. 7, or when the animal is captured, whichever comes first.

If a member of the public sees the animal during normal business hours, please call (425) 775-1311. If the cougar is spotted before or after normal business hours, call 9-1-1. For more information about cougars, visit: http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/cougars.htm#facts.

09/03/2009

On Tuesday, Sept. 1 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Seattle Police received a 911 call reporting a possible cougar in the Magnolia neighborhood. They later received a second call from someone in the Greenwood neighborhood at about noon that day, indicating that they had also seen a cougar near the Woodland Park Zoo.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified and is aware of these calls, according to Seattle Police.

Fish and Wildlife is the lead agency for any wildlife encounters, and Seattle Police are working closely with them. If anyone sees a cougar, they should call 911 and that information will be passed along to Fish and Wildlife.

Click here for a link to the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Web site on cougars.

09/02/2009

A penguin died Aug. 25 at the Woodland Park Zoo. This is the second bird from the zoo's new penguin exhibit that has died in the past two weeks.

According to a zoo press release, the penguin appears to have died from complications related to a suspected case of avian malaria, a parasitic blood disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

The 21-year-old bird had been undergoing intensive medical treatment, including a blood transfusion, for avian malaria since it began presenting symptoms last week, according to the press release.

The first penguin's death was attributed to ingestion of a sealant material from a pipe in the exhibit.

Subsequent tests of tissue samples revealed the presence of avian malaria in the first bird, which may have contributed as a secondary factor to his death, according to the press release.

As standard procedure, Woodland Park Zoo animal health staff will perform a postmortem examination and order diagnostic testing to determine the exact cause of death of the second bird; it can take up to two weeks to receive complete test results, according to the zoo.

08/28/2009
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Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo

A second bird in the Woodland Park Zoo's Humbodlt penguin exhibit has died this month.

Dear Editor,

My name is Pamela Brumell, my organization is Feral Cat Assistance and Trapping (F.C.A.T.)  I trap, neuter and return feral cats to the wild. I also rescue the kittens.  I do adoptions of the kittens.

The names of places and times are:

Aug. 29, 11a.m.-5 p.m. at Alki All the Best Pet, 2820 Alki Ave. S.W.
Aug 30, 12 noon-4 p.m.at the Forthsye Hair Salon, 4456 
Californian Ave. S.W.

Pamela Brumell

08/24/2009

Stoli is a small 3.5-year-old poodle, named after the vodka, "Because we wanted a cute Russian name, we have Russian in our blood," explained his owner Maria Johnson.

Johnson works with children as a choir director for the Northwest Boy Choir, as well as the Endolyne Children's Choir. Johnson said Stoli is very calm and likes to socialize with kids.

"He comes to the rehearsals he likes to sit on top of the piano as I'm directing, it's quite cute," said Johnson.

They now rehearse at St. John's Church where Johnson has an office. He likes to sit on her desk.

"He's called a desk mat or a paper weight and he sits as I type away at the desk and he's known by everyone," said Johnson.

He recently got his canine good citizen certificate.

"We took some classes and he likes obedience training so we d