Category Archives: Nature

Nandi, Tucson’s Cute Baby Elephant!

Just have to share this with you. Nandi is a baby African elephant born here at Reid Park Zoo on August 20th. Since day one the boisterous little girl has been bringing smiles to all who see her. I especially love this video where she greets her keeper friends in the morning. Pure joy!

I thought that perhaps I was biased in thinking she was so darn cute, but nope, she is officially cute – Nandi made it onto Buzzfeed’s list of The 37 Cutest Baby Animal Photos of 2014! Nandi comes in at Number 34.

Go ahead, enjoy some cuteness!

The Amazing Arthur, a Story of Dogged Determination

In Ecuador an elite team of Swedish athletes, competing in an endurance race, shared a meatball with a stray dog. After that the scruffy, determined mutt never left their side. The partnership was tested during the water portion of the race as they were advised not to allow the dog in their kayaks. The team pushed off and fully anticipated leaving sans four-legged friend. Get your tissue ready, here comes the tearjerker…

However, Arthur (as he’d come to be known) refused to be left behind. He splashed in and swam alongside the team. The team pulled him on-board and Arthur finished the race as the honorary 5th member of their 4 person team (they rank 12th in the world by the way). Get another tissue because there’s more to the story…

The connection between Arthur and the Swedish team was so deep that they raised money to take Arthur home with them. He is finishing up quarantine and will soon be living with Mikael (seen below), the man who shared that fateful meatball.

Thank you NPR for sharing this heartwarming tale!

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Community Means Caring

We live in a beautiful area! Of course, our community faces challenges. Thankfully there are many people working to protect and preserve our Sonoran Desert home.

Check out this inspiring video from Saguaro National Park:

We’ve joined the movement. Have you?

Javelina Holiday Feast

A Javelina herd chomped their way through our front yard earlier this week, devouring many of our carefully tended plants. Their favorite “foods” are the starchy roots of our agaves.

TeamworkFinishing off an agave together. Yum!

Deep Thoughts

Tummy full and content.Ouch!

Poke on the nose. Ouch!Yep, I'm CuteDiscolored nose sets this one apart.

I suppose it is the time of year for feasting…