Today I was a little shocked to come onto the Ostrich Egg cam live and to see that there was no more little Gunga! Luckily after about a minute of investigation I could stop panicking because little Gunga had not passed away suddenly. Which was so relieving to me, because Gunga was so fiesty!
What had happened was Daddy Dash and kind Rancher Joel decided to break the other egg shells and were sad to discover that the other eggs had not developed properly. So they were not going to grow any further. So what they have decided to do was to take Gunga out and let him/her run free with a kind Rancher Joel other baby Ostriches. Baby ostriches thrive much better when they have other ostriches to run around with.
Of course this all happened while I was asleep.
SO at the moment it’s just some last chatting before the chat comes off and probably waiting a whole another year for the next lot =D
So as I expected….When I came on my lunch break at work, after leaving home this morning with the eggs intact. One of the eggs had already started to hatch. When I got home just a few moments ago, it was fully out.
I have been trying to find that quote about not working with animals and children, but all I could find were quotes was about how much people love working with animals and children. While I suspected this may be because of our more “PG acceptable” society…We all know that saying.
I would have to say that over this weekend though, animals are probably not always easy to work with. As many of you will know I took this weekend off as this weekend I was planning on watching the newest members of the Dash family to be born. Over the last few years, once a year, the Dash family has been hatching and raising a small number of baby Ostriches.
It was a very slow weekend, the first Ostrich that showed any sign of “pipping” was Gunga and he/she pretty much spent the whole weekend not hatching out the egg and of course I have to go to work today.
What’s the bet that everything happens today? So one down and three to go!
Spending the weekend with my partners family so I wont be on much this weekend either. So I leave you with this adorable baby sloth. First of all I didn’t even know the sound that baby sloths made, but this is too cute. Kind of reminds me of E.T. somehow,lol.
For those who are regular readers you may remember my slight obsession with Daddy Dash and his baby ostriches. Over the last couple of years I have been watching Dash raise baby ostriches all from Ustream from a live web feed.
There has been a lot of sadness, baby ostriches have a high mortality rate, which is why in the wild they lay so many eggs. So if you only have 5 eggs the chances of them all surviving are extremely rare. So after the last batch of babies and having only one survive I honestly wasn’t sure if Daddy Dash (as we call him) would ever do it again…But he is!
Over the years we have 3 groups of baby ostriches and grow and die.
This year we have a batch of 5 eggs and this will be the fourth attempt. Please join us on the 25th of July as this expected date of the new hatchlings! Until then watch them live on Ustream!
As many…MANY…of you know I am obsessed with the live web feed called Safari Live and there are a whole range of different wild animals that we follow.
Anyways, my favourite animals (on the top there with Elephants and Hyenas) for most of my life has been the Lions/Lionesses. There are several different groups, some of who I may have mentioned before. The Birmingham Boys and the Matimba Males…Don’t mess with the Matimba males!
The Styx female Lionesses, two of them had broken off and one of the Lionesses had given birth to three little cubs. The most nerve wracking for a little cubs time is when they meet Daddy, which is not for a while. The Styx Cubs have finally met their Daddy and not only did he accept them, but someone got all the cutest pictures and I just wanted to share with you all!
Watching my Safari Live, as I do, and there were these baby hyena’s born a month or so ago and they are freaking adorable! I can absolutely understand why someone would have thought that Hyena’s would be great for Harley Quinn…I mean just look at these pictures! Baby animals are just the best!
These last two weeks I have been surrounded with baby animals…The baby Ostriches are now just a little over two weeks and are doing amazingly well! There were a few days there were we all thought that they may have “Fainting Ostrich” syndrome…Which is basically where the new hatchings will not eat or drink and eventually starve to death…THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! =D
For some reason ever since these two lovely little lights of life have come into the world all I have been seeing recently are baby animals everywhere!
With this edition of “Fact Friday” I have decided to add a few pictures and links were you can say all the “Awws” you want to the sweet little baby animals and some interesting sites as well as sites where you can donate and are helpful sites dedicated to saving our wildlife and pets (please click these pictures to get to websites).
Today is a most joyous day indeed! The baby ostriches that I have been obsessed with since last year are starting to “hatch”. I have been watching for the last few hours and out of the 5, there are only two that have been showing any growth in the egg. (There was a third that was growing slower than the others, but have not heard what has happened to it since beginning of last week, when it was taken out of the incubator).
It is extremely fascinating! Ostriches do not start growing as soon as the egg is laid, the foetuses start growing once they start to “heat up” (or usually when an adult Ostrich starts to nest on top of the eggs, or in this case are put into a incubator). Once again the Dash Family is going to be presenting a live feed to the whole world of the hatching process and, hopefully, successfully raising them.
My partner made a joke about how he has this image of me being “obsessively watching the video”…Of course I’m not =P lol…It can take up to 24 hours for a baby Ostrich to hatch. Ostrich eggs are the toughest eggs on the planet, which is why it takes so long for them to hatch.
Currently one of the two Ostriches that are fully developed has finally “Pipped” and has broken through a little, you can view it’s head. Time (California time – Location of Ostriches): 7:04am…(Australia Time): 12:00am…Which is why I am now heading to bed.