Does this count as herping or is it cheating?
With all the reptiles and most of the amphibians hibernating during the winter here in Canada, herping has become very sparse. Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Kruger National Park not far from the Idube safari lodge is a camera set up on a watering hole which can be viewed via Africam. Recently I have seen one of the 3000 Nile Crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) that inhabit the park. The Crocodile was basking in the morning sun as small birds walk around picking small invertebrates in the sand.
Earlier today some friends of mine found a squirrel they believed to be ill. I came to see what I could do and left to look after him. The squirreI was shivering and the towel they had him in had blood on it. He was shivering from the cold and was bleeding around his eye and mouth. To help keep him warm I built a little "nest" for him made up of towels and a bin, I then placed the bin close to my heater. I then got some polysporin and using a Q-tip placed it around his eye. Not long ago he passed away and I found that he was also bleeding from his mouth. Poor little squirrel. Unfortunately many squirrels are not hibernating due to the warm weather and many are even having a second litter causing the population to skyrocket by spring (If they survive the rest of winter). The warm weather is also waking up many other animals such as raccoons which become disoriented and may be harmed by the cold temperatures later in the year.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.