It's high time to break radio silence and provide a little update on my recent activities. Mostly I've been pedal-to-the-metal on zoo-dunnit #2 of the Iris Oakely series. This sequel to Night Kill is tentatively titled Did Not Survive, DNS to its friends. This mystery features elephants and the issues around their captive management, as well as a little bit about management of wild elephants. The previous mystery #2, focused on orangutans, is now in #3 position due to tedious circumstances which I will spare you. So, yes, folks, I've been outlining and drafting and revising my little heart out.
But I haven't been too busy to visit a few zoos. Here's an Eagle Owl from Oregon Zoo.
And here's a picture of Samudra, "our" baby elephant. Notice that Mom (Rose-Tu) is picking up his foot. She did that several times. Perhaps she has her own training program for her little guy and the keepers' training is just a supplement? Here's more information about Sam and his progress: http://www.oregonzoo.org/Samudra/index.htm
Enough fun with pictures! Back to the wonderful world of revisions.
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