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First off, here's my old blog.

A little about me:

I'm a 19 (for 2 more weeks) year old college student. I just finished my second year as an Animal Science undergrad at Cornell University. On breaks, like right now, I return home to Los Angeles where I was raised. At my mom's house, where I spend the majority of my time, we have two rabbits, Fiona and Timmy, and a 14 year old golden retriever, Missy.

Fiona was adopted August 4, 2006 from a local animal shelter and Timmy October 1, 2006 from the animal shelter where I volunteered.

Today I took their NIC cages apart, cleaned them, and re zip-tied a lot of them.

My brother recently got a new camera, so I bought his Canon Digital Rebel XTi off him, and I love it. It's perfect for bun pictures!

Here's a few pictures from today


Fiona's incision from her mammary tumor removal: all healed up, now the fur needs to grow back



My Fiona girl


You want me to do what with that ball?


Mine


I'll think about it...


Someone has been messing with my box...


In case there's any doubt to how Timmy feels about me











And now some general shots of the cages. Each rabbit has a 2x2x3 NIC cage. Their cages are mirror images of eachother. Fiona's is mostly white grids; Timmy's is mostly silver.









In this one you can see how veggie time works around here... the combination of my lazy attitude and my desire for them to have to exercise and stretch a bit to get to their lettuce means I just dump it on top of the cage and then they stretch up to get to it.



 

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We've been growing little pots of grass for the buns out in the backyard and today I got some pictures of Timmy enjoying his out-of-cage time in the hallway with one of the pots of grass.







 

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Cute pictures! :) I love their lettuce set-up. Maybe I should start sticking lettuce leaves around my bunny's cages... :ponder:

Your Timmy reminds me of my Sammi! The facial expressions and everything! ;) Is Timmy a big(ger) bunny, or a smaller one?
 

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kherrmann3 wrote:
Your Timmy reminds me of my Sammi! The facial expressions and everything! ;) Is Timmy a big(ger) bunny, or a smaller one?
I was going to say the same thing! When I saw the pic, I thought it was Sammi.

Glad to hear Fiona is healing nicely. Great set up for their home. I like the idea of the grass in the house. I'm always afraid to let them try the one outside with the bugs and any chemical/pesticide from the lawn.
 

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kherrmann3 wrote:
Your Timmy reminds me of my Sammi! The facial expressions and everything! ;) Is Timmy a big(ger) bunny, or a smaller one?
Timmy is probably 4.5 lbs - so not tiny, but not huge either. They're about the same size, but Timmy is just more of a solid bun.
 

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Nice blog Christina.

Are they not bonded? If they are can I ask a stupid question, why the separate cages?

Glad to see Fiona is healing.

Susan:)
 

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They're not bonded.
They were, then got in a big fight and we had to split them up. I got them to the point where I could let them out together, then went to a summer program for 6 weeks and my mom stopped letting them out together.
It's been 2 years since then. When I come home on breaks (like right now) I try them out together, but still no real progress.
 

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I have some bad news and some good news to share.
The bad news is that two days ago, on August 2, we had to have our 14 year old golden retriever, Missy, put to sleep. When we woke up that morning her back legs had essentially just given up on her. She was a great dog and my best friend, but now she's at the rainbow bridge with her sister, Shadow.

The good news is that today is the 4th anniversary of Fiona's adoption.
 

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Christina I'm so sorry to hear about Missy. Like you said I'm sure she and Shadow are running through the Meadows at the Rainbow Bridge:rainbow:.

Happy 4th Gotta Day Fiona. I hope you will get lots of nice presents today:magicwand::balloons::airborne:

Susan
 

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Sorry about your dog :(

But Happy Gottcha' day Fiona!! :bunnydance:


p.s. Thanks for the avatar help
 

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missyscove wrote:
Fiona and Timmy both got new water bottles in celebration!

Whiskerz, the avatar looks great!
Are they totally awesome water bottles?!

and thanks!!!! It was worth the frustration and ripping out my hair after all :rollseyes
 

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So now I'm back in that awkward time where I can't update you with pictures of the buns because they're on the opposite side of the country.
I can treat you to a few photos from here at school though.

Birthday pancakes I made for one of my roommates.


Livestock themed cupcakes we baked to bribe freshman into joining our club



woodpecker at our window bird feeder


Chickadee


Baby bananas I grilled for dessert and ate with chocolate pudding.
 

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AngelnSnuffy wrote:
Watch out, I'm coming for the chocolate milk, the chickadee and Timmy!:zoro:
I'm willing to share my chocolate milk (my 5 roommates and I go through 1 gallon of chocolate, 5 skim and 3 gallons of 2% a week... and one of us is lactose intolerant)
You can have the chickadee too.
Timmy is under lock & key with my mom (and reports are he's feeling much better after his sprained hip incident.

More pictures for you guys

Chocolate Chip cookies (go great with that chocolate milk!)


Duck at the Ithaca Farmer's Market


Gull at the Ithaca Farmer's Market


More ducks




off the dock

 

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I didn't realize it had been quite so long since I last updated this blog.
I've just concluded the most stressful and difficult week of my life in recent memory.
Last Thursday I left where I was staying in Kenya (where I took an incredible course - I'll share a select few pictures in a bit). It took me 2 full days to get back to Los Angeles. I arrived home exhausted and had to take Fiona up to the vet to be euthanized. Her rainbow bridge thread is here. Then it took me another two days to get back to school. My roommates were unable to free my car from the ice and snow well enough to pick me up at the airport so I took a cab home. Once I got inside the apartment, they informed me that the trouble with our boiler that our landlord promised would be done by Thursday was still going on (it was Sunday at this point) and that the radiator in the room above mine had been left open when they were bleeding it, soaking through the floor and my entire bed. Thankfully I have awesome roommates who washed all of my bedding for me, even if it wasn't quite dry yet. Our radiators were partially working for the coldest night of the year (-16, feels like -31F) but were out the next night, and the space heaters they gave us blew a fuse in our apartment, multiple times.
They still haven't finished working on our radiators which means maintenance men have been in my room all week - eliminating the opportunity for early bedtimes or naps. I'm pretty sure my total exhaustion is what's led me to develop this horrible cold/flu, complete with highly attractive cough.
Then, on Wednesday, when my roommates and I tossed our barn clothes in the wash after sheep lab, I forgot to take my iPhone out of my pocket. It turns out that washers are one of those accessories "not optimized for iPhone"

I'm really hoping that things will be looking up from here on out this semester. tonight I made my roommates and I a celebratory, the first week is over dinner of the omaha steaks my dad mailed us, creamed corn and green beans.
 

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Now a post dedicated to Kenya.
I spent 15 nights in Kenya at Mpala Research Centre which is located just outside of Nanyuki in the Laikipia district(Just north of the equator, about 5 hours driving from Nairobi). It was through a tropical field ecology course offered through Cornell's winter session. This was the 7th year that the course was offered. I was lucky enough to be one of 23 students, 2 TA's and 2 professors. We conducted 3 research projects over the duration of the course. The first was on elephant damage on Acacia trees. The second was on the relationship between the size and shape of Acacia drepanalobium trees and the species of ant that colonized them. The last was on the relationship between size of bird and time spent at a watering hole. I had a great time, learned a lot (and got an A!), met a great group of people (students, professors, TA's, other folks at the research center and elsewhere in Kenya).
When we weren't studying (and sometimes while we were) we were essentially on safari, only a safari where we're allowed out of our vans and allowed out at night. The animals I personally saw include: Lion, Leopard, African Wild Cat, Spotted Hyena, Striped Hyena, Aardwolf, Spotted Genet, Dwarf Mongoose, White Tailed Mongoose, Grevy's Zebra, Plains Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Grant's Gazelle, Thompson's Gazelle, Impala, Greater Kudu, Eland, Oryx, Dikdik, Rock Hyrax, bats, Puff Adder, Egyptian Cobra, Red headed Rock Agama, Monitor Lizard, Hippopotamus, Common Ostrich, Nightjars, several species of starlings, sparrows, hawks, ibis, guineafowl, owl, hawk, waxbill, oxpecker and lots of other birds I'm sure I'm forgetting.
I also took a lot of pictures (over 2,500). I narrowed those down to about 200 favorites which I shared among my course mates. Here is an even more select group. I brought my Canon digital rebel xti and my panasonic DMC-TS2. All of these pictures were taken with my dslr though.


Colobus Monkey


Eastern Chanting Goshawk


Eastern Chanting Goshawk


Sacred Ibis eating a frog


Male Grevy's Zebras fighting


Running reticulated giraffe


The view from the baboon cliffs


Olive Baboons


Male Common Ostrich


Male African Elephant


Olive baboon


>1 week old Grevy's Zebra nursing


African Wild Dogs


Grant's Gazelle


Spoonbill


Me, ontop of Mukenya


Vervret Monkey mom & baby


Rock Hyrax


Me again - at the baboon cliffs


Also, in case anyone happened to notice, yes I cut my hair. I cut off 10 inches and donated it to Pantene's beautiful lengths program to make wigs for women and girls with cancer.
 

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