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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Welcome to the Si zoo. The primary primates in the zoo are my husband, myself, 7 kids, my mother, and 3 others who are not blood relatives. Living with some of the kids in their rooms are Milo, a Jack Russel, Hotshot, a labrador, and 2 Tasmanian Sugar gliders. There was a time when Snape, the burmese python lived in the boys room and was sometimes on the lose on their bedroom floor. Cuzzy, the cuscus (a marsupial) also lived in one of the girls' rooms for a few years. Now she lives in the terrace at the back. In that part of the house, we also have some hamsters.

Cleo, a black cat, feels he (there was a time when we thought he was a she) owns the house as much as we do. On the south side of the house, a Rufus hornbill shares a cage with Turk, a Celebes black ape (actually a short-tailed monkey, not an ape) and some rabbits. Inside their cage is a smaller cage with the green Iguana.

Turk is a friend of Shobe, the Rottweiler who lives in one of the adjoining cages. But the monkey doesn't get along with Kango, the tree kangaroo who lives in another neighboring cage. Also in cages are a green naped lorikeet and 5 African lovebirds. A few weeks ago, our white Cockatoo cut a hole through its cage and escaped. Sometimes we still see it around. Running loose are some pigeons, an English Pointer named Hurricane (Uri for short), Storm, a Rottweiler who is nursing five pups right now, Thunder, a cross between a labrador and a bullmastiff (looks like a black labrador), and Flash, a labrador trained to do tricks and agility runs. The least troublesome are some gold fish and angel fish in a 40 gallon tank in our front porch.

Today, we lost Turk and three of the baby rabbits who lived in Turk's cage. We don't know which of the dogs are responsible for the massacre. Can't blame the dogs, though. This wasn't the first time Turk opened the gate of his cage. Our fault for not putting a more secure lock. Michelle is broken hearted. Turk was her baby, the gift she asked for when she turned 18 last December. I too am sad. If I had my way, there wouldn't be a Si Zoo. Maybe the dogs and the cat. I love animals and for that reason, think wild animals should stay in the wild.
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Maris Tian on

Hi! Just blog hopping and saw these awesome photos! Where did u get the sugar gliders? Do we have them here in the Phils?

Sheila Delgado on

Your right, wild animals belong in the wild... not in cages.. but only u can change this. I get that you probably love your animals but you aren't doing the best thing for them.. the tree kangaroo's cage is too small, they don't do well in cages. Kindest regards.

lizaresandrea on

Thanks for commenting, Sheila. I wrote about these animals several years ago. Except for the dogs, all the animals and their names remain only in pictures and in my memories. We gave the burmese python and the Rufus Hornbill to a friend who has a private zoo with a permit from the DENR. The cockatiel went to a priest friend. Won't tell you the sad story of how the others died, just that they did and that I am glad that these days, the only animals we have are the dogs, a solitary chicken the big cage built for the hornbill, the single goldfish that managed to survive, and two cats. Wild animals belong in the wild and we have no business keeping them in cages.

Maris on

I am so sorry to hear about the animals' death. :(

Iglezi on

Wow, tree-kangaroos is very rare in captivity outside of zoos, where do you get him? is he still alive?

Best wishes,

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