A nice hike in the woods

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First nice day in awhile. So Pua got out and about and it was a perfect day.

Pua explores

Pua explores

Could be something in here
Could be something in here

Enjoying the sunshine
Enjoying the sunshine

The forest
The forest

Looking for a way down
Looking for a way down
She climbed up there but they don't have good depth perception and she couldn't hand on with her tail. She didn't know how far she was going to fall.

Under the earth
Under the earth
There's an empty space under the fallen tree roots

A little sunbathing in a hole
A little sunbathing in a hole

Could make a nice burrow
Could make a nice burrow
She did a lot of digging around

creeping fungi
creeping fungi

An anteater eye view
An anteater eye view

Looking cute
Looking cute

Coming back along the log
Coming back along the log

Wait, where's the trail?
Wait, where's the trail?
I had to carry her back as she felt lost though the log lead back to the trail(It's the one fallen across it).

On her rock
On her rock

Perching on her rock
Perching on her rock
She's done this on other walks

Turned just as I took the pic
Turned just as I took the pic
But she had been looking out over the river for awhile

Coming back up from the river
Coming back up from the river

Checking out another log
Checking out another log

A little scratching
A little scratching

Jake and Jupiter
Jake and Jupiter
I opened the bunny cage to get in and clean it and Jake decided to visit.



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Domestics, one Pua photo and the bone project photos

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Jake likes the clothes basket

Jake likes the clothes basket

Posing by her climb post
Posing by her climb post

Ha Ha
Ha Ha
Quasi snuggling with the stuffed anteater toy.

Hyzzie wanted in the shot
Hyzzie wanted in the shot

He's got it made
He's got it made

Cat in a cage
Cat in a cage
Spending time in the unused anteater cage by choice



Jake likes hammocks
Jake likes hammocks

Anteater poop
Anteater poop
Because we know you wanted to know

Tamandua bones
Tamandua bones

Tamandua skull
Tamandua skull
Tamandua Tetradactlya, anteater

Tamandua leg bone
Tamandua leg bone
and an unfused cap(growth plate).

He was a young adult but doing this showed that he had a lot of bones that should have fused with maturity that didn't. This shows he had some major chronic problem. Had we been able to save him he likely still would have had a short and possibly unpleasant life.

Claw and claw bone
Claw and claw bone
The first knuckle ends in this claw like point on all digits then covered with the sheath like claw

Claw and bone together
Claw and bone together
The end of the claw tucks into the bone


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Odd news event - Pua up during the day

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Up on laundry day

Up on laundry day

Up during the day
Up furing the day
a rare occurrence

Kat likes an open window too
Kat likes an open window too

Just up after a long days nap
Just up after a long days nap

Getting ants and ketchup - video(wouldn't upload to YT)
Getting ants and ketchup

Who needs a man anyway?
Who needs a man anyway?

What am I doing up?
What am I doing up
2pm on another day

Yummy, gimme
Yummy, gimme
Sparkling organic pomegranate juice imported from Italy

Still hasn't learned how to hold the glass
Still hasn't learned how to hold the glass

Anteater juice drinking action


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The bone project an informative update

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Well I didn't get photos as I changed the water between rain showers today but it's getting quite interesting. As I mentioned to some after last time the bones now help tell some of Kamena's story.

All those little discs are parts of the spine. It was explained each vertebrae is several pieces until they fuse with age, usually early on in life. There are several other bones that would normally fuse with age like the ends of the joints have bone caps that would normally have fused to one humerus(arm bone) for example. To see what I mean go to this site See where it points out the epiphyseal line? That line isn't sealed on Kamena's bones so is a cap there(separate piece). There was even a little "cap" bone on the scapula but not sure where that would be in the picture I linked too.

What does all that mean? Well assuming that tamanduas bones do not fuse really late in life for some reason it means Kamena was a very sick boy with a long term(chronic) underlying condition. It means he was likely doomed no matter what we might have done differently. I lost the site I read about it on but there was a long list of possible causes basics being genetic, congenital and or environmental. Malnutrition growing up was one possible cause but even if it was that and things had been done differently and we had "saved" him nothing would reverse the damage and he wouldn't likely have had a long healthy life.

So on to something that is simply interesting to me. Since I didn't take photos today here is one from the web


Now the reason for that is the claw. The claws slid off and underneath is a pointy claw shaped bone which is also part of that big knuckle as one bone. So in the photo above the pointy claw bone would come out about half way in the claw with the claw covering it like a sheath but tucked into that knuckle bone. If you can't picture it I will get real pictures eventually.


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Pua walk and Updates

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Tomatoes

Tomatos
Pua is happy prices have gone back down and we have a bunch planted this year.

Little warrior
Little warrior
This humming bird sat in the tree and would come and chase away all others when one tried to use the feeder.

I thought we were going for a walk

I thought we were going for a walk?
I opened the door but Pua wanted to snuggle for a bit instead.

Kisses
Kisses
Once she decided to go she climbed into the back to wait for the proper door to be opened. She always gets out the back passenger door.

Sticking her nose into things
Sticking her nose into things

Action shot
Action shot

This looks interesting
This looks interesting

What's in here?
What's in here?

Low bridge
Low bridge
Scrunching down from the sapling branch

Between a rock and a log
Between a rock and a log
She was much closer to me than she looked to be.

Canopy
Camopy
Wondering should I crop the tree trunk from the photo?

Bye bye forest
Bye bye forest
when I label these bye forest they always get favorited on Flickr.

Sitting on my lap
Sitting on my lap

After walk let down
After walk let down
She went to bed but then poked her head out for a bit before going back in. I offered some juice but she wasn't thirsty.

Just heard that the episode of "Weird, True and Freaky" with me in it aired on Animal Planet. It's just a couple photos of me. I'm not the star but watch for it. ~ Pua


To those that helped get the funds to get Pua's new mate, we are still working on it. Trying to get an adult male imported from Paraguay. It shouldn't be much longer. I've seen some photos but can not share them on the blog at this point.

We've had a lot of progress on the bone project. I've got the feet and legs in two different buckets bur was a bit late to keep the hands separated. Tail is soaking due to it having been mummified and it's un-mummified now. I think I got all the bones but will scoop the top bit of soil once all the fly babies and smell is gone and sift it through my dad's mining classifiers to be sure no little claws or bones were lost.

Will try to get some photos next time(I know I said that last time). Has still been a bit messy and will require a change of gloves. On the plus side found a fellow on Flickr who puts skeletons together as a hobby who is willing to help. And this link is great. Even has a part explaining how to pt the ribs together. I think the wrists will be the most challenging to get just right.


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