The keep Aurora's food cold mission

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Just one of those days

Just one of those days
Pua in the closet by herself.

Ori in the hammock
Ori in the hammock

Ori and an avocado slice
Ori and an avocado slice

So Aurora is a picky eater. If food is not ice cold I may as well have given her a bowl of dirt. The consistency needs to be just right too but we're pretty good at judging that now. If she doesn't have what she wants she will make her displeasure known to me by clawing at the walls.

Might have fund a practicle solution to Auroras need for ice cold soup. Only I think we'd need to design a holder for it so it wouldn't get tipped and spilled http://www.amazon.com/Chiller-Serving-Bowl-Lid-Cup/dp/B004S9APL8/ref=pd_sbs_hpc1


In the mean time I tried an experiment with a storage food bowl holder by filling it with water and freezing it.

Sept 18
Trying an experiment tonight. Filled the storage part of a storage and feeder combo w/water and froze it. After some reassurance it would not eat her and there really was food in this new scary thing, Aurora was willing to eat from it. Now how long for her to learn her food will be cold without having to wake me by picking at the walls?

Aurora and the frozen bowl experimentAurora and the frozen bowl experiment
 
Sept 19

The frozen bowl worked good and kept her food cold enough for her liking all night but I still had to show her there was cold food when she asked.


Not feeling peppy tonight but am snuggling with mom.
Like having a living heating pad. Humans average 5 degree F warmer than Tamanduas.

Siting at the desk window spying on the neighbors.


I found a giant avocado mom was hiding from me. That was fun!


In the nest with the rest of the anteater family now.

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Random factoid: Long-tailed tamandua have have nasals that differ markedly from other tamandua.(Article XXXIII. -THE TAMANDUA ANTEATERS. By J. A. ALLEN.)


Yummy ketchup
Yummy ketchup

tastes so good
tastes so good

Yum

lip smacking good
lip smacking good

Sept 20
I'm in the mood for soup. Yumm.
It was beef soup. Really it's just my usual food soaked in vinegar to soften it then blended with water. Aurora prefers that over "real" food. I like it sometimes. I preferred when mom still mixed blue cheese in it to get Aurora to eat more but she doesn't need to any more.

No room for three at the table
No room for three at the table

oh maybe there is room for three
oh maybe there is room for three

Ori digging into an avocado
Ori digging into an avocado

This book looks exciting
This book looks exciting

Ori trying the serious look
Ori trying the serious look
And look at that hairy chinny chin chin

I think you just licked my brain!
I think you just licked my brain!
Yes this incident did end in a spilled food bowl. The bowl did start in the middle of the shelf. Ori keeps pulling it closer all the time, the lazy kid.

Pua tries some soup
Pua tries some soup

Sept 21

Just discovered Ori is not with her momma in the closet but is sleeping in the (mashed down) brown house on top of the cage.
~ Pua's mommy

See why Ori was sleeping alone. She's got a skinned nose. Guess her momma did it though sure it must have been an accident.
~ Pua's mommy

Got up at 7 but I think it was too early. Napping in my hammock.


I joined Aurora in the nest but want to play with Ori. I checked the shelf but she's not there eating. I'm confused.


I found her. I found Ori.
She doesn't seem to happy. Not sure why. Wasn't that an outhouse? Oh well following her back to the closet for play time.

Got some outside time but found it creepy. Just sat in the tree for a bit then came in. Then we all ran around the house. I tried to ride Ori Several times but she's not good at giving rides.


Hanging out in my sink tonight


Sept 22
So watching the anteaters run around the house last night and Pua trying to ride Ori I noticed Pua and Ori are nearly the same size but Ori is still a fair amount smaller than her momma. Pua really is a midget. No wonder every time I meet another adult anteater in person I'm like "It's huge" ha. She's built like a bulldog though so most of her weight really is muscle(as 15-17 is kind of heavy considering her smaller size).


I don't know what they are watching in the other room but it sounds scary.


Look what Aurora did
Look what Aurora did
Since she was removing it along the 2x4 I just removed the rest across the top and have added a shelf

Hey there, got treat?
Hey there, got treat?

Sharing ants
Sharing ants

Ant bear
Ant bear
Taking a break from picking at her log.

Checking out the new shelf
Checking out the new shelf

Gimme treats
Gimme treats

So another reason for the shelf was to put Aurora's food bowl right in front of her so when she wakes up she finds it and doesn't need to wake me.

She liked this idea quite a bit
Aurora and Ori
Aurora and Ori

Add in the frozen bowl and all is well

Where's the food
Where's the food
Aurora is confused(the light is behind the bowl though it doesn't look like it)

Pua having soup
Pua having soup

Excuse me could you move
Excuse me could you move
This soup is colder than the other side

I said move *shove*
I said move *shove*

Darn your stubborn
Darn your stubborn
Fine I'll just keep to sipping on this side

Sharing soup
Sharing soup
Notice Pua moved her mouth to Aurora's side. She looks happy.

This experiment later came to an abrupt end when someone knocked the bowl down from the shelf. Filled with frozen water, what was essentially a large block of ice, hit my wooden stool and broke it in half. I need to get better at anticipating potentially negative outcomes.


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