Places to Visit »Manisses Animal Farm

Manisses Animal FarmThere are lots of things you might expect to see while strolling around Block Island: weather beaten wooden beach houses, fields of grass, even an Indian burial ground seems somewhat appropriate?but I truly thought that the three and a half hour walk I'd just taken was making me see things when I caught a glimpse of a huge camel nestled in-between vacation homes.

The Manisses Hotel, one of the best elegant dining options on the island, is also home to an impressive wild animal farm. While some might consider it family only fun for the kids, I spent a long time watching the emus, camel, zorse, geese and goslings, ducks, lemurs, donkeys, llamas, lambs (one provided lots of entertainment when a tree branch stuck to his butt made him freak out), and my most favorite and fascinating, a giant, majestic yak.

The site will make you wonder who was behind it and why, but no worries, there's a plaque to explain:

“As a hobby, I have assembled an unusual collection of animals from many parts of the world. You will notice most of the animals live in complete harmony with each other (this is true). The farm also provides education and enjoyment to all visitors?Justin Abrams”

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Posted on July 13, 2009

Laughs »Slow Loris Loves Getting Tickled

slow loris gets tickledToo adorable for words. Caused waves of squeals in my office as it made the rounds.

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Posted on April 27, 2009

Laughs »Cat Fancy Survey

Cat Fancy Survey I love that Cat Fancy never pretends to be something that it's not. Usually the best parts are the ads for crazy cat lady junk (frequently studded with rhinestones) and the “editorials” by Garfield, which are priceless (this month he weighs in on feline films, pointing out that compared to dogs, cats get the short end of the stick when it comes pet-centric cinema) – but this latest survey had me laughing out loud.

News flash! 76% of cat owners love EVERYTHING about their cats. I'd love to meet (and now that I think of it, I probably already have, at various cat shows) the women and few men who participated in this informal poll and have a talking to with those that didn't vote “everything”.

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Posted on April 6, 2009