"Who’s birthday is today? How come we got a king for lunch?" ~one Amur tiger to another
Asian Elephants In 2004, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thaliand gave a pair of female elephants to Sweden, called Bua and Saonoi.
On 27 July 2013, Bua gave birth to the male calf, Namsai who weighs 191 pounds at birth! The father (donor, since everything’s done through artificial insemination) is another Asian elephant, Raja, who is actually a British “citizen” (originally from Jaldapara, India; now living in Woburn Zoo).
White Rhino A few pens over, mama rhino Imfolozi, gave birth to her fourth calf which they named Nambi, after an African goddess. Imfolozi arrived in Sweden from Africa in 2003, and has previously given birth to three daughters: Mashikishiki, Izala, and Jala.
The Tiger Bus The zoo has repurposed an old Hagglund bus, so that visitors can come close to the group of Amur/Siberian tigers. Look at them at a close distance!
The Zoo Kolmårdens Djurpark, 618 92 Kolmården, Sweden +46 10 708 70 00
Happy Birthday, Princess!
Just married this weekend, Princess Madeleine of Sweden celebrates her 31st birthday today. The birthday girl will live in New York with her husband, a British-American banker/financier, Chris O’Neill.
Doesn’t mean that she will give up riding her horse though, as seen on the cover page of DI Weekend news magazine. Have horse, will travel.
Her love for horses is well-known. Her great-aunt Lilian (who sadly passed away exactly three months ago), had this to say about her darling grand-niece: Princess Madeleine is very pretty and attractive but much more serious than her older siblings. She takes school very ambitiously – reads all the time, I think – and like many girls in that age live for her horses.
Upon entering her majority, together with the province of Gävleborg (under the duchies of Hälsingland and Gästrikland), she set up a scholarship fund for young horseriders.
The Little Prince and the Cocker Spaniel (2002)
18 May 2013, the Confirmation of Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat at the Palace Church, Fredensborg. The eldest grandson of Queen Margrethe II was born in 1999 to Prince Joachim and Alexandra Countess of Frederiksborg. Amongst his godparents are his uncle Crown Prince Frederik, and HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.—via allthingsroyal.nl
Milly Kakao, the Norwegian Royal Labradoodle looking concerned about something and being unabashedly cute with Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus in national costumes.
~ 17 May 2013, National Day
I think this may be one of my new favorites. Good God.
Prince Charles and Raven, the Honorary Keeper of the Royal Buff Orpingtons, at Sandringham. (2010)
The Orpington chickens are a breed of chicken named after a place in England. It is nice and round (like a teapot), is often moody, but make great mothers. They’re cute and they can’t really fly very far (more like an extended hop, I guess), so they are good backyard farm animals too, it seems.
Crown Princess Mary & Crown Princess Frederik feeding Humboldt Penguins during their visit to the Ozeaneum maritime museum and aquarium in Stralsund, Germany (2010).
Confession-time: until I paid more attention in biology class, I never knew that there are penguins that live in warmer climates, i.e. places where its not eleventy degrees below zero all the time.
Anyway, the Humboldt penguins are one of those non- arctic penguins. They hail from South America in Peru and Chile, and even if they rarely (if ever?) frolic in the snow, they still like the cold waters of the Humboldt current. But to live close to this food-rich current means they have to learn to tolerate harsh conditions of the Atacama desert as well.
Due to overfishing (that either harms them or reduces their food supply), climate change (that causes an increase in the ocean acidification and rise in water temperature), they’re currently regarded as vulnerable/endangered species.
Little Prince Christian & a Pademelon during a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Park, near Hobart, Tasmania (2006)
The Pademelon is the smallest of the Macropod marsupials. Endemic to Tasmania, it outlived its mainland Australian cousins who had become extinct due to predation and land clearance. The name itself is a derivation of the Aboriginal word, badimaliyan, not because it eats pandas or melons.
The King and I, says the cat on the piano.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX of Thailand, the world’s longest-serving monarch has many hobbies, from painting, sculpting, making little boats and racing them, to writing pieces of music. A French-translation of his songs have been compiled and released as a CD Les Chansons du Roi in 2010, featuring 25 artists from Thailand and France.
Some of His Majesty’s music as a Youtube playlist