John Ball launches blog… and they’re telling some awfully good stories!

Male Kelp Gull, Sonny.
Male Kelp Gull, Sonny.

Who knew that John Ball Zoo had two of the oldest kelp gulls in the world?  Who knew that the penguins are little thieves?  These factoids, along with many other eye-opening and surprising details, are shared in John Ball Zoo’s new ZOO BLOG, that launched April 11,. The Zoo plans to release a new blog on every other Thursday.

Here are a few excerpts from the blogs. “Plastic grasses are made available to the flock. The birds will then compete to gather the grasses and sometimes the stones to add to their burrows. They will then lay their eggs on top of the grasses and stones. Thievery of stones and grasses from burrows is ongoing throughout the nesting season.”  Posted by Animal Care Supervisor Cheryl Dykstra

Crafty little penguins who are known for their thievery of stones and grasses.
Crafty little penguins who are known for their thievery of stones and grasses.

“We have three Kelp Gulls:  Our male Sunny and girls Max(ine) and Lou.  Our birds hatched at Sea World San Diego, but their origin is even more exotic.” Posted by Zookeeper Dave Blaszkiewicz

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