Connecting Kids to Wildlife by Touching & Learning
Was out in Max’s enclosure this past weekend doing cleaning and repairs. Yep, new galvanized panels are rusted because he marks his territory. I had to sand, prime and paint. Then in some spots I put up painted wood and others plexi-glass but plexi is expensive. Anyways, I’m thankful I can do this, he just now marks the wood or plexi and the panels are safe.
Found some Bird’s Nest Fungi in his cage, too. I’ve never seen this before. So, I dug them up and will treat the soil with a dish liquid mixture this coming weekend.
After months and months of purchasing supplies and putting together, Max gets a 15×60 foot run area. I basically put it all together myself except for about 5 hours of help from a good friend and 5 hours from my cousin. I couldn’t have done it without these two people. Putting in post holes by myself was a killer but I prevailed and so happy I could provide this area for Max. Here are some photos.
On May 4, Max turned 6 years old. I posted a montage video on our Wildlife Bernie YouTube channel titled “Max Canada Lynx, the Life of.” Check it out! Here’s a few birthday photos of the boy as he sheds his thick winter fur and a few yesterday after I gave him a box to play in.
Each year I try to get a photo of Max & I. Last year, my mother took the photo but she’s not feeling all that well and therefore I had to rely on the self-timer. It was challenging to set the timer (10 secs), scoop up a 40 pound cat and both of us smiling when the camera snapped. We did our best and here they are.
Max got a leather bunny for Christmas that I found at a hardware store. It’s for dogs and not filled with anything but Max fell in love with the smell. He loves to rub his face on my boots or leather gloves and I thought this would be perfect along with durable. I was right.
We also took a walk using an old harness of his. He has escaped from this harness before which is why I purchased a specially made one but it chokes him when he pulls on the lead. I’m not a fan of it and thought we’d try the old one but I included a collar just in case but the two leashes made it confusing for both of us since they weren’t the same length. Anyways, it didn’t matter and Max got to dig in the snow. Something he loves to do. I have posted a video on our YouTube channel. It’s 8 minutes long and I apologize for that but I cut out as much as possible without losing sight of him.
Max’s video “I’m a Big Baby” published in January of this year is going viral. It blows me away because it’s just Max purring! He has a couple recent videos that are getting popular also. Check out our YouTube channel “Wildlife Bernie.”
While we were presenting a program in Stony Creek, Max was given a donation to be put towards some special food he loves. Well, he now has four Cornish Hens thanks to Doreen Ryan of Stony Creek, NY. Of course I will span them out over the next six months. Max received his first hen on February 17. I needed to cut the hen according to his specifications with the wings and legs being removed and then the body split between breast and back. Before I could put his dish in his cage, he grabbed the back and began crunching down on it. Mind you, I could not get close to him until he finished. I sat and filmed him eating his tender morsel. Once he finished I was able to get past him to secure the dish on his shelf.
You can view our video at this link: https://youtu.be/rUhxQwSoWZQ
And here’s a photo of him looking over his wonderful special meal.