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New Animals at the Magnetic Hill Zoo

By DAMI - Last updated: Saturday, June 4, 2016
One of the beautiful Servals at the Magnetic Hill Zoo. The two gorgeous cats arrived at the zoo this week and it was a treat to see them!

One of the beautiful Servals at the Magnetic Hill Zoo. The two gorgeous cats arrived at the zoo this week and it was a treat to see them!

One of the great things about having an annual pass to the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton is that now we can go anytime the weather is nice and we have the time. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic and a walk and it usually takes us 2 hours to do a nice tour to see the creatures and stop for a lunch.

There were some new faces at the zoo when we went this week! The zoo has two new residents, well actually four; two young dromedary camels and a pair of African Servals! The dromedaries are behind the lion enclosure where the nice horses used to be and the Servals are beside the mountain goats near the lemurs.

Such sweet faces, a bit like a cross between a moose and a llama.

Such sweet faces, a bit like a cross between a moose and a llama.

This Serval didn't appreciate being mistaken for a cheetah and let everyone know it!

This Serval didn’t appreciate being mistaken for a cheetah and let everyone know it!

The servals are beautiful cats, and the serval has the longest legs of any cat, relative to its body size, which was quite evident when we saw one stand up! Wow, she had long legs like a greyhound. A beautiful cat. I didn’t know but the Savannah cat breed is a mix between a serval and a domestic cat! You could tell they were just getting used to their new environment having only arrived a few days before to the zoo. There was a family that approached and when the serval saw the little girl at the fence near her cage she bared her teeth and made a growl like she would like to have a bite out of that little treat with chubby cheeks who wouldn’t stop calling her a cheetah. “I’m a Serval, how dare you call me a Cheetah!”

The dromedaries are real sweeties; they were both relaxing in a hay pile and cuddling each other. Like camels, and unlike most other animals, dromedaries move both legs on one side of the body at the same time when they walk. Dromedaries have one hump as opposed to the camels two humps. They seemed to be quite happy in the large expansive pasture they inherited from the horses who had been their prior. The sun was toasting them and they were rubbing necks together and just being contented. The lighter colored one was yawning or doing some cud chewing movements and was quite cute. It looked a bit like she was singing!

Let it gooooo! Let it gooooo! It looks like the golden dromedary is singing a song and little brownie is tucking his ears in the hay trying to turn down the dromedary volume! Not sure if she was yawning or chewing some cud but it was sure cute to see!

Let it gooooo! Let it gooooo! It looks like the golden dromedary is singing a song and little brownie is tucking his ears in the hay trying to turn down the dromedary volume! Not sure if she was yawning or chewing some cud but it was sure cute to see!

The zoo at Magnetic Hill is the place we like to visit the most in Moncton!

Full Moon With The Approaching Eclipse

By DAMI - Last updated: Sunday, September 27, 2015
The full moon rose at 6:58 PM and we watched her rise above the Peticodiac.

The full moon rose at 6:58 PM and we watched her rise above the Peticodiac.

The lunar eclipse is coming and we’ve got clear skies and warm weather so we’ll make it a full evening and watch the whole show starting at 7 PM tonight when we drove down to the Riverfront Trail and set up to watch the moon rise over the trees. A flock of geese flew right in front of the moon just as I turned off my camera, wouldn’t you know it!

We watched the eclipse start down at the chocolate river with the tidal bore and then went home to watch the show!

We watched the eclipse start down at the chocolate river with the tidal bore and then went home to watch the show!

We set up our lawn chairs, made a hot beverage and sat like a couple on the deck of a cruise ship under blankets watching the eclipse make the moon turn a shadowy reddish color and darken the skies so more stars were visible. It was a prefect evening and a great show under the moon together!