Poncho the Parrot Prays the Hail Mary

Poncho the Parrot

Ah, the Internet:  Ain't it grand?I stumbled upon this wonderful clip of a green parrot that's mastered the Hail Mary.  I thought you'd enjoy it, too!  … [Read more...]

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Baby Gorilla Strikes a Happy Pose

Baby Gorilla

Happy Birthday, Baby!Mom Ndjole (pronounced In-jōlee) and father Togo (pronounced Toe-go), two Western Lowland Gorillas, are the proud parents of a strong and healthy baby gorilla born early Saturday, August 16, at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Unfortunately, since giving birth, the mother has not demonstrated any signs of maternal care toward her four-pound baby.  That means that zoo officials have had to step in; and the Zoo's veterinarian team and gorilla keepers will han … [Read more...]

Feline Spirituality: Lessons Learned from Christopher’s Cat

Christopher Smart c. 1745

"For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good cat." Eighteenth-century English poet Christopher Smart was a complex man. A gifted poet and writer, a successful magazine editor and composer of music for the theatre, Smart was nonetheless known for excessive drinking and reckless spending. He suffered from a religious mania that compelled him to continuous prayer. His good friend, poet Samuel Johnson, commenting on that aspect of his personality, wrote, "My poor friend Smart showed … [Read more...]