Category Archives: animals

BEAR SEASON by Peter Nolan Smith

Hunting season along the Hudson River opened in mid-October. Bow and arrows only. Guns weren’t allowed until November, so I felt relatively safe walking in the woods wearing a neon-orange hooded sweatshirt. No animal in that color existed north or south of Troy, New York and during the shooting season non-hunters drape their bodies in […]

Fancy Colored Snakes

Last week Thai wildlife officers captured a monacled cobra. These snakes cause more deaths in Thailand than anywhere else in Southeast Asia, since the Naja kaouthia’s venom can cause death in less than an hour. I have seen them in pits at zoos. Nothing scares me more. One monsoon season I was staying on Koh […]

The Snake Seduction of Eve

Quabbin Reservoir was created in the 1930s to provide the city and suburbs of Boston with clean water. Farms and towns were evacuated in the flood plain and the watershed has served as a park for visiting families and hikers, however in 2016 the Massachusetts Division of fisheries and Wildlife decided to set up a […]

Pandaphants

Pandas are notoriously slow breeders; indifferent to sex, however Thai zoo authorities have succeeded where native Chinese zoos have failed by breeding pandas with elephants. Tens of pandaphants are tromping around Thailand. Come and see the amazement. They are a sight to see.

4Q Heart-warming Bullshit Stories

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Louisiana State University . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the […]