Friday, May 31, 2013

School's Out For Summer!!!

Ok, so most of us are no longer in school, but I know I still get super giddy the closer we get to summer!  Right now we're shaking off the last of our Spring showers (hopefully) and eager to get back to business with our incredible summer season.  There are many exciting things about summer; the sun, the warmth, BBQ's, boats, lakes, pools, tans, fresh fruit, baseball, and of course, Triple D's animal babies!  This year's rookie line up consists of a tiger cub, wolf pups, coyote pups, red fox kits, bobcat kittens, and a baby porcupine!  While those baby faces are going to instantly melt your heart, don't forget about our seasoned veterans!  Returning to our active roster is as follows:

  • Adult Black Bear - "Casey"
  • Adolescent Grizzly Bear - "Bruno"
  • Adult Mtn Lions - "Kali," "Khia," & "Andy"
  • Snow Leopard - "Aryaa"
  • Amur Leopard - "Kupalo"
  • Wolves - "Gracie," "Ebony," "Lakota," "Big John," "Julia," & "Cila" (and many more for our wolf pack)
  • Coyotes - "Bailey" & "Otis"
  • Red Fox - "Big Joey," "Little Joey," "Baron," & "Singer"
  • Cross Fox - "Dudette"
  • Silver Fox - "Jessie"
  • Grey Fox - "Simon" & "Roxy"
  • Bobcat - "Cpt. Jack" & "Buffy"
  • Canadian Lynx - "Simba," "Avy," & "Lanny"
  • Siberian Lynx - "Dora"
  • Badger - "Opie"
  • Porcupine - "Phyllis Quiller"
  • Fisher - "Ferrah"
  • Pine Marten - "Ernie," "Tarzan," & "Jane"
  • Raccoon - "Missy"
The whole crew, two-legged & four-legged have been working their "tails" off to make sure that this busy summer goes off without a hitch!  We all look forward to seeing you, sharing laughs, and making memories that last forever!

Our tiger cub, Hershey is literally the "cat's meow" around here....

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Earlier we had announced the birth of a precious baby boy tiger.  We had requested from the breeder a male, and they had said we got our wish.  Well!  When our little bundle of striped fur arrived in California, there was a little bit of confusion as the health certificate said "female."  (A side note: it is extremely difficult to determine the sex of a baby cat.)  We had a boy's name picked out, but we did not want to start calling this little tiger by a boy's name if she was indeed a girl!   So!  For a couple of days we referred to the tiger as a "He-she."  Well, after a couple of days of uncertainty, we all agreed that "he" was indeed a "she."  At that point, the "he" became a "her" & "Hershey" was named.  We were prepared to raise a male, but looking at that face and listening to her friendly chuffs (a tiger's form of purring) for a month straight, how could we send her back?!?!?! We all fell head over heels in love with her and she is now and forever a part of the Triple D family.

Hershey was born on March 19, 2013 and is now, at just 2 months old, 15 lbs.  Pretty soon she'll be growing 10 lbs a week!!!!  She won't be a little fluff ball for very long!  She is curious, playful, & eager to learn! She loves the company of her human (& domestic canine) family, but she likes her space as well.  She is very independent and always trying to explore new things.  We are SO excited to welcome her into our  hearts and our lives.  She will be rocking the ranch all summer long as the new "baby" here.  She will soon go from "cute & cuddly" to "large & in charge!"  Don't miss the "cute & cuddly" stage!!    

Hershey in Mariposa, CA at 1 month old 
Photo taken by Cesar Aristeiguieta

Hershey at 7 weeks old playing with her new "Lamb Chop" squeaky toy