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Category Archives: Birds and Mammals

Cobra Cobra, mend my show!


Original playout date: 22 March 2008
Duration: 1:32

“There’s a fine nursery rhyme called “”cobbler cobbler””. The idea to mix this up with “”cobra, cobra”” came from my daughter Sophie when we were watching this clip of the snake, which is certainly doing the rounds here on YouTube. From what I can make out they must have milked the snake’s venom dry and also (from the way it is simply slapping with its chin when it strikes) taped the mouth shut with clear sticky tape.

I don’t really approve of the use of snakes in this form of entertainment, by the way – I’m just mining some humour out of the juxtaposition.”
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #7 “Tring Museum”


Original playout date: 2 March 2008
Duration: 8:28

A nice visit to Tring Museum with family. Sophie and cousins.
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Pushkin’s Post-castration Video


Original playout date: 16 February 2008
Duration: 4:07

Anyone who has pets and needs to get them neutered or castrated might be surprised to see sexual behaviours still linger after the mechanisms driving such behaviours have been set aside.
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Pushkin’s Pre-castration video


Original playout date: 9 February 2008
Duration: 2:38

If you have an uncastrated male cat then after about eight months, they are going to get into musth, and then they are very frustrated if they can’t go out in search of females. Pushkin was lietrally climbing up the walls to get out of here just to try to find the female cats he could smell on the breeze. Castration is a mercy to a cat if he is not going to breed. It is also part of a contract if you don’t pay the pedigree price.
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Starlinggrad!


Original playout date: 26 January 2008
Duration: 1:11

Some times in the year, here in Warsaw, we get inundated with huge flocks of starlings.
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Bengali wrestles wife, wife tries to get kit off on camera!


Original playout date: 24 January 2008
Duration: 6:46

I suppose the provocative title is the main reason for the 20 thousand views, but then again it is quite an amusing, if blurry, battle of wills between my wife and our Bengal kitten (then kitten, now 11 year old cat) Pushkin. As well as a chance to hear some Russian.
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Bengal Funny Mood


Original playout date: 12 January 2008
Duration: 12:16

A strange and funny mood prevails one Saturday afternoon, in our house, featuring George avoiding the camera, Tatyana hogging it and Pushkin the Bengal Cat not reacting much to all the things he normally enjoys.
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Pushkin – The story so far…


Original playout date: 29 December 2007
Duration: 5:27

Some flashbacks to when we had bought Pushkin some months earlier, his homecoming in September 2007 and subsequent weeks of growing up and getting used to us.
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Birds of Poland


Original playout date: 7 November 2007
Duration: 4:30

Poland has a wide variety of birdlife, from white-headed eagles and great bustards down to tiny wrens and colourful golden orioles.
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Holiday in Alsace #7 – Going up Monkey Mountain


Original playout date: 19 September 2007
Duration: 6:57

Agent de YouTube Uncle Davey takes Sophie up Monkey Moutain in Alsace, which is a rhesus monkey enclosure and Sophie has a nice time feeding them.

It’s a bit scary really the way she comes right up to them. Thankfully they are not so aggressive and usually will warn prior to biting like most animals.
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Choosing a Bengal Cat これは 猫です


Original playout date: 10 September 2007
Duration: 11:43

A collection of fine thoroughbred Bengals. We decided in the end for Pushkin, the marbled brown four month kitten you see in the frame at 10:40, and reserved him, but I am still hoping for comments and advice from bengal cat cognoscenti. Two weeks later Pushkin came to our home and 10 and a half years later he is still here enjoying himself. I have added a category under family members for Pushkin and this is the first one as it’s the first time he ever appeared on a film, as this is where we meet him for the first time, the guy who sleeps on our bed every night.
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Our friends’ parrots – Les Perroquets de nos amis


Original playout date: 4 August 2007
Duration: 5:28

Thierry and Annie-Christine have two lovely parrots, an Amazonian Green and an African Grey. The African grey did a bunk a week ago, and after five days of liberty was fortunately retrieved. He is still a bit dazed in this video.
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