Critter of the Week: Ornitholestes

Meet Opie. He’s a happy little fella who loves to curl up in your lap, so it’s a good thing he’s about the size of a big dog!

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Yes, Opie seems to think he’s a big lapdog, and he loves it when you stroke his feathers.  Where is he off to now?  It looks like he’s going to show you his favorite toy…Opie carries Teddy around everywhere.  He’s gone through quite a few “surgeries” to poke the stuffing back in after Opie nibbled on him.

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Oh! That’s Miss Kitty peaking around the corner.  She’s a little shy after Opie tried playing a game of snatch with her.  He’s just a big softie though, and he only wants to play.  He’ll get a little droopy when Miss Kitty doesn’t understand.  So he’ll curl up in his bed to snuggle with Teddy, and he’ll chirp happy chirps when he snuggles.  He sounds a lot like this…

 

Speaking of soft and cuddly, those feathers are rather like those on an emu or kiwi.  Looks a lot like fur, doesn’t it? 🙂

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Emu feathers.  Photo courtesy of Amanda Slater (2009)

 

Making progress…

My biggest discovery this week is Pinterest!  Not a lot to do or say about it just yet, since I’m just in the learning phase…but let’s just say that for a website heavy on illustrations like this one, it sounds like an image-centric site like Pinterest will be a great way to spread the love. 😀

Coming Next Week…

This small plant-eater is a bit shy, but she’ll snuggle for treats. 🙂

Share your guess in the comments! She’s one of the critters over on the critter page. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Ornitholestes

    1. Hi Brownie, thank you for stopping by! Opie eats a special formula Pete mixes at the shop, something kinda like dog food. 😉

      Opie’s wild relatives snatch up small critters. Those long arms are great for nabbing small, slippery animals hiding in the brush. 🙂

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