How to Support your local Animal Centres during the Coronavirus Lockdown

Zoos, aquariums, farms, rescue centres, and other animal centres might be closed to the public because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but the animals still need to be fed and cared for by staff every single day. These centres rely on visitor admissions, donations, and supporters to help keep them running, and to pay for the…

Whales & Penises: A Trip to The Icelandic Phallological Museum

First and foremost, I would like to thank my amazing Grandparents for treating my brother and I to this fantastic holiday in Iceland in 2015. This is a bit of a throwback post, but I remember this trip with such fondness that I wanted to share a few of our animal adventures… “The Icelandic Phallological…

My Pets: Dog Walks with Bailey

I am feeling a little nostalgic today, and I am missing my big bundle of floof, Bailey. With the Lockdown in effect, I have been taking more time out in the natural spaces around my area to escape from the confinement of the house. However, going for walks without a dog is just not quite…

My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Days 7-10

In the last post we left off with the rattos having just moved in to the top half of the big main cage, and they were just settling down for the night. We had a successful free-roam session with them, and while there were a few scuffles, all was going well.   We are now…

Jungles & Deserts: The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

I have loved visiting this indoor jungle since I was a child, and I was so excited to share the beauty of one of my favourite places in Edinburgh with Stuart…. “The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes.  Our mission is to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of…

My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Days 4-6

In the previous post we left off with the rats having moved into the small rat cage. Toothless was distancing himself from the group, and Shenron was running away from conflict.   It is now Day 4 and the rats have been in the small rat cage with no hammocks, hides, or very many toys…

Professional: Cat Sitting with Izzy & Elsa

I recently had the pleasure of looking after Izzy & Elsa. These elegant sisters are such a joy to care for, and I love how affectionate they are, especially as their coats are so soft and fluffy!! Luckily for me, these Birman ladies only live across the road from me, which means I am the…

My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Days 2 + 3

In the last diary entry we had just started off the carrier method, and the rats had spent the night in the cat carrier.   It is now Day 2 and we are moving them from the cat carrier to a small hamster cage. A barred cage like this is great for intros because you…

My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Day 1

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that we have just added two new rat babies to the Fluffy Jellyfish family! Head back a couple of posts to meet Toothless and Shenron. In this next series of posts I will be documenting their introduction process to the rest of the…

My Pets: Taming Toothless & Shenron

In my last post I introduced you to our two new rat babies, Toothless and Shenron and today, I want to share their updates with you. The babies have been in quarantine for 3 months. This may sound like a long time, but we wanted to give Toothless and Shenron enough time to settle in…

My Art: Smaug

In my memory of my sweet little Smaug… Chloe Henderson Smaug is an ode to my lovely little rat boy who sadly passed over the rainbow bridge a few months ago. I wanted to remember him by creating this artwork. You can discover more about Smaug, and the rest of my mischief of rats by…

Feeding Seals at St.Andrews Aquarium

I am standing atop a platform, with the winter sun shining down on my face, and the find whipping my hair into a frenzy. I look down, and I can see their smiling, hungry faces swimming up towards me…. “Nestled on St Andrews’ dramatic north facing cliffs, with stunning views of the famous west sands…

My Pets: Toothless & Shenron

Today, I am really excited to introduce you to two new members of the Fluffy Jellyfish family! Meet Toothless and Shenron… Toothless and Shenron are two adorable little rat kittens that we could not pass up the opportunity of having in our family. After the passing of sweet little Smaug and Drogon, myself and Stuart…

Handling Creepy Crawlies in Kettering: A Bugtopia Animal Experience

We are sitting on benches, anxiously waiting, as lots of leggy creatures crawl around us… and soon make their way onto our hands…. “Getting hands on really inspires minds and we find that children learn more if they are excited, and theres nothing more exiting than holding a millipede or maybe even a tarantula!!!!!!” [source]…

Meerkat Surprises: A Birthday Trip to Bugtopia the Zoo

I am wearing a long mesh skirt, which attracts the attention of multiple curious noses, and they start to dart in and out of my feet, climbing around the mesh as they scrabble for more worms…. “Bugtopia is a family owned small zoo with an emphasis on interactivity and affordable fun for the entire family….

Over the Rainbow Bridge: Drogon

Today I have some sad news to share with you. Drogon, our grumpy old man black rex ratto, has sadly passed away. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have been following my updates on Drogon’s progress. It was like watching what happened to Smaug all over again, and it was devastating to see the…

My Pets: Elvis

Today I am really excited to introduce you to a new member of the Fluffy Jellyfish family!! This is Elvis… Elvis is a 20 year-old Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni). Hermann’s Tortoises are part of a group of Tortoises referred to as Mediterranean Tortoises. In the wild, these tortoises live in rocky hillsides and the Oak and…

Castles & Animals: A trip to Dudley Zoo

The sun is shining brightly, there is a warm summer breeze swirling the fabric of my dress, and I am moving slowly through the air as adorable fluffy monkeys play on the hillside below my dangling feet…. “Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of…

Professional: Hamster Sitting with Bilbo

Last week I had the pleasure of pet-sitting for the adorable little ball of fluff that is Bilbo Hammins!! Bilbo is a cute little one and a half year old Syrian Hamster. She was beautifully inquisitive, and always poked her wee head out of bed when I visited to check on her. Bilbo is very…

Wings & Scales: A Trip to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

The festive season is over, we are in that January lull of bad weather, and long nights… so, it is about the right time to add a splash of colour into our life… “Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World is the world’s longest running butterfly house and one of Scotland’s favourite tourist and educational attractions. We…