Big Cat Rescue: Fun With Pumpkins!
It’s that time of year again at Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, FL, as the keepers employ a seasonal enrichment for the cats. The video’s a bit cheesy, but it’s fun. (via: BCR)
The Resplendent Quetzal is a bird in the trogon family. It is found from southern Mexico to western Panama (other quetzals are found in South America and eastern Panama). It is well known for its colorful plumage.
The Resplendent Quetzal is Guatemala’s national bird, and appears on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency (abbreviation GTQ).
The Resplendent Quetzal was considered divine, associated with the “snake god”, Quetzalcoatl by Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations. Its iridescent green tail feathers, symbols for spring plant growth, were venerated by the ancient Aztecs and Maya, who viewed the quetzal as the “god of the air” and as a symbol of goodness and light. Mesoamerican rulers and some nobility of other ranks wore headdresses made from quetzal feathers. Since it was a crime to kill a quetzal, the bird was simply captured, its long tail feathers plucked, and was set free.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resplendent_Quetzal
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