Dave Pagni, of Seven Oaks in Wesley Chapel, was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this barred owl, a ‘resident’ at Lettuce Lake Park, off Fletcher Avenue in Tampa. The owl, also known as the hoot owl, roosts quietly in forest trees during the day. It seeks prey by watching from a perch, and also by flying low through forests.
Hero is the best dog ever
Hero is a 5-year-old Shih Tzu/Havanese terrier mix, adopted from the Hillsborough County shelter. He is named after Big Hero 6, a Disney animated film. Upon adoption, Hero was very sick with a case of pneumonia, and it was thought he would not survive. But, with time, love and medication, he pulled through and has been such a joy. Hero is very smart and house-trained (a bonus), great with children and genuinely loves everyone. Hero lives with his family, Jennifer Cazares and her son, Greyland (in photo), in Carrollwood.
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Finn is funny and sweet
Finn is a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, and was rescued at 4 months old. He was left tied up at an old apartment complex, and Adelyn Adams of Land O’ Lakes was able to give him a forever home. Finn is the best friend anyone could ask for. He is obsessed with his green ball, and loves to play fetch all of the time. Finn is extremely loyal and very protective.
Strutting its stuff
Mike Ray, of Lutz, came upon this snapping turtle, approximately 30 inches long, crossing Henley Road. Snapping turtles live only in fresh or brackish water. They prefer water with muddy bottoms and lots of vegetation, so that they can hide more easily. Snapping turtles spend almost all their time in water, but do go on land to lay eggs in sandy soil.
A rafter of turkeys
Reggie Robinson caught these turkeys ‘gobbling’ along on State Road 54 near Asturia, just west of the Suncoast Parkway. These nine are just a handful of the more than 7 million wild turkeys spread throughout North America (according to TheSpruce.com).