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Wild Animals

Word of the day: Wild!

We live in western Connecticut. Marty likes to call it the country although we have plenty of fast food joints, strip malls and main streets lined with specialty stores. Still, there is quite a lot of undeveloped land around us, and houses tend to sit on several acres of wooded property. So, we have many wild animals that co-exist with us. The usual suspects: deer, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, squirrels, skunks, and chipmunks. I have spotted fox. I have heard coyotes. And these are just the mammals! Countless birds (both prey and song style), turtles, toads, frogs, snakes and salamanders have been duly noted over the years. (We’ll leave insects out of the discussion.)  We teach the girls their names, where they live and to respect their wild natures. We recently spotted a water snake on a hike and Ripley ran to grab it, which prompted an excellent learning opportunity. “DON’T TOUCH IT!” We also were privileged to witness an encounter recently between a domestic and wild animal, which ended with a laugh rather than the usual dire result. A raccoon had climbed up onto our back deck to sample some of the left over cat food left in a bowl. We hushed the girls and beckoned them over to the glass sliding door. Right as we arrived, our cat Titan came out of nowhere, and batted that poor raccoon right off the porch. It’s a tough life in the great outdoors!

Here are our girls doing a project to give homes to some of our wild birds:

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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