The other day I had two cast members tell me about the hawks--one saw one fly over Main St. with a big fish in its mouth and the other saw one swoop down and grab a baby duck. He also saw a duck catch fire during Fantasmic. I once saw a mother duck and babies swim past just before the dragon, but they were out of the way before the fire (thank goodness).
I remember the first time we went to WDW a few years ago and we saw ibis everywhere! That was surreal, because I'd grown up in Disneyland Park and the birds were limited to swans and very happy little sparrows.
Anyone got a picture of the big scary bird that lives in the Jungle Cruise? He likes to eat baby ducks. I've never been able to get a shot of him.
Junebugs, roaches, mice...
cats, possums, raccoons...
fairly large lizards, turtles, fish, crawdads...
Egret things, hawks, crows, giant ravens, many kinds of ducks...
I've seen it all! I remember reading about the coyote found at the hotel.
Even seen the bedbugs...
My dad is a biologist who often consults regarding vertebrate pests. I definitely think the parks don't have a very good handle on their pest control. He had some colleagues who used to consult and plan for the parks in that area a couple decades ago, but who no longer do that, and from what they've told him, they thought the parks just kind of gave up on it.
You have got the lovely things like baby ducks, big egrets, turtles, and some even enjoy the junebugs (they freak me out), but then you have to draw the line for things that are considered vermin because they carry diseases.
"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" (John Masefield)
Ya, I can tell you right now these are currently the animals living there: opossums, raccoons, rats, mice, feral cats, birds of all kinds, Red-Eared Slider turtles, Koi fish, Carp, mosquito fish, Craw fish, Shrimp, and giant cockroaches. I personally have researched it and have seen all these for myself over the years. When I asked horticulture how they got there they informed me that its the ducks! The ducks go to parks and game reserves around SoCal and they walk through the eggs of these different animals like turtles and fish and when they land in the water in the park, the eggs release and hatch and from there the population grows naturally.
I can accept the ducks and birds bring in eggs of fish that lay eggs, however mosquito fish don't lay eggs but give life birth, and I dont know of any turtle species where the eggs would be small enough to get stuck to a bird, and most turtles burrow their eggs.
My guess with turtles as is common in public ponds, is people had pets, snuck them in and released them. If Disney was smart they would be stocking the ponds with mosquito fish to reduce the flying pests presence in the park.
I know of a certain kind of wildlife, that enters the park in the morning, happy and glad to be there. But, they evolve throughout the day (due to lack of sleep) to loud, obnoxious, crying animals that just want to go home.
I believe they're called kids.
Fear of the unknown.
They are afraid of new ideas.
They are loaded with prejudices, not based upon any reality, but based onÖ if something is new, I reject it immediately because itís frightening to me. What they do instead is just stay with the familiar. You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.