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Friday, June 05, 2009


The main aviary at the top of the CFZ grounds is now home to a delightful pair of Reeves' pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii) a beautiful species from China.

This afternoon whilst I have to admit that I was having a nap, Oll, Richard and Graham went to a pheasant farm at Chulmleigh to pick them up.

Those of you aware of the appalingly anthropomorphic tendancies of the CFZ management (OK this means something different these days than it did in my youth, and I would like to stress that none of us dress up in fursuits and go yiffing, although I cannot actually speak for Oll) and we always give our animals silly though apposite names.

These two are called Vic and Martha and appear to be settling in remarkably well....


Retrieverman said...


I'm not as familiar with these pheasants as some other species.

But to me, any pheasant is awesome.

I was particularly taken aback on my first visit to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park when we ran into some Kalij pheasants as our car made a sharp turn. They seemed so out of place-- indeed, they are.

But since then, I've always been a pheasantphile.

I hope these pheasants are a wonderful addition to your menagerie, although I have to say I'm partial to Lady Amherst's.

Oll Lewis said...

Yiff in Hell.
I do not, have not and never will be engaged in anything to do with fur fandom.

Jon Downes said...

I never said you were, dear boy. Jusdt that I could not speak for your proclivities, whatever they may be