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Tonca’s Birthday – Part 2

Here are some more photos from Tonca’s 47th birthday party Saturday, July 13th at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Florida. Tonca is a snapping alligator turtle who was rescued from a drainage ditch in Mandarin in 1998, and has enjoyed living at the MOSH museum ever since.

Tonca's Birthday Cake

Tonca’s Birthday Cake – for human’s only!

Tonca arrives at the party!

Tonca arrives at the party!

Tonca has fallen asleep...

Looks like Tonca has fallen asleep…

Time for Tonca's annual examination

Time for Tonca’s annual examination
He weighed 174 lbs!

Say ahhhhh

Say ahhhhh

The party's over

The party’s over

Tonca is glad to return to his home in the nature pond.

Tonca is glad to return to his home in the nature pond.




Wish Tonca a Happy Birthday at MOSH

Tonca is a beloved snapping alligator turtle at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH,) and today is his 47th birthday! Tonca has been at the museum since 1994 when he was rescued from a drainage ditch in Mandarin. Most of the time, Tonca swims happily in the natural pond at the museum, but each year on his birthday, Tonca is lifted out of the pond for his party.

Festivities last from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and include donuts from Dunkin Donuts (for the people – not Tonca who is on a strict diet!).  The highlight of the day will be at 1:30 when Tonca is hoisted from the pond, is weighed and receives his physical examination.

More information is on the MOSH website.  Update – Here is a picture taken today.  More pictures will follow!

Tonca's Birthday

Tonca arrives at his Birthday party

Foto Friday

Flamingos at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Foto Friday

Out of Africa?  Nope, these graceful giraffes are enjoying living in their natural habitat at the Jacksonville Zoo.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

It’s a beautiful Thanksgiving Day in Jacksonville, Florida, and it looks like my first dinner guest is about to arrive.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Foto Friday

This great blue heron seems to be enjoying the company of my bird from Concrete Creations.  Photo taken from my back yard at Lake Mandarin.