Saturday, March 25, 2006

Trifecta of Animal Spottings

New York animals stories abound as of late. First there was the update of Pale Male and Lola, hawks who squat on the Upper East Side. Then there was the coyote in Central Park who succumbed to a traquilizer dart (I'd like to try that on a few obnoxious drunks on St. Marks Pl. some Friday night), and now the Times reports on seals hanging out in the lower New York harbor off Staten Island. Apparently, the seal population has recovered enough to delight the urbanites.

Last year, 1,200 seals were spotted off Long Island and Connecticut alone. This year, for the first time, the count has included the waters off New York City. Donald E. Moore III, the director of the Prospect Park Zoo ... said he had spotted 26 seals off Orchard Beach in the Bronx last week.

Whoa, the Bronx. Now we're talking gentrification.

Photo credit: Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times