Bangkok Wildlife: Part 1

Bangkok Wildlife: Part 1

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by in Thailand

Bangkok is home to about 12 million people. But they aren’t the only ones who live here. Let me introduce you to some of the other inhabitants. First, what I would consider the harmless, sometimes even cute ones…

1. Birds

It’s pleasant to hear birds outside our window every morning! They have different calls than those at home, and they look different, too. There are big black and yellow ones, tiny brown sparrows, and bright yellow ones. These ones have been caught and sold so that those who release them can earn merit.

2. Squirrels

Yep, there are squirrels climbing trees and electric wires in Bangkok, too. But they look different. Their tails aren’t as fluffy as gray squirrels, and their bodies are black on top, and white on bottom. You’ll also see baby squirrels sold as pets (with little t-shirts and everything). If our apartment allowed pets, I think Jason would have gotten one by now 😉

3. Snails

We saw these guys more during the rainy season, and always in the evening. All sizes, too. This picture is a particularly large one we rescued from certain squishing in a parking lot :)

4. Frogs and Toads

We don’t see live frogs or toads very often. But we can hear them at night, and we see plenty of squished ones as we walk down our street. Really, that’s the best way to get an idea of how much wildlife is out there- by the flattened things on the road come morning. When we had puddles during rainy season we’d occasionally see a toad, and we’ve seen one big tree frog, plus this little guy who went almost unnoticed.

5. Geckos

These little guys can give you quite a start! Personally, I think they’re cute. But, when you come across one unexpectedly, they move so fast that it startles you. The little ones creep all over buildings, eat ants, and make a little chirping noise. There are also big blue geckos, with orange or black spots, but we’ve only seen a flat one of those.

6. Dogs

Maybe you wouldn’t consider dogs wildlife, but this is probably the creature you see most often in Bangkok. Street dogs rule the place. Thankfully, they aren’t vicious at all. People will actually feed them and look out for the dogs that live in their area. Since the dogs have such a good thing going, they don’t lash out at people. They will fight with each other sometimes, though. And you have to be careful not to step on them when their chosen sleeping spot is in the middle of the sidewalk!animal6

7. Pandas

If you’re really lucky, you’ll see a Panda like this one strolling through the mall, or even 7Eleven. 😉

8. Butterflies

Trees down our street are blooming right now, and its neat to see the butterflies swarming the tree. The picture at the top is one of the great butterfly pictures Jason got at Rose Garden the other week.

As you can imagine, these are not all the creatures roaming Bangkok. Next time, we’ll move onto “The Creepy Ones”…

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3 Responses to “Bangkok Wildlife: Part 1”

  1. Dad and Mom Ruggles

    16. Dec, 2009

    Nice picture son. April, whats with earning merit for releasing birds?

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  2. Sara

    03. Jan, 2010

    You know, I’ve always wondered about the releasing of creatures to earn merit – whether it be turtles, snakes, and fish at Loy Krathong, or birds on a daily basis – but, if releasing them is a way to earn merit, then do the people catching the birds to sell them lose merit by capturing and confining the animal?? I’ve tried asking some of our Thai friends, and they don’t even really know! :)

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    • April

      03. Jan, 2010

      From what our friend Sucharn said, it sounded like because they are doing it as a job, somehow it’s different. Like it doesn’t count against them because it’s just to make a living… still doesn’t really make sense to me, though…

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