Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category


From P.

This is Fred the tortoise. P says: “Fred is a free spirit and has been hanging around Moutero area on Skopelos, we know, for at least a couple of years. As tortoises usually hibernate for the winter, we are assuming that he has been sleeping in the neighbors garden, Mrs. M , over the winter. It makes sense as there is so much vegetation there.

Our neighbor M. also has a peacock called Asproolis (Whitey), a hen called Kannella (Cinnamon) and a cat called Asprola (White girl) She also makes the best xhortopita (spinache/greens pie) P has have ever tasted.

We looked up the difference between a tortoise and a turtle.
All tortoises are turtles and they belong to Testudines or Chelonia. They are reptiles that have bodies encased in a bony shell—but not all turtles are tortoises. The most important thing to remember about tortoises is that they are exclusively land creatures.


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Natascha from Stray Care Skopelos has send us an urgent message asking people to stop and deliver stray animals to them. Stray Care would rather you find a home or take the animal yourself. Only two people on Skopelos and one in Athens take care of the animals but there are too many stray animals and also many sick animals. At the moment more than 40 dogs need to be adopted. Stray Care tries very hard to neuter most animals they shelter but we as animal owners need to do more. Have your own animals neutered, male and female. In 2017 more than 200 animals were neutered. For more than 50 dogs new homes were found by Stray Care.

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15 kilos, nine months old

The two light brown dogs are girls, the boy sits in the front. They are about 15 kilos and nine months old. They have been neutered. Anyone ? Contact Natasa; https://www.facebook.com/anastasia.lamprogianni

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An update on the baby turtle. The vets on Skopelos managed to removed the hook from inside it’s mouth/neck and yesterday afternoon it has been set free in the waters of Skopelos again.

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baby turle

Photos Anne-guurt Jaeggi)

On the beach of Limnonari we found a baby turtle caught in a fishing line and attached to a tree trunk. We thought it was dead but fortunately it was still alive. We cut the fishing line and took the turtle to the vet who tried to remove the hook from the mouth of the turtle. The hook was stuck too far down into into the neck of the turtle so an operation is necessary.The turtle was put on an iv and will be sent to Athens for the operation. Anybody who finds sea animals like turtles, seals, dolphins, please notify the vets because if the animals are dead an autopsy can make clear why the animals died. Statistics like this are very important. You can notify the vets or bring the dead animal to them.

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Can you give them a home?

On Skopelos the living standards of animals, especially cats and dogs, is much better than a few years ago. There is still room for improvement though and that depends on animal owners and whether they have their pet neutered so the population on the island does not grow immensely. Unfortunately there are still many dogs who have big litters and these puppies need a home.
Above you see some wonderful, two months old, puppies . They will become medium sized when they grow up and if you take one you will receive an official adoption paper so the dog is an equal part of your family and you have to promise to neuter the dog at the appropriate time. There are six girls and two boys.

Please contact Natasa from straycare. She has the puppies. Her facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/anastasia.lamprogianni

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Blue and bees

Seen on the road to Glossa. I am still amazed that Skopelos produces so many lovely products like honey, olive oil, soap and ointments, candles, herbs, plums, olives, many different cheeses. Did I forget something?

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