With people sheltering in place around the world, animals have been enjoying the freedom that our isolation has granted. Each day, we delight in hearing more and more positive reports of how the world is beginning to heal as humans are confined to their homes. From China to the USA and across the globe, NASA now reports cleaner skies with drastic improvements in air quality. Rivers around the world are proving to be more pure, and flora and fauna are flourishing in the lack of human interference. Animals everywhere are enjoying the absence of human presence as they make an uninterrupted connection with their surroundings. Here at our resort, there is no exception! We have welcomed the surprise of many visits from unexpected, untamed guests. It’s our pleasure to share with you of a few of our most precious and heartwarming of those recent encounters:
Our onsite restaurant, La Cieba, is home to a spacious outdoor dining area built around grand trees and surrounded by vibrant verdure. The lush greenery is accentuated by the warm tones of exotic hardwood that make our dining furniture. With plenty of plants, this space offers the perfect indoor/outdoor seating combination complete with a flowing stream, a private palapa dining booth, and a fire pit. While we can see how the beauty of La Ceiba appeals to our guests, in their absence we did not expect it to appeal to a precious little family as they search for a place to call their home. With the restaurant rendered completely unoccupied, we were pleased to find these tiny, unexpected guests making their home in one of the palm trees in the outdoor dining area. Nearly a week was spent with hard work and dedication as mother hummingbird wove twigs, plant fibers, pieces of leaves, and spider silk into one smooth, velvety nest. The perfect home for her tiny eggs, found in our restaurant. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you may have even been able to follow along with this story as we discovered an egg in the nest, and were surprised to witness a second egg appear in the nest the following day. A wonder of nature we would have never been able to witness had the restaurant been open for business! Mother hummingbird continues to care for her eggs, and we all patiently await their grand entrance into the world.
Taking this time to work on maintenance and improvements around the property, we’re sure to encounter wildlife and the little creatures who are making their home here on our property. With 17 acres, it’s safe to say there is more wildlife than we can attest to. As we work on our renovations around the property, wild animals are sure to keep their distance, and of course, so do we! However, one day, our maintenance team was lucky enough to spot a Great Kiskadee injured on the ground. From the looks of it, this beautiful yellow and brown bird had fallen out of her nest. With a gigantic ladder and careful balance, we were astonished to see the intricate work of the Great Kiskadee in her orb-shaped nest. With a single entry hole on one side, Fred from our maintenance team heroically returned this yellow beauty to her rightful place, high up in a tree inside her safe and cozy abode.
If you have visited us at Ka’ana, perhaps you have had the pleasure of meeting our tiniest resident, Lobo. Lobo is a lively Chihuahua with enough personality and energy to keep the entire resort entertained. For a dog with such little legs, Lobo does a fair amount of walking. He diligently makes his rounds around the property: exploring, discovering, and enjoying nature. If you let Lobo lead the way on a morning walk, he will often lead you to a little creek — a quiet and calm spot. Here, Lobo discovered a perfect pair of Iguana eggs laid on the ground. Iguana eggs can take several months to hatch, and we will be patiently waiting!
In addition to our occasional spotting of something wild and wonderful, we are lucky enough to spend this time caring for some friendly, domesticated animals as well. At the resort, we have a modest number of animal friends on the property, namely our beautiful flock of adorable sheep, our coop of friendly laying hens, and even our furry friends such as the onsite pup Lobo. Despite the lack of guests at our resort of late, we’re happy to be accompanied by our animal community as we work on renovations and improvements around the property. One highlight of our guests is meeting these friendly animals as they stroll through the property. Join us at Ka’ana for a visit to the farm - meet our friendly sheep sisters Ceres & Rhea, wander over to the chicken coop where you can gather your own fresh eggs for your meal, and even pick your produce from our organic garden. A heavenly place is only a short flight away.
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