Rangers Search for Rare Duck Gagging on Plastic Ring in Central Park

A rare duck known as a common merganser was spotted last week in Central Park with a plastic ring in its mouth that was keeping the duck from ea … Read the rest of this entry >>

Wayward Chicken Rescued from Riverside Park, Sent to Sanctuary

A chicken that crossed the road to Riverside Park last month is off to a more hospitable home, the Wild Bird Fund said on Satu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Central Park Coyote ‘Acted Like a Puppy’ In Late-Night Encounter

The Central Park coyote, first identified on West Side Rag in November, has been getting a lot of press lately after the NYPD warned people this week to steer clear of the wild an … Read the rest of this entry >>

Hawk Keeps Coming Back to the Same Central Park West Porch

A hawk keeps coming back to Jennifer Johnston Stern's porch on 97th Street and Central Park West, just casually hanging out on the wooden railin … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pet-Spotting: Chicken on a Leash Takes a Walk in Central Park

We have seen a horse at Starbucks and a parrot perched on a table at Pier I Cafe. But a few days ago, a new animal strutted into view -- Sammi the Chicken, … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Horse Walked Into an Upper West Side Starbucks and ‘People Actually Looked Up From Their Devices for a Few Seconds’

More than a hundred years ago, horses could stop at watering holes all over the Upper West Side. These days, equines need more modern refreshments, like mocha grande frappa-pumpkin spice latt … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos: Upper West Siders Make a Habit of Blessing Their Animals At St. Francis Celebrations

Throughout the weekend, Upper West Siders celebrated the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, with blessings and pet-centric ser … Read the rest of this entry >>

Cat Stuck In Tree on 89th Street for Several Days, Evading Capture and Police; Dog May Be to Blame

A tuxedo cat has been stuck in a tree on 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam for at least three days -- and possibly … Read the rest of this entry >>

It’s Not Just Beavers; Rising Number of Coyotes and a Copperhead Snake (!) Spotted in the Neighborhood This Year

The arrival of a beaver in the Hudson River off of Manhattan's shore turned heads this month. But it’s not the only wild animal that’s made its way to our area this su … Read the rest of this entry >>

Beaver Frolics in the Hudson Outside Former Trump Buildings

A beaver swam in the Hudson River on Monday morning around West 71st Street, a happy sight that would have been unthinkable just over a decade ago. Ralph … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Neighborhood Naturalists See the Wild Side of the West Side; Join Them

Woodcocks, coyotes, snow scorpionflies, and Adriaen van der Donck were but a few of the bold-faced names mentioned at a recent gathering of the Upper West Side Neighborhood Natura … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Penny Was In the Right Place at the Right Time

Mom adopted me from Animal Lighthouse Rescue in June 2018. At the time, I was living with a wonderful foster p … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Duke Loves Jazz and His Special Spot in Central Park

There’s a particular corner near the Pinetum in Central Park with a hot dog stand that I enjoy visi … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Majesty of A Hawk in Winter

Photographers caught amazing photos of hawks in Riverside and Central Parks in recent days. The first three, of a Cooper's Hawk in Riverside Park, were … Read the rest of this entry >>

Squirrel Answers Age-Old Question: How Does a Rodent Eat an Oreo Cookie?

A squirrel outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine binged Thursday on one of the great human inventions: an Oreo co … Read the rest of this entry >>

Westside Walker: Fido Rains on the Holiday Spirit

“Excuse me sir!” Nothing shocks you back to reality quite like a stranger shouting those three words at you, but, hey, maybe he’s got good … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘Good Dogs’ Lift Spirits on the UWS

At Atria 86, an independent and assisted living apartment building for seniors on West 86th Street, residents spend … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Bird Bulletin: Giving Thanks for the Mandarin Duck and My Fellow Birders

On October 10, 2018, I heard the first reports of an exotic duck in my backyard thanks to a tweet from Manhattan Bird A … Read the rest of this entry >>

Housecat Slips Out of Garden on 86th

We received the following notice from a reader on Friday night about her cat Cheddar … Read the rest of this entry >>

Avocado Squirrel is the Upper West Side’s New Rodent Spokesmodel

Pizza Rat was a hero to New Yorkers, but pizza rat now lives in Hoboken after writing one of those sad "Why I Left New York" columns. In his … Read the rest of this entry >>

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