March 29, 2015

4:58 PM | Evidence Update- Ocu-GLO for Prevention of Cataracts in Diabetic Dogs
About a year ago, I wrote a review of Ocu-GLO, an oral supplement marketed for a variety of purposes: Ocu-GLO Rx™ is needed when your dog is showing any of the following signs: – Diminished vision at night or in … Continue reading →
4:17 PM | Anatomy of a Break – Chronicles of Bobo Part One
The black and white cat you sometimes see in the Fluffy Sciences banner is called Bobo. I met Bobo in January 2010, back when she was called Bono, and was my friend Sophie’s cat. Only six months earlier I had … Continue reading →
12:12 PM | "Beautiful Predation"
Beautiful predation. MRT @DrEdwardG: I'll catch U: KatubUddin @Applebees @_Akanshagautam @booksthatmatter #WeAreAlive— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 29, 2015
12:04 PM | Pretendin 2 b a Tough Guy/Gal
So cute! RT @phil_torres: Gopher snake crossed trail in front of us, shook tail against leaves pretendin 2 b rattler.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 28, 2015 The full tweet says they let the gopher snake pass...playin its game. When the real timber rattlesnake warned me as I passed it alongside the trail a couple years back, we decided to let it cross too before Ann joined me up the trail...respectin its game.

March 28, 2015

9:41 PM | What's the Word for "Species Genocide"?
MT @96Elephants: #Botswana meeting news: Must scale up war on #elephant poaching @sslieberman— Nat Moss (@natmoss) March 28, 2015
4:23 PM | Ungulate Humor
*at the Split-Hooved Pub* Couple of regular yaks look up over their drinks and ask the bartender, "Hey, who's the gnu girl?"— AmishPornStar (@AmishPornStar1) March 28, 2015

March 27, 2015

11:13 PM | Uncommon Sighting
America's stunning ring-tailed cats caught on camera file under: critters you almost never see, even when common— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) March 27, 2015 Although they are often sighted (during the day, but in the dark) at the NC Zoo.
4:11 PM | A: The Tongue
Q: Which Is More Amazing? Chameleon tongue attack in sloooooow mooooootion— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 27, 2015
2:11 PM | Memories
Gannet courtship by @wildlifeimages is our Ocean Pic of the Week. #seabirds— Blue Planet Society (@Seasaver) March 27, 2015 Ann & I honeymooned on the Pembrokeshire (Wales) Coastal Path. One day we took a side hike around Skomer Island. Birders shared their telescope so we could see that a smaller island off Skomer and the Welsh coast was covered in these handsome birds.
12:54 PM | British Zoo Gets 2nd Polar Bear
Pixel will join older, larger polar bear in Yorkshire. Glad Victor will get a pal, but envy Yorkshire's two-year-old.
1:00 AM | The bays give up their dead?
Over much of this winter, I heard from Seanetters telling me they were finding what seemed like fewer dead birds on their beaches. This was mainly from the “hotspot” beaches that typically produce a few birds per walk throughout the winter, when bird mortality is generally highest. Many of these Seanetters went many weeks without […]

March 26, 2015

7:28 PM | Which Is More Amazing?
What's more amazing than a chameleon's colour-change abilities? Its tongue!— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 25, 2015
12:50 PM | This Summer!
"The new gorillas will be arriving from Omaha on April 15th and will be in quarantine for 30 days. An adult male, young male and adult female. They will be introduced to our resident group in the Mammal Holding building before going on exhibit later in the summer." [NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 3/25/15]
12:44 PM | "Successfully Introduced"
"Elephant “Artie” has been successfully introduced to the mother and daughter pair “Tonga” and “Batir”. The three should now be on exhibit together regularly." [NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 3/25/15]
12:38 PM | Stay Tuned
"Both Time Warner Cable and Fox8 will be installing webcams at exhibits in the [NC] Zoo, so that viewers can see what is going on in them throughout the day." [Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 3/25/15] [No details were included.]

March 25, 2015

8:12 PM | Anana's Tryin' to Use It All
#Anana making good use of the "old" @NCZoo exhibit today. But found her in new #BBTIceCave before she moved here!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 25, 2015 "It All" is a lot!
7:16 PM | #TBT - a little early
"NC Zoo 2008 Capital Projects": "Polar Bear Exhibit & Holding Expansion Concept...will accommodate up to six animals, including polar bear cubs...will have 15,000 sq. ft. of land available to the bears. The existing exhibit (6,300 sq. ft.) and the new exhibit space will be connected by a transfer chute to facilitate animal management. A spacious, safe holding facility design incorporates separated maternity dens, an outdoor, off exhibit area...will increase Zoo attendance and […]
6:04 PM | Top Zoo Association Faces Suit
Top zoo organisation #WAZA faces court action over #Taiji #dolphin slaughter in Japan … #thecove— Earth Touch (@EarthTouch) March 25, 2015 World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA).
5:58 PM | What Doesn’t Kill You . . .
In the words of Bernard Black, this is fantastic. There’s a great article on talking about science reporting and why most news reports claiming there’s a new cure for X, or that Z causes cancer, are wrong. And I … Continue reading →
5:03 PM | General Contractor Humor
#Beavers are building #ocelot habitat @NCZoo.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 25, 2015
4:30 PM | Who funds dog research?
As I move through my training and think ahead to my future career, I wonder: who will pay for all this research I want to do on dogs? I have so many questions to ask!What changes happen in the canine brain as it enters, and then leaves, the socialization period?How is the brain of a fearful dog different from that of a confident dog?What are the genetic differences behind these variations?How do environmental differences (prenatal stress, early learning, adult life) change the brain?In other […]
3:22 PM | Blank Park Zoo Humor
And we just thought lions liked to sleep up to 20 hours a day. #WildWednesday— Blank Park Zoo (@blankparkzoo) March 25, 2015
2:13 PM | And That Ain't All!
"The zoo’s annual operating budget is $18 million. It receives $10 million from the state, about $5 million from admission tickets and around $3 million from food, retail and ride profits..." - from News & Observer article on NC Zoo price increase. The Zoo also received over $6 million in 2013 and over $3.5 million in 2012 ("audited") from donations through the NC Zoo Society. (NC Zoo fee has increased 50% since June 30, 2011.)
1:01 PM | 340,000 Miles @ Over 51 m.p.g.
As I move now to two-day weeks as an NC Zoo Society employee, I turn over keys to the Society's 2010 gray Toyota Prius, with the odometer up close to 140,000. My prior company car was the Society's tan 2004 Prius (sold to me in 2003, the first of those later-to-be-named "Motor Trend Car of the Year" autos sold in Asheboro). I drove it over 201,000. Because they are computers on wheels, I know they got a combined 51-plus m.p.g. [Estimated gasoline savings - my 2003 - 2015 mileage: 6,800 gallons] […]
12:30 PM | Can Street Dogs Become Good Pets?
From free-ranging dog to new home. It sounds like a fairy-tale, but how does it work out?A recent survey by Yasemin Salgiri Demirbas (Ankara University) et al investigates how well free-roaming urban dogs fit into a family home once they are adopted. The results show the dogs adapt well to their new homes.The scientists say, “Every year in Turkey, thousands of free-ranging dogs are brought to dog shelters. These dogs are mongrel dogs with stray origins.” There is often a bias […]

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March 24, 2015

7:28 PM | Well...It Is Later
This is different! #Anana #polarbear @NCZoo is being fed thru a usually closed doorway in "old" #RockyCoast exhibit.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 24, 2015
4:17 PM | Deadline nears to join pet jerky class action
Owners have until April 1 to submit claims
3:24 PM | Maybe a Little Later?
#Anana #polarbear's outdoor exhibit @NCZoo lookin' good. Many visitors. But Anana's not coming out on either side.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 24, 2015
12:24 PM | Zoo School is 20 Years Old
"Apple Valley's 'Zoo School' marks 20 years of keeping it real" - (via @PioneerPress @chris_magan) #education— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

10:13 PM | What Do Holistic Vets Say About Science and Evidence-based Medicine?
I’ve written several times about how proponents of alternative therapies appear to view science and evidence-based medicine. (1, 2, 3)  I think it is critical in evaluating these practices, as pet owners or  veterinarians, to understand the philosophy and approach … Continue reading →
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