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December 19, 2014

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2:52 PM | Island bird quiz answers
This is one of those quizzes that’s made me feel rather good about my abilities. While I encounter a lot of wings in my work verifying SEANET reports, we don’t get many skulls, so I am always a bit leery of trying those. My basic strategy is not particularly systematic; I look at the skull […]
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2:12 AM | Study: Why Do Cameroon's Elephants Raid Farms
The four authors measure food supplies in Waza National Park to try to determine if they are, or could be, sufficient to keep African elephants in the Park and safe from interactions with farmers (outside the Park) protecting their livelihoods. These authors, I know, have long been risking their lives to try to keep elephants and Cameroonians from killing each other. I know at least three of the four authors have come close to losing their lives in the effort. One of those is NC Zoo lead […]

December 18, 2014

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7:45 PM | Another Growing Invasives Mess
@NautilusMag Yet another disaster as we try to fix our invasive species errors.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 17, 2014 Remember parachuting mice?
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1:22 PM | Remember It Well
Most effective video ad for Bronx Zoo some years back. Porcupine and YouTube saved the zoo budget that year!
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10:28 AM | We’re Number One! We’re Number One!
Some great news this week – the joint SRUC and University of Edinburgh submission to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework was ranked as number one in the UK for agriculture and veterinary sciences. There’s a lot of very happy and … Continue reading →

December 17, 2014

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7:14 PM | Cougars to Enjoy a Ripping Birthday Bash
"Three orphaned cougars...called the North Carolina Zoo home since last March...Heath, Olive and Willow’s heartwarming story made national news last January. The cougars were rescued after a hunter in Oregon killed their mother. Once the hunter realized the adult cougar had kittens, they were taken to the Oregon Zoo where zoo keepers helped wean the animals. Zoo keepers believe if the kittens had not been rescued they would have starved or been eaten by a predator." "Due to their growing […]
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6:58 PM | "a screaming hairy armadillo..."
New resident of the Small Mammal House at Smithsonian's National Zoo. "It emits a piercing sound, and it has bristles projecting from under the plates that cover its small body." "Walter" came to D.C. from the Cincinnati Zoo. He "is thought to use [his] sonic self-defense mechanism to ward off predators..."
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6:50 PM | Now There Are Just 5
Just 5 northern white rhinos left. #RIP Angalifu, may your life be a lesson to the world. http://t.co/eTBdfxf8qh pic.twitter.com/EHjirP7m77— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) December 16, 2014 "The San Diego Zoo has preserved semen and testicular tissue from Angalifu, "with the hope that new reproductive technologies will allow recovery of the species..."
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5:02 PM | The Year in Review
FluffySciences is now just over a year old! It feels much older for some reason. We average 13 views a day and July was the biggest month. Most people find us on google by searching ‘FluffyScience Blog’ so if that’s … Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Thrilling Adventures
It's a great read! MRT: "The Waterfowl Man of @sylvanheights" is now available on Amazon! Copies are also... http://t.co/hBPQZTArnY— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 17, 2014 I know Mike survived, but as i read i almost doubted that he would at times.
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3:53 PM | More on the Abduction of Baby Elephants...
...from Zimbabwe...and their mothers...to China. (I've signed the AVAAZ petition.)
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2:48 PM | AVAAZ Petition Re: Baby Elephants
An AVAAZ effort MRT @WildWelfare: help Stop export of animals to China #elephantwelfare #animalexport #chinesezoos https://t.co/FToX3erHdy— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 17, 2014
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1:30 PM | Picking a New Dog is a Complex Choice
It’s not a case of ‘any puppy will do’ - the whole package counts.Photo: DragoNika / ShutterstockSurprisingly little is known about how people choose a new dog considering how popular they are. While it’s a personal choice, it has wider implications – humane societies would really like to know how to increase adoptions from shelters and decrease purchases from puppy mills. Could relocation programs, where dogs are brought in from out of town, be part of the […]

Garrison, L. & Weiss, E. (2014). What Do People Want? Factors People Consider When Acquiring Dogs, the Complexity of the Choices They Make, and Implications for Nonhuman Animal Relocation Programs, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 18 (1) 57-73. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.943836

Mornement, K., Coleman, G., Toukhsati, S. & Bennett, P. (2012). What Do Current and Potential Australian Dog Owners Believe about Shelter Practices and Shelter Dogs?, Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 25 (4) 457-473. DOI: 10.2752/175303712X13479798785850

Siettou, C., Fraser, I. & Fraser, R. (2014). Investigating Some of the Factors That Influence “Consumer” Choice When Adopting a Shelter Dog in the United Kingdom, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 17 (2) 136-147. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.883924

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1:01 PM | Island views, New England style
Usually, I manage to juggle my SEANET responsibilities amid my teaching ones. These past couple of weeks, as I descended into finals and student hysteria, I had to entirely toggle off you all and this blog. Apologies for that, but I submitted final grades today, and now turn my attention to you all once again. […]
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2:48 AM | A Visit to Hogwarts: The BAVH Introductory Course in Homeopathy
One of the things I like best about homeopathy is that when I want to illustrate how fanciful and ridiculous the theories and beliefs of homeopaths are, there is no need to exaggerate or embellish their claims in any way. … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Sale of pet-supply company sign of changing times
Petco purchase of Drs. Foster and Smith one of several industry shifts

December 16, 2014

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9:50 PM | One Word:
Hybrid RT @HuffPostScience: Electric cars may not be better for the environment in places where power comes from coal http://t.co/wOEQNc1NVP— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 16, 2014
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9:29 PM | Zoo Offers New Polar Bear Photos
Buffalo Zoo has released some off-exhibit photos of Luna the polar bear who suffered a recent fall.
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9:18 PM | Patchy Baldness in Some Polar Bears
"Stressed out polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea are losing some of their hair, but the precise cause of that stress is yet to be determined..." - Journal of Wildlife Diseases study "The incidences peaked in 2012, when 28 percent of the examined polar bears had the problem."
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8:50 PM | Zoo Attendance 12.6% Higher YTD
Columbus Zoo's attendance is running 12.6 percent above 2013 year-to-date, despite a zoo-levy defeat earlier in the year. "The previous record year was 2009, when attendance hit 2.2 million."
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6:09 PM | The scene on Calf Island, Boston Harbor
Usually, I manage to juggle my SEANET responsibilities amid my teaching ones. These past couple of weeks, as I descended into finals and student hysteria, I had to entirely toggle off you all and this blog. Apologies for that, but I submitted final grades today, and now turn my attention to you all once again. […]
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2:30 PM | Government orders COE to mend rift with veterinarians
Auditors want to know why AVMA accrediting body removed council members

December 15, 2014

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10:25 PM | 2104 Turtles: Early Morning Transport
As of mid-December, more than 700 turtles have been treated at the Aquarium's Animal Care Center in Quincy. In order to make room for new patients, we've had to transport turtles to many facilities up and down the East Coast and Gulf Coast. This morning, we had a crew of dedicated staff and volunteers on the scene well before the sun came up. Each turtle needs to be gentle scooped up from their
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8:55 PM | Tommy Loves the Season!
#EmbraceTheWild "@Gotham3: Tommy is getting in the Christmas spirit. pic.twitter.com/ZVbnpww3uI"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 14, 2014 "Fa lala lala la la sss sss."
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8:51 PM | "Hello"
Hello I'm a blue-footed booby pic.twitter.com/q6bKFlGugR— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) December 15, 2014
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2:14 PM | Oh, That "The Onion"
Study: This Descended From Wolves http://t.co/7xhWkdjVLB #OurAnnualYear pic.twitter.com/WKxUyLUa1k— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 15, 2014
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2:02 PM | Fear the Deer
@NautilusMag #EmbraceTheWild— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 15, 2014

December 14, 2014

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10:41 PM | Zoo Polar Bears Swim Above You
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10:31 PM | the young people
“The future of conservation rests in the hands of the young people we teach.” - Mike Lubbock
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10:24 PM | Top Endocrine Publications of 2013: Feline Diabetes Mellitus
In my ninth compilation of the canine and feline endocrine publications of 2013, I’m moving on to disorders of the feline endocrine pancreas. I covered the canine diabetic publications in a blog post last spring. Click this link to review my list of 2013 research papers that pertain to diabetes in dogs.Listed below are 29 papers published in 2013 that deal with a variety of diabetic topics of clinical importance for diabetic cats.These topics range from a study of survival time and […]
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