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July 28, 2014

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7:17 PM | Titles
#PatSimmons is @NCZoo #CEO, #DirectorElect & #DeputyDirector: http://t.co/rHjHZZQXsr— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 28, 2014
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5:31 PM | What percent nature? What percent nurture?
The Nature versus Nurture debate is over: we no longer ask if genetics governs personality or if environment does. They work together, and it’s hard to pick their effects apart. But surely we can pick their effects apart a little? For example, if a dog trainer is trying to impress upon their students the importance of getting a puppy from a good breeder who takes behavior into account — or conversely, the importance of bringing a new puppy to a puppy class: what should she tell […]

Liinamo A.E., Peter A.J. Leegwater, Matthijs B.H. Schilder, Johan A.M. van Arendonk & Bernard A. van Oost (2007). Genetic variation in aggression-related traits in Golden Retriever dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 104 (1-2) 95-106. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2006.04.025

Strandberg E. & Peter Saetre (2005). Direct genetic, maternal and litter effects on behaviour in German shepherd dogs in Sweden, Livestock Production Science, 93 (1) 33-42. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livprodsci.2004.11.004

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5:03 PM | Meat Free Mondays
© Copyright foxxyz at Flickr.com As well as the usual breed of posts which appear on AWB, I’d like to start including links to and appraisals of useful web-based resources or initiatives which may be of interest to the readership.Today I’d like to share a link to the fairly well-known international campaign Meat Free Mondays, which has been going strong now for over ten years. The idea is simple enough- encouraging people to give up eating meat for one day of […]
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4:12 PM | Asked Mom...Brent Answered
Asked Mom; #BrentLubbock answered in the #LandingZone! Duck! Swan! MT @sylvanheights: featured on WRAL's "Go Ask Mom" http://t.co/juAXBkmaBr— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 28, 2014
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11:01 AM | July Update
© Copyright Vinoth Chandar at Flickr.com After a short summer hiatus, the AWB is now back, with many more posts scheduled for the forthcoming weeks. To whet your appetite, I refer you to this thought-provoking quote from Peter Singer's famous Animal Liberation... “To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, […]
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1:37 AM | Ocu-Glo Rx: A Nutritional Supplement Marketed to Support Eye Health and Vision
A reader recently asked me to comment on a dietary supplement marketed for dogs and cats, Ocu-Glo Rx. While this product shares the problem of many such supplements,  a shaky theoretical rationale and limited relevant research evidence to support its … Continue reading →

July 27, 2014

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8:20 PM | Seal is on the beach- Who to call!
Please note: It is normal for seals to rest out of the water! Guest Bloggers and in-house volunteers Emily and Melissa were the main contributers to this blog. It is summertime in New England, which means more interactions between seals and people as the beaches fill up with swimmers and sunbathers.  Harbor seals and gray seals are our year-round, native species, and they will rest on the
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7:39 PM | Koalafornian
It's good to be #Koalafornian. pic.twitter.com/DeEg06WF6l— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 27, 2014
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7:35 PM | "Not your average..."
"Not your average bear density" "@Sierra_Magazine: “@NatGeo: Grizzly bear "highway" discovered: http://t.co/W4Tl3yy6MM”"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 27, 2014

July 26, 2014

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10:12 PM | Tapir Baby Defeats Lettuce
Take that, lettuce! #DontMessWithPiglet http://t.co/ywo3pdSHgo— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 26, 2014Watermelon beats lettuce?
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10:05 PM | Bravo.
Congrats @TheBronxZoo @SanDiegoZoo @DallasZoo @PhillyZoo for making our World's Best Zoos list (p.68, July issue) - http://t.co/05lc8BuENw— DestinationsTravlMag (@DestinationsMag) July 26, 2014
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5:44 PM | Top Clinical Endocrinology Research Abstracts, 2014 ACVIM Forum: Adrenal Part 2
Below is the next installment of my review of the "top 12 list" of clinical endocrinology research abstracts presented at this year's American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum. As with all of these ACVIM research abstract reviews, I've enlisted the help of Dr. Rhett Nichols, a well-known expert in endocrinology and internal medicine.In this post, we will review another of these "top 12" abstracts in our adrenal gland selections. Aldridge C, Behrend E, Kemppainen R, Lee-Fowler T, […]
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2:44 AM | Collective Blame
My NPR post (Thurs.) highlights #anthropology and #climatechange. Deniers deny (comments) but it's good ethnography! http://t.co/WxloZeRvvW— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014

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2:43 PM | Dead (____) Quiz answers
My thanks to Capt. Eagle Eyes, the sole respondent on this quiz! Let us begin. Bird A, no one had any guesses on. At first, I felt the same and hung my head in despair. Then I realized that the foot was quite visible and might be of some aid. Sure enough, the long foot […]
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12:38 PM | PETA Pushing
Surely the days of #elephant rides at state fairs are past. Thanks to @PETA for pushing on this. http://t.co/0hOTcetZp9 #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 24, 2014
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12:25 PM | Scotties - cramping their style
There has been a massive interest shown in Scottish Terriers following the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony earlier this week which featured several Scotties.According to the Kennel Club, searches for the breed on its Find a Puppy service were up nearly seven-fold in just 24 hours - from 93 searches on Tuesday July 22 to 607 the following day.Only 339 Scottie puppies were registered with the KC in the first half of 2014 so it will be interesting to see how breeders rise to the swell in […]
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11:34 AM | Fluffy Friday – Internet Roundup
Fluffy Fridays have fallen by the wayside a bit as I keep up with the MOOC. This week has been a really interesting experience and in some ways, a lot of the discussions I was expecting, haven’t happened in the … Continue reading →

July 24, 2014

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9:55 PM | Do Animals Really Create Art?
Creativity: The weird and wonderful art of animals http://t.co/Bs6HsZsAKG my latest at @BBC_Future on whether animals truly create art.— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 24, 2014Maybe some do...sometimes.
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4:13 PM | Peacock Composition Revisited
Most viewed Russlings post was a photo, title and credits.Check out more by oc girl.
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1:04 PM | I'm Blaming Global Warming!
;)MT @bjkingape @janetsomerville: "@TechnicallyRon: too hot in Britain; annual golden retriever migration has begun. pic.twitter.com/y3WQT7jkLl”— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 24, 2014
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12:29 PM | 'Nuff Sad
Q: Top Denier? A: USA...USA...USA...RT @HuffPostScience: Global warming denial linked to... speaking English? http://t.co/Ted9Gl4lY9— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 24, 2014[NOTE: Not a title typo: meant to say "Sad"]

July 23, 2014

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8:05 PM | Bravo!!!
Bravo! MT @NCZoo: in May it was announced gorillas were leaving but they're staying & @NCZoo is getting more gorillas http://t.co/9rfaBjZaVY— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 23, 2014
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6:32 PM | Salvador Dumbo
I’ve spoken before about how YouTube and the explosion of camera phones has given animal behaviour researchers a a way of quantifying behaviour that is rarely seen, or would once have been thought of as anecdotal. Well here’s a short … Continue reading →
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5:19 PM | Approaching "Catastrophic Levels"
Report: Climate Change Skeptics Could Reach Catastrophic Levels By 2020 http://t.co/tCg70VrEKU pic.twitter.com/JnzOafYZrJ— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 23, 2014Is this National Make Fun of Climate Deniers Day?
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4:04 PM | Enthusiastic Compassion
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3:54 PM | The Adolescent Dog: One Last Chance?
A synthesis of the latest research on social influences on development suggests adolescence is an important time for mammals – including dogs.Photo: dezi / ShutterstockMost people are familiar with the idea of a sensitive period for puppies that ends around 12 or 14 weeks. Is it possible that adolescence is also an important period for brain development and future behaviour?Social experience plays an important role in shaping animal behaviour throughout development according to Sachser et […]

Riemer, S., Müller, C., Virányi, Z., Huber, L. & Range, F. (2014). The Predictive Value of Early Behavioural Assessments in Pet Dogs – A Longitudinal Study from Neonates to Adults, PLoS ONE, 9 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101237

Sachser, N., Kaiser, S. & Hennessy, M. (2013). Behavioural profiles are shaped by social experience: when, how and why, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1618) 20120344-20120344. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0344

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2:26 PM | "*heads explode*"
But WHY would 98% of scientists lie about global warming? Could it be science...doesn't even EXIST? *heads explode*— donni (@donni) July 23, 2014
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2:22 PM | Arachnophobia!
Yes Grandma, I'm almost positive Arachnophobia is not the fear of people from Iraq— Super Girl (@AphroditeAfter5) September 1, 2013
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2:16 PM | Rare Old Book Print
RT @ResObscura: Hand colored print of a bull from Conrad Gesner's "Historiae Animalium," 1551, at @rarebookschool pic.twitter.com/wze3DEc3l2— Thony Christie (@rmathematicus) July 23, 2014
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2:12 PM | "Mornin'"
Good morning from some #local #wildlife at the @MNZoo! #frog #riseandshine pic.twitter.com/Ch9GPoD8Wf— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) July 23, 2014
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