September 05, 2014

1:56 PM | Survey to assess veterinarians' feelings about suicide
Practitioners may respond through early October
1:34 PM | Despite "Deeply Rooted Tradition"
Yao Ming educates his Chinese people about poached ivory, as well as "shark finning":"deeply rooted tradition"RT @TheWCS: #YaoMing leads fight to save Africa’s #elephants — in China via @washingtonpost— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 5, 2014The NC Zoo plans an educational destruction of elephant ivory, as well as rhino horn. That is postponed for now, as it awaits "clarification" from the State of North Carolina.

September 04, 2014

8:41 PM | Luna Broke Her Leg
That recent fall at Buffalo Zoo has injured a young polar bear."Luna fell about 14 feet into a protective moat on Saturday. On Tuesday, zoo officials said that X-rays revealed she fractured her tibia and fibula above the ankle joint on her left rear leg."The 1-year-old underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Sunday."The zoo says Luna is alert and eating and that she's able to walk, but she'll be off exhibit for several weeks while she heals."The polar bears are being temporarily housed in […]
8:26 PM | Zoo Polar Bears to Send Heat to Elephants
Heat pump technology is part of the Oregon Zoo exhibit expansion."Crews are constructing a "geothermal loop" that will transfer the heat generated by the cooling system in the polar bear exhibit to the elephant's forthcoming indoor facility ... The work coincides with construction of Elephant Lands, a $53 million new elephant exhibit."
7:01 PM | Rock Hryaxes Try Harder...
...when they have an audience.Adorable little Rock hyraxes put more effort into their songs when they have an audience.— Wired Science Blogs (@wiredsciblogs) September 4, 2014"The enhancements male hyraxes made to their songs in the presence of an audience likely make the songs harder to perform. Longer songs with longer bouts, sung at a faster pace, require better muscle control and greater aerobic capacity. Higher syntactic […]
6:58 PM | True
I got a swimmer's body.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) September 4, 2014
12:35 PM | Tough Little Cuties!
Cute & Tough! MT @NautilusMag: What can survive in a vacuum, w/ no food, water, oxygen, & w/ harsh cosmic radiation?— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 4, 2014Tardigrades (water bears) also make for an easy-care pet. (Easy-Care Bear?)

September 03, 2014

5:22 PM | Adopting Shelter Dogs: Should Fido Lie Down or Play?
 If you go down to the shelter today, will you bring home a dog? A new study by Alexandra Protopopova and Clive Wynne (2014) finds that interactions between dogs and potential adopters predict the likelihood of adoption.Photo: Alexey Shinkevich / ShutterstockEvery year in the USA, 3-4 million healthy, potentially-adoptable, homeless animals are euthanized (AHA and PetSmart 2012). Many would be saved if there was a better understanding of how to increase adoptions from animal shelters. […]

Protopopova, A. & Wynne, C. (2014). Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 157 109-116. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.04.007

3:38 PM | Back in action!
My dear Seanetters,  Thank you for your forbearance during my shockingly long break from blogging. Vacation was a big part of it, but I also finished the Field Guide to Beached Birds of the Southeastern United States (in the hands of the printer right now!) and I also started a new job, which has caught […]
1:43 AM | States Look to Halt Ivory Trade
New York and New Jersey have moved to stop trade in poached elephant ivory. California is looking at doing the same.The North Carolina State Zoo was set to take a stand against trade in ivory but that is now on hold pending State "clarification".
1:19 AM | Zoo Asks County for $5.3 Million
The Sedgwick County Zoo, Witchita, needs the county or a donor "angel" to come forward soon or give up on exhibiting elephants."About 50 individual donors and corporations have stepped up to raise $4.3 million for what would be the zoo’s most expensive project to date, but that’s not enough..."" The total cost of the project is estimated at $10.5 million, scaled down by $1 million since last year. The barn as currently designed would hold up to nine elephants.""The new elephant […]

September 02, 2014

11:06 PM | Christ on a fishstick!
He was crucified 2014 years ago, but people (largely Americans with an apparent tendency to closely examine individual potato snacks prior to consumption) still manage to find Jesus in deformed bits of junk food (as well as turtle shells, dried glue and dog faeces, apparently). Unless you’re high on something very fun, or your imagination rivals Willy Wonka on mushrooms, you probably spend a good ten seconds staring at the picture of the burnt fish stick that makes the novelty […]
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