March 22, 2015

7:36 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 34 Weeks
While Athena is not my first cat, she is the first cat who is wholly mine, who would absolutely not survive without me. My last family cat, Posie, was euthanised in late 2009, and I went to get Athena on … Continue reading →
1:45 PM | "Cupid's Arrow Is No Metaphor"
When mating, snails often fire tiny limestone darts at each other as part of the preliminaries— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 22, 2015 "Till Death Do Us Dart"
1:00 PM | Not BFFs's something that deserves a double take: a tree frog hitching a ride on a python! #weirdnature— Earth Touch (@EarthTouch) March 22, 2015 "...undoubtedly a case of cohabitation rather than animal BFFs..."

March 21, 2015

8:25 PM | Here's the Buzz
Here's the #buzz about the new exhibit coming this summer.... #bees #venom— NC Aquarium at PKS (@NCAquariumatPKS) March 21, 2015
1:23 PM | Remembering When
Here is Family Fun magazine's Top 10 list for zoos and aquariums. Remember when, with the opening of "North America" here, the NC Zoo was on "everyone's" Top 5 or 10 list.

March 20, 2015

3:31 PM | Oops! Andean Boy Bear is Girl
Phoenix Zoo Andean bear Luka will not be fathering any youngsters at Nashville Zoo, as was planned. "Andean bears' genitalia, [Phoenix] zoo officials wrote, are underdeveloped during a cub's first two years. Young bears are sometimes misidentified. Luka's keepers had examined the bear at 4 months of age and concluded they were dealing with a male." It happens..."and having another young female is beneficial to the entire breeding program and survival of the species." [Note: "Paddington" remains […]

March 19, 2015

4:04 PM | Fly Less, Climate Leader!
Politicians, journalists, business leaders calling for climate action should also fly less, not only academics:— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 19, 2015
2:42 PM | Zoological Humor
"I only like you as a friend..." -male praying mantises— Greg Wright (@GregHenchman) March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

8:34 PM | Kwanza's a Father Again
Remember well Kwanza's birth here. We learned of the little gorilla's arrival the morning of March 2, 1989. Now he's called Kwan and the father of four. Bella is the latest, born at his long-time home, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. Remember it well, because at 1 a.m., March 4, 1989, my son Evan was born, just 50 hours after Kwanza's 11 p.m., March 1 birth. When I was congratulated on the birth, in Asheboro, shortly thereafter, more often than not they were referring to the gentleman now […]
8:12 PM | 2nd Big Increase
.@NCZoo fee increases to $15 on April 1. It was $10 on June 30, 2011.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 18, 2015 $3 increase Friday the 13th. And two more bucks, Chuck, in 2011.
7:12 PM | Dinosaur Crossing!
Watch Out for Wildlife @NCZoo! #WOW #DinoWorld— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 18, 2015
7:10 PM | Watch for Dinos!
Watch Out for #Dinosaurs @NCZoo ! #WOW #DinoWorld— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 18, 2015
7:08 PM | Wildlife Crossing
#WOW @NCZoo. #wildlife crossing.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 18, 2015
7:06 PM | Please Pass Carefully
#WOW @NCZoo. Watch out!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 18, 2015
7:03 PM | Watch Out!
Watch Out for Wildlife @NCZoo. #WOW— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 18, 2015
6:03 PM | The Utilitarian Suffering
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. This is a simplistic understanding of utilitarianism – the ethical stance which we more formally say ‘maximises utility’. That is, we do what is best for the largest number … Continue reading →
12:30 PM | The Right to Walk Away
What can pet owners learn from the way scientists give animals choices in research?When people take part in research, scientists must ensure they give informed consent. When the participants are pets, owners give consent on their behalf: they understand the risks of the research and they have the right to end their participation at any time (e.g. if they feel their dog is stressed). We can’t ask animals about their feelings, but scientists have several ways they give the pets a choice.In […]

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March 17, 2015

9:31 PM | Tiger Tuesday Tweet's a Treat
This #TigerTuesday is a family affair! Check out this @TheWCS field camera photo of an entire Amur tiger family! :)— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) March 17, 2015
8:50 PM | DBQ, part deux
I have feeling so very remiss about SEANET lately, not least because I cannot blog as frequently as I might like during the high teaching season. To partly make up for this, in this second installment of the most recent DBQ, I have labeled photos with orange arrows. This way, it will appear that I […]
3:07 PM | Continuing Snake Theme II
Parrot snake (leptophis) in Santa Catalina, Panama. #EarthCapture by @Sara_and_Snakes— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 17, 2015
2:58 PM | Truth.
Or one "Visionary" RT @LoverOfComics94: How to be a politician: 1. Tell people what you're going to do 2. Don't do it 3. Change the subject.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 17, 2015
2:19 PM | Traditional, Progressive, Gospel or Neo-Traditional?
"We are looking to try a major evening Blue Grass concert later in the summer to test likely interest in such programs in the future." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo, Senior Staff Meeting Notes]
12:59 PM | Continuing the Snake Theme
We didn't always get along, but get well soon, Indy.— Bronx Zoo's Cobra (@BronxZoosCobra) March 6, 2015
12:55 PM | How to Capture Brilliant Wildlife Photo
How to hide a cameraman from a flying snake. #EarthOnLocation via @Chrysopelea— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 17, 2015
12:29 PM | Brilliant Wildlife Photo Capture!
.@simonbellbrizzl captured this flying snake transforming to living aerofoil for #EarthOnLocation— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 17, 2015
12:00 AM | Fur loss in dogs linked to owners' hormone use
Veterinarian suspects unwitting exposure persists

March 16, 2015

1:27 PM | "...tickling a platypus..."
Good morning. Here's someone tickling a platypus— Ed Yong (@edyong209) March 16, 2015

March 15, 2015

11:59 AM | Remembering Nik
NC Zoo gorilla Nikosi is gone but not forgotten.
1:34 AM | Zoo Price Increase, But Not for Locals
Columbus Zoo says thanks to locals for tax support.

March 14, 2015

12:26 PM | "A Killer Shark Might Not Be In the Water"
Gail Collins is devastating in lampooning & lambasting presidential candidates who dodge questions on climate change— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) March 14, 2015 Ms. Collins offers this optional answer for use by those presidential candidates who'd rather not deal with climate change policy: "Or you can tell people that the shark might or might not be in the water, and might or might not be hungry, but that this is no time to stop swimming.
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