November 21, 2014

4:19 PM | Visitors Face Challenges at NC Zoo
That seems the opinion of Zoo staff and Zoo Council, as the Council's Wednesday meeting was reported by the Courier-Tribune. Council were shown "pictures of crowded areas of the zoo and presented the challenges which zoo visitors and employees now face in regard to the current state road system, parking, admission entry, transportation, plaza services and safety and security issues on the busiest attendance days." "“You’re woefully inadequate right this minute,” zoo council […]
1:44 PM | Especially the Spitting
Farewell, #dinos ! We will miss all of the roaring, calling, and spitting. #dinosaurs— NC Aquarium at PKS (@NCAquariumatPKS) November 19, 2014
9:52 AM | Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper
Originally posted on Scholarly Open Access:One of many low-quality open-access journals. The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology has accepted for publication a manuscript that was first written in 2005 to protest spam conference invitations. The paper contains the…
3:35 AM | Epic Photo Portrait!
If you haven't heard, there's a new standout in the Sun Bear Forest. Can you name the species?— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) November 21, 2014
3:15 AM | "NC Zoo Loses Another Polar Bear"
By Martha Quillan for the News & Observer. "Patches, one of two polar bears at the N.C. Zoo, has died less than a month after the zoo opened a new polar bear exhibit." "The zoo completed $8.5 million in renovations to its polar bear exhibit last month. It ice cave and a den where a mother could give birth and raise cubs." "When work began on the expanded exhibit..., the zoo had two polar bears and hoped to get as many as six. One of the bears, Aquila, died in September 2013 with […]
1:38 AM | May Patches' Spirit Swim
It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Patches. We were blessed to know her beauty. May her bear spirit swim free— NC Zoo Society (@NCZooSociety) November 18, 2014 [Knew of our loss several days ago, prior to going to NYC (and away from my "Blogger:Dashboard"), but an "embargo" was put on getting the word out before the NC Zoo media release was sent.]

November 20, 2014

5:39 PM | 2014 Turtles: In the trenches
It's looking to be another busy sea turtle season. We'll be posting updates and snapshots of the action here on this blog. This post is an overview of what happens during these early days of a very busy time for us. After a busy weekend of sea turtle strandings, the number of sea turtles arriving for care is not letting up. More than 40 turtles arrived at our doorstep on Wednesday. That's
5:38 PM | News flash: citizen scientists are trainable
Not to be smug about it, but SEANET has been doing citizen science since before citizen science was cool. Or at least, since before it was widely accepted as a viable and valid method of collecting large scale data sets. For a long time, the critique from the science establishment was that lay people without […]

November 19, 2014

9:33 PM | Rabies Vaccines & Aggression in Dogs-Pure Pseudoscientific Fear Mongering
One of the most bizarre manifestations of pseudoscientific and anti-scientific thinking, particularly popular among homeopaths, is the insistence that the most effective preventative healthcare intervention in history, vaccination, is actually a dangerous and destructive poison foisted on the unsuspecting public … Continue reading →
1:30 PM | Are Dogs Good for Our Health?
We’re used to reading that they are, but it’s more complicated than you think.Photo: legenda / ShutterstockA new study by González Ramírez and Landero Hernández in Mexico compares dog-owners with non-dog-owners to find out whether or not dogs are beneficial to people’s health and well-being. They wanted to improve on the design of many previous studies by comparing two groups of people who were similar except for the fact that some owned dogs and some did […]
1:58 AM | New Studies Show Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Treat Concussion, but no more than Placebo Treatment
I’ve written previously about the evidence concerning hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). There are a few specific conditions for which there is reasonable evidence HBOT is a useful therapy. Unfortunately, it is becoming something of a fad treatment in veterinary medicine, … Continue reading →

November 18, 2014

6:46 PM | Carnage on the coast!
The title here may be somewhat hyperbolic, but the situation on Gil Grant’s North Carolina beach on November 10 was striking. Gil found 7 dead birds, all of which had been thoroughly dismembered and stripped of flesh. For the most part, all that remained were wings and the occasional flayed skull. Six of the birds […]
4:20 PM | Massachusetts veterinarians must report animal abuse
PAWS Act created after highly publicized case
12:10 AM | More Delusional Homeopaths-Homeopathy for Trauma and Shock in Dogs
Homeopaths, naturally, refuse to recognize that their entire profession is nothing more than the selling of placebos. The evidence against any true benefit for homeopathic therapy, beyond the psychological benefits of the therapeutic interaction, is overwhelming. Reviews by scientists and … Continue reading →

November 17, 2014

12:00 AM | First canine Ebola quarantine met with good luck
Texas veterinarians recount 16 days with Bentley

November 16, 2014

9:29 PM | Just for the Picture
RT @CuratorBirds 1 theory about the secretary bird’s name is it's derived from Arabic ‘saqr-et-tair’ or ‘hunter bird’— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) November 16, 2014
6:07 PM | Over 3 Million Pennies
Beginning in early 2009, Pennies for Polar Bears saw over 3 million pennies raised for the NC Zoo and Project: Polar Bears. The resultant exhibit opened in late October, featuring Patches and the Governor.
3:08 PM | "...the unavoidable crime of being..."
Why we shouldn't devalue "tiny, insignificant" lives: NY Times essay by Tim Kreider, "On Smashing Bugs." #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) November 16, 2014

November 15, 2014

9:29 PM | National Pickle Day @NC Zoo
Post by North Carolina Zoo.
5:10 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 16 Weeks
Our little Athena is reaching the cusp of four months old, and is testing all of her boundaries as only preteens can do. This week she has been showing a distinct predilection for fussiness, eschewing all tuna and cod meals … Continue reading →
4:30 PM | "Outdated & Unsafe"
That's the finding in a probe of the San Francisco Zoo gorilla holding facilities in which a young gorilla was crushed to death. "The gorilla expert hired by the zoo found the employee who was operating the hydraulic door with an emergency stop button did not have a clear and unimpeded view of the doors, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday..." "The zoo employee's name and work history have not been released." "Zoo officials declined comment."
4:23 PM | Heads Up
.@NCZoo homepage still cycling pics of "#Bugs", #kidzone "Opens March 29", along w/ #Patches, & current chimp, orchid, waterbuck & giraffe.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) November 15, 2014
3:47 PM | Managing Diabetic Dogs with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
My problem patient is a 9-year old, female spayed Yorkie with concurrent exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and diabetes mellitus. The stools, which had been very large and odoriferous, are smaller and not as smelly now that we have started the pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy.  However, the stools are still not completely normal. The dog remains very thin, but she has gained a pound over the past month. The diabetic control has been more problematic. Six weeks ago, the […]

November 14, 2014

6:54 PM | "Keep Your Hand on the Stop Button"
Would the young gorilla crushed to death at the San Francisco Zoo still be alive if sign/directions were followed? San Francisco Chronicle "obtained a photo of the sign through a public records request". "The zoo employee's name and work history have not been released."
6:45 PM | TGIF, Smile!
It's Friday, smile! #tgif— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) November 14, 2014
6:41 PM | "Autumn a Mosaic
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."-Stanley Horowitz— NC Aquarium on RI (@NCAquarium_RI) November 12, 2014
3:05 PM | World Diabetes Day: November 14 2014
Today, November 14th, is World Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year (1). It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of human diabetes around the world.World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the […]

November 13, 2014

5:08 PM | Jon Stewart Tries to Shame N.R.A.
Mission Impossible. For anyone who missed this last night, Jon Stewart spoke out about the threat to free-ranging elephants from...— Elephant Lovers (@elephantlovers) November 13, 2014
4:44 PM | :( :(
.@NCZoo #IceCave closed again; new #polarbear exhibit w/out #Patches. Caught glimpses of #Anana thru doorway, but she stayed off exhibit.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) November 13, 2014
3:21 PM | Rhinos & Elephants Win This One!
Auction house won't sell horns and ivory estimated to be "worth" about $100,000. (Truly "priceless".) "Simon Hill, general manager of Lawsons, said management had listened to the concerns of "clients, individuals and conservation bodies" and decided the sales of the horns were not in anyone's interest."
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