April 15, 2015

12:00 AM | Facial-recognition apps scout lost pets
Tool supplements tags, chips

April 14, 2015

8:13 PM | Pollution, Habitat Loss, Climate Change & News Media
A cougar hid in a crawl space, and the media went wild. @jgold85 on how NOT to treat mountain lion P-22. via @Slate— Wild Things (@SlateWild) April 14, 2015
3:41 PM | Chimp Swats Down Drone
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3:24 PM | St. Louis Zoo Awaits Kali...
...Buffalo Zoo keeps Luna. "Polar bears are popular. More than a dozen U.S. zoos are building new bear facilities or have built them in recent years. But the Arctic giants have been difficult to obtain. Zoo-bred bears often die at birth. And U.S. zoos can’t just grab one from the wild — the cubs have to be orphaned or abandoned and then discovered before they die. Only two orphans have made their way to U.S. zoos in the last decade. Kali is one of them." NC Zoo is one of the […]
12:57 AM | Childcare Center Director Drops Own Toddler...
...into cheetah exhibit. #NotTheOnion MRT"@NBCNews: Mom who dropped child in2 cheetah exhibit is Dir. of childcare ctr"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 13, 2015
12:51 AM | A week of tame foxes
“You're checked all the way through to... some place I can't pronounce,” said the woman who was checking me in at my small local airport in Illinois.Novosibirsk. It is the third largest city in Russia, located in south-western Siberia. It is the location of the Novosibirsk State University, one of the best universities in Russia, where the Institute of Cytology and Genetics maintains Belyaev’s tame foxes.(You may already know about the fox domestication project, but if you […]

April 13, 2015

1:29 PM | KC mails crossbreed owners inviting them to breed
This is Luna - a pretty collie x girl who is registered on the KC's Activities Register.  She is three years old and spayed. This morning, her owner was completely thrown to receive this email from the Kennel Club. Other people have contacted me about this KC mail-out, too.Click to enlargeI honestly don't know how I feel about this. Is it inappropriate pimping in a country where several thousand strays/unwanted dogs dogs are PTS every year?Or is the KC is simply doing the right thing […]

April 12, 2015

3:45 PM | Another dog show poisoning
(Read the whole article here)Shortly before Pedigree Dogs Exposed aired, I showed the film to Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today.  I asked her: "Do you think this will bring down the Kennel Club?"Beverley has been in dogs for a long time. Her family bred Bearded Collies and at one point Beverley herself showed and even judged. She also once worked for the Kennel Club. In other words, she knew this faction of the crazy canine world as well as anyone - and certainly better than I did at […]
1:22 PM | Family Frightens Zoo's Cheetahs?
The Cleveland Zoo cheetahs were minding their own business recently when a female homo sapiens dropped her cub into their exhibit. Soon the adult female homo sapiens and her male breeding partner jumped into the cheetahs' territory. The cautious cheetahs stayed away and waited for the intruders to depart. Soon a large group of homo sapiens gathered, some arriving in large, extremely loud vehicles.

April 10, 2015

11:48 PM | A Goldfish Eventually Forgets
A shark does too. But I'm impressed they both remember longer than I do! #Goldfish can remember something for 3 months. #Sharks , for at least a year @itsanimals— zulfiqar kunbhar (@zulfiqarkunbhar) April 10, 2015
12:08 PM | Acacia Awaits Company
Two female gorillas will arrive at Riverbanks Zoo from Zoo Atlanta Monday as scheduled. They will be introduced to Acacia, the female western lowland gorilla who moved from the NC Zoo to Riverbanks. Riverbanks will soon have a male and three females, where it recently had a bachelor grouping. There appear to be further delays in the NC Zoo's efforts to get back into vital gorilla breeding. As recently as two weeks ago the word was that three gorillas would arrive here April 15 and the rare […]
9:54 AM | The Old English Dinosaur Club
Click to enlargeThe above statement has just appeared on the UK's Old English Mastiff Club website - the final word (or so the Club hopes) on the issue of pied (piebald) Mastiffs.So now you know. In the eyes of the Club, pied Mastiffs are considered... deviant.Deviant!Sure, the word can be used benignly in the sense of "divergent", "non-typical" or "anomalous". But  the popular use of the word describes something perverted, malignant or nefarious. Sex offenders and killers.  How […]

April 09, 2015

8:54 PM | Farmers Want Jaguars!
Big cats in Brazil can be a huge help in protecting crops overpopulated with peccaries:— CA AcademyOfSciences (@calacademy) April 9, 2015
8:48 PM | Adding to NC's Superb Beaches
Good News! Beautiful property added to Hammocks Beach SP— N.C. Coastal Fed (@NCCoastalfed) April 9, 2015
8:32 PM | DBQ answers
All respondents quickly recognized Bird A’s distinctive beak–heavy, straight and dark. This is a Common Loon. I wanted to show this picture mainly since it makes visible the very slight mismatch in length between upper and lower beak that one can rarely appreciate in a live bird at a distance. In fact, the upper bill […]
5:12 PM | John Maddox Prize for Promoting Science & Evidence in the Public Interest
A great science advocacy group from the UK called Sense About Science offers annual prize to recognize individuals who are publically promoting the importance and use of science and evidence. Here is how they describe the award: 2015 John Maddox Prize … Continue reading →
5:01 PM | Publications
In addition to my work on this blog, I do write for the professional veterinary literature and lay press as well, so I thought I’d list some of those publications for anyone who is interested. Professional Literature McKenzie, BA. Evidence-based … Continue reading →
11:42 AM | That's the Attitude!
Did I mention I saw a Red Racer snake the other day? They're really pretty!— Pandoomic (@Pandoomic) April 9, 2015
1:49 AM | So Hike 316 Miles
Officials open 316-mile Coastal Crescent Trail in Burgaw |— N.C. Coastal Fed (@NCCoastalfed) April 7, 2015
1:45 AM | "So Hike" - Buddha
#SoHike MRT "@budhismteach: "Greater than joys of heaven & earth, greater still than dominion over all worlds, is joy of reaching stream.""— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 8, 2015

April 08, 2015

6:31 PM | Why Science Probably Hates You
There was a great article on Gawker recently about the Food Babe blog, calling out her bad science. Now I’ve never come across the Food Babe blog, as a scientist working in agriculture I don’t think our circles mix. The … Continue reading →
12:30 PM | Why Do People Relinquish Large Dogs?
When someone gives up a large dog to a shelter, what are the usual reasons?Research by Emily Weiss (ASPCA) et al looks at why people relinquish large dogs – and whether there are interventions that could have helped the animal stay in its home. The results show that people issues, rather than dog issues, are given as the main reason. They also highlight that owners have many good things to say about their dog, even as it is relinquished.In the US, large dogs are at a greater risk of […]

Weiss, E., Slater, M., Garrison, L., Drain, N., Dolan, E., Scarlett, J. & Zawistowski, S. (2014). Large Dog Relinquishment to Two Municipal Facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: Identifying Targets for Intervention, Animals, 4 (3) 409-433. DOI: 10.3390/ani4030409


April 07, 2015

4:56 PM | Regulators discipline star of 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'
Reality TV veterinarian is a polarizing figure
1:11 PM | "The Opportunity to Succeed"
Virginia joins the 14+ states that ban criminal history questions from some job applications— GOVERNING (@GOVERNING) April 7, 2015 "...people who make mistakes and pay the price should be welcomed back into society and given the opportunity to succeed."
12:53 PM | Feral Reality
Why did the chicken cross the Hawaiian road? In Hawaii, thousands of wild chickens have mysteriously taken over beaches and parking lots.— NYT Science (@nytimesscience) April 7, 2015
12:50 PM | Feral Humor
Girls Gone Wild Girls Went Feral Girls Attacked Village Girls Spared No One— huntigula (@huntigula) February 24, 2015

April 06, 2015

12:59 PM | State's Seashell Has Anniversary
But good luck finding one in North Carolina! Scotch Bonnet Has Birthday!— CoastalReviewOnline (@Coastal_Review) April 6, 2015

April 05, 2015

10:23 PM | @MariahCarey & Family @BronxZoo
Repost by mariahcarey Best Easter Sunday @thebronxzoo Roc & Roe had a blast finding eggs all over the…— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) April 5, 2015
9:24 AM | Help me, I'm melting
On the left, show Bassets walking into Crufts 2015. On the right, "Truffle" from the Albany Bassets working pack in the UK.This is a breed divided by 50 years of show-breeding - particularly in the UK where the show Bassets are real shockers.I had an interesting comment on the PDE Facebook Group this morning in response to the pic above - a claim that the show dogs on the left are "normal" for a Basset and that working Bassets are more like a Basset Artesien Normand.Now that's true today. […]
2:22 AM | Speaking of Bird Eggs
Oology—the branch of ornithology that studies birds' eggs. Love that word.— Graham Farmelo (@grahamfarmelo) April 4, 2015
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