July 18, 2014

12:00 PM | Fluffy Friday – Personality and Trait Theory
Oh, hey, Crash Course have done a video about measuring personality   That’s kind of my thing.  Although the video talks more about trait theory and self than concepts behind how we measure it, which is what I’m interested in, … Continue reading →

July 17, 2014

9:40 PM | "Avian Dinosaur" Devours Small Mammal
Watch this avian dinosaur hunt a small furry mammal— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 17, 2014
9:35 PM | "I Choose My Enrichment Item"
Yellowstone wolf fail to respect the Cone Zone (video) via @WolfPolitico @Howling4Justice— Paul Rauber (@paulrauber) July 17, 2014
9:29 PM | Potential Risks of Neutering and Age at Neutering for Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers
A number of interesting and important research studies have been published in the last 5 years on the subject of the risks and benefits of neutering in dogs, and these have provided important information to help guide veterinarians and owners … Continue reading →

July 16, 2014

6:53 PM | You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Tweet Is About You
#Peacocks are so vain. pic by Helene Hoffman— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 16, 2014
6:33 PM | I Lectured to 27000 Students This Week
Please do forgive the bragging in this post’s title. But I have. I have lectured to 27000 students this week. Our MOOC went live on Monday and people are still signing up, which is all kinds of mindblowing. From the … Continue reading →
5:38 PM | Blue Macaws, Epic Tarantula & Saddled Polar Bear
Come to the NC Zoo Sunday for free attractions. It would normally cost $11 to add the "Rio" 4D ride, a tour of "Bugs - An Epic Adventure" and a carousel ride to your NC Zoo visit. But all those will be free Sunday.“Without our visitors there would not be a[n] N.C. Zoo...In an effort to thank everyone for their continued support throughout the zoo’s 40 years of existence, we offer Visitor Appreciation Day,” said Dr. David Jones, Director of the North Carolina Zoo.
5:07 PM | Myths, mutts and misrepresentation
This headline, when it appeared in April 2014, was the best bit of news the purebred dog world had received since Pedigree Dogs Exposed.It was a report on a new paper from the terrific team at VetCompass looking at the most common disorders in UK dogs. (You can read the whole paper here).The Telegraph article quoted the paper's main author, Dan O'Neill: “My hypotheses was that crossbreeds would have a lower prevalence of common disorders than purebreds," he told them. "But the […]
12:39 PM | Fashion Fundraising ("Nicely Destroyed")
Lions, tigers and bears "design" Zoo Jeans to help revive Kamine Zoo."The denim was actually much tougher than we had thought, and it turned out nicely destroyed.”
12:30 PM | Do Puppy Tests Predict Adult Dog Behaviour?
A new study follows dogs from neonates to adults to find out if puppy tests predict adult behaviour.Photo: Mikkel Bigandt / ShutterstockLots of people want to know if a puppy’s behaviour will tell you what it will be like as an adult dog. From people choosing a pet dog from a breeder’s litter, to organizations training service, police or military dogs, making the right choice of puppy could really help later on. But there have long been concerns that puppy personality tests […]
12:00 AM | Most veterinarians reduce prices so animals can get care, survey finds
Few practices track discounts systematically

July 15, 2014

5:51 PM | Looking Good
5 orphaned grey wolf pups will be arriving from the @AlaskaZoo to call the @mnzoo their new home this afternoon— Meet Minneapolis (@MeetMinneapolis) July 15, 2014They look great considering what the infamous Funny River Fire and a porcupine did to them.
5:34 PM | 450 (and Counting?)
Yes, penguins can be gay. So can 450 other animals.— Keith Wagstaff (@Kwagstaff) July 15, 2014
5:25 PM | Happy Feet!
#ManyHappyFeet... 70K Magellanic #penguins get a new @UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in #Patagonia:— WCS (@TheWCS) July 15, 2014 The rugged, 5 million acre peninsula in Argentina’s Patagonia region teems with wildlife, "including southern right whales, Magellanic penguins, massive elephant seals, flightless Darwin’s rheas, and camel-like guanacos..."
4:39 PM | Seabird die-offs in Iceland
Though the United States stretches across a continent between two oceans, when it comes to seabirds, we here on the east coast have a great deal more in common with our neighbors in Europe, Iceland, and Greenland than we do with our Pacific compatriots. For this reason, we always keep an eye on the goings-on […]
12:52 PM | "No Way!"
That's the "answer" I get from the "questions" about this gentleman's plans for a "Charlotte Zoo" asked by the Charlotte NBC affiliate.

July 13, 2014

4:24 PM | "Elephants Harder to Find"
True in zoos too. [WSJ]Bad news for that louse.
4:08 PM | The Endangered Elephant Louse
It is only found on African and Asian elephants. They are disappearing. is their little louse. The article at the link above is getting a good deal of attention in recent hours.

July 12, 2014

10:14 PM | Next Caper?
A Pack of Zoo Wolves Escapes...Right Into A Polar Bear Enclosure somebody's been reading Count of Monte Cristo again?— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 12, 2014"Zoo officials have promised that the wolves aren't actually capable of tunneling out of the exhibit into human-inhabited parts of the zoo."No word on what the wolves have planned for their next caper."
6:58 PM | 3 Gorillas "Escape" from New Zoo Exhibit
Three of Como (St. Paul, MN) Zoo's seven gorillas exited through an unsecured doorway in the new, $11 million Gorilla Forest exhibit, "but zoo officials say they were always enclosed within gorilla-proof barriers and no people or animals were ever at risk" even 'though one gorilla was not returned until 10:40 a.m. Thursday."The Como Park Zoo does not open to the public until 10 a.m., but those on zoo grounds were sent to safe areas until all the gorillas were returned to their habitat, zoo […]
6:30 PM | Lemur Ruins It for All
1 Lemur ruined it for all.  Zoo just sent out a memo. No animals are allowed to sit on guests heads— Polar Bear (@DuluthPolarBear) July 12, 2014
6:28 PM | "Ma'am, There's an Exotic Animal on Your Baby"
'Ma'am, there's a lemur on your baby': Things you never want to hear at the zoo:— TODAY  (@TODAYshow) July 11, 2014
6:06 PM | Detroit Zoo Rescues 30 Animals
Many exotic animals were found in a Detroit garage.
4:39 PM | Wolves Burrow Into Polar Bear Exhibit
"A zoo spokesman says such adjustments are absolutely normal with the opening of any new exhibit."?
3:52 PM | Campaign Needs Costumed Mascot
Somehow, this campaign needs better branding: Save the Snot Otter! h/t @OnEarthMag— Joel Makower (@makower) July 11, 2014Voila! [Wall Street Journal, 2011]

July 11, 2014

6:12 PM | Not a Good Thing
"Zoo staff found all five wolves walking around the female polar bear enclosure Tuesday morning."Could have been a little dicey. The wolves dug out of their Journey to Churchill exhibit and into an exhibit in which "both female bears were sleeping in the corner at the time.""Assiniboine Zoo temporarily closed parts of the [$90 million] Journey to Churchill exhibit for repairs Tuesday, July 8, five days after it opened.""Originally, the zoo planned to put polar bears on both sides of the […]
1:29 PM | Been There...
Been there, smelled that. RT @HuffPostScience: Gorillas can actually turn on some bad B.O. to say "back off!"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 10, 2014Ramar used to "signal" his displeasure with the presence of then General Curator Schobert and/or Vet Loomis in his African Pavilion.
1:21 PM | Comment re: "Right...and So Very Wrong" (below)
"I think the first responders would have no choice but to bust every window to verify no youngster was present. Or at least impound the car as evidence in a possible missing persons case." - Jeff Davis
10:49 AM | Fluffy Friday – Peer Review Rings and MOOCs
You’ll have to forgive the lack of original content in this week’s Fluffy Friday (and lack of content entirely in last week’s). The MOOC launches on Monday at 11 AM and this week has been spent polishing the course and obsessing … Continue reading →
9:50 AM | Rumored price hikes, rationing send veterinarians scrambling for saline
Hoarding prompts suppliers to allocate supplies, insider says
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