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February 27, 2015

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1:22 PM | Over 30 Years of Leadership
Todd Miller of the NC Coastal Federation gets more deserved recognition. He "has won a prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Award for his lifelong work in protecting and restoring the natural resources of the N.C. coast. Todd Miller will receive the award May 14 at a ceremony at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington." "Miller is one of eight award recipients, who were nominated by ocean conservationists from around the globe and selected by a committee that included [Mrs.] Benchley, […]
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1:10 PM | Still Talking About the Weather
The NC Zoo Society offices are open should you need member services from our good staff. (I say it that way because I'm off, as I was yesterday; working three-day weeks as I gradually retire; it will be two-day weeks starting April 1.) Proud this old man moved as much snow as he did yesterday (another day off) from our cars, driveway, sidewalk and the sidewalks of neighbors left and right. Yesterday morning's snow was easy to shovel (or for snowball and snowman making)...although heavy and […]

February 26, 2015

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10:33 PM | Despite Closure "World Renowned Scientist" @NCZoo Friday...
...says newest NC Zoo media advisory: "On International Polar Bear Day, Friday, Feb. 27, the...Zoo will host Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, ...chief scientist, Polar Bears International (PBI)...and adjunct professor, U. of Wyoming, Laramie. Before joining PBI, Amstrup was a research wildlife biologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, where he led polar bear research in Alaska for 30 years....Dr. Amstrup will be available for media interviews between 9 […]
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10:15 PM | 12th of Last 13 Days
.@NCZoo closed Friday.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 26, 2015 NC Zoo media release suggests visitor pathways not yet cleared.
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7:16 PM | #tbt to 2005 Russlings Post
Felt the need to remark about this zoo's clean glass and the camera being one of them new-fangled digital ones.
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4:59 PM | "Closing...Desert & Gorilla for the Season"
"A small team is looking at the impact of closing the Desert and Gorilla for the season and coming up with additional programming for visitors in those areas." - David M. Jones, NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 2/25/15
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4:42 PM | There's Goes the 2015 Season...
...for outdoor ocelot viewing at the NC Zoo: "The mesh contractor for Ocelot will not finish until later than expected, which will delay opening the exhibit until October." - David M. Jones, NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 2/25/15.
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3:40 PM | Bravo!
"A complete review of our admissions process is underway to make it more visitor friendly..." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 2/25/15]
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3:15 PM | So It Is Official?
"Our Vision plan for the future will be presented to the Secretary of Culture next week..." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 2/25/15; following the announcement by the Secretaries of Culture and of Environment & Natural Resources and following this, Director Jones had pointed out that the Zoo's move to Culture was not finalized.]
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2:39 PM | "New Weapon: Women"
#HeForShe for #wildlife "@grahamfarmelo: World's first all-female patrol protecting South Africa's rhinos: http://t.co/NPB37Xjl3e"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 26, 2015
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2:20 PM | National Zoo Clearing Paths this Morning...
...for visitors' enjoyment later: Due to inclement weather, we are closed this morning until all paths are clear & safe for visitors. Please check back for updates.— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) February 26, 2015
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2:17 PM | Snow...Really!
The real deal: 5 or 6 inches of #snow closes @NCZooSociety offices until at least 11.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 26, 2015 The NC Zoo (not Society) is closed for the (I may have miscounted by one?) 10th of the last 11 days.

February 25, 2015

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8:38 PM | Great Photo of Polar Bear Cubs...
...at this link.
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8:19 PM | "Again...Again"...AGAIN!
"Due to the wintry weather forecast, the North Carolina Zoo will remain closed Thursday, Feb 26." [Just released media advisory]
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6:49 PM | What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So: Pre-anesthetic Bloodwork in Dogs & Cats
I recently gave a lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference called “What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So.” The purpose of this was to take some common or controversial beliefs and practices in veterinary medicine and discuss the scientific evidence … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | #StreetDog
No post tonight – whyever not?   Perhaps FluffySciences is too busy planning a social media assault . . .   Who knows?   #StreetDog
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5:51 PM | "Sure Hope It Is Open Tomorrow!"
Empty @NCZoo parking lot. (Closed for "winter weather".) pic.twitter.com/55PxzilQdv— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 25, 2015
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1:30 PM | Why You Need to Socialize Your Puppy
The importance of socialization can’t be stressed enough.These days, more and more people understand that puppies need to be socialized. But sometimes people wonder, how do we know this? It’s based on classic research in canine science.Many papers contribute to our understanding of puppies. In 1950, J.P. Scott and Mary-‘Vesta Marston published a study of 17 litters, including the earliest age at which they opened their eyes for the first time, began to walk, and engaged in […]

Fox, M. (1969). Behavioral Effects of Rearing Dogs With Cats During the 'Critical Period of Socialization', Behaviour, 35 (3) 273-280. DOI: 10.1163/156853969X00242

Freedman, D., King, J. & Elliot, O. (1961). Critical Period in the Social Development of Dogs, Science, 133 (3457) 1016-1017. DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3457.1016

Pfaffenberger, C. & Scott, J. (1959). The Relationship between Delayed Socialization and Trainability in Guide Dogs, The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 95 (1) 145-155. DOI: 10.1080/00221325.1959.10534251

Scott, J. & Marston, M. (1950). Critical Periods Affecting the Development of Normal and Mal-Adjustive Social Behavior of Puppies, The Pedagogical Seminary and Journal of Genetic Psychology, 77 (1) 25-60. DOI: 10.1080/08856559.1950.10533536

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1:27 PM | Inclement?
Where is our inclement #weather @NCZoo? pic.twitter.com/TmPz9AAake— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 25, 2015 The NC Zoo is closed today "due to winter weather". [Hourly Accuweather for Asheboro, NC predictions made yesterday rose to about a 60% chance of snow for an hour or two last night and also forecast "Sunny" and a High of 45F.]
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12:00 AM | Spinning the numbers
Context is key to veterinary economic data

February 24, 2015

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8:34 PM | NC Zoo Closed Again...Again
[from another NC Zoo media release] "Because of winter weather, the North Carolina Zoo will remain closed Wednesday, Feb. 25." [Asheboro weather forecast calls for likely overnight snow; sunny with high of 45F tomorrow.]
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8:29 PM | What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So: ACE-I and MVD in Dogs
  I recently gave a lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference called “What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So.” The purpose of this was to take some common or controversial beliefs and practices in veterinary medicine and discuss the scientific … Continue reading →
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4:02 PM | Told Cameraman I Would Make Him Famous...
...with this tweet: "You saw it here 1st!" @WXIITV looking for @NCZoo snow. pic.twitter.com/3ntYDaMXmC— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 24, 2015
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3:25 PM | NC Zoo Closed Again
According to a 10:17 a.m. media advisory, the NC Zoo has reclosed for "snow and icy conditions". Going for a record?
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2:33 PM | Tale of two beaches
Over the weekend, I had the great pleasure of serving on a panel discussing waste disposal and the impacts of human trash on the environment and human and wildlife health. Many thanks to Annie Hooper and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for inviting me! While we were down on the Cape for our whirlwind, sub-24 hour […]
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2:06 AM | What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So: Neutering & Mammary Tumors in Dogs
I recently gave a lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference called “What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So.” The purpose of this was to take some common or controversial beliefs and practices in veterinary medicine and discuss the scientific evidence … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Veterinary internships lack uniform quality
Concerned about exploitation, AAHA offers new accreditation option

February 23, 2015

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9:26 PM | Well, Good...
Well, now, good night. RT @TulsaZoo: Well, good morning, Butch and Sundance! Photo by Beth Wegner, Tulsa Zoo. pic.twitter.com/H6JRc43A6S— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 23, 2015
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7:38 PM | Top Endocrine Publications of 2014: The Canine and Feline Pituitary Gland
For my next review of the endocrine publications of 2014 that concern companion animals, I'm going to turn to the theme of diagnosis and treatment of pituitary problems in dogs and cats. Listed below are 18 clinical and research papers written in 2014 that deal with a variety of pituitary gland issues of clinical importance in dogs and cats.These range from case studies of cats with primary hypodipsia and inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (1,2) to an investigation of the clinical […]
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4:55 PM | "Say It Ain't So!"
Seems to be aware of that! "@johnrplatt: Climate change could kill off this adorable lemur: http://t.co/AfPlM6NgPw… pic.twitter.com/c3GxP3ya8p"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 22, 2015
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