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April 10, 2014

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12:40 PM | Must "Favorite" This Tweet!
The L.A. City Council voted unanimously today to ban traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes & other animals: http://t.co/XV5H9pR6UM— L.A. Times Unleashed (@LATunleashed) April 10, 2014
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12:00 AM | Dueling legislation a sore spot in horse community
Bills tackle pain as training technique

April 09, 2014

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8:00 PM | Wildlife Medicine & Conservation Program in Belize!
First-year veterinary student Price Dickson describes her recent experience with the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic's vet student program.The post Wildlife Medicine & Conservation Program in Belize! appeared first on Elliott Garber.
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6:53 PM | Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Review Concludes Homeopathy Doesn’t Work
When I reviewed the case against homeopathy as part of the debate over the AVMA resolution to acknowledge it as a placebo therapy, there were many previous reviews to refer to. In addition to the numerous systematic reviews of the … Continue reading →
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5:46 PM | “Electroacupuncture” as a Treatment for Nausea & Vomiting Caused by Morphine in Dogs
A study was recently published investigating the possible effects of “electroacupuncture” on nausea and vomiting induced by morphine in dogs. This study illustrates some of the challenges of evaluating acupuncture in general, and it shows how the ambiguity in study … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: just wings! edition
One from the north, and one from the south for you, my dear Seanetters. Bird A was found in March in North Carolina by Gil Grant. Bird B, by Dennis Minsky in Massachusetts this month. Dennis, I am also pleased to announce, has just found his 300th dead bird for SEANET! Would we were all […]
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2:57 PM | "Snakes on a Plain"
"Smooth green snakes are small in size but big in importance to restoring prairie habitat in northern Illinois." - Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago"Wine & Wildlife: Prairie Pioneers", April 24.
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1:39 PM | Bravo Neighbor!
Congrats to the @GreensboroSC! The Association of Zoos & Aquariums announced they granted accreditation by AZA’s Accreditation Commission.— Visit Greensboro (@GoGreensboro) April 8, 2014
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12:30 PM | How Clever Do You Think Your Dog Is?
Maybe as smart as a four year old child?Photo: DragoNika / ShutterstockCanine researchers have been investigating dogs’ cognitive abilities: whether they can solve puzzles, recognize our emotions, and so on. But are ordinary people aware of these findings, and do they have a realistic view of dogs? A paper by Tiffani Howell (Monash University) et al investigates owner’s beliefs about their dog’s intelligence.The research, published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, […]

Howell, T., Toukhsati, S., Conduit, R. & Bennett, P. (2013). The Perceptions of Dog Intelligence and Cognitive Skills (PoDIaCS) Survey, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8 (6) 418-424. DOI:

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April 08, 2014

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8:45 PM | Decision Made...For Now
"We chose to play with natural pine cone @NCZoo." - Rescued Cougar Kittens pic.twitter.com/TcdprNcA1G— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 8, 2014
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8:34 PM | Decision: Pine Cone vs. Plastic Balls
A momentary lull in cougar kitten play @NCZoo. pic.twitter.com/svOMzGLrYX— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 8, 2014
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7:11 PM | Working on a Cure...
...for "nature-deficit disorder".Young chefs prepare mud @NCZoo, unafraid of dirt and water! pic.twitter.com/QOV4eM2gPy— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 8, 2014
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6:12 PM | Who's Terrorizing Who?!?
New Yorkers terrorize poor little rat in subway!! RT @NBCNews: VIDEO: Rat terrorizes NYC subway commuters http://t.co/UfgNiBTeMO @NBCNewYork— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 8, 2014
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1:51 PM | Ecotourism?
"@NCZoo Director & group in #Cuba. To see herds of rare, endangered & elderly #Chevys & #Fords?— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 8, 2014;)

April 07, 2014

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9:00 PM | Prolific Predator in White Hat
White-hatted, apex predator? RT @nytimesscience: Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest http://t.co/jtjmG6yNGs— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 7, 2014
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8:38 PM | Fire Ants: The Workers
"Workers begin life as nurses, grooming and feeding the brood and the queen. They move on to tasks like nest maintenance and sanitation. In their golden years, workers become foragers, handling the colony’s most dangerous job, as it exposes them to predators and the elements. As the life in them winds down, workers act as their own pallbearers, lying down to die in a mass ant grave called the refuse pile." Nautilus; "Ants Go Marching" by Justin Noble.
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5:10 PM | The Anthropomorphism High Horse
I rarely read a piece of scientific journalism and think “what absolute tosh”, in part because I tend not to use the word ‘tosh’ and in part because I know that science journalism involves digesting and reconfirming a complex idea. … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | "MOM Brands Earns "Paw of Approval""
With a headline like that, you must read on.

April 04, 2014

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5:48 PM | Insulin Injection Pen (VetPen): More Questions (and Answers) about this New Diabetic Product
Since the FDA approved the use of a new insulin injection pen (VetPen) made by Merck Animal Health last week (1,2), I've received a number of questions from both veterinarians and owners of diabetic pets. Listed below are some of the most common questions with my responses.Do we buy a single VetPen and use it forever? Or does the VetPen have to be replaced after a month or two?The VetPen has been tested for at least 3,000 actuations (i.e., how many times the insulin release button is pressed […]
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12:00 PM | FluffyFriday – WolfQuest Part Four!
Oh Fluffy – it’s been such an epic quest, I am almost sad to see it at an end. Warning, some images may be distressing for anyone who got overly attached to Fluffy and her little family.   So overall, … Continue reading →

April 03, 2014

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5:48 PM | Humulin Versus Novolin NPH Insulin: Are They Bioequivalent?
Two available brands of NPH insulin, manufactured by Eli Lilly (Humulin N) and Novo Nordisk (Novolin N)Recently, several of my diabetic dog owners have asked if they can switch their NPH brand to Walmart's Relion/Novolin insulin to replace the Humulin N insulin that they are now using. It turns out that the Walmart ReliOn brand of NPH is much cheaper (only $25 per vial).Though the two insulins both seem to be NPH insulin, I have some concerns about this change. Any concerns with the ReliOn […]
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4:10 PM | Shame
Some folks seem to think one large piece of NC Zoo land is their private trash dump. Early this morning I noticed 20 feet of toilet paper strewn on Old Cox Road near the "driveway" some of these folks have used for accessing "their dump", before and after the NC Zoo Society bought the 300-acre tract to meet the request and well-publicized plans of Zoo Director David M. Jones, several years ago.Walking deep into the property, away from Cox Road, I found first, ironically, a discarded toilet and […]
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4:06 PM | "Tall Tale"
Tall tale of the day: Bao Bao scaled a tree this morning. That's the highest she's climbed yet. #CubWatch pic.twitter.com/rsnxlaRcq5— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) April 3, 2014

April 02, 2014

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8:45 PM | 'Nother "Bravo", Daniel!
The kids loved today’s @NCZoo programs! Like people are left/right-handed, elephants have a dominant tusk. Who knew? pic.twitter.com/cobnLPNtPG— NCChildren'sHospital (@ncchildrens) April 2, 2014NC Zoo Education staff doing some very good things!
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5:13 PM | How many ducks is a normal amount of ducks?
After independent beach walker Doug McNair raised the alarm about an increased number of White-winged Scoter carcasses on Cape Cod this winter, I felt even more drive to work up some of our data from that area. With a particular eye toward the annual counts of scoters and Common Eiders from month to month, I […]
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4:08 PM | It Ain't?!
It ain't camo. RT @HuffPostScience: Scientists discovered why zebras have stripes, and the reason might surprise you http://t.co/ypzpv6TZOJ— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 2, 2014This study leans toward a finding that zebra stripes seem to fool biting flies.
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12:30 PM | How About that Doggy at the Hair Salon?
Can we speed up the process of re-homing shelter dogs by getting the dog out of the shelter and into the community?Photo: AdamEdwards / ShutterstockEvery year, many dogs find new homes through animal rescues and shelters, but some have a long wait and many are never re-homed.  What if there was a way to free up shelter space and encourage people who would not visit the shelter to adopt? A new paper by Heather Mohan-Gibbons et al (2014) assesses the success of a scheme in which dogs were […]

Mohan-Gibbons, H., Weiss, E., Garrison, L. & Allison, M. (2014). Evaluation of a Novel Dog Adoption Program in Two US Communities, PLoS ONE, 9 (3) DOI:

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1:28 AM | The 2012 AHVMA Annual Conference: An illustration of Conflicts between Science-Based Medicine and Holistic Veterinary Medicine
In response to my criticism of individuals offering or promoting alternative medicine for pets, it has been pointed out that the community of such vets is diverse, and that one cannot fairly assume that all share the beliefs or practices … Continue reading →

April 01, 2014

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8:36 PM | Bravo!
#CampKidZu @NCZoo is day camp specially designed 4 childrn w/ high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome: http://t.co/plZOae0HnH #Bravo!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 1, 2014
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5:24 PM | Watch!
I've had good luck with this one!Watch 3 Bald Eagle Chicks Grow on Catalina Island's EagleCam http://t.co/wKgvk3NwQL— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) April 1, 2014
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