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August 15, 2014

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12:51 PM | On Ferguson, MO and Customer Service
It was such a different night in Ferguson, MO last night.Seems to me there is a lesson in customer service here, along with the deeper messages.The local police had failed and, last night, the highway patrol succeeded in large part because of their different perceptions of their roles.The local police forgot that they were there to protect and serve peaceful protesters and the media covering that peaceful protest. If guns were needed at all, they should not have been pointed at the protesters, […]
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12:00 AM | Veterinarians, schools emphasize yearly pet checkups
Survey finds more pet owners concerned about cost of care

August 14, 2014

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10:42 PM | California to require clarity in pet health insurance policies
Lawmakers tighten loosely regulated pet health insurance arena
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8:24 PM | Couldn't Hurt to Just Yell Real Loud
Two women were in their tent in Alaska when a polar bear pawed it. The 81 year-old mother called out, grabbed her gun and ran out the tent flap, according to her daughter.The polar bear was already headed for the sea.Lucky day!

August 13, 2014

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11:53 PM | Good News & Bad News?
"    "All noisy work should finish around Polar Bear next week. That will allow us to introduce Patches to the new exhibit. Construction on the back ‘holding’ pool for the seals may also impact when her introduction takes place." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo Director, Senior Staff Meeting Notes - 8-13-14]      The end of noisy polar bear exhibit work will be followed by the start of nearby noisy seal holding construction at the Rocky Coast here?
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11:18 PM | State "Clarification" Remains Pending
          "The ivory and rhino horn burn has been postponed pending further clarification of State property laws affecting this." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo Director, Senior Staff Meeting Notes - Aug. 13, 2014]        Jones announced Friday that NC Zoo elephant ivory and rhino horn with a "street value" of $1 million would be publicly destroyed yesterday. ("We must all act now!") But Monday he issued a press release […]
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8:51 PM | San Diego Zoo Tweet Challenge!
Tweet us your best impression of Lana the bonobo. We'll tweet the best responses. #WildWed  (pic by Debbie Beals) pic.twitter.com/PXemJmfnf7— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 13, 2014
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1:54 PM | Alabama veterinary board appointee focus of complaint
Hearing scheduled 10 days before appointee takes seat
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12:30 PM | The Effects of Owner Experience and Housing on Argentine Dogos
Photo: Lakatos Sandor / ShutterstockWhat are the effects of an owner’s prior dog experience and the dog’s housing on behaviour problems? A survey of people with Argentine Dogos investigates.Some previous research has suggested people who are first-time dog owners are more likely to have a dog with behaviour problems, perhaps because they don’t have enough experience. Also, sometimes people say breed experience is helpful. The aim of this study was to investigate this by […]
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12:24 PM | Ivory Only Looks Good on Elephants
Spread the word: IVORY IS NOT FASHIONABLE. Please re-tweet. #WorldElephantDay pic.twitter.com/Q9hQ0UWumB— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 13, 2014Even elephants not sporting tusks are quite fashionable.

August 12, 2014

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11:55 PM | New York Joins New Jersey...
...in banning the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn:Dr. Cristián Samper @TheWCS President and CEO on today @NYGovCuomo signing ivory ban legislation in New York State http://t.co/qQ0kddrAuz— Bronx Zoo (@TheBronxZoo) August 12, 2014Gov. Christie signed a similar law earlier this month. (The WCS/Bronx Zoo lauded that signing too.)Now, North Carolina? Let's burn the NC Zoo's ivory and horn.
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11:49 PM | Save the Original Tweeters
"Making sure you're not the only thing left tweeting" -- clever @sierraclub ad at LAX pic.twitter.com/hAF6MbHM8J— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 12, 2014
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11:46 PM | Betty White Went Grey on World Elephant Day
Betty White joins her friends at AZA zoos & aquariums across the country by "going grey" for #WorldElephantDay! pic.twitter.com/UvEM1B3IGs— Animals Inc. | AZA (@zoos_aquariums) August 12, 2014
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11:41 PM | Take an Elphie on World Elephant Day?
Celebrate #WorldElephantDay with an "Elphie" and by watching this video - http://t.co/4ggA0azU63 #conservation #WED #wildlife— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) August 12, 2014
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11:37 PM | What Did Your Zoo Do...
...for World Elephant Day?What is your #zoo doing for #WorldElephantDay? #96Elephants #GoingGray #AZA #elephants— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 12, 2014
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11:15 PM | Artemisinin-Is It a Useful Drug for Cancer Treatment in Dogs?
A couple of readers have asked about a purported cancer therapy agent called artemisinin. This is a compound derived from a plant and used for a variety of purposes in the system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is sometimes … Continue reading →
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7:51 PM | Veterinary super heroes!
V-FORCE from the AVMAI was tickled to discover that the AVMA published a comic book. V-Force! Veterinarians to the Rescue! Did you know that veterinary superheroes have x-ray vision and use it to diagnose leptospirosis? Did you know that some of them (us? can I say some of us?) even have microscopic vision so that they can see microbes and diagnose infection with West Nile Virus? Why didn't I get these super powers when I graduated?My favorite scene bar none is the one in which the doctor (that […]
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11:42 AM | "...we should be treating this stuff like heroin..."
More from NC Zoo Director David M. Jones on the postponed destruction of elephant ivory and rhino horn previously scheduled for today."“Basically, the philosophy now is, we should be treating this stuff like heroin,” Jones said. “If you find a load of drugs, the best way to get rid of it is just to burn it.”" [Martha Qillin, newsobserver.com]Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/11/4065493/nc-zoo-plan-to-destroy-ivory-rhino.html#storylink=cpy

August 11, 2014

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8:38 PM | "Nevermind..."
...for now."The NC Zoo has postponed a dramatic destruction of elephant ivory and rhino horn announced Friday and originally scheduled for tomorrow. [See "Good for Our State Zoo"] "Our Zoo has a lot invested in elephants and rhinos. We must all act now!" NC Zoo Director David M. Jones urged Friday.In explaining the sudden postponement of a special event scheduled for tomorrow, Jones said: “We remain fully committed to doing our part to demonstrate that these animal parts should be […]
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12:39 PM | "Not All Sharks Are Big and 'Dangerous'"
The Henry Doorly Zoo uses Shark Week to explain, referencing its own cookiecutter, nurse and zebra sharks, as well as the whale shark, all of which eat in very different ways .

August 10, 2014

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7:48 PM | After 44 Eastern Newt Encounters
Lunch spot @RoanMtSP #Tennessee #MillerHomestead. Lots of #hummingbirds were lunching too. pic.twitter.com/fCvYllvxnd— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 10, 2014
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7:26 PM | Eastern Newts on the Move
Usually think spotting a cute little orange Eastern newt on a trail is a rare bit of good luck.Had good luck 44 times on the hike up Chestnut Ridge Trail, Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee today!
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12:58 PM | "May"?!
…Alvin may have irritated a few deep sea critters in the past half-century of exploration. http://t.co/zxjO3V1ieN pic.twitter.com/GWf35IPRIW— Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) August 10, 2014

August 09, 2014

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6:02 PM | Top Endocrine Publications of 2013: The Feline Adrenal Gland
In my next compilation of the canine and feline endocrine publications of 2013, I’m moving on to disorders of the feline adrenal gland.Listed below are 12 research papers written in 2013 that deal with a variety of adrenal gland topics of issues of clinical importance in cats.These range from a study of body condition on the bioavailability of prednisone and prednisolone in cats (1) to investigation of adrenal gland ultrasonography in normal and sick cats (2); from a study that designed […]
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12:28 PM | Did Not Know
But believe anything Jason tells me about wildlife:Did you guys know that penguins used to be harvested for oil just like seals and whales?— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) August 8, 2014

August 08, 2014

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8:36 PM | Little Elephant
#animalfact - The hyrax’s closest relatives are elephants, manatees, and dugongs. pic.twitter.com/2qRAOaXI2E— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) August 8, 2014Here's a bit on the dugong.San Diego Zoo has baby rock hyraxes.
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6:35 PM | "Good For Our State Zoo"
News & Record editorial supports the NC Zoo plan to destroy an estimated $1 million "worth" of elephant ivory and rhino horn.China crushed 6 tons of  ivory in January.Thailand's prime minister took a stand against ivory trade in 2013.African nations, as well as the NC Zoo's Dr. Mike Loomis, have struggled for decades with the problems of African elephant poaching. “Our zoo has a lot invested in elephants and rhinos,” NC Zoo Director David M. Jones said. “We must
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9:02 AM | Veterinarians unveil new technique for jaw reconstruction
Idea grows from collaboration between UC Davis medical scientists and engineers

August 07, 2014

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11:30 PM | Wildlife Consevation Never Out of Style
Agreed, Minnesota Zoo!Trends come and go, but #wildlife #conservation is something that should never go out of style. #tbt #rhino pic.twitter.com/UC1psmGOSB— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) August 7, 2014
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6:56 PM | "Syncranized" Again
#tbt "Syncranized": http://t.co/vfCUUdyHQQ #CrownedCrane— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 7, 2014
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