December 13, 2014

10:40 PM | Embrace the Wild: Antarctica
#EmbraceTheWildRT @Gotham3: The Beauty of Antarctica— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 13, 2014
10:37 PM | Embrace the Wild: Grand Canyon
#EmbraceTheWild RT @io9: The Grand Canyon Is Full Of Clouds Right Now. Why?— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 13, 2014
10:27 PM | Embrace the Wild: "Eaten Alive"
#EmbraceTheWild RT @Gotham3: Discovery channel be like 'EATEN ALIVE'. If you know what I mean ;-)— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 13, 2014
10:22 PM | Embrace the Wild: Bush Frog
#EmbraceTheWild MRT@BBCEarth: gorgeous bush frogs, newly discovered in Western Ghats in India— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 13, 2014
8:24 PM | The Fence-Learn to Love Nuance, Complexity, and Ambivalence
From the only humanist, atheist, skeptic rock star out there, Tim Minchin!  
10:59 AM | Chronicles of Athena – 20 Weeks
This is our last week in this flat. The last mesmerising spin in the washing machine, the last few flirtations with the bathtub (I’m tempted to have a bath at some point and see what she does, but I also … Continue reading →

December 12, 2014

6:50 PM | "Imperiling Our Planet..."
[Article at link is by my Greensboro neighbor Justin Catanoso, in Lima, Peru for Wake Forest University.] .@SecKerry blasts those in Congress who "imperil our #planet" with their #denial of #science:— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 12, 2014
6:15 PM | When Left Alone...
...some African elephants grow huge tusks. Look at the tusks on this elephant at our project in Gabon, taken with one of the camera traps. #Beautiful— Damian Aspinall (@DamianAspinall) December 12, 2014
3:21 PM | Luna's the Name
MRT @shedd_aquarium: votes in & name is LUNA! Check our google hangout streaming live 2 C #SeaOtter pup! #sheddpup— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 12, 2014
2:53 PM | Zoo Poised to Set Another Attendace Record
Birmingham Zoo seems to expect to set an attendance record for the third year running. Birmingham's was a troubled zoo with low attendance at the very end of the 20th century. (There had been many master plans and few results.) Congrats on the recent turn-around!
1:17 PM | It's all about team work!
You might have wondered... With nearly 750 sick sea turtles admitted to our Quincy Animal Care Center since mid November, how are we able to function and provide care to these animals? Well, here is your answer... Team work! NEAQ staff and interns working side by side with our colleagues from Virginia Aquarium visiting to help treat endangered sea turtles . We have discussed
1:04 PM | We See You
Maria Island wombats- not as stealthy as they think they are! #wildoz #tasmania— SWIFT PARROT (@teamswiftparrot) December 8, 2014

December 11, 2014

9:14 PM | Luna Recovering
Buffalo Zoo polar bear is recovering after breaking an ankle in a fall while on exhibit.
9:03 PM | 6 Polar Bear "Cubs" Killed...
...near one Canadian town. "There is an unusual amount of small bears that are without their mothers where they generally would be..."
8:01 PM | Antibody Titer Testing as a Guide for Vaccination in Dogs and Cats
I have been involved in a number of discussions lately regarding the concept of testing antibody titers in lieu of vaccinating, and I thought it might be useful to summarize some of the issues involved in this complex topic. I … Continue reading →
2:30 PM | Tool Use
Baby orangutan deals with rain.— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) December 11, 2014
2:28 PM | "miles ahead of their male counterparts"
Being lower in pecking order improves female tit birds\' memory #zoology— Zoology AGENT (@zoology_agent) December 11, 2014
2:24 PM | "very much in our nature"
Invasions, whether animal, human, or a combination of the two, are very much in our nature. New Nautilus chapter.— Nautilus (@NautilusMag) December 11, 2014

December 10, 2014

10:02 PM | 2014 Turtles: Some snapshot of our patients
Just when we thought this year's stranding season couldn't get any bigger, any more massive, we get another shipment of 40 cold-stunned sea turtles (that happened on Monday). The volunteers in Wellfleet are doing still putting in long hours and long walks looking for stranded turtles. And here at the Animal Care Center, we are managing with the help of volunteers and seasoned staff to diagnose,
8:54 PM | Protect the Last Dragons
"Don't Move the Rocks"
8:28 PM | Live Incubator Cam
At Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Come back, ya hear?
7:54 PM | Panda Cubs Attached to Keeper
Short video of two giant panda cubs trying not the be left behind by their keeper.
4:50 PM | X-Ray Bird, Learn About Dinosaur II?
Reconstructing dinosaur tracks and anatomy from x-rays of guinea fowls. New Three Sentence Science.— Nautilus (@NautilusMag) December 10, 2014 X-rays of guinea fowl walking across poppy seeds "created a 3-D simulation that can be used to detect features of dinosaur tracks..." Markers from the guinea fowl tracks offered "information about the anatomy and gait of dinosaur Corvipes lacertoideus..."
4:45 PM | Games and Animals
I’ve been an avid gamer for the better part of my lifetime now and part of what I love about the hobby is how a good game can test you in situations you might not experience. This is, after all, … Continue reading →
4:36 PM | X-Ray Bird, Learn About Dinosaur?
What quails can teach us about the gait of dinosaurs #zoology— Zoology AGENT (@zoology_agent) December 10, 2014 When humans "run", by definition, both legs are sometimes off the ground (the upper body is quite erect). Quail, and other birds, do "grounded running", with one leg always on the ground, as in human "walking" (and bird bodies are slanted forwards). To "run", quail are "...constantly balancing out their own bodies in order to prevent falling forwards." And […]
3:53 PM | #Groundbreaker
Janine Brown of @NationalZoo heads world's largest wildlife reproductive endocrinology lab. #Groundbreaker #science— Smithsonian Archives (@SmithsonianArch) December 10, 2014
3:15 PM | Nobby & Nela Turn 1
Nela & Nobby polar bears were born December 9, 2013 at Tierpark Hellabrunn (Munich's zoo).
1:30 PM | The Companion Animal Science Story of the Year?
Dogs love learning. Eureka!Photo: Anna Tyurina / ShutterstockScience Borealis challenged Canadian science bloggers to write about the most important science news of the year in their field. It’s incredibly tough to choose one single study. Every week we cover fascinating research about people’s relationships with their pets, and every one of those studies deserves to be chosen. But there was one paper that really captured our readers’ imagination. It’s one of our […]

McGowan RT, Rehn T, Norling Y & Keeling LJ (2014). Positive affect and learning: exploring the "Eureka Effect" in dogs., Animal cognition, 17 (3) 577-87. PMID:

2:09 AM | Probiotics in Horses
I’ve written frequently about probiotics, microorganisms given as supplements to hopefully benefit health.  Often claimed as an “alternative” therapy, probiotics are really no different from any therapy in science-based medicine. The theory behind their use is certainly consistent with established … Continue reading →

December 09, 2014

4:11 PM | Baby Capybara Pics (Nuff Said)
We've got a new baby capybara - the first one born in more than 10 years! See pics:— Houston Zoo (@houstonzoo) December 8, 2014
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