April 04, 2014

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 […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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

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!
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 […]
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.
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:

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

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
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

March 31, 2014

1:52 PM | One Lesson of MH370 Search
The oceans are full of garbage.
1:06 PM | Mission Accomplished
Really. Every day."Sylvan Heights Bird Park is dedicated to educating people about the importance of conservation and research, focusing on waterfowl and wetland habitats."
12:34 PM | Please Care 4 Great Barrier Reef
Please care 4 Great Barrier Reef MT @kottke: best thing on @kottke this week is this time lapse video of marine life http://t.co/lvIMbDH1dv— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 31, 2014
10:30 AM | Of Denmark, Zoos and Lions
Lately I’ve had a song from the TV series ‘Nashville’ stuck in my head – titled I Just Can’t Get it Right. Copenhagen Zoo was back in the news last week for another culling. The Guardian and the Independent report … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | Surveys yield conflicting trends in U.S. pet ownership
Counts of dogs and cats differ by millions

March 30, 2014

4:37 PM | Progress!
"Calendar year 2013 attendance was 41,983 versus 26,374 for calendar year 2012, a 59% increase." [From financial report for Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC.]Proud of the leadership, staff and volunteers of this "waterfowl zoo" and dedicated, effective, vital breeding center.
3:23 PM | Off Exhibit
We have Spring wildflower walk on calendar for Friday! Mornin' on #BeechMtNC  #GrandfatherMt pic.twitter.com/MqqUkRm9Wb— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 30, 2014"Off Exhibit" is my name for the little place partially seen here on Beech Mountain, NC. The Wildflower Walk is from the Profile Trail head down nearby Grandfather Mountain.Yes, I'll be at work Tuesday - Thursday.  :(        ;)
1:33 PM | New Exhibit?
Some media are referring to the NC Zoo's opening of "two new exhibits" Friday.Knowing that kidZone is a "renewal", rather than a new exhibit, I tried to determine how long its been around. Found this 2008 Russlings post, but know that doesn't go back to the start of kidZone. Anyone got the answer?[The other "new exhibit" features 18 robotic "bugs" hired for the season from a Texas company.]But DO check them out! features 13 giant, animatronic bugs created by Billings Productions of Texa - See […]
2:49 AM | Tiny Octopus Baby
want to hold thousands of tiny octopus babies (Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium) pic.twitter.com/GMbLVCSrN6— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) March 29, 2014
12:39 AM | Looking for a Little Pet?
Finding water bears for Golden Gate bioblitz. These critters love the rainy day! pic.twitter.com/9SsNHzoJkb— Meg Lowman (@canopymeg) March 29, 2014"Tardigrades are tiny, fuss-free, adorable...pets."

March 29, 2014

12:58 PM | What's a "Bug"?
"BUGS - An Epic Adventure" @ the NC Zoo:"Formally, an insect of the order Hemiptera, known as the "true bugs"Informally, an arthropod—except aquatic crustaceans and xiphosura—including individuals or species of insectarachnidmyriapodwoodlousesegmented wormgastropodterrestrial crabs" [Wikipedia]  Informally, that is rather "epic". ["Epic - very great or large and usually difficult or impressive" - secondary definition - merriamwebster.com] With an emphasis on "very […]

March 28, 2014

10:12 PM | Cure Nature-Deficit Disorder
No  Child Left Inside! MT @NCZoo: kidZone Open!  Connect kids 2 nature @ a stream, mud café, rope bridge & stone maze pic.twitter.com/iPwRPuzw05— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 28, 2014
1:09 PM | Happy 80th Soon, Jane
Who wants to wish Dr. Goodall @JaneGoodallInst a happy 80th birthday? My post #chimpanzees #primatology #anthropology http://t.co/yXn3AJZxpj— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 27, 2014Remind me to post here one day about the time I had the good fortune to enjoy an al fresco lunch with Jane and two others. (Not a remembrance of anything she...or I... had to say, but of how she was still observing nature around her.)
11:30 AM | FluffyFriday – WolfQuest Part Three!
FluffyFriday returns! And this time I have actually queued up a few posts so hopefully FluffyFriday will become a regular occurrence. Today I present you the third act in the epic saga of Fluffy and Diet Coke. It’s a nailbiting … Continue reading →

March 27, 2014

4:29 PM | Because Evidence Matters: EBVMA Symposium 2014
The EBVMA 2014 Symposium “Because Evidence Matters” will be held online Friday November 14,2014 Here is all the information you need to submit a proposal for a presentation (accepted until May 30, 2014), to attend, or to sponsor this symposium: … Continue reading →
3:06 PM | Injuries, behavioral problems linked to retractable leashes
Manufacturers warn consumers
2:58 PM | Smart Crows
These experiments with crows, showing #corvid reasoning ability in water displacement, are fascinating: http://t.co/NIZ9jM7azj #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 27, 2014Russlings' first post about this clever species was over three years ago.
1:38 PM | Extreme Breath Holder"
Wow: 137-minute deep dive (with held breath) recorded for a beaked #whale swimming off California  http://t.co/NebPfvT8bY #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 27, 2014
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