March 17, 2015

9:31 PM | Tiger Tuesday Tweet's a Treat
This #TigerTuesday is a family affair! Check out this @TheWCS field camera photo of an entire Amur tiger family! :)— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) March 17, 2015
8:50 PM | DBQ, part deux
I have feeling so very remiss about SEANET lately, not least because I cannot blog as frequently as I might like during the high teaching season. To partly make up for this, in this second installment of the most recent DBQ, I have labeled photos with orange arrows. This way, it will appear that I […]
3:07 PM | Continuing Snake Theme II
Parrot snake (leptophis) in Santa Catalina, Panama. #EarthCapture by @Sara_and_Snakes— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 17, 2015
2:58 PM | Truth.
Or one "Visionary" RT @LoverOfComics94: How to be a politician: 1. Tell people what you're going to do 2. Don't do it 3. Change the subject.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 17, 2015
2:19 PM | Traditional, Progressive, Gospel or Neo-Traditional?
"We are looking to try a major evening Blue Grass concert later in the summer to test likely interest in such programs in the future." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo, Senior Staff Meeting Notes]
12:59 PM | Continuing the Snake Theme
We didn't always get along, but get well soon, Indy.— Bronx Zoo's Cobra (@BronxZoosCobra) March 6, 2015
12:55 PM | How to Capture Brilliant Wildlife Photo
How to hide a cameraman from a flying snake. #EarthOnLocation via @Chrysopelea— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 17, 2015
12:29 PM | Brilliant Wildlife Photo Capture!
.@simonbellbrizzl captured this flying snake transforming to living aerofoil for #EarthOnLocation— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) March 17, 2015
12:00 AM | Fur loss in dogs linked to owners' hormone use
Veterinarian suspects unwitting exposure persists

March 16, 2015

1:27 PM | "...tickling a platypus..."
Good morning. Here's someone tickling a platypus— Ed Yong (@edyong209) March 16, 2015

March 15, 2015

11:59 AM | Remembering Nik
NC Zoo gorilla Nikosi is gone but not forgotten.
1:34 AM | Zoo Price Increase, But Not for Locals
Columbus Zoo says thanks to locals for tax support.

March 14, 2015

12:26 PM | "A Killer Shark Might Not Be In the Water"
Gail Collins is devastating in lampooning & lambasting presidential candidates who dodge questions on climate change— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) March 14, 2015 Ms. Collins offers this optional answer for use by those presidential candidates who'd rather not deal with climate change policy: "Or you can tell people that the shark might or might not be in the water, and might or might not be hungry, but that this is no time to stop swimming.
1:49 AM | Yum! Yam Cake!
San Diego Zoo 1-year-old gorilla celebrates with pureed yam cake.

March 13, 2015

10:57 PM | Evidence Update- Neutering and Cancer Risk in Danish Dogs
One of the “hot topics” in veterinary medicine right now is the balance of risk and benefits to neutering. Even though I completed an extensive review of this subject in 2010, and updated it just last year, the new evidence … Continue reading →
8:46 PM | Mission Accomplished
Aquarium Rushes To Save Stranded 500 lbs Leatherback Sea Turtle— CoastalReviewOnline (@Coastal_Review) March 13, 2015
12:52 PM | Life Hack [3/13/15]
It's a good idea to say "I know you can talk" to every animal you meet, just in case.— mindflakes (@_mindflakes) March 13, 2015 Hat tip: @Smoochie
1:22 AM | Smart Crow
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1:08 AM | Smart
An Octopus unscrewing a lid from the inside— Science GIFs (@Learn_Things) December 23, 2014

March 12, 2015

11:11 PM | DBQ answers
Occasionally, I feel daunted when writing up these supposedly correct DBQ answers. Actually, most of the time I feel daunted. I am hardly an expert birder, and while my confidence in identifying our bread and butter dead bird species–loons, herring gulls, scoters–is high, when it comes to rarities, I often stumble. I was feeling additionally […]
9:08 PM | 3 for 1
"Gorilla “Acacia” was transferred to Riverbanks Zoo this week. Our three new gorillas from Omaha will come into quarantine in April." -NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, 3/12/15
1:54 PM | "They're Clearly Doing Something Right"
Humboldt penguin ("off-kilter") locomotion study: I went to London Zoo to watch an experiment w/ naughty penguins, and wrote about it for— Ed Yong (@edyong209) March 12, 2015 “If there’s a naughty penguin around, I assume it’s Puddle.” - @JohnRHutchinson
12:00 AM | Student-loan advising company in trouble
Graduate Leverage LLC accused of investor fraud

March 11, 2015

7:25 PM | Cool Cat
It’s been another busy week so it’s just a short post today. io9 have written an interesting article about a paper looking at whether or not cats enjoy music specifically written for them. You can listen to some of the … Continue reading →
7:22 PM | Ironic 'Stache
Also of #Brooklyn MRT @BBCEarth: Inca tern - Chile & Peru #EarthCapture by @StingrayTom3000 #moustache #IronicStache— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 11, 2015
3:37 PM | Milk Is a Ham
Polar Bear "Milk" enjoys his Kushiro Zoo "habitat", big yellow tubes and ball in the video attached to this article.
12:30 PM | Where Do Cats Like To Be Stroked?
People expect cats to enjoy affection, but what’s the cat’s opinion?Research by Sarah Ellis (University of Lincoln) et al investigated how cats respond to being stroked by their owner and an unfamiliar person, and which parts of the body they prefer to be petted. The results show cats have definite preferences.It is thought that animals prefer petting from humans to be similar to the ways animals show affection to members of their own species. Don’t worry, this doesn’t […]

Ellis, S., Thompson, H., Guijarro, C. & Zulch, H. (2014). The influence of body region, handler familiarity and order of region handled on the domestic cat's response to being stroked, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.11.002


March 10, 2015

6:19 PM | What a Bargain!
This winning design won $25 @Sodexo gift certificate; Brian Petty of @NCZoo design staff donated it back to #PBIntl.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 10, 2015
3:16 PM | What Does It Mean for Environment & NC Zoo?
Coastal Review Online takes a shot at answering both: Gov. McCrory released his budget. Now what does it mean for the #environment? We've got your answer @NCCoastalfed— CoastalReviewOnline (@Coastal_Review) March 10, 2015

March 09, 2015

9:03 PM | Smart Seals Use Noisy Glaciers.. hide from killer whales: Harbor seals flock to fjords with noisy glaciers as defense strategy against hunting orcas #seals #orcas #cetaceans— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) March 9, 2015
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