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
3:58 PM | The history of dog breeds: Victorians, genetics, and the importance of diversity
Dog breeds are amazing creations. I can own a series of Golden Retrievers and predict with fair accuracy how each of them will look and act. (Look more than act, but the incredible variety of dog personalities is a story for another day.) Unfortunately, I can also predict with fair accuracy what diseases each of those dogs will have, because with the Golden looks and personality come the Golden genetic disorders. As a new dog owner years ago, I thought of these genetic problems as part of the […]
1:36 PM | "Bring me a piece of driftwood"
Massive Sequoia Driftwood— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) December 9, 2014
12:00 AM | Web address extension .vet among hundreds rolling out
Domain names first come, first served

December 08, 2014

8:14 PM | "in short supply"
A front-page report on "iconic mammals" (polar bears) by The Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, NC). "The approximately 800-pounder [Anana] is the zoo’s only polar bear now, enjoying the space originally designed to accommodate a breeding group of as many as five to six polar bears. There’s a separate den area for a mother with cubs and larger and improved behind-the-scenes holding areas." "Planning for the expanded exhibit began more than eight years ago." "There were many options for […]
6:21 PM | How Long Has Dr. Mike Been Working on This?
As the human pop in Cameroon grows, they find themselves coming face-to-face with the wildlife already living there.— Counting Elephants (@ElephantCount) December 8, 2014Dr. Mike Loomis of the NC Zoo has been dealing with the elephant/human problem in Cameroon for longer than I can remember.
1:44 PM | And Don't Forget the Chili Peppers
Tigers on tape, beehive fences and more: how to coax #elephants not to crop-raid— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) December 8, 2014 Elephants can be pests, but don't shoot or poison, try these tricks: chili peppers, "bee rumbles" on tape, etc.

December 07, 2014

11:09 PM | Zoo Choo Train
Don't care for many of the plays on words our zoos use ("Zoopendous!", for example), but I do like the Buffalo Zoo Choo Train.
11:05 PM | The SkeptVet & the Media
As I’ve often pointed out, the majority of the information on complementary and alternative therapies for pets available on the internet comes from companies or advocates selling these products and services. One of the reasons I write this blog is … Continue reading →
5:43 PM | Evidence Update: Evaluating the Benefits & Risks of Neutering in Dogs and Cats
In 2010, I published a narrative review of the literature evaluating the risks and benefits of neutering in dogs and cats. Much additional research has been completed and published since then, and I have just complete an update of my … Continue reading →
3:47 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 19 Weeks
The Christmas season is upon us and it is the time of year where the scientist is lured to the drinking hole and spends much of the day trying to insulate herself from noises and strong smells. In other words, … Continue reading →
3:26 PM | Silent Extinction of Silent Animal?
Without fanfare, the giraffes are disappearing.
2:36 PM | "Tail Attack II - Unedited"
And the longer version... Tail Attack! VIDEO: #Caturday— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) December 6, 2014 Remember when we had servals at the NC Zoo?
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