August 06, 2014

9:45 PM | 3 Endangered Sea Turtles released from Cape Cod
Along with our partners at the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, we had a great day releasing endangered sea turtles back into the ocean.  Photo above: New England Aquarium volunteers carry the turtles to the release site in front of a cheering crowd Many of you who follow this blog already know that these turtles stranded back in the fall as the water
8:38 PM | "Bigfoot-ish", Bipedal Bear Video
RT @tdelene @JLVernonPhD: Wow! Bipedal bear video is amazingly Bigfoot-ish:— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 6, 2014
6:16 PM | w/ Video of Nursing Quads!
Congrats Reily and Mekita Lion!!! #cutelioncubs— NC Zoo Society (@NCZooSociety) August 6, 2014
5:25 PM | Quads!!
Quads!! RT @NCZoo: Mekita gave birth to 4 lion cubs on July 30 @NCZoo! The cubs will not be on exhibit until fall.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 6, 2014
2:14 PM | Smile (Who's Happier?)
It's called a Quokka. It lives in Australia, is endangered, & considered one of the happiest animals on earth— Baby Animals (@BBAnimals) August 6, 2014Who's happier - the quokka or baby rock hryaxes? (See prior post.)
2:09 PM | Smiles
New additions in the Kopje: Baby rock hyraxes are smiling their way into hearts. Pic by Ion Moe— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 6, 2014Reminds me again of the only African safari I went on for the NC Zoo Society. I excitedly got our Kenyan driver to stop our safari vehicle because I'd noticed a rock hyrax. When he saw what my excitement was about, he looked at me like a New York cab driver who was asked to stop to observe a Norway rat on Broadway.
1:23 PM | Eiders we’ve known
Seanetters don’t find all that many banded dead birds, and probably the most common species to be found banded is the Common Eider. Of course, this is one of our top beached birds overall, so the odds are higher than for many species our walkers find only rarely. But not every species is being actively […]
12:41 PM | Fieldwork
ZOMG WOLF! *Cough* I mean, look at the interesting wildlife one encounters during #fieldwork.— Lisa Buckley (@ShamanSciences) August 6, 2014
12:30 PM | Is it Important to Attend Puppy Class?
Is a one-off puppy party a suitable alternative to a six-week puppy class? Research says you can’t skip the socialization if you want a well-rounded adult dog.Photo: Zuzule / ShutterstockA study by Ai Kutsumi et al (2013) of the Azabu University Graduate School of Veterinary Science compares four groups of dogs: those who attended a six-week puppy class, those who went to a one-hour puppy party, those who attended a six-week adult dog training class, and those who didn’t […]

KUTSUMI, A., NAGASAWA, M., OHTA, M. & OHTANI, N. (2013). Importance of Puppy Training for Future Behavior of the Dog, Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 75 (2) 141-149. DOI: 10.1292/jvms.12-0008

2:07 AM | Routine Vaccinations for Dogs & Cats: Trying to Make Evidence-based Decisions
Introduction As part of my effort to practice medicine based solidly in scientific evidence, I regularly review my own practices and recommendations and make adjustments as seems indicated by new evidence. The quantity and quality of scientific research in veterinary … Continue reading →
1:32 AM | Is Henry Doorly Zoo World's Best?
CNN and I agree that is:We made the list! Congrats to @omahazoo for scoring 1st place. RT @cnni The results are in. The world's best zoo is...— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 6, 2014San Diego Zoos are very good sports.

August 05, 2014

7:06 PM | 47 Years of Support
This timeline of the NC Zoo, as it celebrates "40 Wild Years", does a better job of recognizing the volunteers and donors than other summarizations I've seen recently.First, News & Record, Greensboro, news researcher Diane Lamb goes back 47 years to when young Raleigh Jaycees came up with the then unique idea of a State Zoo, funded its feasibility study and served on a Zoological Garden Study Commission.Many Raleigh Jaycees and North Carolina Zoo Society volunteers served on the NC Zoo […]
2:37 PM | Is animal welfare science too reductionist?
I slept my way through the majority of my first term at university. After years of fantasising about being a vet student and all the glamour of slicing and dicing up dogs and horses and getting elbow-deep in surgeries; saving lives and lounging around in scrubs, it was a bit of a shock to find myself stuck in a darkened lecture theatre with a hundred other dozing, hungover students trying to memorise complicated biochemical reactions and protein transport mechanisms. Our first two years […]
9:04 AM | World Animal Protection in Asia: Key Drivers
Berocca and cake? I must be at a conference! I’m honoured this week to have been invited to the annual key drivers in Animal Welfare for Asia conference, organised by World Animal Protection. (Formerly known as wspa). We’re half way … Continue reading →

August 04, 2014

10:38 PM | Top Endocrine Publications of 2013: The Canine Adrenal Gland
I've decide to take a break from my review of the endocrine abstracts presented at the 2014 ACVIM forum and turn back to my review of the canine and feline endocrine publications of 2012. So in the next 2 posts, I'll cover the disorders of the canine and feline adrenal gland.Listed below are 55 research papers written in 2013 that deal with a variety of adrenal gland issues of clinical importance in dogs.These range from the investigations of trilostane protocols used in the treatment of dogs […]
9:54 PM | "Almost Had a Pursuit" - Police
A 150-pound tortoise escaped from its home, but the police caught up. Because tortoise.— Mashable (@mashable) August 4, 2014
9:50 PM | Only Make Special Appearances
Dakota & Denver, prairie dogs @nczoo are breaking in their new “digs" VIDEO— North Carolina Zoo (@NCZoo) August 4, 2014
9:31 PM | This IS Good for Toledo Zoo
Watch Toledo mayor take a swig of local tap water after end of 3-day water ban— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 4, 2014No need to take your own food and drinks to the Toledo Zoo.
6:22 PM | Obama signs Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
Law allows veterinarians to carry drugs beyond practices
2:55 PM | Alpaca Photobomb
I have to repost this pic of an alpaca #photobomb at @rwpzoo yesterday. It makes me laugh every time I see it.— Chris Horvath (@chrvath) July 28, 2014
2:40 PM | Toledo Zoo Gets Gud News?
I am confused NBC News; is this good news or not? .@ToledoZoo's gud news"@NBCNews: NEW: Water ban lifted in Toledo, Ohio. Drinking water for 400,000 residents is safe"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 4, 2014
12:48 PM | Toledo Zoo Reopens but...
...restaurants and concessions are closed and water fountains shut off due to Toledo's toxic water."The zoo is using its water reserves for its animals, and none of them has shown any signs of sickness related to the water situation, though Zoo staff continue to monitor them closely. The flamingos are off exhibit today as a precaution...""Bottled drinks are available for sale and the zoo says guests are also welcome to bring their own food and drinks." 

August 03, 2014

9:35 PM | Highest Honor
In honor of National Watermelon Day, we present to you...this.— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 3, 2014
2:00 PM | Animal Ethics Dilemma
Dog in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, 2013.© Copyright All rights reserved.  I stumbled across this website whilst doing some research for a forthcoming post and felt compelled to share it! Animal Ethics Dilemma is a really interesting interactive resource created by a group of senior veterinary lecturers from various European institutions. The programme is primarily aimed at veterinary students but is free and accessible to anyone. Animal […]
1:49 AM | A Baby Geep!
Have you seen the geep's photo yet? Goat/sheep, healthy I hope #animals— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) August 3, 2014

August 02, 2014

9:30 PM | Kaboom and her three pool mates are back in the wild!
Friends, It is with great pleasure that we share the story of five more endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles that were released back into the ocean. With help from our partners at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Staff from the Assateague Island State Park, we had a spectacular day! Above: New England Aquarium Senior Biologist, Julika Wocial, prepares to release an endangered
12:56 PM | Staten Island Zoo Features Obscure
Cavy, binturong, cassowary and capybara are the lions, tigers and bears of NYC's little zoo."Until the 1980s, the Staten Island Zoo did, in fact, own traditional zoo animals. There was even a chimpanzee in the mix. But as the zoo, like many in the country, started to modernize its exhibits, replacing cages with more naturalistic habitats, the board of trustees decided to dispense with the largest animals; homes for them were found at other zoos." The Staten Island Zoo is on just 8 acres.

August 01, 2014

8:47 PM | "40 Professional Monkey Impersonators"
40 langur-monkey impersonators to be deployed at govt bldgs in #India to police trespassing rhesus #monkeys #primates— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) August 1, 2014
3:17 PM | The Future of Zoos?
People in pods peddling near exotic animals in natural habitats is the dream of a Danish zoo...and plans do not look out into the distant future.So, the visitors are in little, mobile cages and the animals roam rather freely in this intriguing plan. 
2:53 PM | Windfall Zoo Fruit Salad
Oakland Zoo animals get gift of plantains and jackfruit after truck crashes. (It is an ill wind that blows no good.)"Some...were initially hesitant to tuck into the 13,000-pound (590 kg) donation of Thai bananas, a type of plantain, and prickly-skinned jackfruit, which can cost more than $35 each in California stores. "A bull elephant named Osh seemed especially skeptical, but many of the bears dived straight in to the treats.""Jackfruit is definitely more of an unusual fruit than our […]
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