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June 28, 2014

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2:47 PM | "Semi-Viral" Elephant Shrew Video - 2009
A video on giant elephant shrew babies at the National Zoo went "semi-viral" (75,000 views) in early 2009:
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2:20 PM | Calm Down, Reuters
Read the first sentence of this new Reuters article: "A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said on Thursday."Well, experts have known about elephant shrews and have been fine-tuning their understanding of this "little elephant" since 1838! (See "Family" under "Scientific Classification" at upper left at the […]
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1:47 PM | Big Bad Wolf!!
But where is the drool and look of evil intent?! "@sandiegozoo: The #Wolf of Front Street by Ion Moe pic.twitter.com/wjDFVQAi39" #BigBadWolf— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) June 28, 2014
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1:34 PM | "Just When You Thought It Was Safe...
...to Go Back Onto the Pitch":"@SciencePorn: FACT: You have a higher chance of being bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez than by a shark. (Via @Know)"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) June 28, 2014

June 27, 2014

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8:31 PM | World Cup? Honey Badger Don't Care
Honey badger could beat them all.THIS is the #honeybadger, Benzy. Look at her play soccer like the #WorldCup pros. #USAvsGER http://t.co/PGRM4XyUTF— San Diego Zoo Safari (@sdzsafaripark) June 26, 2014
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8:22 PM | Nature's Little Firefighters"
Leafcutter ants create natural firebreaks in the Amazon. They're nature's little firefighters! Happy #InsectWeek. pic.twitter.com/E3le3u7ACS— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) June 23, 2014Video here of many leafcutter ants at work.
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8:16 PM | Giraffe Race @ Dallas Zoo
This exhibit seems to invite this behavior. When I was there, it was the zebras who were doing this!
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8:05 PM | "So Fun!"
@mnzoo The Big Bugs exhibit it so fun! pic.twitter.com/RoB62EGIFt— Jill McCallion (@jilliemac921) June 4, 2014
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7:12 PM | Nela & Nobby Explore
Polar bear cubs explore their outdoor exhibit at Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo with "Mama" Giovanna.
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6:59 PM | Fluffy Friday – MOOC Countdown
In preparation for our MOOC, we’ve become a little obsessive. Every time I check the student count the numbers go up – we’re currently sitting at a staggering 19,129 students and roughly 6.7% of you have taken part in our … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | Gr8 Stuff on the Octopus
Gr8 stuff! RT @jgold85: The alien brains living on Earth http://t.co/5Ku5zE3ctT my latest for @BBC_Future on everyone’s favorite cephalopod— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) June 27, 2014 "These aliens have brains, like we do, but they're mostly inside their arms, and each arm acts as if it has a mind of its own.""...they are capable of squeezing through holes the size of an inch, opening jars, and disguising themselves, there’s a great deal that mystifies us about how and […]
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6:05 PM | Vote & Make It Binding
This is how you can get people to make better decisions to save our planet http://t.co/fhrDqJV88k http://t.co/U6UnBELxnD— HuffPost Science (@HuffPostScience) June 27, 2014
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3:14 PM | Make That: "Diademed MoNkey"
From @NCZoo #JonathanKingdon print (33 of 100) studies of #BlueMonkey or #DiademedMomkey #CercopithecusMitis. pic.twitter.com/geyprOPqUH— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) June 27, 2014
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2:45 PM | Kingdon Original
And here is a huge #JonathanKingdon original in the @NCZoo entry to educational & admin #StedmanCenter. pic.twitter.com/WSKPpq5sn9— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) June 27, 2014
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2:38 PM | Speaking of Guenons & Kingdon
Speaking of #guenons & @Oxford zoologist #JonathanKingdon, here @NCZoo is artist's proof of guenons by J Kingdon. pic.twitter.com/KfcWpICD8f— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) June 27, 2014
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1:29 PM | Guenons! (2nd attempt)
Guenon monkeys have evolved a barrel full of adorable facial hair patterns to help them find a mate. http://t.co/SBHJ0RF17C— Wired Science Blogs (@wiredsciblogs) June 26, 2014Retweeted and Blogger posted this on Wednesday; then it seemed to be taken down for many hours. ?? 24 guenon faces were featured then. Just click on the two guenon faces showing above to see the rest."In the 1980s, Oxford zoologist Jonathan Kingdon suggested the diversity of guenon faces evolved to visually […]
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1:07 AM | Top Clinical Endocrinology Research Abstracts, 2014 ACVIM Forum: Diabetes Part 2
Following last week’s post, this is the next installment of my review of the "top 12 list" of clinical endocrinology research abstracts presented at this year's American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum.As with last week's post, I've enlisted the help of Dr. Rhett Nichols, a well-known expert in endocrinology and internal medicine whose day-job is senior member of the veterinarian consulting service for Antech Diagnostics, the world's largest laboratory […]
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12:00 AM | Fate of Novartis portfolio in question after sale to Eli Lilly
Deal creates world's second-largest animal health business

June 26, 2014

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6:33 PM | Saying Good-Bye to the Loggerheads
On June 22, 2014 the four loggerhead sea turtles we met in the Return of the Loggerheads blog were transported from Aquarium's Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to Assateague State Park in Maryland for release. The  Rescue Team was lucky enough to be joined by Asheley Simpson and Shannon Prendiville. Shannon and Asheley played a crucial role in the rehabilitation of these four loggerheads. The
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6:08 PM | Snake Flight: "A Locomotion Advantage"
The paradise tree snake "can twist back and forth to make midair turns"."It's much quicker to jump and glide a fair distance than to slither down a tree...""...the mechanics of the snakes' flight could lead to answers for other small-scale [man-made] flight projects..."Hat tip: Hacky Pitts
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4:07 PM | Tracking scoter mortalities
In mid-June, our favorite duck hunter, Jack Renfrew, wrote to tell us that his son had seen about 50 dead Black Scoters on the rocks near Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This past week, we received an email passed along by Rick Keup down in South Carolina letting us know that the state wildlife authorities were looking […]
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1:33 PM | "We Are Summering at the Zoo"
- The Wild Black Crowned Night Herons#SCBI's @SMBC studies migratory birds, including wild black crowned night herons who summer @ the Zoo http://t.co/Li0DqfaTBH— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014

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9:07 PM | A Bit Short? (A Lot Depends)
·       " It looks as if we will be a bit short of making budget for the fiscal year. A lot depends on the figures for the last half of this month" [David M. Jones, NC Zoo, Senior Staff Meeting Notes] […]
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8:01 PM | Promoting the Zoo
"Tonight is Zoo Night at the Durham Bull’s game. We will be offering discount tickets to attendees and promoting the Zoo at the game." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes, June 25, 2014]Friday was Picasso Pawn Night.
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6:23 PM | Tarantula Attacks MN. Bus!
My bus wrap this morning courtesy of @mnzoo. I think that's as close to a tarantula I ever need to be ;) #bigbugs pic.twitter.com/kSo0CUYYaP— elyse bauchle (@elyselynnae) June 25, 2014
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5:41 PM | Fifty Thoughts You’ll Have Writing a Grant Proposal
As an early stage researcher, there are a number of thoughts that will cross your mind as you try to write a grant. Allow me to demonstrate. That grant is totally relevant to me! Oh, but the deadline is next … Continue reading →
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3:57 PM | Guenons!
Guenon monkeys variety of faces keep the mating confusion to a minimum. http://t.co/64ODRMwVks…-interbreeding/ pic.twitter.com/UlszjdBUP9— Wired Science Blogs (@wiredsciblogs) June 25, 2014
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12:30 PM | Do Children Help Care for the Family Pet?
…Or does mom do it all?Photo: Samuel Borges Photography / ShutterstockHow should children learn to take some responsibility for family pets? New research by Janine Muldoon et al (University of St Andrews) investigates children’s perspectives of the division of labour in relation to their pets.The exploratory study involved focus groups with children aged 7, 9, 11 and 13. The researchers planned equal numbers of boys and girls, but constraints meant that 30 girls and only 23 boys […]

Muldoon, J., Williams, J. & Lawrence, A. (2014). 'Mum cleaned it and I just played with it': Children's perceptions of their roles and responsibilities in the care of family pets, Childhood, DOI: 10.1177/0907568214524457

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June 24, 2014

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8:59 PM | Happy 5th Blogiversary to Me!
Though I’m a little late, I’m a forgiving sort, so I won’t be mad at myself for forgetting my blogiversary. June 4 marked five years of the SkeptVet Blog! The project has grown in so many ways. In the early … Continue reading →
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4:47 PM | One More Time: Dogs are not Wolves!
Most everyone knows that dogs are descended from wolves. Anyone who has ever seen a dog and a wolf also knows that more than 10,000 years of active and passive selection by humans has had a dramatic transformative impact on … Continue reading →
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