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September 29, 2014

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12:22 PM | Top Endocrine Publications of 2013: The Feline Thyroid Gland
In my eighth compilation of the canine and feline endocrine publications of 2013, I’m moving on to disorders of the feline thyroid gland.Listed below are 26 papers published in 2013 that deal with a variety of thyroid gland topics of issues of clinical importance in cats.These range from from studies of the duration of serum T4 suppression in cats treated with methimazole (1) to the results of a long-term follow-up study of cats treated with transdermal methimazole (2); and from case […]
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12:21 PM | "Excellent Work, @FourPawsUK"
MT @WildWelfare: @FourPawsUK doing excellent work in #Gaza #zoo & we're pleased 2 b able 2 offer some financial support towards further aid.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 29, 2014Four Paws UK began its aid to zoo animals in Gaza about a month ago. Wild Welfare announced back then that it had raised some funds for the effort.
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12:17 PM | Ricky & @FourPawsUK
.@rickygervais Urgent appeal for funds from @FourPawsUK to evacuate sick lions & help animals at #Gazazoo. Please RT? http://t.co/d4IeQWPHax— Deazelle (@Deazelle) September 24, 2014

September 28, 2014

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5:12 PM | Chronicles of Athena – Nine Weeks
For the forseeable future, instead of Fluffy Fridays, we’ll be getting updates on Athena instead. As I’m counting her age based on weeks at the moment, these will probably be at the weekend, and we’ll be talking about the development … Continue reading →
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1:51 PM | Next "Noah's Ark" Will Be Patchwork...
...of:Travel corridors for animals, seed banks, assisted migration: An Ark for the #Anthropocene http://t.co/SVWdC5ih5x #conservation— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) September 28, 2014"...the world’s species are disappearing as much as 1,000 times faster than the rate at which species naturally go extinct." - New York Times - Sunday Review "In 2008, Connie Barlow, a biologist and conservationist, helped move an endangered conifer tree in Florida north by planting seedlings in cooler […]

September 27, 2014

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10:27 PM | Zoo Harpist
Como Zoo has one. She thinks all zoos could use one.
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12:37 PM | Sweet, Fun Nandi
Arizona's first baby African elephant has a name...Nandi...it means "fun" and "sweet"."Zookeepers deliberately chose [a name] that sound unlike her parents and siblings. That way, Nandi will have a better chance of learning and responding to her name..."Every time she gets something she likes they will be calling her by name and she will pick up on her name fairly quickly..."See three great photos of the little lady at this link.

September 26, 2014

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9:39 PM | Dead Bird Quiz answers
Another set of unanimous decisions on these three specimens. Edward and James both came back with answers of A) cormorant (probably double-crested); B) Juvenile herring gull; C) no idea/? That’s where I came down on these as well, but I wanted to post them because they each illustrate one of the challenges in identifying dead […]
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8:46 PM | "Tiger Death Hurts Zoo Credibility"
The recent tiger death has combined with the wolves problem to cause some concern about Assiniboine Park Zoo.And there was one more recent thing: "The Journey to Churchill's underwater tunnel was closed earlier this month after the polar bears began chewing through the silicone seals on the glass."
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8:33 PM | "Happy Day"
Happy black-footed ferret day! In 1985 there were only 24 in the wild, now there are ~800 #WeSaveSpecies http://t.co/6jec4zpTkx— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) September 26, 2014
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8:28 PM | "Great News"
Discovery of southern right #whales off New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands is great news! http://t.co/C4NCj2PwID #cetaceans #conservation— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) September 26, 2014
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8:15 PM | Gorilla gorilla gorilla...
...#AnimalFact The scientific name for Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla. No joke. pic.twitter.com/OCO9W84LJC— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) September 25, 2014As I've mentioned before.
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7:12 PM | "Four Paws' Great Efforts in Gaza"
Four Paws has brought aid to zoo animals in Gaza. Wild Welfare will send money it was holding as it waited for a less risky time...for the humans who might go into that troubled area.@russwilliamsiii @Deazelle Yes we have offered support to Four Paws great efforts in Gaza.— Wild Welfare (@WildWelfare) September 26, 2014
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12:56 PM | Groundhog Dropped by NYC Mayor Dies
New York Post has "fun" with sad story. References zoo "coverup". "Staten Island Zoo officials went to great lengths to hide the death from the public — and keep secret the fact that “Chuck” was actually “Charlotte,” a female impostor, sources said Wednesday."
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12:29 PM | Zoo Tiger Fight Results in Death
Just recalled, in yesterday's post about three bronze polar bears, that the zoo had seen gray wolves burrow into the exhibit of real polar bears; now a male tiger is killed by another after it gets through an unlocked gate at Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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12:15 AM | "Intruder, Leave the Exhibit!"
Our new security monitor. pic.twitter.com/1ri8TbR5Uh— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

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6:22 PM | Zoo Gets Three More Polar Bears
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, MB, Canada gets three bronze polar bears thanks to $1 million gift.Wolves at the Zoo recently burrowed out of their new exhibit and into the new exhibit inhabited by real polar bears. 
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12:37 PM | Failing's Not the Crime
"Not failure, but low aim, is a crime." - James Russell Lowell— Brenda Fin (@Brenda_Fin) September 25, 2014
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12:30 PM | Neither Rain, Nor...?
Neither rain, nor sleet...Canada Post notice unable to deliver package due to "Bear at Door" http://t.co/KkEIuJZZLG pic.twitter.com/qtgVzcQiLm— David Common (@davidcommon) September 25, 2014

September 24, 2014

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6:00 PM | Welcome Athena
I’ve noticed a weird thing. No matter how much you may earn your rent telling people what animal welfare is, being flown half way across the world to teach this to professionals, and being generally young and successful at this … Continue reading →
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3:17 PM | Sniffing Out the Ivory Poachers
.@JohnCalvelli on our successes & plans, incl. more sniffer dogs to combat ivory trafficking http://t.co/1QtM389Ouj pic.twitter.com/GBV8WarI33— 96 Elephants (@96Elephants) September 24, 2014
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12:42 PM | "really need to get the lions out"
MT @Deazelle: @WildWelfare Just spoke to FOUR PAWS UK. They really need to get the lions out. They are extremely sick and weak.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 24, 2014
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12:33 PM | "Urgent Request"
MT @Deazelle: @WildWelfare  Could you send the funds set aside for the #Gazazoo to Four Paws? They have sent an urgent request for funds.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 24, 2014
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12:30 PM | Bravo!
MT @Deazelle: @WildWelfare Four Paws has a team on the ground and is trying to evacuate the 28 animals, including 1 pregnant lioness.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 24, 2014
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12:30 PM | What Influences Whether Owners Pick Up After Their Dog?
What’s the scoop on picking up poop? New research by Christopher Lowe et al (2014) investigates.Photo: Jakkrit Orrasri / ShutterstockThe study consisted of an environmental survey of several popular dog walking locations, and an online survey that was completed by 933 participants from across the UK (83% were women).Eight footpaths in Lancashire, in the north of England, were visited in March/April 2010 to check for dog waste. This included a mix of urban and rural locations, and […]

September 23, 2014

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8:45 PM | Ig Nobel Prize to Scientists in Polar Bear Costumes
"Caribou research conducted in a polar bear costume earns Ig Nobel Prize: An unusual effort to understand “cautiousness and fear-flight responses in wild reindeer under different environmental conditions” by a pair of scientists from Norway’s University of Oslo was among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prize, reports the site ScienceNordic. The scientists measured the responses of the wild ungulates -- known as caribou in Alaska -- by attempting to sneak up on […]
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8:32 PM | "We've Seen Waves Crashing Into Our Homes"
And she apologizes too. RT @MotherJones: This Poet From a Tiny Island Nation Just Shamed The World’s Leaders http://t.co/4Onryzcy2j— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 23, 2014
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3:32 PM | Tian Tian No Longer Pregnant
"The UK's only female giant panda is no longer pregnant, Edinburgh Zoo has confirmed." - The Guardian"The zoo said there was no evidence Tian Tian had miscarried, and that “late reabsorption of the foetus” may have taken place."
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2:53 PM | North, Kara, Linus, Zoe
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2:36 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: multi-level play edition
At various levels of difficulty, here are your three Dead Birds for the week: Bird A was found by Marcia Lyons in North Carolina in June. Culmen is reported at 63mm. Other measurements not obtainable due to carcass condition. Bird B is also a Marcia Lyons find, this one from just yesterday. Reported measurements are: […]
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