March 06, 2015

1:51 PM | "Anticipation" Unmmet
Roads fine in #Asheboro NC.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 6, 2015NC Zoo closed.

March 05, 2015

10:22 PM | NC Zoo Closed Friday...
..."Due to the anticipation of ice on walkways..." I've got the day off. I'll be heading to Beech Mountain, NC*...where the high tomorrow is forecast to be about 15F cooler than in Asheboro. Weekends both places promise to warm considerably and be quite nice. [ *Highest community east of the Mississippi. ]
10:06 PM | And a "Gorilla" Escape Drill: Tokyo Zoo
"Gorilla" explains her acting method (although nothing offered here about how she "succumbs to the drug"):
11:02 AM | Recognizing sexual abuse in animals
FBI to categorize animal cruelty in national crime database

March 04, 2015

9:25 PM | Another Wonderful Tokyo Zoo Escape Drill
This one is from 2008 and features a "polar bear" and dramatic music. (The music had me wondering if things might turn for the worse even after the capture.) The Zoo does one of these rather odd drills each year. Last year it was a zebra. The two-person papier-mache "rhino" was a favorite of mine. And there was a tiger one year. And a large chimpanzee another.
9:18 PM | What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So: Antibiotics, Endocarditis, & Dentistry
I recently gave a lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference called “What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So.” The purpose of this was to take some common or controversial beliefs and practices in veterinary medicine and discuss the scientific evidence … Continue reading →
7:56 PM | Jimmy Kimmel Gets Hate Mail (I feel your pain, Jimmy)
I review my own hate mail here from time to time (I’m actually overdue for another summary, so stay tuned). I totally get what Jimmy’s dealing with here!    
7:51 PM | Jimmy Kimmel–oh, and some Doctors–Talk About Vaccination
I think we need a veterinary version of this video. Who’s with me?!    
6:32 PM | Can Your Vet Diagnose a Seizure from Your Home Video?
The age of ubiquitous cell phone cameras is upon us, and it appears to be double-edged sword. On the one hand, moments historically understood to be private can, often without the participants’ permission, become worldwide entertainment. On the other hand, … Continue reading →
5:05 PM | "My Reflection and I ...
...create a work of art, if i say so myself." #ImSoVain Me and My Reflection #photography— Linkbulb (@linkbulb) March 4, 2015
5:00 PM | I’m a Tetrachromat – And Other Tales of Bad Science
I have some wonderful news, readers – my amazing skill at being able to see both colours in the dress is down to the fact I’m a tetrachromat – a marketer says so. Firstly I’ve always known I was special. … Continue reading →
1:30 PM | Taking Care of your Pet Rabbit
Rabbits are the third most popular pet, but how should you look after them?A study by Nicola Rooney (University of Bristol) et al asked 1254 rabbit owners about how they housed, fed, played with and otherwise cared for their rabbit. The good news is that “many pet rabbits were found to be in good health, had compatible companions and were provided with enriched living areas.” But there were also many areas where things could be improved. The most common type of rabbit was a […]

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March 03, 2015

8:14 PM | Brain regions and their functions
[Note: this infographic is intended for use in my online class, The Canine Brain: From Neurons to Behavior, which starts tomorrow (March 3, 2015). Check it out if dog brains interest you, and/or if you're a dog trainer looking for CEUs!]
8:10 PM | Why Is the Elephant Louse Endangered?
Haematomyzus elephantis (the elephant louse) is a specialist. You'll only find it on elephants (African and Asian). So it is endangered simply because elephants are. Everything in nature is connected to everything else, they say, but this connection is *most* clear.
3:33 PM | Elephant War: Cameroon
Poachers and African elephants are dying at increased rates in Cameroon as the prices being paid for ivory escalate. The NC Zoo's Dr. Mike Loomis is back to Cameroon to continue his ongoing mission on behalf of elephants and the good people of Western Africa.
3:04 PM | The Calm
The calm after the storms @NCZoo— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 3, 2015 The NC Zoo is open.
1:32 PM | Kenya Celebrates World Wildlife Day
Kenya to burn 15 tons of #ivory on World Wildlife Day— John R Platt (@johnrplatt) March 3, 2015 Wonder how North Carolina is doing at providing clarification to the NC Zoo on its desire to destroy African elephant ivory and rhino horn.
12:57 PM | Celebrating the Zoo's Reopening?
#RedWolves howling as I arrive @ my office building @NCZoo.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 3, 2015 Or celebrating World Wildlife Day?

March 02, 2015

9:51 PM | $15 Ropes Course... new addition to Audubon Zoo.
8:43 PM | More trash talk
I am always on the lookout for topics to write about here, and when I get a request from a reader for a specific post, I am both happy to oblige and relieved not to have to cast about for a theme. Seanetter Warren Mumford is a Cape Cod resident but was unable to attend […]
6:43 PM | Now 63F @ 1:30!
55F & sunny @NCZoo opens 2morro!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 2, 2015
2:45 AM | What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So: Vaccination & Autoimmune Diseases
  I recently gave a lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference called “What You Know that Ain’t Necessarily So.” The purpose of this was to take some common or controversial beliefs and practices in veterinary medicine and discuss the scientific … Continue reading →

March 01, 2015

6:44 PM | Let's Never Ever Challenge This Record
.@NCZoo closed Monday. 14th of last 15 days!?!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 1, 2015
4:50 PM | Feline Humor
I went to couples counseling for me and my cat but the therapist said he just wanted to see me for a while— Myka Fox (@MykaFox) February 17, 2015
2:45 PM | Another Zoo Stops Exhibiting Elephants
Another #zoo stops exhibiting elephants: @woodlandparkzoo #Seattle Moving to @OklahomaCityOK Zoo.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 1, 2015
2:16 PM | A Sad Report
.@WildWelfare: Update on your work with #GizaZoo? A sad new report: #Cairo— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 1, 2015 Some background on "Cairo Zoo"/Giza Zoo. NC Zoo Director David M. Jones is Founder/Chair of Wild Welfare; its mission: "Wild Welfare works to improve conditions for captive wild animals in severe distress around the world."
1:43 PM | Zoo Re-evaluating Exhibiting of Elephants
The Lee Richardson Zoo is evaluating its elephant program. "Because of a scarcity in captive elephants, zoos are trying to increase their numbers through breeding programs. As a result, it’s more difficult for zoos with non-breeding animals, like Lee Richardson Zoo, to obtain additional animals." Project:Pachyderms was an NC Zoo investment in an African elephant breeding program. There have been no reported pregnancies to date. The first donations to what became known as Project: […]
1:18 PM | Elephants: "Terribly Wrinkly, You Know"
Elephants' wrinkles serve good purpose, trapping moisture and helping keep the animals cool.
2:54 AM | Enough Salt & Gravel for Staff...Not Visitors
The NC Zoo has been closed for last two one day. "...folks very often, they don't come properly dressed, they don't have the right shoes on, and frankly they assume that if they slip over it's somebody else's fault," said [NC Zoo Director David M.] Jones.

February 28, 2015

9:43 PM | The Best Acupuncture Study EVER!
I have previously discussed in detail the reasons why, despite a fairly large and often positive research literature, I believe the evidence is strong that acupuncture works almost entirely as a placebo. Shortly after posting my most recent discussion of … Continue reading →
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