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July 15, 2014

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12:52 PM | "No Way!"
That's the "answer" I get from the "questions" about this gentleman's plans for a "Charlotte Zoo" asked by the Charlotte NBC affiliate.

July 13, 2014

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4:24 PM | "Elephants Harder to Find"
True in zoos too. [WSJ]Bad news for that louse.
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4:08 PM | The Endangered Elephant Louse
It is only found on African and Asian elephants. They are disappearing. So...so is their little louse. The article at the link above is getting a good deal of attention in recent hours.

July 12, 2014

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10:14 PM | Next Caper?
A Pack of Zoo Wolves Escapes...Right Into A Polar Bear Enclosure http://t.co/p0W1p4Ptlr somebody's been reading Count of Monte Cristo again?— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 12, 2014"Zoo officials have promised that the wolves aren't actually capable of tunneling out of the exhibit into human-inhabited parts of the zoo."No word on what the wolves have planned for their next caper."
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6:58 PM | 3 Gorillas "Escape" from New Zoo Exhibit
Three of Como (St. Paul, MN) Zoo's seven gorillas exited through an unsecured doorway in the new, $11 million Gorilla Forest exhibit, "but zoo officials say they were always enclosed within gorilla-proof barriers and no people or animals were ever at risk" even 'though one gorilla was not returned until 10:40 a.m. Thursday."The Como Park Zoo does not open to the public until 10 a.m., but those on zoo grounds were sent to safe areas until all the gorillas were returned to their habitat, zoo […]
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6:30 PM | Lemur Ruins It for All
1 Lemur ruined it for all.  Zoo just sent out a memo. No animals are allowed to sit on guests heads— Polar Bear (@DuluthPolarBear) July 12, 2014
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6:28 PM | "Ma'am, There's an Exotic Animal on Your Baby"
'Ma'am, there's a lemur on your baby': Things you never want to hear at the zoo: http://t.co/wnyC7xkg72 pic.twitter.com/UOBdYmuAAQ— TODAY  (@TODAYshow) July 11, 2014
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6:06 PM | Detroit Zoo Rescues 30 Animals
Many exotic animals were found in a Detroit garage.
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4:39 PM | Wolves Burrow Into Polar Bear Exhibit
"A zoo spokesman says such adjustments are absolutely normal with the opening of any new exhibit."?
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3:52 PM | Campaign Needs Costumed Mascot
Somehow, this campaign needs better branding: Save the Snot Otter! http://t.co/SNvsb2aHCt h/t @OnEarthMag pic.twitter.com/C2DlLBiebo— Joel Makower (@makower) July 11, 2014Voila! [Wall Street Journal, 2011]

July 11, 2014

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6:12 PM | Not a Good Thing
"Zoo staff found all five wolves walking around the female polar bear enclosure Tuesday morning."Could have been a little dicey. The wolves dug out of their Journey to Churchill exhibit and into an exhibit in which "both female bears were sleeping in the corner at the time.""Assiniboine Zoo temporarily closed parts of the [$90 million] Journey to Churchill exhibit for repairs Tuesday, July 8, five days after it opened.""Originally, the zoo planned to put polar bears on both sides of the […]
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1:29 PM | Been There...
Been there, smelled that. RT @HuffPostScience: Gorillas can actually turn on some bad B.O. to say "back off!" http://t.co/LmBy8aEdRx— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 10, 2014Ramar used to "signal" his displeasure with the presence of then General Curator Schobert and/or Vet Loomis in his African Pavilion.
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1:21 PM | Comment re: "Right...and So Very Wrong" (below)
"I think the first responders would have no choice but to bust every window to verify no youngster was present. Or at least impound the car as evidence in a possible missing persons case." - Jeff Davis
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10:49 AM | Fluffy Friday – Peer Review Rings and MOOCs
You’ll have to forgive the lack of original content in this week’s Fluffy Friday (and lack of content entirely in last week’s). The MOOC launches on Monday at 11 AM and this week has been spent polishing the course and obsessing … Continue reading →
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9:50 AM | Rumored price hikes, rationing send veterinarians scrambling for saline
Hoarding prompts suppliers to allocate supplies, insider says
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12:00 AM | VCA Inc.: Gentle giant or takeover threat?
Views of chain veterinary hospital owner run the gamut

July 10, 2014

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7:31 PM | "pretty well on budget...but..."
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7:20 PM | "many problems...needs"
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7:10 PM | "Hold Mommy's Finger"
Hold mommy's finger... http://t.co/AjResjE9d9— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 10, 2014
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6:38 PM | Right...and So Very Wrong
NC Zoo visitors "thought they'd get faster service to retrieve their keys from the locked vehicle if it was reported that a child was inside".They were right, Zoo and vital "emergency personnel were summoned for the 911 call". "There was no youngster in the vehicle."Shame!
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5:23 PM | Elephant Tears of Joy?
Joy or relief, probably. Happy tears, probably not.Did Raju the #elephant really cry tears? Great coverage at @dodo, w/ a quote from me https://t.co/xKQaNHrRfh #animals #anthropology— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 10, 2014
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2:32 PM | Cool!
Baby it's hot out there!  Bring the little ones to the stream at Kidzone for some cool fun! pic.twitter.com/LjXwg6daFA— NC Zoo Society (@NCZooSociety) July 10, 2014
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2:15 PM | Just When You Thought It Was Safe...
...to go back into the NC Zoo:CBS Teams With Netflix for ‘Zoo’ http://t.co/h0qprmbXdG a story about the world's mammals banding together to destroy humanity #GrabsPopcorn— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 10, 2014

July 09, 2014

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7:20 PM | Finch or Fink?
#Finch or Fink? MT  Seen our newest exhibit? @sylvanheights Asst. Curator & ECU grad student Dustin Foote studyin'.. http://t.co/2nVAtRIrvy"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 9, 2014"Foote is studying brood parasitism in African finches, in which “parasitic” species deposit their eggs and parental duties onto other "host” species." Meaningful research.Come see the colorful finks (I mean "finches") at the Bird Park, Scotland Neck.
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6:37 PM | Statistics Continued
Interestingly enough after last week’s post there is a brilliant article in the BBC magazine about doctors and their understanding of statistics. Gerd Gigerenzer is one of those names in statistics I trust. His discussion of risk is fascinating. Take … Continue reading →
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6:35 PM | New Zoo Exhibit Features 4 Polar Bears
Winnipeg zoo's new Journey to Churchill exhibit opens with four (4) polar bears.
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4:02 PM | "Elephant Pool Party"
#Elephant pool party! MT @10NewsParry: Playful elephants @sandiegozoo getting clean & ready for the day! pic.twitter.com/WWSb32FATr— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 9, 2014
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3:31 PM | "Fearless"
Who has 9 teeth, is experimenting with solid food, & is a fearless climber? Little Aisha! #RedheadsHaveMoreFun pic.twitter.com/evzlruzNCX— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 9, 2014
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3:17 PM | Dr. Barbara Royal Reminds us that the AHVMF Opposes Science-Based Medicine
I write regularly about the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and its fundraising arm the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Foundation (AHVMF). These organizations are very much the tip of the spear for pseudoscience in veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, despite peddling … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Sub-Optimal Choice in Dogs: Cheese or Cheese and Carrot?
Evidence suggests dogs do not always make the best choice. A new study finds that far as food choice is concerned, they use the same heuristic previously demonstrated in humans and monkeys.Photo: Igor Sokolov (breeze) / ShutterstockEarlier research has found that if people are asked to estimate the value of a set of 24 good condition dishes vs a set of 40 dishes (of which 31 are in good condition), they tend to think the former is more valuable. The broken dishes seem to detract […]
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