December 05, 2014

2:00 AM | Tasmanian Devil Murdered at Zoo?
Well, perhaps not. Albuquerque Zoo no longer sure. But it is installing security cameras in case. "And did someone really kill Jasper?!" [TV News video at link]
1:27 AM | "Blood Ivory"
Oscar Winner directs heartwrenching short film about the brutal ivory trade. #LastDays— Counting Elephants (@ElephantCount) December 5, 2014
12:00 AM | Fending off a riot
Around Ferguson, veterinarians prepared for civil unrest

December 04, 2014

8:55 PM | Scuffle at Zoo Board Meeting
Over where to send Seattle Woodland Park Zoo elephants - Chai, 35, and Bamboo, 47.
6:54 PM | USDE staff heeds 800-plus complaints against AVMA COE
Report calls for significant change for accrediting agency
5:10 PM | "They're All Mine!"
#Anana dove fm #RockyCoast rock @NCZoo ("old" exhibit) whn I arrivd. Moved 2 new #IceCave viewing when I went there.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 4, 2014
5:07 PM | Anana in One of Her Spaces
#Anana returns to "old side" swimming. Making good use of her over $10 million spaces @NCZoo.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 4, 2014
5:01 PM | "...temporary..."
"#Anana will call @NCZoo home until...@LincolnParkZoo's #polarbear exhibit is completed in 2016." - Zoo media release August 2014.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 4, 2014Unless...?
3:46 PM | About 25 Years Ago
#tbt to late 1980s when @NCZoo won these #marketing awards on wall of #StedmanCtr today. Late #EliseLight & #BobFry— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 4, 2014

December 03, 2014

5:46 PM | The Fashionable Scientist
Science, being the awesome beast it is, recently landed a ten year old probe on a comet. My laptop is three years old and it’s already beginning to groan and whine. But you’ve probably heard and seen the commotion over … Continue reading →
3:26 PM | Polar Bear Siblings Turn 30
A female and male polar bear born at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC, on December 1, 1984 celebrated birthdays at Oregon Zoo. (Video at link shows Tasul or Conrad licking cream cheese from the glass at their Zoo exhibit.)
1:30 PM | Learning More About Animal Abuse
New research investigates the effects of abuse on domestic dogs.Photo: GeorgeMPhotography / ShutterstockThe paper, by Franklin D. McMillan (Best Friends Animal Society) et al, looks at the behaviour profiles of 69 dogs with a very strong suspicion of abuse, and compares them to 5,239 pet dogs. The abused dogs scored significantly higher on various problem behaviours including aggression and fear to unfamiliar people and dogs, attachment problems, attention-seeking, and repetitive […]

McMillan, F., Duffy, D., Zawistowski, S. & Serpell, J. (2014). Behavioral and Psychological Characteristics of Canine Victims of Abuse, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 18 (1) 92-111. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.962230

12:49 PM | Doubly Bad Taste Preference
Preference for gravid females makes rare iguana consumption unsustainable #zoology— Zoology AGENT (@zoology_agent) December 3, 2014 Some Hondurans are not only dining on a critically endangered species but they prefer the egg-carrying females.
1:56 AM | How Is Luna?
There appears to be some concern in Buffalo as little is being heard recently about polar bear Luna after her fall. ["The polar bear exhibit is temporarily housed with the tiger exhibit while a new $14 million polar bear exhibit is being constructed."]

December 02, 2014

9:44 PM | Baby Penguins Debut in G'boro
Baby African penguins went on exhibit at the Greensboro Science Center today. "Deacon and Nelson....became the facility’s first successful hatchlings Aug. 27 and 30... "The chicks were born to breeding pair Brenton and Pikkewynne. Another breeding pair, Tux and Apollo, weren’t far behind. "That pair’s first chick hatched Oct. 29, and there are more on the way. Several more penguin eggs are currently in various stages of development behind the scenes at Penguin Point." […]
7:58 PM | 2014 Turtles: A Mid-Stranding Season Recap
Every year, the New England Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team rehabilitates critically endangered sea turtles and releases them back into the wild. Your support makes programs like this possible. We are in the midst of an epic sea turtle stranding season right now. Take a look. The Aquarium's Rescue Team has now treated more than 600 turtles at the Animal Care Center. That's nearly
2:43 PM | DBQ answers
I could well have termed this quiz “The yellow on the mandible edition” as that feature is telling in both these birds. All my respondents identified Bird A as a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and I included that one not because it was tricky overall, but mainly because it’s an oddity. It’s not that this species is […]
12:51 AM | Dr. Andrew Jones, the Angry Saint of Alternative Veterinary Medicine
I’ve written a couple of times about Dr. Andrew Jones, a vet from Canada who makes his living selling alternative therapies and “veterinary secrets” online. Dr. Jones was once a practicing veterinarian, not just an online huckster and snake oil … Continue reading →

December 01, 2014

9:46 PM | Songbird Dives & Swims
American dipper. [Hat tip: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shore] Underwater video shows North America's only swimming songbird in action: via @audubonsociety— National Wildlife (@NWF) December 1, 2014
6:56 PM | Venom: Paws on the Ground
For South Africa's anti-poaching dogs, rappelling from choppers is all in a day's work @earthtouch— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) December 1, 2014 Venom is a Belgian shepherd or Malinois. "The Malinois breed...has become well known all over the world for producing some distinguished canine combatants, including Cairo, the dog that helped a team of Navy SEALs bring down Bin Laden."
6:48 PM | Why Don't We Treat the Big Cats Better?
Tigers, lions & leopards are among the world’s most beloved animals. So why don’t we treat them nicer? #BigCats— Jason Bittel (@bittelmethis) December 1, 2014
1:41 PM | UK officials unveil major effort to study veterinary workforce
University of Surrey opens UK's eighth veterinary school
12:46 PM | Q: Who Hacks the Zoo?
A: Someone hacked the Cincinnati Zoo's facebook page. "The posts on the page included a bizarre animal story and jokes of a sexual nature using manipulated images."

November 30, 2014

7:19 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 18 Weeks
In the name of small anniversaries, Athena has now lived with me more than half of her life. Which might explain why she’s such a cheeky little madam. I can’t crouch down in the kitchen without having her leap up … Continue reading →
3:29 PM | Don't Have To
Hunter-gatherers had to be expert in many things. In our current society of specialists, we count on others to be our experts. I try to take their word for it when it comes to astronomy, economics, agriculture, zoology, medicine, law, energy, climate, gravity, etc., etc. Just because an "Anonymous" commenter to this blog challenges me to be expert on global climate change, I don't have to. I go with the current wisdom.

November 29, 2014

6:20 PM | 2000 Birds Provide "Cheep Thrills"
Charlotte Observer recommends a trip to Sylvan Heights Bird Park. "Over the past 25 years, Sylvan Heights has earned a reputation as one of the premier waterfowl conservation and breeding preserve[s] in the country. "In recognition of their similar conservation and education goals, the N.C. Zoological Society formed a partnership with Sylvan Heights. Eighteen acres of woodland adjacent to the Scotland Neck facility have been developed into a public area featuring aviaries and an education […]
1:28 PM | Gangsters of the Bird World
For the heck of it: Meanwhile in Africa, crows are riding on the backs of eagles @earthtouch— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) November 29, 2014 "Crows generally seem to know not to mess with more agile birds of prey like goshawks, as these birds are quite capable of quick and deadly retaliatory manoeuvres. Eagles on the other hand, are unlikely to want to waste energy on 'swatting' a pesky crow,..."
1:33 AM | Squirrels Disrupt Zoo Lights
Squirrels are chewing through wires and messing up the Holiday Lights display at Cincinnati Zoo. "Zoo officials have tried spreading hot sauce on the light strands to no avail. Apparently, squirrels like it spicy."

November 28, 2014

3:48 PM | Polar Bear, Zoo Offer Help
Conservation, education and research...the San Diego Zoo and one of its polar bears offer that and more with this project. Researchers will be able to measure results by observing the zoo bear and then again by applying what they learn to garner improved results in the wild. Zoo visitors will learn about the plight of polar bears, global climate change and much more. "The project, led by the US Geological Survey in Alaska, will look at polar bear behaviours in the Arctic." Zoos and wildlife […]
2:05 PM | "You're Fired. Return to Doing Dog Things"
Cash dont care MRT @NBCNews: Skittish, afraid of heights a barking problem: Police dog 'Cash' fired from Oregon force— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) November 28, 2014
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