Auggie’s Vet visit, part 2

I mentioned the other day that Auggie went to the vet for some work on his teeth. Auggie had several bad teeth that had to be removed. According to Dr. Mozzachio, this is very common in pigs, and pigs continue on without issue after the bad teeth are removed. Auggie did great at the vet, woke up immediately, and started eating. He’s back in the Farmyard on some softer food for a few days. We expect all to be backRead more

Auggie’s vet visit

Auggie went on a field trip yesterday. The end of last week we noticed he was having difficulty chewing and swallowing hard foods. According to Dr. Mozzachio, this is a sure sign of teeth issues. So, we packaged him up and took him in. Pictures below from the catch-up. Aaron, Chris, and Katie ran through how the catch up would work the day before– it went smoothly: in practice and on the day off. Auggie is back from his appointment.Read more

Christmas 2018

Regular blog readers know the routine, but for new readers here’s the scoop. Working on Christmas is something I have done for years. (Even before working at the Museum). My prep starts the week before, making sure I understand any treatments, routines, behaviors, tasks, diets, etc. before the 25th arrives. I set out my layers of clothes, snacks, set the alarms for 4:48 and 4:55 (although I really want to be at the Museum at 5 AM so I canRead more

Diego Follow-Up

Winter Storm Diego hit us hard. The weight of the snow caused numerous trees to snap or bend throughout campus. Fortunately, the animals seem fine; power and fences held; and the Keepers who were able to get to work did so unscathed. We still have a lot more clean up to do, but I for one am very thankful that it wasn’t worse. We had quite a bit of heavy snow — up to 12 inches in some areas.  AboutRead more

Lightning turns 20!

Lightning turns 20 on Tuesday November 6. I was here the day he arrived as a fuzzy 5-month old. I watched him grow up here. He’s met numerous Keepers, lived with several goats, and met thousands and thousands of members and guests who have been charmed by his personality. While not over the hill yet, he’s no longer a spring chicken. We manage several health issues with diligence and medication. I am sure it is no exaggeration to say he’sRead more