Recent Vet Checks… and goodbyes

Recently, a few animals have had some issues tended to, their annual physicals, or sadly, we said goodbye to a couple of our older animals. First, Florian is doing well. He got his annual vaccines. His issues are holding steady. (Florian has three different cancers. Yes, three. The operable ones have been tended to– his skin cancer on his tail is gone and has not recurred. Additionally, the mass in his neck is holding steady in size). Tennille, our muskrat,Read more

Eye exams complete

Dr. Westermeyer, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and member of the NC State Veterinary Medicine team, visited last week to check on some animals. He brought two residents with him, and the team checked out the eyes of several Museum animals. We learned that the critters are stable, with no new issues to address. Some photos below of the visit.    Read more

Fall herd check with Dr. Cannedy

Dr. Cannedy was here on Tuesday checking on the goats, alpaca, and cattle. The primary focus of this visit is to make sure the critters are in good shape going into winter. Some animals get food added, but it is rare that we ever decrease food going into winter. This year, everyone’s diet remained the same. In addition to getting dewormed, everyone was checked head to toe. (Teeth, hooves, coat condition, eyes, etc.). The alpacas get a BCS (body conditionRead more

Amazing People

In my job I not only get to spend time with some amazing animals, but also amazing and dedicated people. I often refer to those I spend time with as the “human” and “non-human” animals. Here’s the run down from the past week: Super mother-daughter volunteer team of Cathy and Cassie are a welcome sight to the Team when the two of them walk through the door at 8:00 am their volunteer days. Last week they ended up fairly drenchedRead more

First week in October

Since last week, I am happy to report a truckload of stumps have been picked up and are dispersed through most of the Farmyard yards. Some are being cut smaller today so we can use them indoors as well. Besides adding stumps to yards, we got the bear yard mowed, weed-eated, as well as seeded (with an annual rye grass) and aerated. Lemur yard also got a mowing and weed-eating. The bear and wolf yards need more work, but thatRead more

Last week in September

I can’t believe it’s going to be October next week. The time is flying by. The Team is preparing for cooler temperatures, getting winter supplies ready to deploy as needed in the coming months. This is when the bears start eating LOTS of food. Our walk-in freezer is reorganized to accommodate increased bear food. Five pounds of nuts were dropped off for the bears earlier this week. October is when physicals happen for most of the Farmyard animals, so we’llRead more