QuikPics: Radiated Tortoise Health Checks

Dr. Vanderford checked out the radiated tortoises yesterday during Vet Rounds. Animal Care Specialist Janine had to manage the five tortoises. You would think it would be easy, but tortoises come quickly when strawberries are involved. Janine corralled the tortoises– allowing for an easy check for everyone involved.Read more

Today’s vet checks

We had a really busy, but successful morning with Dr. Vanderford today for Vet Rounds. The muskrat and all three salamanders received their physicals, and Mocha and Latte, our education rabbits, had their teeth checked and trimmed. The muskrat and rabbits were sedated for their checks, while the salamanders were wide awake for their work. Everyone is up and awake and back to their homes and I will spend the rest of the afternoon cleaning up 🙂Read more

Virginia Bear’s Laser Treatment

Virginia, our almost 15 year old American black bear, has some extensive arthritis and degenerative issues. We’ve been treating her for years with a variety of medicines and supplements. We’ve even added acupuncture and laser treatments. (Check out this blog post about treatment from almost 2-years ago). I watched yesterday as the team administered Virginia’s Laser Treatment (cold, or low-level, laser therapy is often recommended for pain management or inflammation reduction). The Animal Care team worked (and still works) toRead more

Flashback Friday: Yona’s surgery

I mentioned I try to take time on Fridays for some reflection time. My father had surgery last week. It got me thinking about other surgeries, which lead me to think about Yona. She’s our youngest black bear. She arrived at the Museum January 15, 2010, at just under one year old. We noticed pretty quickly she had a bit of a limp, and her right front leg had some atypical curvature. It didn’t impact what she could or couldn’tRead more

Pup Check Follow-up

More pictures from Monday’s red wolf pup check: Rocket, below, has been and continues to be our smallest wolf. He weighed in just over 13 Kg Monday. He is still smaller than his litter mates, but it is getting much harder to tell him apart. His behavior is fairly different however. Much quicker to come down to eat and he’ll sit in the side cage area and not run away immediately from his caretakers. Very, very calm, that is, untilRead more