It’s been so busy I haven’t had time to share photos with you. Some places at the Museum had as much as 3 inches of snow, and we were closed on Wednesday.
Aaron and I noticed lots of tracks in the snow in the wolf yard. Sorry, no photos as I couldn’t hold a camera, broom, pool skimmer (to break the ice and remove it from the pool), food, and bucket.
All the bears were in their usual winter spots. Yona would not get out of bed to get her treatments (Cosequin, vitamin supplements, and a de-wormer). I honestly sat their (yup, on a rock after clearing off the snow) for almost 15 minutes. Luckily for me Virginia came over huffed and stomped at Yona who got up and ran out of bed.
Sorry, no photos of the farmyard- maybe next snow.
The Super Bowl is coming up and happens to be on Ground Hog Day. We’ve done several posts on Ground Hog day because of Henry. Previously, we did Super Bowl predictions a few times. Henry managed to make his choice again for 2014, when the Denver Broncos will be playing Seattle Seahawks.
If Henry happens to guess wrong, I know a few people who will be VERY disappointed!
It has been cold lately and that means that the Ring-tailed lemurs have been inside in their indoor holding area. Since they are inside, we want to make sure that they are getting enriched. A recent enrichment item that we have used for the lemurs is skewering dried fruit on pumpkins or like in the following pictures on paper towel tubes.
Sherry’s Christmas 2013 post got me thinking (or rhyming?). It’s been a while since I wrote a poem!
On that note, a limerick quiz to get you thinking:
Our tools are eclectic and many
but one keepers love more than any.
A little different are all;
some large and some small.
This is one tool we have in plenty.
It’s a bit of a tough guess, but give it a try!
Our bear exhibit is large and it can be difficult to spot a bear in normal weather but when it is cold it can be very difficult. So, where are the bears when it is very cold?
(Below) Yona in her hay bed on top of the cliff, in the background you can see the bear house where another bear likes to spend her time.
(Below) Va in her hay bed on the cliff but it is on the opposite side of the cliff so that she is away from Yona.
(Below) Sweet Mimi in her stall o’ hay. She can be rather difficult to get up in the mornings to go outside.
(Below) Gus has claimed the cave as his own. In this pic, it is difficult to see him and on most days all you see is either one of his big ears or his rump.
If you’ve been to a Meet the Keeper program at Lemurs, you may have heard someone ask if the Red Ruffed Lemurs have “thumbs” or “fingers” on the ends of their tails. The answer is “no”; the little bit of naked tail that sticks out in varying lengths from the normally furry tails of our lemurs is a by-product of over grooming. The Red Ruffed lemurs will occasionally groom their tail tips by licking, chewing or rubbing at them with their fingers and subsequently, have removed tufts of fur from the ends. The naked bit of tail can bend and curl just like the rest of their tails, but it isn’t prehensile.
So what exactly is “prehensile”?
It’s defined as an appendage or organ found on a vertebrate animal that has the ability to grasp or hold.
Though the definition seems simple enough, it’s not always so black and white. Think about the tail of a Virginia Opossum or the lips on a rhino or donkey. They have the ability to grasp or manipulate objects, but can’t really hang on tightly. In those cases, the appendage is considered “semi-prehensile.”
Here are some examples of prehensile appendages in the animal world: new world monkey tail (like Spider Monkeys), octopus arms, chameleon feet, prehensile-tailed porcupine tails, Giraffe tongues, primates with a thumb have prehensile hands and sygnathidae tails.
Here are a few more “semi-prehensile” appendages: elephant trunk tip, camel lips and snake tails.
Our interns for the semester arrived on Wednesday. Welcome Jillian and Katherine. They go by Jill and Katie which is very confusing since we already have a Jill and Katy in the department. Nickname suggestions are welcomed!
We get first year students from the Zoo and Aquarium Science program at Davidson County Community College and we love having the work with us.
One of these things is not like the others
One of these things just doesn’t belong.
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
(Sesame Street: episode 1, December 10, 1969)
Looks like we got an unseasonal surprise mixed in with this batch of pumpkins and gourds! Can you spot the thing that doesn’t belong?