Posts Tagged ‘Auggie’

by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

There’s a Pig on my Trailer!

August 20th, 2014

I heard some noise coming from the compost trailer when I was cleaning the pig yard. Look who had hopped inside!

Auggie checks out what Miss Piggy is doing, but quickly finds something else to do.

All done inspecting the trailer.

I think I’ve earned her approval.

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  1. Love Miss Piggy’s snout of approval!!

    Posted by djcronce

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum for many years now. I spend most of my time behind-the-scenes in the Vet room. You might catch me out and about with one of our many veterinarians checking on the animals.
When I'm not hanging out with one of our vets I'm usually in the Vet room running a fecal looking for intestinal parasites! If I'm not up to my elbows in poo you'll find me at the computer updating the health records of our animals or preparing for Vet Rounds.

Quick Pics

July 17th, 2014
Retro

Retro

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Mudsy

Franklin

Franklin

Auggie

Auggie

Salt

Salt

Zoe

Zoe

Gus

Gus

Canebrake

Canebrake

 

 

 

 

 

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Pig Vacation

April 25th, 2014

I mentioned in the last post that the pig barn was being built. While many people seem to be longing for the pigs, I am not sure the pigs are feeling the same. They appear to be quite content in their vacation home. Some photos to document their journey

Miss Piggy in the lead as the pigs walk away from the farmyard with volunteers and keepers

Miss Piggy in the lead as the pigs walk away from the farmyard with volunteers and keepers

Auggie catches up as they enter Catch the Wind

Auggie catches up as they enter Catch the Wind

Arrival at temporary housing

Arrival at temporary housing

Miss Piggy checking out her her vacation rental... the bear house

Miss Piggy checking out her her vacation rental… the bear house

Gus checking on things from the exhibit cave

Resident checking out the vacationers from the exhibit cave

The Pigs and the Bears are doing just fine with this temporary set up. Granted, we’re not letting the bears near the pigs. Pigs get half the house and the bears get the other.

Look for the pigs back in the farmyard the first week in May.

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  1. They were quite content last night when I put them to bed.
    The progress of the house is going nicely too!

    Posted by Jill

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Who Weighs More? Round 2

December 15th, 2013

Who weighs more?

Ray, the Alpaca

or

Auggie, the Pot-bellied Pig

Put your guesses in the comment section!

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  1. Ray is pretty big and solid. I’m picking him for the upset.

    Posted by Adam
  2. I’m picking Auggie because I always like seeing him in the Farmyard and maybe Ray has lots of Alpaca Fluff.

    Posted by dj
  3. I’m betting on Auggie, with at least 22-34 kg difference.

    Posted by Colet
  4. Ray!

    Posted by Shawntel
  5. Keeper Comment :

    And the winner is:

    Ray!

    Auggie was in the lead for a really long time, but just recently, Ray has had a pretty big growth spurt and has jumped ahead.

    Auggie weighs around 42kg (about 92lbs) and Ray is currently 47kg (about 102lbs).

    Auggie is a small adult pot bellied pig but Ray is still a growing girl. When she’s full grown, Ray will probably be around 70kg, like her mom, Retro.

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

All Grown Up

June 13th, 2012

Here’s a few then and now photos of some of your favorite Museum critters. Enjoy.

 

MAX OUR STEER 

then...smaller than Chummix Goat.

Now... 1500 pounds later

 

SCOUT OUR DUCK 

then...could fit on Kristen's hand

Now...no longer yellow, quiet, or able to fit on anyone's hand.

 

AUGGIE OUR PIG

Then... not much bigger than a bottle and awfully cute.

Now... still cute, but + 120

 

VIRGINIA BEAR

Then... 15 pounds and drinking from a bottle

Now...300 pounds and chewing through ice blocks

 

 

ME (really)

Then... even wore purple back then

 

 

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  1. And so very cute (you in purple– then and now).

    Posted by Michele

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

QuikPic: Auggie and Lightning

January 19th, 2012

One of our Master Teachers shared this photo with me. Any thoughts on what the two might be conversing about? (Remember the photo of Lightning and Max?)

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  1. Lightning: “You’re lookin’ mighty pig-culiar today, Auggie.”

    Auggie: “Been chasin’ any windmills lately, Mr. Don Key-ote?”

    Posted by Wendy

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by , Keeper
I am most famous here in the animal department for "expanding" the barred owl exhibit, clogging the wolf pool, and splitting my pants. My other less notorious work, since 2003, includes keeping, purchasing our animal supplies, coordinating our volunteers, and managing our animal enrichment program.
Find me training the lemurs or in other various animal enclosures Monday through Friday, or at the grocery store on Wednesdays, when I shop for produce!

Animal Department New Year’s Resolutions 2010 !!!

January 6th, 2010

1. Get enough sleep every night.

2. Eat more veggies!

3. Support the arts.

4. Learn a new skill.

5. Work on conquering a fear.

6. When you don’t get along with others at first, keep trying!

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  1. Nice work, Kristen!

    Posted by Marilyn
  2. This is really cute! I'm so happy to see Miss Piggy and Auggie togetther at last!

    Posted by Shawntel
  3. Great job, Shum! Very cute and hilarious.

    Posted by Erin Brown
  4. These are terrific! Thanks for posting them.PS- I chuckled when I saw the Blogger "word verification" for posting this comment… it ended with "stink" (something the animals will probably never resolve to go without!)

    Posted by ktraphagen
  5. Very cute and clever!

    Posted by Elizabeth
  6. That ababy, is the CUTEST thing ive EVER seen, other than my Sammie-Boy :)

    Posted by Kelsey

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

Meet your new roommate

December 28th, 2009

You may have heard about our newest addition to the farmyard, Auggie the pig. He is a cutie! Originally, he had been living elsewhere on grounds while he was in quarantine (which just means he is kept away from the other animals while we monitor him to make sure he is healthy). Once he was ready to move to his permanent home in the farmyard, it was time to introduce him to his new roommate, Miss Piggy.

We decided to record the initial meeting between Miss Piggy and Auggie. It is normal for pigs to fight when they are first introduced. They have to figure out who is going to be the “boss.” The keepers first experienced this type of difficult interaction when Miss Piggy met our last pig, Squealer. Although it was hard to watch Auggie go through the same introduction, we know from experience that it is best to just let the pigs hash it out. If we tried to separate them every time they weren’t getting along, then the fighting would escalate each time we tried to re-introduce them. However, by keeping them together and monitoring them closely for the first week, they will eventually work through the initial rivalry and eventually become companions.

Although Auggie is much smaller than Miss Piggy, he is also faster! Which means, fortunately, he did not sustain any injuries during the introduction. We are pleased to tell you that now, about 2 weeks since their introduction, they are sleeping side-by-side in their hay at night and are getting along quite well!!

You can hear some of the commentary from the video, which is an array of different keepers talking while they watch the introduction take place. All of the keepers working that day, along with Sherry and her daughter, were monitoring the pigs while they were first introduced. You may be able to hear Sherry mention the word piloerection, which is one of Larry’s “Big Words of the Month.” You can also hear Sherry say at the end of the video that Kent would need to check on them every 15 minutes while he was cleaning the farmyard that morning.

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

QuickPost: baby photos

November 19th, 2009

I went to grab the waterproof camera- the one that Erin refers to as hers or the one she suckered me in to buying- so I could take some photos that people had been asking for. I couldn’t find it. I bet Erin went away on vacation and left it in her pocket. So, instead of showing you the photos of my hair-balled cat who I was home sick with, or our new pig shelter, or the keepers hard at work, I am stuck showing you baby photos. Auggie baby photos. Enjoy.

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  1. looovvve the Auggie baby pictures!

    Posted by Debbie

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Meet Auggie

November 17th, 2009

This is Auggie, a three month old pot bellied pig. He arrived Saturday weighing a hefty 20 pounds. He’ll spend 30 days in quarantine, and then we’ll introduce him to Miss Piggy. We’ll continue to post photos on the Blog so you can keep up with him prior to his arrival in the Farmyard in mid December.

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  1. Awwwwwwwww!

    Posted by Wendy A
  2. I can't wait to reintroduce myself to Auggie. I'm afraid I didn't make a good first impression the first time we met.

    Posted by Shawntel
  3. Oh my goodness, what an adorable little pig. Our family can't wait to see him when he's home in the farmyard. Thanks to all of the keepers for all you do to make the museum such a special place.

    Posted by Kathy
  4. Awww, i love pigs, they are so adorable!

    Posted by Kelsey 13 years old NC

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