Posts Tagged ‘Chummix’

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.

Another Difficult Goodbye: You’ll be missed Chummix

April 15th, 2013

We started the blog over 5 years ago. Our goal was to bring you into the life of a Keeper at the Museum. Death is a part of life. Some animals die on their own, others are euthanized. In fact our very first blog post was about saying goodbye to Moo.

As we’ve written previously, some days are tough and some days suck. Today has been one of those days. I’ve written in the past year about Chummix  and his “old goat disease“. We’ve been monitoring him and the keepers have been working hard to keep him eating. This past week it was determined that it was time to euthanize him.

 

Chummix will be missed by keepers, guests, staff, volunteers, and likely by Max. I’ve already received condolences from several staff members and friends. For those folks who especially cared about Chummix, my condolences go out to you as well. We’re often asked, “what can I do?”. (A few years back I wrote some suggestions- click here for ideas).

it’s hard to remember that Chummix was once bigger than Max!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are links to some of my favorite blog posts about Chummix.

Chummix and successful training

“Chummix’s” New Year’s Resolutions  (Resolution # 2)

Chummix’s flehmen’s response

Chummix in the rabbit pen

 

Chummix would always head butt things when I was around- ALWAYS. I think this is how I will always remember him.

 

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Chummix was awesome.

    Posted by Leslie
  2. He was the first animal that injured me so that I had to go to the dr!
    While Chummix and I didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things , I will certainly miss him

    Posted by Jill
  3. I always looked forward to seeing Chum on my daily walks. He will certainly be missed.

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  4. RIP Chummix. We’ll miss you and your crazy eyes.

    Posted by Rhiannon
  5. A sad time, but comforted knowing that Chummix had good, long life with such a great team looking after him. Thanks to all of the keepers for the care you give to all of the critters that live at the Museum. Thinking of you all.

    Posted by Janet

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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.

A Veterinary Visit

March 3rd, 2013

This past Thursday our Farmyard veterinarians were here to check on the critters. Dr. Cannedy and Dr. Mozzachio arrived early on the chilly Thursday morning.  Full physicals will occur in April, but Lightning needed some blood taken to see how his Cushing’s disease is progressing. While here, our old goat Chummix got checked out and so were the pigs. Miss Piggy looks great according to Dr. Mozzachio, but she took photos so she could compare body condition in a month or so. Chummix had blood drawn as well as he continues to lose weight and his eating habits have become pickier and picker.

Dr. Cannedy, dressed for the chilly weather

 

 

Dr. Mozzachio photographing the pigs

 

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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.

Big Word of the Month: Flehmen Response

December 23rd, 2012
Zebra Flehmen

The Funny Face

Lion Face

The Stinky Face

Llama Flehmen

Impressing the Ladies

Chummix Flehmen

Testing the Air

 

Whatever you call it, if you have a pet cat at home (especially if it’s a male) you’ve likely seen this face before. It goes by many variations of the same name: Flehmen Response, Flehmen Position, Flehmen Reaction, or simply Flehming. Flehmen (pronounced: FLAY-men) Responses are used by a wide variety of  hoofstock (ungulates) and many cats (felids). Males and females, adults and babies, all exhibit this silly facial expression.

The silly look on the animal’s face helps to activate an organ that allows him or her to sense chemicals in the air; specifically pheromones. Pheromones are a chemical signal that passes useful social information to another animal of the same specie. The organ used is called the Vomeronasal organ (also called the Jacobson’s Organ). This organ is located in the nasal cavity of many animals, including fetal humans. It is the organ used by snakes and water turtles as their primary sense of smell, but in most other animals it is used in more of a secondary or social fashion. More animals use a Vomeronasal Organ to detect pheromones than those that display the Flehmen Response, like lemurs, salamanders, lizards, dogs and pigs.

The lip curl or grimace directs the inhaled air toward the Vomeronasal Organ, allowing it to pick up the chemicals in the air and let the animal know important information about what they’re smelling. Information like whether there’s a female nearby who’s looking to mate or simply to get a more complete understanding of a new smell they’re being introduced to. Lightning, the donkey, often exhibits Flehmen Response to new smells and Chummix, the Boer goat, does it after smelling his urine (it’s a male goat thing…).

 

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  1. We just talked about this, when I got this response from Lightning because he smelled my Chapstick. Very fun.

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  2. Amazing things here. I’m very glad to see your article.
    Thank you so much and I’m having a look ahead to touch you.

    Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

    Posted by web page

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

Chummix the goat/duck/rabbit

September 19th, 2012

Earlier you would have seen the rabbits in their outside enclosure. However, a lot is going on in the farm yard. The rabbits have moved to the other side of their barn and when the duck goes in for the night he now stays on the rabbits old side.

This morningChummix had to temporarily go into the ducks enclosure because of all the new construction and repainting that is going on in the farm yard. Chummix didn’t seem to mind too much, he had plenty of “duck hay” to eat and got a mega treat reward from Keeper Kent.

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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.

Gatorade for Goats

July 9th, 2012

Well, not for all goats, just Chummix. According to Dr. Cannedy Chummix is sick, with “old goat disease”. Chummix is watched closely, and has been for some time now. About six months or so ago Chummix lost a lot of weight. He was checked for all the typical diseases, and Dr. Cannedy has seen him three or four times since then. Chummix still eats and does his usual activities… he’s just old. Chummix is currently a shadow of what he used to be, and looks like an old goat.

Last week Chummix was sitting more, not being as rambunctious as usual, and wasn’t eating as he typically does. I think Sarah said he was being quite “cuddly”. Dr. Cannedy came by and still says Chimmix has “old goat disease”,  but gave him some vitamins and recommended the following treatment: Gatorade. 1 part Gatorade to 4 parts water. It’s been hot, super hot as we all know. We need to keep  Chummix hydrated and with balanced electrolytes too!

I bought 7 different flavors since I have no idea what flavor Chummix likes. Thoughts?

 

 

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  1. I think you gotta start with the classics-I find lemon-lime to be the most refreshing but orange is nice too. Do goats eat much citrus?

    Would you ever make him a gatorade popsicle?

    Posted by leslie
  2. Does Chummix like watermelons? You could inject some of the Gatorade in the watermelons for a super cool hydrating treat.

    Posted by dj
  3. Director Comment :

    he does indeed eat watermelon-sometimes, and other times not-so-much…

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  4. He drank a lot of FRUIT PUNCH flavor when I gave it to him.

    Posted by jebrown
  5. So far he really likes the fruit punch and grape flavors!!!

    Posted by Katy
  6. Keeper Comment :

    Jill wasn’t kidding about him drinking a lot of fruit punch. His water/gatorade bucket had about 2 gallons missing by the next morning!

    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.

QuikPic: Chummix and Max

September 11th, 2011

 Hard to beleive that Chummix used to be bigger than Max!

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  1. Max always reminds me of Borden’s “Elsie the Cow”. (Maybe it’s the black eyeliner) What breed of steer is he, anyway?

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Director Comment :

    He’s a Jersey (that may be what Elsie is too).

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  3. He was so cute as a baby! He’s still cute now but he was so sweet when he was little.

    Posted by leslie
  4. How old is Max now?

    Posted by DJ
  5. Director Comment :

    he’s 4 year old this month DJ.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAX!

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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I like volunteering to work with the animals and the Keepers (both are quite exciting and entertaining). I speak several languages including chicken. In another life I teach physics, but mostly I just love to learn (anything!) and be outdoors. When not volunteering I like to watch the bears and photograph around Explore the Wild. Follow me on Twitter @ktraphagen

Christopher goes to School

February 25th, 2011

Christopher, our barred owl that lives outside next to Max the Steer and Chummix the Goat in the Farmyard, recently took a field trip to a local school to visit some second graders. He had a great time. Sherry (the Animal Department Director) gave the students all kinds of interesting information about him (you can read more about barred owls here and here). The students were able to meet several of our eduction animals during a special animal program (I went along with Sherry and it was a great deal of fun!)

Afterward, the students drew some amazing pictures of their favorite animal to visit their classroom. We love this particular one (see below) because it actually tells a story of what happened during the visit. Christopher was being held by Sherry, but he got a little nervous when the students made some noise as they moved from sitting on the floor to their desks. So, instead of sitting quietly on her arm, he spread his wings and tried to fly away. Of course he couldn’t really fly away because Sherry was holding the leash and the little leather jesses that he wears around his legs.

Here is the picture showing Sherry holding Christopher as he tries to fly (note Sherry’s purple Museum of Life & Science shirt, her long hair, and smiling face). I’ve also included a video clip (in slow motion) that shows what it really looked like!

Christopher the Barred Owl visits Second Grade

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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.

Minor surgery for Chummix Goat

July 9th, 2010

Chummix Goat is fine- really. Keepers noticed a few weeks ago a mass under is armpit.  It didn’t drain like it was an abscess from one of his vaccines.  So, we scheduled an early morning time for Dr. Cannedy to come to remove the mass and send it off for testing so we can learn that everything is well with our big noisy goat.

Below are photos from this morning’s procedure.  Chummix is up and about and eating and acting as he usually does. The only thing  you might notice is his shaved arm pit.

Dr. Cannedy and his cool truck: vet-office-on-wheels

Sorry, I coudln't resist the butt shot photo. Chummix is behind there somewhere

Sleepy and being prepped for lump removal

The mass- the size of a large grape.

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  1. Do you think the mass will grow back?

    Posted by Shawntel
  2. Director Comment :

    Good question Shawntel. We have to wait for the test results to tell us what the lump is/was. Once we know that, we’ll be able to gauge how likely it is to return.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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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.

QuikPost: I’m not training for that, lady!

September 7th, 2009

I finally found a food that Chummix doesn’t like. Strawberries.

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  1. is that the only food he doesn't like? how about brusselsprouts?

    Posted by Nancy
  2. Hey Nancy,He may not like brussel sprouts… I'm not sure because I never tried them. I tend to stick to the yummy fruits as treats for training, but I also use sweet potato and carrot. :)

    Posted by Marilyn

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