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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.

Another Sad Day in the Animal Department

November 4th, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of our opossum Galileo.  Recently he started to show signs of heavy labored breathing and his appetite had decreased greatly.  We took him to the vet for x-rays on Tuesday October 15, 2013 and found that he had fluid in his chest cavity that was preventing him from breathing properly.  It was determined that he needed to be euthanized.  The final results of the necropsy are still pending, but the gross necropsy showed fluid around his heart leading to cardiomyopathy.  For the first time since I started working here at the museum we will be without an opossum.  I don’t know what I will do without one of these amazing animals to greet me every morning during AM treatments.  He will be greatly missed.  Below are some pictures of Galileo hanging out in the department.

Galileo with his Thundershirt.

Galileo with his socks on.

Galileo in shredded paper.

Galileo using his tail.

Galileo has been the subject of several previous blog posts too.

Galileo walking in Loblolly Park

Galileo and Annie

Galileo Super Bowl Prediction 2013

Galileo and his paper

Galileo Super Bowl 2012

 

 

 

 

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  1. So sorry about that little ‘possum. I know he was a favorite with many.

    Posted by Wendy
  2. So very sorry to hear of your loss. He was a cutie!

    Posted by Sue Cripe

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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.

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.

Some Days Suck

April 30th, 2010

There is really no better description. It’s one of those sucky, sad days in the animal department. We have a few animals on “hospice” care and today was the day to euthanize Nimbus. A difficult day for sure, but not a surprising one.  However, on Wednesday, Wendy Woodchuck was not looking so well. She did not improve. I checked on her several times throughout the night last night and today she went to the vet (Dr. Thea Carter).  Wendy was euthanized as well, as she was likely in heart failure. (This is what killed our first woodchuck year’s ago).

We’ve had tough days like this before, and I am sure we’ll have them again. Days like this are hardest on the keepers so please be wishing them well as they deal, grieve, and continue to care for the other animals still here.

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  1. I’m sorry everyone :(

    Posted by Courtney
  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Nimbus and Wendy. Best wishes to all the keepers who take such amazing care of the Museum’s many beloved animal residents.

    Posted by Kathy

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