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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.

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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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.

Galileo’s Field Trip

April 11th, 2013

Galileo took a field trip last week. ( I love when the keepers get the opossums out for field trips. I think Sonny’s field trips were my favorites).

 

 

Intern Jamie was his Chaperone

 

 

 

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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.

Funny opossum photo

April 7th, 2013

Katy has been going through her photos and came across this one of Galileo which made us both laugh.

Annie was terrified when she found Galileo in the ball so the ball now looks like this

But, since the opossum got out of the ball just fine, Katy and I think the ball should not be labeled “not for opossum use” but rather “not for Annie use”

 

 

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  1. That’s fantastic!

    Posted by kimberly

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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.

Henry & Galileo’s Super Bowl Prediction- 2013

February 2nd, 2013

The San Francisco 49ers go head to head with the Baltimore Ravens, so who is our woodchuck and opossum rooting for?

 

A few years ago Henry was right 

Last year we had a snafu with the video and Henry chose incorrectly, but Galileo was right.

Watch the video below to see who Henry and Galileo chose

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  1. I have to agree with Henry even though he dislikes me…go 49er’s!

    Posted by Aaron
  2. I didn’t really care who won since the Steelers weren’t playing but this was fun to watch. Thanks to Henry, Galileo and the Animal Keepers!

    Posted by Shawntel
  3. Maybe Henry has a future in Vegas? My money is with Henry.

    Posted by Lew
  4. Opossums Rule!!! Woodchucks Drool !!!

    Posted by Katy

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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.

Galileo and his paper

October 17th, 2012

I have done several posts before on our opossum Galileo.

Recently, he had an agenda of redecorating his bed

 

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  1. Is he using his prehensile tail to haul the newspaper around?

    Posted by Wendy
  2. yes, they will curl their tail around the object

    Posted by Jill

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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.

More eggs

July 7th, 2012

Recently, a friend of the Animal Department donated some eggs to feed our animals. The animals that we usually feed eggs to are the bears,wolves,opossums and recently we gave one to the muskrats. In my opinion the opossums love them the most.They are real eager to eat them. Here is a little video I made of Galileo and Sonny Opossum devouring the gifted eggs.

 

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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.

Meet Galileo Opossum

March 30th, 2012

Here is a picture of  Galileo opossum. You can see he has a keen eye for design by picking out paint swatches when he visited some museum employees.

He arrived with his brother, Einstein in September of 2011. He and his brother came to us from a rehabber that found them after their mother was killed by a car. They were too used to people and too young to be released. The two later were put into Sonny’s old exhibit in Carolina Wildlife. Sonny was then moved into our EHR and lives in a big playpen. In the beginning the brothers did well living together, but later had to be separated and one moved into the EHR because they started to quarrel too much.  Now Einstein and Galileo switch places when the exhibit is super cleaned so you never know who you may see in the exhibit.

Here we are letting Galileo investigate the 3rd floor where we have offices. He was able to get a change of pace and visit people to get used to them because he is used as a program animal.

Thus far, we are able to find out that Galileo loves to walk around the halls like our old opossum Beaker used to. He also loves to do a clicking noise and is more concerned with scenting and sliming things then he is with trying to find things to eat.

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  1. How did I miss this visit? I could have given him an almond.

    Posted by leslie
  2. Im sure you were busy having a baby or something.

    Posted by Jill
  3. :-)

    Posted by leslie

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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.

Super Bowl prediction

February 4th, 2012

Last year, we had our woodchuck Henry predict the Super Bowl winner. He chose correctly, this year Henry chose the PATRIOTS . I do not have this prediction on video because the camera wasn’t working correctly.

However, I do have our opossum Galileo picking the GIANTS to win. I am really torn on what animal I should support. I am from New York so naturally I should side with Galileo, but Henry is my main woodchuck pal!

Now, the video may look “slightly rigged” because you only see the Giants sign to choose from but, I assure you that even though there is an overwhelming desire for them to win in the Animal Department,he could have easily chosen the PATRIOTS sign on the other side.

To prove this we did the scenario again, this time a little closer. He picked the Giants…AGAIN!

Galileo loves the Giants

 

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  1. I knew Galileo was right the whole time! Go Giants!!

    Posted by Marilyn

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