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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.
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Pig Quiz

January 6th, 2013

#1: Name the pigs ( easy?)

#2: Whose arm is in the first photo (also fairly easy)

#3: What two items are being fed to the pig

Need a clue as to the food? If so, continue reading. If not, stop right here.

 

The two foods are holiday/festival related, although the holidays are unrelated to each other. Think Halloween and Pesach (Passover).

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  1. 1. Miss Piggy and Auggie
    2. Dr. Cannedy
    3. Pumpkin and matzah?

    Posted by Leslie
  2. Director Comment :

    YOU’RE RIGHT LESLIE!

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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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.

A pleasant morning walk

February 20th, 2011

A few days ago, I set off from the building around 9:00 am to go train the red ruffed lemurs in Explore The Wild (ETW). I decided to take a camera so that I could take pictures of some of our animals along the way. I first stopped off in the farmyard and was greeted by the two nigerian dwarf goats, Patches and Rocky. They are brothers and both like a good head and neck scratch from keepers and visitors alike, but this morning they decided that the brushes attached to the fence would work just fine.

Rocky is enjoying a good early morning head rub on one of the brushes in his yard.

Apparently Patches, Rocky's brother, prefers a good early morning chin scratch!

After watching the goats for a little while, I caught keeper Kimberly in action while she was brushing Lightning and picking his hooves. This is something we do every morning with Lightning to keep his hooves in good shape. He also gets walked around the campus if time allows.

Keeper Kimberly brushing Lightning the donkey. Look at how handsome Lightning is in his new purple halter!

After that, I went over to say hi to the pigs. They both came running to the fence, but I’m not sure if Auggie wanted food or a soothing eye wash.

What a cute face...

As I rounded the corner, I saw Max the steer and Chummix the goat soaking up some morning sun rays. Seems pretty relaxing to me…

Max lounges in the sun while Chummix stands next to him wondering what I'm doing.

I left the farmyard and made my way to Explore The Wild. But before stopping at the lemur house to train the red ruffeds, I headed to the wolves so that keeper Jill and I could go into the exhibit and scatter their morning food. Although red wolves are extremely shy animals, we only enter their exhibit with two or more keepers.

The female red wolf watches Jill as she scatters the food in the exhibit. She usually comes down to eat as soon as we move to the other side of the exhibit.

Jill scattered the food while I watched the red wolves and made sure of their locations while we were in the exhibit.

Mmmmm, yummy meatballs!

Once we finished in the wolf yard, I made my way over to the lemur house and trained. I don’t have any pictures of that, but I hope you enjoyed my morning stroll at the museum!

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  1. Keeper Comment :

    CORRECTION: I just found out that Rocky and Patches are actually not brothers…. at least not in the blood sense. But I feel confident in saying that they are adopted brothers to each other. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. That is all.

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson

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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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by , Keeper
Although a native tarheel, I came to the museum from Texas, where I taught Biology courses at a small college. In graduate school I studied the behavior and ecology of marine organisms (mostly crabs, lobsters and sea turtles).
You can find me in the Animal Department Monday-Thursday. Fridays I work for the Department of Innovation and Learning all day.

Big Word of the Month: Euthanasia

November 2nd, 2009

The big word of the month is a hard one to talk about. Euthanasia comes from Greek and means “good death”. I doubt any two people can agree on what exactly a good death is, yet it is a discussion we have to have in the Animal Department from time to time. When an animal is ill and our veterinarians have run out of treatment strategies we have to consider quality of life issues. Deciding when an animal is suffering too much is not a precise, scientific process. Ultimately, we all have to rely on our experiences and feelings.

One of the earliest posts we made on this blog was about our beloved steer Moo. At the time we discussed how to deal with difficult issues on the blog and whether it might be better to not include them. We all agreed that if we were to give our readers an accurate picture of our department we needed to not gloss over the hard things. Most recently, we lost our grumpy friend Squealer (we all called him “Pig”) and once again had to report some bad news.

When we shared our difficult decision to euthanize a red wolf people asked about how they could best memorialize him. Sherry wrote a followup post with some ideas. The only thing I would add to her post is that we animal keepers would be happy to hear from you in person. You can say hello if you see us working or ask at the front desk for a member of the animal department.

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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!

thanks

October 27th, 2009

Thanks everyone for all your nice thoughts about Pig. I’ve worked out in the farmyard twice now since last Thursday, and it’s been weird without him there.

One of my favorite stories about Pig happened around this time a few years ago, when we got a huge truckload of pumpkins donated to us. We didn’t have much room to store them, so kept them right behind our fence in the farmyard where we keep all of our tools. We knew they would keep outside in the cold, and this way we could give Pig a pumpkin every other day or so. Keepers go in and out of this door a lot during the course of the morning, and one morning there were several of us working in the farmyard together. Well, someone accidentally left the fence door open, and Pig, who used to wander around the farmyard before visitors arrived, found his way in there. By the time the keepers realized it, we found Pig in the middle of this vast pumpkin pile, seeds and pumpkin bits scattered everywhere! There were random single bites out of various pumpkins, and Pig laid there, entirely exhausted from his feast! Needless to say he did not get anymore pumpkins for a few days! It still makes me laugh to think about it.

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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.

Rest in Peace Pig

October 22nd, 2009

Last night Pig was not improved and still not standing. Calls and emails were made to veterinarians, keepers, staff, and volunteers letting them know. Dr. Mozzachio came early this morning and euthanized Pig.

Days like this are hard, and hardest on the keepers, so send them your best wishes.

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  1. This is my favorite memory of Pig. So glad I had a camera that day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8250597@N06/3370570285/

    Posted by Troy
  2. We'll miss you, pig. You became the standard increment of swine for our household. Just last week my 6-year-old commented (on a farm tour), "that giant pig over there is like two museum pigs put together."

    Posted by Chris
  3. Aww! Rest in peace. Sending you good vibes from DC, keepers!

    Posted by Anonymous
  4. We'll miss her! What a sweet pig. You guys do such a great job taking care of all the animals at the museum, and it makes us feel better knowing what a great life she had! Your animal care staff is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by Julie
  5. My favorite memory of Pig was from just after Halloween a few years ago. He was eating a pumpkin. I've never seen any creature eat with so much pure, simple joy.

    Posted by Alice
  6. I will miss Pig. I loved opening his stall in the mornings and trying to find him under his blankets and his indigent squeal when you made him go out side so we could clean.Pig, you will be missed.Mike

    Posted by Anonymous

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