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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.

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 , 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 Yard: then and now

May 22nd, 2014

I’ve talked about changes with the pigs’ home a couple of times during the past month. (Here and here).

Here’s what the pigs’ home used to look like:

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In March, we tore down this old yard (an original from when the Farmyard was first built) and built a larger yard set back into the woods. Then in April and May, we worked on building a new barn for the pigs.

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And now that it is done:

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Come check the pigs out lounging or wandering in the mulch.

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  1. It’s LOVELY!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Nice digs!

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  3. Do you think we could have THREE little pigs?

    Posted by Wendy
  4. Director Comment :

    That’s a great question Wendy!

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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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 , 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 Barn Building this week.

April 22nd, 2014

the pigs’ yard was torn down and rebuilt- it’s now newer, larger, and set back in the woods. This week they are getting a new barn. The finished product will be in the same theme as the rest of the Farmyard. Initial photos and design are below. Check out the farmyard during construction.

The pigs will be back when the work is complete.

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  1. What an adorable pig barn!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Keeper Comment :

    Can’t wait for them to see their new house!!!

    Posted by Katy Harringer
  3. Can we have a pig housewarming party?

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  4. Director Comment :

    What did you have in mind Ro?

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  5. Bring them some snacks, maybe a few decorations like new hay or new enrichment items.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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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.

Farmyard Pumpkin Fest 2012

November 8th, 2012

Only a couple days after we were given that truckload of giant pumpkins, I answered a radio call from Sherry telling me to drive the gator very carefully so I wouldn’t spill the cargo (I didn’t spill any).

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The pumpkin chariot

With our Quarantine stall in the Farmyard already full of pumpkins, something needed to be done to whittle down the collection.

The result: Pumpkin Fest 2012

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Miss Piggy rarely climbs the fence, but pumpkins are a special occasion

ducky

Ducky likes to eat the seeds

There was even some pumpkin smashing!

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Jennifer (Exhibits Department) was in the Farmyard and volunteered to help smash some pumpkins.

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The little goats and Lightning chow down. They had orange noses the next day.

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Max and Chummix like to eat the guts of the pumpkins.

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Chummix seemed pleased.

alpacas

The alpacas haven’t gotten into the spirit just yet. Don’t worry, though, we have plenty more pumpkins.

 

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  1. Love these!

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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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.

New Keeper Uniforms for Watermelon Day

August 3rd, 2012

Watermelon Salad at the Sprout Cafe

 It’s WATERMELON DAY and we’re having great fun. Ranger Ro got some video of our pigs eating (or trying to eat) watermelon, same for our bears. I stopped at the Sprout Cafe to try to get some tasty watermelon treats.

Addie and her Dad said I could put up this picture of her. I was so impressed with her outfit for watermelon day I think I am going to make all the keepers wear it next year!
 

Addie's watermelon day outfit.

 
 

 

We’ll get more  photos and videos up soon, but in the meantime, follow the Museum on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I would wear it if Kent had to

    Posted by Jill
  2. I would love to see both Kent and Jill in that outfit!

    Posted by Kimberly
  3. I would be happy to contribute to the fund for getting these outfits for all of the keepers.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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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.

Watermelons for the farm yard bunch

July 29th, 2012

Here is a video of the animals in the farm yard enjoying some watermelon. Its rare that everyone can agree on one food and watermelon seems to be it.

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  1. Fun music! Lightning has such great table manners!

    Posted by Kimberly
  2. Keeper Comment :

    First time I saw this video I thought the sheep had been put in fast motion. But no, that was their real speed. Wow!

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson

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