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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.

Frog Eggs

June 18th, 2014

The alpacas found themselves with quite a number of visitors in their yard one evening last week. I was in the farmyard with Jill and Kent when they called over to me to come see the frog eggs in the alpaca pool.

The substitute “vernal pool”

The neighbors

I rescued as many eggs as I could and moved them to a 5 gallon bucket. I say rescued only because we drain and scrub the pool daily and these eggs were soon to be “thrown out with the bathwater.” Generally, wild animals are very rarely in any need of actual rescuing and human intervention often causes more problems for the animals than it remedies.

Look closely. See all those tiny black dots clumped together? Those are the eggs!

After our newly laid egg masses were removed from the pool and settled into their new home, Jill called Ranger Greg to help us answer my “what now?” question. He assured us that there’s nothing more we can do for the eggs but wait and once they hatch, they should be just fine eating the algae in the water for at least a little while. One source I looked at said the eggs will hatch into teeny, tiny tadpoles in anywhere from 4 to 14 days.

So now we wait. I am terrible at waiting -really, I’ve checked on the bucket at least a dozen times today, just to make sure they’re okay-.

In the meantime, do you have any ideas as to what kind of frogs these will grow up to be?


Quick Edit:

In the time it took to write the first blog post, our little eggs have hatched! In 3 days, many of the eggs became tiny tadpoles, each a maximum of 1/4 inch long.

There are four tadpoles in this photo, can you spot them all?



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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.
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Alpaca Pool

July 26th, 2013

Recently, we added a pool to our alpacas yard. We had a good feeling that they would use it because we kept finding a lot of dirt in their water buckets and evidence of water being splashed around. It took a while to be able to capture it on film, but we finally did.


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  1. Too cute!! Do the Alpaca’s also like watermelon and will they get some watermelon treats during the upcoming Museum’s Water Melon Day August 2nd?

    Posted by dj
  2. It has been my experience that the alpaca are not too keen on watermelon like our sheep were.
    They more or less are starting to get picky and want Lightnings special treats only.
    They used to be easy because they liked a variety of things.

    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.


July 5th, 2011

Keepers clean the filter basket for the bear pool out daily. Mostly what comes out of the basket is leaves, bear fur, random slim, algae, and depending on the season bunches of frogs. Look what they found recently:

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  1. Cool!
    Whenever we get heavy rains the crayfish in the Wetlands get up and wander, apparently looking for new waters to colonize. Looks like several ended up in your filter.
    They’re the lucky ones, although one of them looks to be in the clutches of another. I’ve found partially eaten crawdads at several locations along the path through Explore the Wild!!

    Posted by Ranger Greg
  2. Wow! Very awesome.

    Posted by Erin Brown
  3. Sometimes we will have parts of them found INSIDE the bear house. They did not escape the clutches of our bears.

    Posted by Jill
  4. Give them to Christopher! A nice treat for him.

    Posted by Natalie

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