Which animal do you think weighs more?
Gus, the black bear
Lightning, the donkey
Post your guesses in the comment section!
Sunny, quiet mornings are always the best time, in my opinion, to call in the bears and go scoop poop in the bear yard. This past week, Volunteer Colet and Human Resources Lady, Maureen, put on their grubby sneakers and went in with me.
It only takes about an hour to finish scooping and scatter the day’s food around the exhibit. Sometimes, though, we find cool surprises!
Meanwhile, in the bear house:
Once we’re done scooping and let bears back onto exhibit, it’s always worth hanging around for a few minutes to see what the bears do. This time of year, it can be a bit harder to tell the bears apart if you’re not looking at them head-on. All of the bears have shed out their summer “highlights” and are packing on the pounds for the winter.
We had a lot of fun yesterday at Watermelon Day 2013!. Check out the local media for photos of the event. Can you name the two bears eating watermelons in the photos below? (I tried to make it harder this time).
The Keepers and Interns walked in to find the following on the dry erase board. Any ideas?
Some knew exactly what it was, while others (Jamie in particular) seemed a bit concerned. And, after I updated it, it looked like this:
I often draw on the boards and my skill at drawing is limited at best. See another drawing of mine.
#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).
We’ve been staffed sparsely for the past week so people could have some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope everyone had a wonderful few days with family, friends, pets, or alone. With not many keepers around, there’s been little time to sit and update you on life here. With that said, here are a few photos to share about some of the things that have been going on here:
I’ve been training Jessi to handle Phoebe, our education alligator.
Jennifer Armstrong (who helped smash up pumpkins during Pumpkin Fest 2012) checked out the trees over the fish stream and waterfall in Carolina Wildlife. We’re making a plan to clean them and add more.
I had a really bad splinter in my left thumb. I’m a lefty, and could not dig it out. Jennifer and Marilyn tried, but they were unsuccessful. After a few days, Annie was able to get it out for me – it was about 4 mm long and I was relieved to have it out.
I’ve been preparing for an emergency drill – this one will focus on a bear escape/recapture. Kristen found this bear and donated it to the training cause. Big Big Bear lives at my house. ( I have another bear named Big Bear and this bear is bigger than the other, hence the name Big Big Bear)
And finally, a little quiz for you. Below is the picture I took when we released our new male red wolf, 1414, into the wolf exhibit. How many of the people below can you name?
In the tradition of Sherry’s quiz about her trip with Aaron, I’m posting a quiz about our training program here at the museum. Answers to follow in a few days!
1. Which animal are we currently training to get voluntarily into a trailer, just in case they need to be transported to the vet?
2. Craisins are the favorite training treat for which animal?
c) black bears
3. Which animal recently made a break through in their crate training, going all the way into their crate for the first time?
d) Miss Piggy
4. Which animals are station training to stumps in their exhibit?
5. Which animals are not involved in the training program because of their involvement in a reintroduction program for an endangered species?
6. Who recently added mango to their list of favorite reinforcers?
a) Max Steer
b) Cassandra Lemur
c) Lightning Donkey
d) Yona Bear
7. How long ago did the museum start their behavior management program?
a) 6 months
b) 1 year
c) 3 years
d) 10 years
8. Which staff member is involved in a training program to increase their tolerance for random hugs?
You’ve been dying now for a few days to know what the heck the answers are to my AARON QUIZ. Okay- here you go.
On Tuesday Aaron and I spent 16 hours together driving to Atlanta and back. We were taking the male wolf to his airplane so he could flyout non-stop to his new home in Tacoma Washington. It was a long day for sure, but things went great. Aaron and I arrived back at the Museum tired but safe sometime around midnight. The wolf arrived safe and sound and was let out of his crate around 10 PM pst (1 AM Durham time).
You can imagine, or maybe not, what went on in the van all day long. Somethings are secrets to never be shared (you know, what happens in the van stays in the van). However, I’ll share some things, in QUIZ form of course. See how many correct answers you can get on the “Aaron quiz”. (answers will be posted in a few days).
#1 Which of the following liquids did Aaron not pack for the trip?
#2 How many cups of coffee did Aaron drink on the entire trip to Atlanta and back?
#3 Which were the snacks that Aaron packed (you have a 50/50 chance to get this one right)?
#4 Who called us at 6:45 PM (on Sherry’s cell phone. I know- not about Aaron but still an interesting question)?
#5 What songs did Aaron sing during the trip
# 6 If Aaron were to win $200,000,000 in the lottery, what new profession would he undertake?
# 7 When we stopped for lunch did Aaron
# 8 Approximately what portion of the trip did Aaron drive?
#9 What TV series is Aaron currently watching with his son(s)?
#10 What did Aaron do to keep busy for the hour or so we waited around Atlanta for the flight to take off?