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This little gorilla is so stinking cute! I love it! Happy weekend everyone 🙂





Cruel World: Up to 5,000 healthy zoo animals – including hundreds of larger ones such as giraffes, lions and bears – are killed by zoos in Europe every year

Such a sad thing that healthy animals should be killed.

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The revelation comes in the wake of the international furore over the killing of Marius, a healthy 18-month-old giraffe, by Copenhagen Zoo. It has since been established that five of the animals have been put down by zoos in Denmark since 2012.

Across Europe, 22 healthy zebras, four hippos and two Arabian Oryx were also put down. The Oryx were killed at Edinburgh and London zoos in 2000 and 2001.

Several German zookeepers were prosecuted in 2010 for killing three tiger cubs at Magdeburg Zoo. However, some zoos, such as Twycross in Warwickshire, have a policy of not putting down healthy animals.

Dr Lesley Dickie, executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Eaza), told BBC Radio 4’s The Report that between 3,000 and 5,000 healthy animals are put down every year across Europe. “That’s our estimate for all animals management euthanised in the zoo, be it tadpoles…

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A Beary Lucky Grizzly Bear

Image Source: Colorado State University

Image Source: Colorado State University

Just over a month ago, Marley, a 300 pound grizzly bear was rescued from a sketchy roadside attraction in Georgia where she, along with about 17 other bears, were kept in cement pits where people could pay to feed them. The 7-year old bear and her companions were rescued and moved to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO where they could have plenty of space to roam and live as naturally as possible. Shortly after arriving at the sanctuary, keepers noticed she wasn’t putting weight on her front legs. She was sedated and brought to Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital where x-rays were taken of both front legs. That’s when a grizzly discovery was made.

Marley had fractures in not one, but both of her front legs. To make matters worse, the fractures were over a month old and one of the fractures was infected. It was decided that she would undergo surgery to repair the limbs and to take care of the infection. Marley’s surgery went well and her recovery, though ongoing, went smoothly. She is expected to live another 20 years so long as no other medical conditions crop up.

Though Marley’s life began in a sad and oppressed place, the humans who have stepped in to rescue her, repair her, and care for her have ensured that her life will be long and happy. The video below was posted by Colorado State University and features some of the commentary of the doctors who worked on her.

Things are starting to pick up at The Marine Mammal Center!

I’ve now volunteered at TMMC about a month and things are finally starting to happen. This week, there were several new animals including two ellies (elephant seals) and two Guadalupe fur seals. That brings the total to about 15 I think, the rest being California sea lions. That’s not including the harbor seals that I don’t work with. I think they have three now.

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Northern Elephant Seal Pups
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Today, for the first time, I was able to watch the more experienced volunteers tube feed one of the elephant seals. Very young ellies don’t know how to eat fish really so it takes a while for them to grasp the concept. One of the ellies was able to eat on her own but the other was not. I think there is one boy and one girl. Anyway, the ones that don’t eat get tube fed ESF, or elephant seal formula. I learned how to make that today. It’s basically a blend of salmon oil, ground fish, milk matrix, and water. Then, once they are tube fed, they go through fish school which basically involves waving fish in their face and trying to convince them that they want to eat it. I didn’t get to do that yet today. I’ve been told it can sometimes take a long time for them to learn and they’ll be tube fed for weeks or months.

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Guadalupe Fur Seal Pup and Mom
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The Guadalupe fur seals are both adult females. Fur seals (there are Northern and Guadalupe that we get at the center) tend to be more aggressive and feisty, especially adults. Apparently, these two were pretty lethargic and dehydrated when they came in but now they have more pep in their step. They had been tube feeding them because they wouldn’t eat fish but that got too challenging for the volunteers so today the vet staff was going to try. They decided to discontinue that. Both seals were getting to stressed and strongly resisting. The goal is to get the animals strong and well, and if they are strong enough to resist the tube feeding that much, it’s obviously not medically sound to continue stressing them out. They still won’t eat fish but maybe that’s because they’re feeling better and don’t want to be locked up and eating dead fish. They just got some injections and subcutaneous fluids and that was that. We left them alone.

At noon, there was a powerpoint/phone seminar thing with someone from NOAA explaining the process of how non-releasable animals are placed in permanent homes like zoos, aquariums, and the navy. That was informative and interesting.

I’m excited to see what next week brings! By the time the pupping season is well underway, I’m sure my days will be getting longer and longer and more exhausting. But those seals and sea lions are just so darn cute that it’s worth it.

First Recovery of An Endangered Fish

Earlier this month, for the first time in the history of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, a fish has been proposed recovered. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri) is no longer meeting the requirements to be considered endangered or threatened under the act. The proposal states that threats to the species have been “eliminated or reduced and populations are stable”.

The Oregon chub was first listed as endangered in 1993. In 2010, the species had progressed enough to be reclassified as threatened. Introduction of the fish into areas of it’s historical range played a major role in it’s reclassification, in addition to researchers finding more and more unknown populations.

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Talk about a tricky rescue!

A female grey nurse shark (Carcharias tauruswas found off the coast of Sydney, Australia with an elastic cord around its head. A veterinarian and team from the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Aquarium was brought out by boat and divers began the tricky task of capturing the shark and bringing it to the surface. Once the shark was trapped in a “sleeve” and brought to the surface, the elastic was removed and the wound was inspected. An antibiotic injection was then administered, and the shark was sent on her way. Without intervention, this shark would likely have died. 

Grey nurse sharks are classified as a threatened species in Australia with only about 1,500 left off it’s coast. Both males and females max out at a length of about 12 feet and they only reproduce every couple of years.