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Aloha Vet- Trouble in Paradise

So what happens when a tortoise shell needs some help? Call Dr. Sims! Watch as he performs a bit of shell maintenance on some of the world’s biggest (but still precious) tortoises!

Tune in tomorrow for the full episode on NatGeo Wild.

“Trouble in Paradise” premiering Saturday, April 25, at 9 PM ET/PT
When emergencies arise, Dr. Scott Sims must address them when and where they happen-whether it’s on the side of the road or in the middle of the night. Scott hops in his plane to travel to Maui to check out a chicken with an eye infection and a goat with mastitis. But tension is high in Kauai when a horse named Kolohe is brought into the clinic with a life threatening case of colic.

Dr. Sims travels barefoot or by plane, whatever it takes to rescue an animals.
Dr. Sims travels barefoot or by plane, whatever it takes to rescue an animals.
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Great Horned Owls on camera!

The family of Great Horned Owls featured on OwlCam.co is just hours away from welcoming new chicks!

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There are 3 eggs, and high hopes that all will hatch. It all started a few years back when the current owner purchased a property that came with “resident owls.”

Residing in a tree fairly close to the house, it was easy to watch their activity and soon they became an interesting source of amusement. A few years later, it was discovered that the tree that housed the owls was dying and becoming unstable. Fearing if the tree and nesting spot were removed the owls would never be seen again, the new owners decided to save the tree and support it with a “monument” of concrete.

The owls’ home is now very secure and should provide many years of viewing pleasure. The interest in the owls has extended from family to friends and beyond. A couple years ago a camera was installed and now anyone who wants to enjoy the nesting habits of the Great Horned Owl can do so and share their experience, thoughts and questions with the community.

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Adorable baby gorilla photos!

Busch Gardens® Tampa has welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla. The female gorilla was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. and is being cared for by 27-year-old mother Mary.

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“The first month will be the critical period as the mother, Mary, and the infant begin to integrate into the current gorilla troop, so the Busch Gardens animal care team will be monitoring their progress closely,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of zoological operations for Busch Gardens.

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This is Busch Gardens’ third successful gorilla birth. Bolingo, the suspected sire, was the park’s first gorilla birth in 2005. The mother, Mary, came to Busch Gardens in February 2010 from Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas with daughter Pele, who just gave birth this past December to baby Enzi.

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This birth is part of Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. Busch Gardens’ participation helps create genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations to guarantee the long-term future of these animals.

check out the Busch Gardens YouTube channel now for a first look!

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Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company cares for one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

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First snow of 2014, a time lapse

I saw that we had snow in the forecast yesterday, so I set up our time lapse camera just for fun to capture it. If you look closely you will see a few birds too, small and large. The little birds are called juncos, and they love to come eat our walnuts. We also get a few woodpeckers, and pigeons. You will see both juncos and pigeons in the video.

Note, this video has no sound. What it is the weather like in your part of the world?

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Black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins for Halloween

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2014_BUSCH_GARDENS_RHINO_PUMPKINS_05Busch Gardens® Tampa’s black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. As part of his daily enrichment, the animal care team provided several pumpkins for Forest! Doesn’t it look like he is having the time of his life?!

See the video on the Busch Gardens YouTube channel.

Black rhinos are considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and are found in central and southern Africa. Black rhinos have a prehensile lip that is used much like a finger to select and pick the leaves and twigs they prefer.

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