What’s Up Doc? –  Birds of Prey Wildlife Rehabilitation

What’s Up Doc? – Birds of Prey Wildlife Rehabilitation

The sky as well as birds of prey abound at Paris Landing State Park.   Dr. Jessica Claudio reports for duty after “flying solo” to a surprise #wildlife rescue at the East Tennessee Region Board of Christian Education #CYYAW17 event in Paris, Tennessee.   Absolutely breath-taking, a weekend in fellowship and communion at the Paris Landing State Park gives one a break from everyday life.  While preparing for a Sweetest Day Workshop to make Valentine’s for the nursing home, I met Park Ranger Lowry, whose many similarities to my own interests fit like a glove.  We exchanged information to meet up after my church service, which concluded the following morning. Not one to miss out on a good time, I met up with wildlife Park Ranger Lowry to offer my veterinary support and assistance with a patient of the furless variety.   A cooper’s hawk was rescued and brought to the Paris Landing State Park Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and was treated and helped by us shortly after the sermon. “This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it” comes to mind for that glorious Sunday, when we worked under the wildlife rehabilitation project coordinator in order to manage the now healing wound of a Cooper’s Hawk, together at Paris Landing State Park. Paris Landing State Park Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is currently under construction in an expansion project called, “The Birds of Prey Habitat”.   The Birds of Prey Habitat is being built under contributors to the Tennessee State Parks project, including but not limited to: Mr. Froddrill, Gina Lowry, Friends of Paris Landing...
Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor

Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor

Jade here, the director at Travel Animal Doctor, reporting on the Taiji Dolphins. Czermak Photography / Foter / CC BY This morning humom called me up on the bed and rubbed my belly. When she began to pull her hand away and reach for her computer I begged her, “Not yet!” I wiggled closer to her so that she had no choice but to keep scratching. I get really excited when she speaks to me, and began to wag my tail when she asked me if she had ever told me about the dolphins.You haven’t, not yet, but I would love to hear about them, I barked with a wag of my tail. The Story Humom spent some time at an aquarium where she helped ultrasound dolphins. She described each individual personality of her patients with a twinkle in her eyes. She recalled a young’n who was spritely and quite the trouble maker. The adolescent listened but only when his independence was won over by some yummy fish. There was an older female who had unbelievable patience and tolerance for the adolescent and the ultrasound procedure. They were an extraordinary spectacle to behold and their antics provided quite a show. Much like I offered my belly to my humom, the dolphins flipped over to present their own bellies for use of the ultrasound. They were well trained and made it relatively easy to perform the brief check ups. When enough was enough, the adolescent splashed at the doctors in an attempt to get them soaked as he swam away. Inquisitively I looked at humom, as if to ask her...
Orangutans Endangered due to Palm Oil

Orangutans Endangered due to Palm Oil

How, exactly, are the orangutans endangered due to palm oil? Jade here, barking for the orangutans. What do the words slavery, animal abuse, and murder have in common? These words, as well as deforestation and complete environmental destruction, are linked to an ongoing plight targeting orangutans and people of Indonesia and Malaysia due to the palm oil industry. My mom worked with orangutans at one of her veterinary externships. One time humom came home with an enchanting tale about caring for an estranged baby orangutan. The baby orangutan wore a diaper and hugged her tight as he peered up at her with his big deep brown eyes. As Humom told me this story I witnessed a far away look of dismay in her eyes. Schristia / Foter / CC BY-SA I waited patiently as I often do when Humom gets sad in the middle of a good story. After a minute, I detected those familiar crows feet and licked her face to welcome her smile’s return. Joy overcame humom as she remembered how the small orangutan grasped around her waist and took food straight from her spoon to his lips. I begged humom to tell me why she was upset. It was then that I learned the predicament orangutans are in. They are being kicked out of their homes in the wild so consumers can have cheap peanut butter, candy, cookies, cosmetics and conditioners. Poor are enslaved to work in the palm oil industry. Poachers slaughter adult orangutans for meat and illegal trade. _paVan_ / Foter / CC BY It is important to save the Asian rainforests from the devastation...
5 Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Farmer’s Market

5 Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Farmer’s Market

5 Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Farmer’s Market Promote healthy living for your family, exercise your dog, and support your local farmers by going to a pet-friendly farmer’s market. 1. Convenience Since my husband and I often go on hikes with our dog, Jade, on the weekends, it is convenient to stop by a pet-friendly farmer’s market on the way home. 2. Avoiding GMO's Consuming genetically modified organisms is not healthy. By buying locally and fresh, you may be able to avoid genetically engineered foods easier than you would in a grocery store. 3. Avoiding Excessive Sugar Intake You also do not have to worry as much about buying foods with excessive sugars. After watching the movie, Fed Up on Netflix, I was appalled that you will not find a percent daily value of sugar in your nutritional facts. It took some digging of my own to even find the daily requirements for sugar on the internet. The recommended daily sugar intake for women is 6 teaspoons according to the American Heart Association (AHA) which is 24 grams a day.  Many other sources reported that 20 grams of sugar a day is the AHA daily requirement of sugar for women. The AHA daily sugar intake recommendation for men is 9 teaspoons of sugar a day, or 36 grams a day.  In one can of Pepsi there are 25.6  grams of sugar. I found it shocking that even orange juice, apple juice, and Nesquick chocolate milk have more grams of sugar in one drink than is healthy for my heart for one day according to Sugar Delirium Blog. My next trip to the grocery store was pretty...
The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay

The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay

The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay The spawning of the horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay is an extraordinary spectacle to behold.   Horseshoe Crab Mating As the high tides sweep in, males cling to the back of the female onto the shoreline of Delaware Bay.  The female digs into the sand and releases eggs every few feet which are then fertilized by the male. After the mating is complete, the horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay return to the water, and the waves wash sand overtop of the eggs. There is a yearly spawning report that accepts volunteers to help count the numbers of horseshoe crabs that come ashore each year. Diminishing Horseshoe Crab Population The horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay are largely decreasing in population due to development and poor water quality, according to marine biologist, Dr. Clare McBane, from New Hampshire Fish and Game. The National Wildlife Federation further credits the population decline to habitat loss and human predation for use in conch and eel bait.   Since the horseshoe crab population is diminishing, so is the population of the Red Knots shore birds, who really on the crab eggs for food. These shore birds frequent the Delaware Bay area to feed on the horseshoe crab eggs every spring. Red Knots The rufa subspecies of Red Knots were listed as a threatened federal candidate species under the Endangered Species Act since 2006. This status means the bird is likely to become endangered, facing extinction, in the foreseeable future. The Red Knots fell from 100,000 to 25,000 along the Delaware Bay, as reported by SmithsonianMag in 2009. Fast...
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