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...
Belizean Escape to the Midas Resort- Travel Animal Doctor

Belizean Escape to the Midas Resort- Travel Animal Doctor

Look no further than the Midas Resort for your next Belizean escape. – Travel Animal Doctor Before this moment sipping a piña colada out of a coconut seemed more appropriately viewed in a Hollywood production than in your right hand. Feeling the breeze blow the bottom string of your bikini top ever so gently on the small of your back, you will reach back to make sure it is still secure. The waterfall will summon you, and in two seconds the rest of the world will disappear. Relax Swim through a pristine waterfall to a secluded heated pool that appears on the other side. The warm jet will caress your skin as you close your eyes and your body relaxes to the soothing sound of the rushing water. Off the beaten path, yet still close to the native culture, this convenient, accommodating and affordable resort is just the place to kick up your weathered heels. Location, Location, Location The Midas Resort in Belize is opportunely located 1.5 kilometers or a little less than 1 mile away from the Green Iguana Conservation Project, the #1 activity in San Ignacio, Belize on Trip Advisor. A 5-10 minute walk will bring you to the center of town where you can eat authentic Belizean cuisine and shop from an array of unique stores and street vendors. For as little as $36 a night, you can receive keys to your personal thatched roof bungalow with crisp air conditioning and ceiling fans that instantaneously dissipate the overwhelming rainforest heat. Bordering the stone walkway to your cabana are fragrant tropical flowers and palm trees. All-Inclusive Begin the morning...
Travel Animal Doctor: National Cherry Blossom Festival

Travel Animal Doctor: National Cherry Blossom Festival

This past weekend was the end of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.. – Travel Animal Doctor Breathtaking Views The majestic view of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, was intensified one thousand times over by the allure of the pink and white petals and aroma of sweet cherry blossoms in full bloom around the Tidal Basin. Prepare for Crowds Monday the petals started blowing off of the trees in a whirlwind blizzard of delicate colors and sprinkled the ground like a carpet of petals across the Tidal Basin walkway. As the sun set, crowds of people were photographing the spectacular scenery before them. It seemed like every family from the Washington D.C. surrounding areas had the same idea to catch a lasting glimpse of the natural beauty in the Capital. As the crowd shuffled along, it was hard to stop for fear that the people behind would be caught in a foot traffic jam. Glamorous Beauty Under the cherry blossom trees the petal carpet is so dense that all you see is white and pink. A reminder to all responsible pet owners in the area, that when seeing this beautiful petal carpet, do not forget about the potential toxic threat cherry trees are to your cats, dogs and horses. Even though we enjoyed the sights, smells, and beautiful weather we needed to keep a watchful eye on Jade because being the curious canine that she is, her sniffer was going a million miles a minute. On a normal hike or walk through the park this would not be a big deal.   Inedible to Pets But with the...
Travel Animal Doctor: Tuberculosis Transmission to Monkeys

Travel Animal Doctor: Tuberculosis Transmission to Monkeys

Tuberculosis transmission to monkeys is also extremely fatal. – Travel Animal Doctor It is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis is an ongoing epidemic has killed 1.5 million people a year.  Disease in Humans Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that spreads from person to person by air and most often affects the lungs. The disease is curable but entails intensive antibiotic therapy for 6 months. Vaccines are available for prevention. Tuberculosis causes cough, weight loss, fever and night sweats, and predisposed individuals are generally immunocompromised due to conditions such as diabetes, HIV or malnutrition. Since mild forms of the disease do exist, people may not realize the disease is present. If an individual does not realize the presence of tuberculosis this person can spread the disease to others without difficulty. Disease in Monkeys Did you know that Tuberculosis in humans can also affect monkeys and vice versa? Zoonoses are the spread of diseases from animal to humans. Tuberculosis can be spread from people to monkeys, and the saliva and nasal secretions of an infected monkey can cause tuberculosis in humans. Tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease between humans and monkeys. Tuberculosis transmission to monkeys can seriously devastate the monkey population, thus those TB tests are extremely important. It is vital to remember that safety protocols in place are there for a reason. Foter / GNU Free Documentation License Working with Monkeys I spent three months in Ecuador volunteering at a zoo where I had the opportunity to rehabilitate various species of monkeys. I also worked at multiple facilities with great apes. In between each institution I was required to take a TB test. The significance of this...
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