A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Week in Review

Whew - this was a crazy week!  Lots going on for the humans and actually lots going on for the critters as well.

Winston had his annual vet visit which, although it was quite stressful, resulted in a healthy, vaccinated, short hooved and short tusked piglet.  I am so glad he is so healthy and that the appointment only happens once a year.  Thankfully he recovered from the anesthesia quickly and by Wednesday evening he was back to his normal self.  He did try to push his boundaries yesterday - its a pig thing to challenge for dominance and every so often Winston tests those waters.  It's easily correctable with a technique called Move the Pig (MTP).  Once he challenged by head swiping he was sent to his bed.  I forcibly march him down his hallway and put him in his bed.  He usually pouts in there for about 5 - 10 minutes and then comes out a piggy with an improved attitude.  Winston got  a goody box

Violet is a little rockstar - 92 for a glucose count.  That's a fantastic number for an insulinoma ferret. She continues to thrive as an active and happy little weasel.  Her weasel siblings are also doing just great!  Everyone is very active and engaged and I am quite pleased with how my little business of ferrets is doing.

The kitties are all three doing well.  They are enjoying the outdoor space - sunning themselves in the afternoons and watching the bugs and birds.  They quite the lazy lives and this past week has been no exception.

The dog pack - they are going strong.  It was interesting to watch the puppies while the vet was here for the pig.  Winston squealed loudly while he was having his exam.  The puppies did not like that and were aggressively trying to get to the source of whatever was making their 'brother' so unhappy. Even though they are still deathly afraid of the pig it was nice they wanted to protect him.  They have spent lots of time outside this week and have enjoyed some new treats and some new toys.

All in all this was a great week for the critters.

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