Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday PM


Fresh photo on a cold day.

38 comments:

Deb said...

I let everyone now about the new thread.

MITS said...

THANKS, DEB AND STEVE.

Deb said...

Thanks for the new thread and the picture of Lib and Belle!

Floralgirl said...

Thanks, Steve and Deb- CAM appears to be stuck again....

MITS said...

MITS said...
October 28...NATIONAL ZOO PANDA UPDATE
The pandas are just beginning to strip the stalks of the bamboo during meal times. This is an indication that we are at the beginning of the seasonal increase in bamboo consumption. Also, during this time of the year the pandas graze on the grasses in their enclosures. Grasses, including bamboo, store carbohydrates in their stems or stalks when the weather turns cold. All three pandas are exhibiting these behaviors now.

Pandas are bears whose digestive systems have to process high-fiber bamboo. It is amazing that a bear would ever evolve to eat a diet that it is so ill equipped to consume. The panda's digestive system produces a lot of mucous, which may help to protect their intestinal lining. Interestingly, when our pandas consume less bamboo we frequently see more mucous stool production. On the days when they are going to produce mucous they become very lethargic and go off of their food. This period may sometimes last three or four days. Individual pandas respond differently and there is tremendous variation in the consistency and color of mucous stools. Some may be thick and look like vanilla or caramel pudding (sorry, pudding fans!) while others may be watery or foamy like your favorite soft drink.

We have been monitoring Tai Shan’s food consumption more closely because of his recent diagnosis of an inflammation in his esophagus. It is difficult to determine whether Tai has recently increased his food consumption due to his medications or the time of year, probably a bit of both. During this period of seasonal appetite loss, most adult pandas seem to maintain or lose a small amount of weight. However, there is always individual variation. Tai Shan has lost weight since July, giving him a longer and lankier appearance. Unfortunately, there is not a large data set on seasonal bamboo consumption and growth rate for young pandas. All Tai Shan’s medical evaluations indicate that he is healthy. In addition to his recent physical under anesthesia, positive reinforcement training allows us to examine him and collect blood for evaluation on a regular basis. As he gradually increases his food consumption we expect him to regain weight rapidly.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 6:05:00 PM

BROUGHT OVER FROM OTHER THREAD

MITS said...

beautiful pink sunset at BWO

T-Bird said...

thanks Deb for the heads up-thanks MITS for the Panda news

Hedgie said...

If cam is going to be stuck, it's nice to have it stuck on our favorites!!
Since Red didn't invite me to dinner, I guess I better go rustle up some other grub! Later, fowl friends!

T-Bird said...

thanks Steve for the pic

T-Bird said...

well gang I'll catch ya later-hope you all make a wonderful evening and remember what is important!! :)

Mema Jo said...

Yepper! Cam is stuck but like you said, Mits, it's stuck with OUR
eagles in OUR nest.

Hi Mattie! Did anyone take you to see HS Musical #3 yet?

Mema Jo said...

BBL

carolinabeachmom said...

wow!!!!! So nice to hear that our cam was working for over an hour. AND to turn on the nest to see our two beauties sitting there as pretty as ever. I am so glad that if the cam had to stick, at least it stuck with Liberty and belle still in the nest.

carolinabeachmom said...

Just checked infor a second after reading my emails and there are our lovely pair. Maybe if you are lucky, the cam will get unstuck tomorrow and you will be able to view Liberty and Belle again live. It would be sooooooo nice to be able to watch them set up housekeeping again.

carolinabeachmom said...

Had to grocery shop after work today, so didn't get home until late, so haven't had much time to get on tonight. I have to get my shower right now, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is coming on tonight at 8pm That just gives me 30 minutes to shower. That makes Halloween for me. BB if I can.

NatureNut said...

WOW, the cam is stopped at the right spot!!!
Evening to all---hope no one blew away today.
If pic is too yucky for you, I'll change it!Although I hate that particular critter, this one was colorful!

Gotta go eat....BBL

Mema Jo said...

Loretta - It's better then Brutis
the Nest Spidey....... lol

MITS said...

off to watch NCIS

Mema Jo said...

Off to watch the Mentalist

BBL

NatureNut said...

Watching some TV
If I'm not BBL, Pleasant Feather Dreams to all those hitting the hay! ;>)

Hedgie said...

Hey, Loretta, I'll just make myself not look at your avatar!!!

paula eagleholic said...

Thanks for the pic Steve!

So nice to see our royal couple!

paula eagleholic said...

Ha, I guess we can see them until the cam is unstuck!

At least it's on Lib and Belle...guess it will be easy to tell when the cam is unstuck!

paula eagleholic said...

Guess everyone else thinks the same thing!

paula eagleholic said...

TG Cloris finally got voted off...let the real competition begin...

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...

Just dropped in to check on ya'll. It is past my bedtime. Thanks Mits for the update on Tai and panda behavior. Hope all have a wonderful evening. Sleep tight, bed bugs and all that!!

MITS said...

your are welcome, Sissy

Mema Jo said...

Going to wrap it up for tonight.

Peace to you & yours
Pleasant dreams & peaceful sleep
Prayers for all our needs being said

((Hugs))

Hedgie said...

Me, too. Hug your hubbies/wives...cuddle under a warm blanket...stay cozy and don't blow away. See you all tomorrow.
Peace for all.

MITS said...

good night:)

Costume Lady said...

This has been a long, busy day. Customers are realizing they only have 3-4 days before Halloween and are buying now. (It's about time!)
Going to get some sleep and rest and hope that tomorrow is another good day.
I did sneak in for a few minutes this afternoon and got to see Lib and Belle before the cam went on the fritz again. They are so beautiful!

GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE
SLEEP TIGHT
PRAYERS FOR ALL

paula eagleholic said...

Night, all!

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...

Good morning everyone!! It is a very cold 29 degrees here in the big city of Bluefield. BBBRRRRR!!!! Baby Luney is all alone, would love to cuddle up to him this morning!

carolinabeachmom said...

GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNING to all Eagle Momsters and Dadsters out there. AND Sissy. Checking in from school to say a quick hi, and hope you all have a wonderful day today.

Checked our cam and it is still stuck. :(

SISSY I'm with you. I would love to cuddle up to Luney. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my cousin from Mass. who was down for the wedding had made a trip to Chine and got to hold baby pandas. She was in the area where the earthquake recently happened. This was years ago tho. She is one lucky duck.

carolinabeachmom said...

Well, have to scoot. All have a good day. NO SNOW I HOPE FOR YOU ALL. My sister sent me some pics of her snow in NY. :( Hopefully our nest will get up and working again soon. TTYL

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...

Good morning Candy!! Hope you have a great day!!

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...

We have an eagle at BWO this morning. Beautiful!!

Floralgirl said...

new thread!!

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