Rough day yesterday… sad news to share

Friday’s pup check went great. The three pups gained a lot of weight and gave us little reason to be concerned. However, I said there was sad news. Our goal with this blog is to let you into the world of the Animal Department at the Museum and respectfully share whatever the news may be. Since F2062 had the pups in the den with the camera we’ve been able to get glimpses of movement, nursing, and activity. It was noticedRead more

Goodbye Max

  We’ve posted many times when animals die. Every time is hard. Some times are very hard. This is one of those times for so many people. Keepers arrived this morning to find Max dead. This was unexpected as all appeared fine Saturday. Dr. Cannedy has been here to check things out initially. After that, Max was taken for further testing to see if we can learn why he died. (An autopsy on an animal is called a necropsy). MaxRead more

Not the best of weekends

We knew the muskrat was old, and had some issue with his mouth that was going to be looked at today, but on Friday his mouth was looking bigger and so by Saturday morning we decided to sedate him and check things out. The growth on his face grew very quickly and was not removable. We were (are) suspicious of cancer, and as we were deciding whether or not we should wake him up from the procedure he started toRead more


There have been many instances where the keepers go through difficult times. Unfortunately, we experienced the loss of our education bearded dragon, Godzilla. Godzilla was with us for a long time. When he first came, I would tend to have him resting on me when I sat in the office where he chilled and just looked around. We noticed Godzilla not acting his usual self and his appetite declined. He was taken off program usage and allowed to get restRead more

In Memory of J. Pos

  I’m sorry to report that Jessica Opossum passed away last week   Jessica Opossum enjoying her enrichment Jessica was one of our Education Holding Room animals, she got to educate many school and birthday party children during her time here with us.  Earlier this year our other female opossum Cher also passed away, opossums have a very short life span often living no longer than 3 years.     Click here to see Jill and baby Jessica dancing     WeRead more