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One of the best parts of my job is my coworkers. Lunch breaks are never dull with this group. #TakeoverTuesday - Alexa Jansen, Keeper I, Birds

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Part of our husbandry routine with the tawny frogmouths involves taking regular pictures to monitor the heath of their feet. This species is a sit-and-wait predator, which means they may spend much of their time in one spot waiting for prey to walk by within hunting range. We change their perching regularly to help keep their feet healthy, but we also do a visual check to make sure their feet are in good shape. #TakeoverTuesday - Alexa Jansen, Keeper I, Birds
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Have you ever seen a kori bustard take a bath? Since koris don’t bathe in water, they produce a “cleaning” powder rather like talcum from specialized feathers, and take sand baths to stay clean. #TakeoverTuesday - Alexa Jansen, Keeper I, Birds

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One of our Fischer’s lovebirds likes to sleep in, so I occasionally get a surprise when I do nest checks. #TakeoverTuesday - Alexa Jansen, Keeper I, Birds
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The first thing on the agenda today for the Bird Department is a quick vet check of our male southern screamer. He’s doing really well, but all birds get annual check-ups with the doctor, and it was Lionel’s turn. He’s in great shape. (We cheated with this picture because the ones we took were not very good, so we had to use a picture from last summer – green leaves on the trees.) #TakeoverTuesday - Alexa Jansen, Keeper I, Birds
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Hi, ya’ll! My name is Alexa Jansen, Keeper I, Birds, and today’s my #TakeoverTuesday! I’m the primary for the Living Treehouse routine. That means I spend my week taking care of the birds in Living Treehouse, the kori bustards and the wreathed hornbills. Follow me to see what a day in the life of a primary keeper looks like!
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Shauna brings us today's cub update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

As Lun Lun and the cubs get more comfortable in the tepee dayroom, you will notice that they will be spending more and more time in there. While the cubs haven't quite found a good napping spot in that dayroom, they have found some fun new toys. The other morning, as Lun was eating, Ya Lun discovered a hanging braided firehose enrichment device. She wasn't quite sure of it. It was fun to attack but it would swing back at her. It seemed to be a surprise to her every time it swung back as she would flinch each time. It was quite cute to watch her try to process what was happening.
Shauna
Keeper II, Mammals
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Mondays can be rough and if that adorable photo of Mija wasn’t enough to make you smile, we’ve got a heartwarming blog post from February 23 you should read. We welcomed a baby African pancake tortoise into our Zoo Atlanta family when it hatched in its habitat. Guests were actually able to witness the entire process. Read more from Trent Niesen’s blog post at zooatlanta.org/keeper-stories-thursday-february-23 (photo: Trent Niesen) #OnlyZooATL
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We bet we can make your Monday with the beautiful bright eyes of baby Mijadala! (Photo by Michele Dave) #OnlyZooATL
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Just like bees?

Naked mole rats are eusocial and have a social system similar to bees, wasps, ants and termites. Colonies consist of 20 to 300 members and are ruled by a queen who breeds with three or four select males. The remaining workers in the colony are relegated to rearing infants and performing colony maintenance. Find out more at https://zooatlanta.org/animal/naked-mole-rat/ #OnlyZooATL

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