A walk and some late night play

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I wasn't doing anything. Go back to bed.
I wasn't doing anything
No I wasn't going to pounce on your head, honest.

Ready to pinch me
Ready to pinch me

Blissful slumber
Blissful slumber

I'm too sleepy, maybe tomarrow
I'm to sleepy, maybe tomarrow
Once I got her out she had fun.

Heading out
Heading out

Inspecting the trees
Inspecting the trees

no termites yet?
no termites yet?

I thought I smelled an ant
I thought I smelled an ant
I did see one and grabbed it for her.

In the rain forest
In the rainforest

Nothing in that log
Nothing in that log

Where the sidewalk ends
Where the sidewalk ends

Head in a hole
Head in a hole

Tree hugging
Tree hugging

Oh, what's in here?
Oh, what's in here?

Might be something here
Between two trees

Between two trees
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Checking out the tree limbs
Checking out the tree limbs

On the anteater highway
On the anteater highway

Checking out tree roots and running the trail


Tired and heading back
Tired and heading back

Heading back to the car

Are we there yetzzZZZZ
Are we there yetzzZZZZ
She had a fun walk but was very tired. She slept on her feet till the car moved.

I can't even hold my head up
I can't even hold my head up

Bird skull I found on the walk
Bird skull I found on the walk
I can soak it in peroxide then see about getting some coating for it, as practice.


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Pua's blood test and spam

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We do appreciate that some of you find our blog entertaining and popular enough to try and place spam on. However you are wasting your time placing spam comments on my blog as mom moderates comments so no one ever sees them but her and she is not interested Viagra etc. Though I will admit to being enticed by the recent blue cheese post but mom insists store bought blue cheese is just fine for me. So since mom wont buy this stuff you are completely wasting your time and hers. ~ Pua


Okay got Pua's blood values and if the conversions I figured out are right she is low on Retinol(vit A) but probably not enough to worry about to much.

This would indicate they do not convert carotenes in to retinol like most mammals, since there is a lot of carotenes in the plant parts of her diet and the only retinol she gets is her cheese treats. I guess if your wild diet normally has few if any carotenes no reason to have the ability to covert them.



Her values were 0.11PPM Retinol. There was no wild Tamandua values but lowest captive Tamandua values was 0.23 ppm. {Edit}

I've been informed that Xmol is likely a typo(due to faulty font conversions) for 0.8 µM which would equate to 0.23 ppm, which would only be twice Pua's level. Since I could find no definition of Xmol I think this is true.


If her retinol is half of what captive Tamanduas tested at in the study then
I'm happy with that because with the one's they tested they could have the
lower level in the blood and still have really high levels in the liver.
Maybe their liver stores more than other mammals since their diet is so low
in it but that backfires when they get more than normal.{edit}



It's much less of an issue to be less in retinol than it is to be to high since the liver stores the Retinol and we aren't sure how low wild Tamanduas retinol is. A splurge of cheese now and then would probably be enough to store in the liver and not show in the blood but give her enough as needed. Stuck at just guessing without wild numbers.

Her calcium is 88 PPM or 2.195 mmol/L compared to wild Tamandua 1.95 mmol/L
Phosphorus is 73 PPM or 2.396 mmol/L compared to wild 1.6 mmol/l

Formula used PPM(divided by)Molecular weight=mmol/L

So both are high which isn't as critical as the ratio or difference between the two, roughly 6/5 or .36 mmol/L difference. Hers roughly 7/8 so she needs lower Phos though lowering them over all might be good too. Giving her regular instead of lean meat will make it lower phos in the ratio, can use spinach like I used to, to also lower the Calcium since the thyme has more calcium and the spinach did give her enough K. She was on lean meat at the time of testing. I was giving thyme for more iron but mushrooms can be used for iron and her iron tested high, for a domestic animal but their wild diet is sky high in iron so without other numbers I'm considering that fine as she did so well once we upped the iron in her diet.

The panel did also include Iron so if I can find a norm for that I can compare.
Also included: Magnesium, Zinc, copper, sodium, potassium These will be good if we can find norms to compare too for wild as I know the minerals are not as high as wild in the diet mix.


Over all I'd say the verdict is pretty good. The diet as planned with regular ground meat and spinach(as originally figured is about right) since she was on lean meat and thyme at time of testing. The leaner diet and thyme replacing spinach mix threw things off, by these figures but not critically. Only thing was retinol being lower than the lowest captive Tamandua tested but we don't know wild levels and the blood could read low but be over dosed on retinol and have to much in the liver which makes it a lot harder to become deficient. So that's not to much of a worry more cheese treats would giver her more retinol or I could add some cottage cheese or eggs to the diet again. She doesn't like eggs but they would give retinol without giving calcium. But I'd say she needs hardly any more. Best guess is to figure half of lowest captive population at .4 instead of .8 such a small difference one egg a month might be enough so just letting her have more cheese treats is probably fine too. She hasn't been wanting much of the spray cheese for awhile. I don't think she likes the brand as well as Easy cheese.

From study paper
"Samples taken from nine wild T. tetradactyla in 1993 had a mean plasma calcium value of only 1.95 mmol/L
phos 1.6 mmol/l
Plasma vitamin A level in 14 samples from four captive Tamandua?as was 0.8 ? 0.18 |xmol/L. Serum vitamin A in two other animals from the Woodland Park Zoo showed even higher levels (2.2 and 3.3 |xmol/L)."


It's that time of the month when Pua chooses to be a less active and she's still getting up late


But here's a couple old photo of her playing with a cat toy


I got you

Pua Kitty

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Spring Time Walk

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Spring is here, flowers are blooming, butterflies all over, swarms of stink bugs mating on phone poles and mom found me ants under a rock.

So it was nice enough for Pua to hike her favorite trail.

Spring time hike

Heading down the trail
Heading down the trail

A good log for ants
A good log for ants
But she found none there yet.

No ants here either
No ants here either

Something is living in this burrow
Something is living in this burrow
She backed out quick and sniffed around then left.

Liken I think
Liken I think

Checking all the logs
Checking all ther logs

Mossy logs are the best
Mossy logs are the best

Digging in her tree
Digging in her tree

Time for a nap
Time for a nap

Tearing into a root
Tearing into a root

Tearing up an old tree root

There used to be a burrow here but when they did work on the trail it got filled in. She found a hallow root and clawed at it then went wild.

Grooming
Grooming
She got warm so I took her jacket off which lead to a lot of fur fluffing.

Crossing the new dirt bridge
Crossing the new dirt bridge
Used to replace the old wood one.

More grooming
More grooming

Time to go
Time to go

Bye forest
Bye forest

Riding home
Riding home

Jake in a bucket
Jake in a bucket
He put his toy in there then jumped in after it

Jake and Kat napping
Jake and Kat napping


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Late Valentine Presents

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We got Valentines gifts. just a bit late. Pua got hers later since she sleeps all day.

Oh a big box for us!

Oh a big box for us!

Which treats are mine?
Which treats are mine?

Hurry I need presents!
Hurry I need presents!

Pet bed and blanket
Pet bed and blanket

Quasi avoiding the flash
Quasi avoiding the flash

Jake on the blanket
Jake on the blanket

Q&H in the bed
Q&H in the bed

Treats are coming
Treats are coming

Sniffing the candle - Hyzzie
Sniffing the candle - Hyzzie

Sniffing the candle - Quasi
Sniffing the candle - Quasi

Is this all?
Is this all?

Does Grampa have treats?
Does Grampa have treats?

Pua's stuff
Pua's stuff
I sniffed the blue cheese it was still good. Bad blue cheese smells real funky.

Hyzzie and the flower toy
Hyzzie and the flower toy

Laundry day and Valentines gifts
Laundry day and Valentines gifts
Added the blanket to the laundry pile and made the boy happy.

Jake passed out
Jake passed out

Kat in the new bed
Kat in the new bed

More blue cheese sauce?
More blue cheese sauce?

Pua having ketchup
Pua having ketchup

Do I get the whole bottle now?
Do I get the whole bottle now?



Some morning grooming

Some morning grooming

Hyzzie relaxing
Hyzzie relaxing

Her squeaky dog toy
Her squeeky dog toy
Used as a kong with ketchup inside
Pua and hot dog toy



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