12 Amazing Animal X-Rays from the Oregon Zoo

Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

As fascinating as it can be to walk through a zoo, the real intrigue often takes place behind the scenes. Zookeepers are responsible for looking after the health of thousands of creatures, an elaborate and demanding process that can result in everything from a bird called a Sarus crane getting cataract surgery to a rattlesnake getting a face implant to correct a deformity from an overgrown venom gland.

Much of this health care is preventative, involving annual check-ups and X-rays, which are typically performed on lightly anesthetized animals to help prevent complications from sedation. To that end, the Oregon Zoo in Portland recently conducted a round of digital radiology using equipment funded largely from a donation by the Banfield Pet Hospital in 2009, and decided to share the amazing results online.

"Digital radiology allows us to get X-ray results faster and fine-tune the images after taking them, so we’re able to minimize anesthesia and examination time for animals," the zoo wrote in a press release accompanying the images. "This decreased anesthesia time means lower risk and improved safety for our patients. Plus we can digitally archive images for later comparison, and share X-rays with consultants and veterinary staff at other zoos."

Keep scrolling for a look at the internal physiology of some familiar creatures.

1. BALL PYTHON

An X-ray image of a ball python courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

2. CAPE PORCUPINE

An X-ray image of a cape porcupine courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

3. BAT

An X-ray image of a bat courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

4. BEAVER TAIL

An X-ray image of a beaver tail courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

5. GOLDEN EAGLE

An X-ray image of a golden eagle courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

6. TIGER

An X-ray image of a tiger paw courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

7. TOCO TOUCAN

An X-ray image of a toco toucan courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

8. HEDGEHOG

An X-ray image of a hedgehog courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

9. FLAMINGO

An X-ray image of a flamingo courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

10. SCREECH OWL

An X-ray image of a screech owl courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

11. WESTERN POND TURTLE

An X-ray of western pond turtle courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

12. WOLF EEL

An X-ray image of a wolf eel courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

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All images are courtesy of the Oregon Zoo and used with permission.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
Brisbane/Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Reason Your Dog Follows You Everywhere

Crew, Unsplash
Crew, Unsplash

Depending on your mood, a dog that follows you everywhere can be annoying or adorable. The behavior is also confusing if you're not an expert on pet behavior. So what is it about the canine companions in our lives that makes them stick by our sides at all times?

Most experts agree on a few different reasons why some dogs are clingy around their owners. One is their pack mentality. Dogs may have been domesticated thousands of years ago, but they still consider themselves to be part of a group like their wild ancestors. When there are no other dogs around, their human family becomes their pack. According to Reader's Digest, this genetic instinct is also what motivates dogs to watch you closely and seek out your physical touch.

The second reason for the behavior has to do with the bond between you and your pet. As veterinarian Dr. Rachel Barrack told the American Kennel Club, puppies as old as 6 months can imprint on their human owners like they would their own mothers. Even older dogs will bond with the humans in their lives who show them care and affection. In these cases, a dog will shadow its owner because it sees them as an object of trust and security.

The last possible explanation for why your dog follows you has more to do with your treatment of them than their natural instincts. A popular training tactic is positive reinforcement—i.e. rewarding a dog with treats, pets, and praise when they perform positive behaviors. The point is to help your dog associate good behaviors with rewards, but after a while, they may start to associate your presence with rewards as well. That means if your dog is following you, they may be looking for treats or attention.

A clingy dog may be annoying, but it usually isn't a sign of a larger problem. If anything, it means your dog sees you in a positive light. So enjoy the extra companionship, and don't be afraid to close the door behind when you need some alone time.