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The Animal House is a weekly discussion that explores the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation.
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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-08-23 17:28

Ravens as Social Butterflies? Bernd Heinrich, biologist and professor emeritus at the University of Vermont helps a San Diego man understand the sophisticated communal interactions of ravens. Helping South American Felines Fly North: A Maryland man wants to know if there would be any complications with bringing 2 cats from Brazil to the United States. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; "Being Green" by Kermit the Frog

Following The Path Of A Lone Gone Species

Sat, 2014-08-23 17:12

150 years ago the passenger pigeon was abundant in the U.S. but by 1914 its numbers had decreased to just one. Today, you can find that bird on display in a Washington D.C. museum. We learn more about the route to extinction for this famous specimen from WAMU 88-5 news reporter Lauren Ober. Figure 8: Author Rafe Sagarin talks about his new book, Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease. The Animal House Dateline: Politics play a role in feeding problems for animals at the Moscow Zoo; a snake on a runway causes problems at a California airport; a study leads to new regulations for commercial fishing. Radioactive Wolves: Filmmaker Klaus Feichtenberger takes us behind the scenes of his PBS documentary that chronicles the unlikely story of wolves and other wildlife that are thriving in the area surrounding Ukraine’s Chernobyl power plant, the site of a catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-08-23 17:02

Wide-Eyed Ride: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has advice for a San Diego man whose Lab has car anxiety. Spritz Fit: Two cats named Charlie and Elwood have taken to spraying all over a home in Arlington, VA, leaving their caretaker sinking and desperately seeking a solution. Weak In The Knees: A 3 year old dog, Salty, has luxating patella in both knees but doesn’t seem to experience much pain. Will she need surgery? . Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Scientists Close In On Cause Of Sea Star Disaster

Sat, 2014-08-23 16:46

It’s been called the largest mortality event related to marine diseases ever seen. But now scientists are close to solving the mystery behind the massive die off of starfish in the Pacific Ocean. Ashley Ahearn of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project tells us more. Wagging Tales From a Cross Country Canine Trek: New York Times writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis has stories from his new book, Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country which chronicles a four month, 13,000 miles journey across 32 states with a nine year old Labrador retriever. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti