Saturday, November 15, 2014

Leave It To Beavers

Leave It To Beavers

November 15, 2014

They are the master builders of the animal kingdom and their handy work has great importance to life on earth for many other species, including humans. A new PBS documentary examines the remarkable lives of beavers and their surprising contributions to our geology and ecology. We asked the film’s award winning director, Jari Osborne, to give us a preview.

The miraculous work of beavers isn’t just a North American phenomenon. In the 16th century, the animals were remaking the English countryside. But then they gradually disappeared, hunted into extinction. Now, 500 years later, the beaver has suddenly and mysteriously returned to the United Kingdom. Reporter Christopher Worth from PRI’s The World tells us more.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

November 15, 2014

Grassy Toll: In Charlotte, North Carolina, an 11-year-old chocolate lab appears to have severe allergies to grass, which causes him to chew at his paws because of the irritation. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

Treating a Tabby’s Teeth: A cat named Abby has been diagnosed with feline tooth resorption. What can be done to slow the progression or prevent it?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti.

Hope For The Lost And Abandoned Dogs Of Puerto Rico

Hope For The Lost And Abandoned Dogs Of Puerto Rico

November 15, 2014

There are tens of thousands of "satos" or stray dogs roaming the tiny U.S. commonwealth. We examine the causes and effects of this troublesome predicament. We also follow the tireless efforts of volunteers who rescue and prepare animals for eventual adoption in the United States.

Animal Control On Call: Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, officers of the Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Field Services Division handle the mostly unpredictable and often dangerous responsibility of rescuing injured, threatened or abandoned animals in the nation’s capital. As the only rescue organization charted by the U.S. Congress, it has a unique place among animal welfare agencies by coming to the aid of both pets and wildlife since 1870. To learn more about the work of these dedicated individuals, we sent WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau to ride along with them.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

November 15, 2014

Dog Ear Dilemma: In Washington, D.C., the owner of a 13-week-old pit bull wants to know if the puppy is too old to have his ears cropped.

Sound Affect: A schnoodle named Midnight has a severe fear of the sound of her caretaker's burps.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Wild Horses” by Tim Reis

Production Assistance:: Natalie Yuravlivker, Meghan Modafferi, Alex Drewenskus, Tim Olmstead, Nick Warren

The Animal House is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.