Endangered species are big business. The illegal global trade in protected animal products is likely well into the tens of billions of dollars. But fighting illegal poaching is a difficult job and resources dedicated to the effort are slim. In fact there is only one laboratory dedicated to wildlife crime forensics in the world. Murray Carpenter of PRI’s The World visited the facility.
Dinosaur Detectives The recent discovery of bones from what is being called the biggest dinosaur on the planet has drawn new attention to the ancient creatures. And although the study of bones via paleontology can prove the existence of ancient animals, only ichnology – the study of tracks and trace fossils – can reveal details about how they lived. Leading ichnologist Anthony J. Martin joins us to discuss his work and a new book Dinosaurs Without Bones
“Is There a ‘Chill Pill’ For My Cat?” 93 year woman in Arlington, VA adopted a rescue cat a year ago and shortly afterward the pet began to periodically bite her feet and has broken the skin a couple of times. The woman’s concerned son wants advice on how to address this sudden behavioral shift.
A woman with mobility issues in San Diego, CA wants to calm down her aggressive 14 month old cat.
Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
The use of prosthetics has a long history of human application but now caretakers of pets and wildlife are turning to prosthesis as an option for animals who suffer debilitating injuries or a severe lack of mobility. The new PBS/Nature documentary My Bionic Pet chronicles this growing trend. We speak with the film’s award-winning director, Kevin Bechar.
Feline’s Fable – We hear the story of a lost cat and its surprising and heartwarming effect on public radio journalists – WAMU’s Ally Schweitzer and NPR’s Guy Raz.