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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 30, 2014

Relocation Aggravation: A 10 year old chocolate lab named Lucy has anxiety after moving to Bethesda, MD.

Pain in the Mouth: A Virginia woman is worried about her 7 year old cat, who has mouth ulcers and bad gums.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti

On Call with Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Officers

On Call with Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Officers

August 30, 2014

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.

Using Foxes As a “Rosetta Stone” For the History of Fido: Fifty years ago, scientists in Siberia attempted to domesticate wild foxes to find out more about how wolves changed over thousands of years to become dogs. What followed was a significant breakthrough in the study of canine behavior. As a result, the experiment continues today and Ashley Cleek of PRI’s The World went to Russia to report on its progress.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 30, 2014

Helping a Rescue Dog Recover: Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society speaks to a Maryland woman who wants advice on how to increase her canine’s chances for a speedy recovery from a series of injuries.

Fledgling Frogs: David Blackburn, curator of herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences offers suggestions to a Oklahoma woman who wants to know how to protect local tree and leopard frog tadpoles.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Protecting Wildlife One Mile At a Time

Protecting Wildlife One Mile At a Time

August 30, 2014

20 years ago a team of conservationists launched an ambitious conservation initiative, in an effort to connect and protect a wide variety of species living in a two thousand mile area stretching from Yellowstone National Park to the Canadian Yukon region. We speak to the leader of the massive undertaking, wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer.

Hearing Aids for Bats? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science has the story of a recent discovery which suggests bats have developed a novel approach to “social calling”

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti;

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 23, 2014

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

Following The Path Of A Lone Gone Species

August 23, 2014

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

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 23, 2014

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

Scientists Close In On Cause Of Sea Star Disaster

August 23, 2014

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

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 16, 2014

Reluctant Cat Referee: A Virginia woman is desperate for a solution to a series of mismatched altercations between two felines, one weighing in at 15 pounds. The other? Just 6 pounds.

Surgery As a Preventative Measure? The caretaker of Captain Bentley, a 9-month-old mini poodle in Virginia, has concerns about using a surgical procedure to address the possibility of canine cancer.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Shark in the Water” by V.V. Brown

Psychotherapy For Pets And Wildlife

Psychotherapy For Pets And Wildlife

August 16, 2014

Science historian Laurel Braitman describes herself as someone who “spends a lot of time thinking about humans thinking about other animals thinking about us.” Dr. Braitman’s extensive study of and personal experiences with pets and wildlife has revealed a singular perspective on the subject of animals and mental illness. And her new book, "Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves" is a best seller. Braitman tells us how to identify psychological disorders in non-human species and she suggests several therapeutic options.

The Animal House Dateline: We learn how a Turkish city uses a bottle recycling program to feed homeless dogs; how a stray cat transformed a homeless man living on the streets of London into a best-selling author; and the activism of a group of third graders paves the way for a new anti-puppy mill law in the state of Illinois.