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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 6, 2014

Thinking Outside The Box: An 8-year-old tabby cat in Virginia has inexplicably started using the area outside of the litter box and its caretaker can’t figure out why. Dr. Weitzman has a few unusual but useful suggestions.

Dental Dos And Don’ts: In Washington, D.C., a 14-year old dog named Nina needs her teeth cleaned but the owner is terrified by the prospect of using anesthesia. Is there an alternative?

Feline Tailspin: A cat in Bethesda, Maryland seems to be frightened of its own tail and has had several, self-inflicted injuries that have required surgery as a result.

Music: “Purus River” & “Amazon River” by Uakti:

 Finding Water For A Winged Migration

Finding Water For A Winged Migration

September 6, 2014

California’s central valley is a critical stopping point on the western route for millions of migrating shorebirds. However, the worst drought in the state’s history is preventing the birds from having the water they need for a journey that lasts thousands of miles. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton has a story about a novel partnership between environmentalists and local farmers that could provide a solution to the problem.

The Stigma of Grieving For a Deceased Pet: For some people, the death of a companion animal is comparable to losing a beloved family member. But they are reluctant to express grief to others, fearing a lack of understanding. More than 25 years ago, social worker Kathy Reiter formed Virginia’s first support group to address the complex nature of pet bereavement. She has helped thousands of people since then. We speak with Kathy about her pioneering work.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Calango em Pedra Quente” by Uakti.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 6, 2014

Raccoon Etiquette Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society fields a request for more information about the proper handling of a visit to a Washington, D.C. home by a raccoon. Raymond Noll, director of Animal Control Field Services at the Washington Humane Society joins the conversation and offers advice.

Cat Cohabitation A San Diego, California woman wants to know the best way to expand her family of felines.

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

A Busker’s Best Friend

A Busker’s Best Friend

September 6, 2014

Before British musician James Bowen wrote A Street Cat Named Bob, the best-seller about his extraordinary relationship with a wandering feline, he was homeless, suffering from a long term heroin addiction and playing music for pennies on the streets of London. We speak to Bowen about his transformation from wayward busker to best-selling author and international celebrity.

Invasive Species Threatens An African Island: Madagascar became the fourth largest island in the world when it split from India some 88 million years ago. That event allowed plants and animals there to evolve in relative isolation. In fact, 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Now the African nation has a new, invasive species that is having a frightening effect on environmentalists and local residents. Bobby Bascomb of PRI’s The World has details.

Music:“Madeira River” & “Mountain” by Uakti

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, Maryland.

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

Twenty 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 2,000 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.

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