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Tiny Parasite Poses Big Threat To Southern Shrimp

Tiny Parasite Poses Big Threat To Southern Shrimp

January 4, 2014

It’s likely that Americans will be eating much less of the country’s most popular seafood in the coming year because of a disease that researchers say is responsible for a massive die-off of the species along the southern Atlantic coast. Mel Bell, director of the South Carolina Office of Fisheries Management, tells us what he knows about the situation.

A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home And… A few years ago, when journalist and Rhodes Scholar Sue Halpern discovered her Labradoodle had grown into a bored adolescent, she decided to find her canine companion a job – as a therapy dog. Sue tells the story of what happened next, which is also the subject of her book "A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life From an Unlikely Teacher."

Fin Flap: Why did animals with limbs become the first land dwellers, instead of animals with fins? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science attempts to solve an evolutionary mystery.

Music: “Song of the Shrimp” by Elvis Presley; “Mozart Sonata KV331 in A Major” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

January 4, 2014

Pet Relocation: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society and Maureen Sosa of The Washington Animal Rescue League help a family find a home for a dog they can no longer keep.

To Treat or Not to Treat: A San Diego woman seeks advice on the proper snack time regimen for her Pomeranian.

Bully For Two: A woman in Washington, D.C., wants a solution for the bullying behavior of two cats.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit

Animals Are The Unexpected Victims Of A Drug War

Animals Are The Unexpected Victims Of A Drug War

January 4, 2014

The epic battle between law enforcement and marijuana growers in Northern California has taken a devastating toll on the region’s wildlife. NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reporter Elyce Kirchner recently covered the story and she talks about the extent of the problem.

Jobs That Bite: Veteran TV actor Jeremy Brandt has a new gig working with animals in unusual situations as a part of a new program on Nat Geo Wild. Music: “Madeira River” & “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 28, 2013

“Why is My Cat Dragging Her Bottom Across the Floor?” A Georgia woman is trying to understand the unique routine her feline exhibits after using the litter box.

“What to Do When You Can’t Keep A Pet”: In Washington, D.C., a pitbull’s companion needs help finding a new home for the canine.

Music:“Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “The Squid” by Mezzoforte; Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.

An Alarming Reversal Of Fate

An Alarming Reversal Of Fate

December 28, 2013

Sharks are apex predators, known for their deadly pursuit of humans. Now, because of poaching, the species is widely hunted and those who once feared it have taken on the role of its protector. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how finding a solution to the big problem of shark finning is drawing support from some of the smallest members of our community.

Scientists Offer New Hope for an Endangered Species: Amy Quinton of Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif., tells the story of inventive efforts to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction. The sea snail is rapidly disappearing from its native habitat in the coastal waters of Northern California. We find out why and what is being done to address the decline.

Music:“Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 28, 2013

“My Dog is Converting the Living Room Into a Lavatory” Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a solution for a Maryland man whose 12-year-old canine has started doing its “business” indoors.

“Why is My Dog “Digging” the Carpet?” A Washington, D.C., dog’s fabric obsession is getting under the skin of its caretaker.

Healthy Living Despite a Serious Condition: A 2-year-old pitbull in Maryland has a heart murmur and its companion wants to make sure the dog stays healthy.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.

Surprising News For Laboratory Chimps

Surprising News For Laboratory Chimps

December 28, 2013

There is a strong possibility that chimpanzees confined to American laboratories for bio-medical research will be released and added to the U.S. Endangered Species List, thanks to a new proposal by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. Sam Litzinger discusses the implications with primate expert Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, an assistant professor of psychology at Marymount University in Virginia.

Ghost Nets: Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year. But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones, including an effort on the U.S.-Canada border in Puget Sound, near Seattle. Ashley Ahearn of the public media collective EarthFix reports.

Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; “Cavalo Marinho Bumba-meu-Boi” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 21, 2013

My Dog is Nipping at the Children: In Virginia, an adopted border collie is showing signs of aggressive behavior.

A Strange Obsession: A cat in Washington, D.C., has an unusual addiction to the bathtub.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Reverie of the Tapir” by William Orbit; Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

December 21, 2013

Christine Gutleben, senior director of faith outreach at The Humane Society of The United States, and Paul Flotron of Noah’s Ark Pet Ministries in St. Louis discuss the rising prominence of faith-based animal organizations.

Animal House producer Natalie Yuravlivker visits St. Luke's Episcopal in Bethesda, Md., one of thousands of churches around the world that take part in an annual ceremony known as the “Blessing of the Animals." The ceremony honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Music:"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Kenny G

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 21, 2013

The Reasons For a Dog’s Persistent Panting: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society speaks to woman who wants to know why her canine seems to be suffering from chronic shortness of breath.

"My Dog Can’t Control its Bladder...": A Virginia woman seeks a way to address her dog’s urinary dysfunction.

Couch-Scratch Fever: The caretaker of a furniture scratching feline in California is scratching his head, looking for solution to the problem.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker