Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society calls on peafowl expert Murna McFarlen to help a woman decide if her adopted peacock should have a companion. Weitzman also attempts to solve the mystery behind a Lab-Basset Hound’s aggressive behavior toward prospective playmates.
Jackson Galaxy, also known as the "Cat Daddy," is a sought-after guru and world famous TV host. And he owes it all to his love and keen understanding of cats. Sam Litzinger joins the celebrated animal behaviorist to discuss Jackson’s new book, "Cat Daddy."
Dr. Gary Weitzman encounters a woman who found a baby bird that had apparently fallen out of its nest. Another woman wants to know the likelihood of finding a parrot that has been lost in her neighborhood. Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; “Overture: The Nutcracker Suite” by Peter Tchaikovsky/The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society speaks to a woman who wants to aid a colony of feral cats. Exotic reptile expert Dr. Scott Stahl helps Weitzman counsel a man seeking the best approach to feed his blue-tongued skink. Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy
It is the world’s largest single structure built by living organisms, but the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its size since 1985. This dismal assessment is part of a new study of the GBR that Washington Post environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin shares with Sam Litzinger. New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey has information about new research in which primate intelligence was enhanced via the use of a special brain implant. The procedure is being considered for application in human patients suffering from brain ailments. Also featured: BirdNote, our weekly exploration of living things with wings. Music: “Animal Dreams” by Bob James
A listener in California asks Dr. Gary Weitzman about the use of anesthesia when cleaning her cat’s teeth. A dog in Washington, D.C., has an aversion to dry food. And a rescue canine, also in the District of Columbia, has anxiety problems.
Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; "The Chicken" by Brian Bromberg
Like the character her father portrays in his Dirty Harry films, animal advocate Alison Eastwood is on a mission to serve and protect society from those who would harm others. But in this case, keepers of wild animals are in the crosshairs. Eastwood is the co-host of the new NatGeo Wild television program Animal Intervention, in which she and animal welfare expert Donald Schultz aid and confront people who house monkeys, bears and big cats in residential neighborhoods and potentially hazardous environments. Eastwood visited The Animal House to preview the program and to discuss why animal advocacy is so important to her. The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Loh features details of new technology that allows sheep to send text messages.