The recent California drought is the worst the state has experienced in nearly a century. And experts are saying the dry spell could last for at least another year. Reporter Susan Murphy of KPBS in San Diego tells the story of the dry spell’s toll on dozens of the city’s avian species and what scientists are doing to reverse the trend.
Pet Fostering Get “Thumbs Up” From Uncle Sam: Thanks to a successful legal challenge, people who volunteer to foster pets for animal rescue organizations can receive tax deductions for their efforts. Jonathan Lovvern, chief counsel of The Humane Society of the United States sorts out the specifics for us. Music: “Madeira River” and “Cartiano Marra” by Uakti
One of television’s most popular animal shows is at the center of a of controversy stemming from an investigation that has produced some very serious accusations. We get details from James West, the Mother Jones News producer who first shed light on claims of abuse and neglect by the Animal Planet network and producers of the program Call of the Wildman.
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”
Pros and Cons: A young lady in Bethesda, MD is thinking of adopting a tea cup pig (pictured) and wants to know if it’s a good or bad idea.
Ring Tone Risk Assessment: A Washington DC family has a cat that turns aggressive upon hearing the sound of mobile phone ring tones, and there is concern that their newborn baby could be harmed by the pet's actions.
Preparing For a New Arrival: Dr. Weitzman is joined by Laurie Hess of Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY; they offer suggestions to a woman who thinks her parakeet is showing signs of pregnancy.
Music “Purus River” by Uakti; "The Coral Song" by A.J. Jenkins.