animals http://wnpr.org en Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison http://wnpr.org/post/death-popular-hawk-highlights-concerns-over-rat-poison The death of a beloved red-tailed hawk in Cambridge, Mass., has drawn attention to the issue of how rat poison is affecting wildlife.<p>Veterinarians say the hawk likely died from eating a rodent that consumed rat poison. Local birdwatchers had followed the exploits of the hawk and her mate, which they named Ruby and Buzz, for years.<p>The state of California recently announced a ban on the retail sale of certain rat poisons, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), because of the hazards they pose to pets, children and wildlife. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:01 +0000 editor 20250 at http://wnpr.org Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life http://wnpr.org/post/can-it-be-parrots-name-their-children-and-those-names-ours-stick-life <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed9A4HPdXgQ</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:47:30 +0000 Robert Krulwich 20181 at http://wnpr.org Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners http://wnpr.org/post/lot-riding-bill-limit-liability-connecticut-horse-owners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are all horses naturally vicious? The State Supreme Court didn't answer that question in its recent ruling about a horse named </span>Scuppy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who bit a toddler in 2006.</span></p><p>However, a majority of justices agreed that all horses are inclined to bite. This presumption has upset horse owners and equine business owners in Connecticut, who say a lot is now riding on legislation that would reduce their liability to personal injury lawsuits.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:27:16 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19750 at http://wnpr.org A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? http://wnpr.org/post/so-you-think-its-wolfdog-what-can-dna-tests-tell-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has ordered genetic testing for seven hybrid </span>“wolfdogs”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found in the state. But if all dogs come from wolves, can a DNA test actually tell us how much “wolf” and how much “dog” is in a hybrid?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:01:46 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19575 at http://wnpr.org So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? Sea Turtle's Amazing Journey By Sea And By Air http://wnpr.org/post/sea-turtles-amazing-journey-sea-and-air <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHtd1E8iPoc">[Youtube]</a><p>All of the species of sea turtles that inhabit the oceans are threatened or endangered.<p>Pollution, poachers, predators and fishing gear can all be dangers. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:32 +0000 editor 19378 at http://wnpr.org Sea Turtle's Amazing Journey By Sea And By Air Five Alaskan Students Visit Mystic Aquarium to Study Beluga Whales http://wnpr.org/post/five-alaskan-students-visit-mystic-aquarium-study-beluga-whales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Native American students from Alaska visited Mystic Aquarium this week as </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">part an academic exchange program studying beluga whales. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The five high schoolers are from Point Lay, an </span>Inupiat&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Native American village of about 250 people on Alaska's northern coast. They're on the second leg of a two-part academic exchange program.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:33:52 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19204 at http://wnpr.org Five Alaskan Students Visit Mystic Aquarium to Study Beluga Whales Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested http://wnpr.org/post/mysterious-wolfdogs-roaming-southeastern-connecticut-will-be-genetically-tested <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials said DNA tests will be conducted on seven animals to determine if they are hybrid "</span>wolfdogs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">." The animals, which are illegal to own in Connecticut, have allegedly threatened several people in the southeastern part of the state.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19104 at http://wnpr.org Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct http://wnpr.org/post/how-your-love-burgers-may-be-helping-drive-wildlife-extinct Many animal lovers have made peace with their decision to eat meat.<p>But the Center for Biological Diversity has a new <a href="http://www.takeextinctionoffyourplate.com/">campaign</a> that hopes to convince them that a hamburger habit does wildlife a disservice.<p>"We need to see a drastic reduction in meat consumption to protect land, water and wildlife," <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/staff/index.html">Stephanie Feldstein</a>, population and sustainability director for the Center for Biological Diversity, tells The Salt.<p>The conservation group says that some population Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 editor 18817 at http://wnpr.org How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct On The Road: Mystic Aquarium http://wnpr.org/post/road-mystic-aquarium <p><em>This show originally aired May 24, 2011. We're reposting it here, along with Chion&nbsp;Wolf's photos, because of the <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/mystic-aquarium-beluga-whale-dies-33">death last week</a> of the 33-year-old beluga whale Naku.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re On the Road again! Today we take you to </span><a href="http://www.mysticaquarium.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Mystic Aquarium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in </span>Stonington<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Connecticut. We’ll explore the fascinating lives of whales, penguins, sharks, seals, sea lions—all the wonders of the undersea world. We’ll talk to scientists, trainers, educators, and explorers—and a few marine mammals will talk to us (and you)! And don't miss </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/people/chion-wolf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Chion Wolf</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s amazing photographs of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wnprimages/sets/72157626795784632/with/5754613751/">our day at the Aquarium</a>!</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack, Jonathan McNicol & Chion Wolf 4831 at http://wnpr.org On The Road: Mystic Aquarium Tips on Animal Care http://wnpr.org/post/tips-animal-care-2 <p></p><p>Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet <a href="http://www.northwindhamanimalhospital.com/locations/connecticut/north-windham-north-windham-animal-hospital/veterinarians">Dr. Todd Friedland</a>. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 18150 at http://wnpr.org Tips on Animal Care Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? http://wnpr.org/post/could-tarantula-venom-cure-your-aches-and-pains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spider venom could be the next big thing to cure pain, according to research reported in the March issue of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current Biology&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Yale University.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of different components in venom. And here’s a cheery thought: not every part is out to kill you.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:43:55 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17924 at http://wnpr.org Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? A Conversation With Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder of PETA http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-ingrid-newkirk-co-founder-peta <p>The debate over animal rights is as old as Voltaire, as old as Aristotle. But as you'll hear today, it turned some kind of modern corner in 1975 with the publication of "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Liberation-Peter-Singer/dp/0060011572" target="_blank">Animal Liberation: Towards an End to Man's Inhumanity to Animals</a>" by the Australian philosopher, Peter Singer. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:52:07 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 17218 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation With Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder of PETA Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around http://wnpr.org/post/water-skiing-snow-skijorers-arent-just-horsing-around Terri Moitozo, 52, kicks her boots into her downhill skis in Rochester, N.H. Odd thing is, she's 30 miles from any mountain.<p>"Combining two things I love, skiing and horses," she says. "I'm excited!<p>Moitozo doesn't need gravity to fly across the snow — that's what her horse, Friday, is for. That, and her buddy Nick Barishian, who's riding Friday.<p>"He's my horse husband," she says, pointing to Barishian. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:26:00 +0000 Emily Corwin 17063 at http://wnpr.org Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats http://wnpr.org/post/what-we-might-learn-snoring-weather-cats Sometimes it feels like all the fancy meteorological machinery and prognostication equipment is actually working. And that the weather folks may finally be able to predict — albeit with constant updates and countless hedge words — what the weather is going to be.<p>At least for the next day or so.<p>But is that good enough?<p>H.H.C. Dunwoody didn't think so. Dunwoody was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Service, predecessor to today's <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/pa/history/timeline.php" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a>. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 17042 at http://wnpr.org What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats Copenhagen Zoo's Scientific Director Defends Killing Giraffe http://wnpr.org/post/copenhagen-zoos-scientific-director-defends-killing-giraffe The Copenhagen Zoo has faced worldwide criticism over its decision to euthanize a healthy two-year-old giraffe known as Marius.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/09/274197918/copenhagen-zoo-euthanizes-giraffe-despite-online-protest">As Scott reported,</a> zoo veterinarians performed a public autopsy on Sunday and parts of the giraffe were fed to the lions. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:05:00 +0000 editor 16772 at http://wnpr.org Copenhagen Zoo's Scientific Director Defends Killing Giraffe Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes Giraffe Despite Online Protest http://wnpr.org/post/copenhagen-zoo-euthanizes-giraffe-despite-online-protest Marius, a healthy 2-year-old male giraffe living at the Copenhagen Zoo, has been euthanized; his body was cut up and fed to lions.<p>If that news disturbs you, you're not alone: According to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-to-stop-inbreeding/2014/02/09/406bcc94-9177-11e3-97d3-f7da321f6f33_story.html">The Associated Press,</a> "Marius' plight triggered a wave of online protests and renewed debate about the conditions of zoo animals." The news agency says he was killed Sunday morning, despite an online petition with more than 20,000 signatures.< Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:06:18 +0000 Scott Neuman 16755 at http://wnpr.org Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes Giraffe Despite Online Protest Four-Legged Athletes Compete With Olympic-Sized Heart http://wnpr.org/post/four-legged-athletes-compete-olympic-sized-heart In Sochi this week, athletes are competing in a display of human grace and skill. Many will win. Many more will lose, and many tears will be shed.<p>In New York on Saturday night, athletes of a different breed competed in a display of canine finesse and dexterity. Many won. If any lost, none knew it. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 16735 at http://wnpr.org Four-Legged Athletes Compete With Olympic-Sized Heart The Right Way To Hug A Lion http://wnpr.org/post/right-way-hug-lion There are different ways to think about animals. One way is to imagine them totally separate, not attaching to us, ever. "They are not brethren," <a href="http://www.henrybeston.com/quotes.html">wrote</a> the great naturalist <a href="http://www.henrybeston.com/">Henry Beston</a>, "they are not underlings. They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time." Animals and people, Beston thought, live in their own worlds while sharing the same streets, meadows, skies, homes. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:00:17 +0000 Robert Krulwich 16617 at http://wnpr.org The Right Way To Hug A Lion Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive http://wnpr.org/post/sochis-stray-dogs-melt-hearts-and-put-officials-defensive It's after dark in Sochi, and a pack of stray dogs is hogging the sidewalk like they own the place. There are a dachshund mix, several random mutts and one dog that looks like it may be part chow. They're cute and look like pets; seemingly well-fed and with decent pedigrees.<p>That is, until a fight breaks out. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 16605 at http://wnpr.org Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing http://wnpr.org/post/woolly-mammoths-taste-flowers-may-have-been-their-undoing They were some of the largest, hairiest animals ever to walk the Earth, but <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v506/n7486/full/nature12921.html">new research</a> shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers.<p>The work is based on DNA analysis of frozen arctic soil and mammoth poop. It suggests that these early vegans depended on the flowers as a vital source of protein. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 editor 16543 at http://wnpr.org Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-pet-shops-issues-final-recommendations <p>A task force created to examine the sale of cats and dogs in Connecticut pet stores has issued its recommendations to curb the sale of animals that come from puppy mills.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:33 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16298 at http://wnpr.org Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations The Best Pet Care Tips http://wnpr.org/post/best-pet-care-tips <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>From Faith Middleton:&nbsp;</em>Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet </span><a href="http://www.northwindhamanimalhospital.com/locations/connecticut/north-windham-north-windham-animal-hospital/veterinarians/todd-friedland-dvm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Todd Friedland</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:14:59 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 16027 at http://wnpr.org The Best Pet Care Tips Paying Homage to Pigs! http://wnpr.org/post/paying-homage-pigs <p>Behold! The unique dilemma of the pig: There is nothing that smart that tastes that good. Is it true they're as smart as dogs? Why do some religions require people abstain from eating pork? What's it like raising pigs, and what parts of the pig are overlooked when it comes to eating them? Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:01:17 +0000 Chion Wolf 14215 at http://wnpr.org Paying Homage to Pigs! Monday Scramble: Peter O'Toole, Jameis Wilson, and Joan Fontaine http://wnpr.org/post/monday-scramble-peter-otoole-jameis-wilson-and-joan-fontaine <p></p><p>This is the Monday Scramble, the show we assemble on very short notice to challenge ourselves and keep things fresh.</p><p>Two film icons died over the weekend, Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine. Attention gravitated to O'Toole because of his larger than life roles and his larger than life off-screen behavior. We'll be talking about O'Toole with one of his co-stars and with a director but we didn't want to ignore Fontaine, famous for her Oscar-winning role and for her decades-long feud with her sister, Olivia DeHaviland.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:38:45 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 14020 at http://wnpr.org Monday Scramble: Peter O'Toole, Jameis Wilson, and Joan Fontaine How Does Your Animal Companion Show You Love? http://wnpr.org/post/how-does-your-animal-companion-show-you-love <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How does your animal companion let you know that you're loved?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Has your dog or cat recognized your sadness? Has your animal ever tried to help you, even save you?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:09:59 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 13637 at http://wnpr.org How Does Your Animal Companion Show You Love? Robot And Chimpanzee: It's Evolution At Work http://wnpr.org/post/robot-and-chimpanzee-its-evolution-work <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GkI374ZkM4</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:32:05 +0000 Barbara J. King 13481 at http://wnpr.org Robot And Chimpanzee: It's Evolution At Work The Last Wolf in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/last-wolf-connecticut <p>Israel Putnam is a name that stands out in the colonial history of Connecticut as a war hero of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Prior to his wartime glory, he earned the nickname “Wolf Putnam” by killing what was believed to be the last wolf in Connecticut when he was a young farmer in the eastern Connecticut town of Pomfret.</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:23:06 +0000 Emily Dunnack 13177 at http://wnpr.org The Last Wolf in Connecticut Tips on Animal Care http://wnpr.org/post/tips-animal-care-0 <p></p><p><em>Today's show originally aired October 28, 2013.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet </span><a href="http://www.northwindhamanimalhospital.com/locations/connecticut/north-windham-north-windham-animal-hospital/veterinarians/todd-friedland-dvm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Todd Friedland</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:03:38 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 12961 at http://wnpr.org Tips on Animal Care A Tribute to the Proud and Peaceful Pigeon http://wnpr.org/post/tribute-proud-and-peaceful-pigeon <p></p><p>B.F. Skinner thought pigeons were so smart they could be used to guide missiles during WWII. He proposed a system in which pigeons would essentially pilot the missile. Skinner said pigeons could be trained to peck at a screen to adjust the trajectory of a missile toward its target. <a href="http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2011/08/b-f-skinners-pigeon-guided-rocket/">Project pigeon</a> was funded but never used. It's one of the many reasons I could talk about pigeons all day.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:54:20 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 12311 at http://wnpr.org A Tribute to the Proud and Peaceful Pigeon Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts http://wnpr.org/post/thanks-parasites-moose-are-looking-more-ghosts The news for moose is not good across the country's northern tier and in some parts of Canada. A recent and rapid decline of moose populations in many states may be linked to climate change, and to the parasites that benefit from it.<p>In Minnesota, moose populations <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/07/171363250/minnesotas-moose-mystery-whats-killing-them">have dropped</a> from a high of more than 12,000 two decades ago to fewer than 3,000 now. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:56:00 +0000 editor 10759 at http://wnpr.org Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts