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October 15 2020

Lower Your Stress, Watch a Beaver

Has the pandemic, or life in general, got you down? The solution is apparently right here in this video.  According to the Internet (as I can’t find the actual study), watching beaver chomping on cabbage can reduce stress levels by 17 percent. If you’re really stressed out, enjoy this hour and 20 minute loop of…

September 29 2020

The Bear-Necessities

These ladies do have the bear-necesities, demonstrating exactly what to do if this happens to you as they’re approached by a curious black bear in Mexico. My advice: Never play poker with these ladies.

September 16 2020

Leopard Checks Out Al Fresco Dining Option

I know the focus these days is on outdoor dining due to the novel corona virus. But this really is wild – look who crashes the patio, albeit very stealthy. How would you like this African leopard company? Wonder if he had a reservation? I wonder if it matters.

August 13 2020

Case of the Wild Boar

So, by wild bore, I don’t mean the guy at the bank who every time you walk in says, “May I have a moment of your time to talk about our savings programs?” I mean a wild boar. A naked sunbather was minding is own business at Teufelssee Lake,  a nude bathing spot in the…

August 6 2020

Bats Caused the Virus; Bats Might Cure the Virus

Many humans cringe at the very thought or sight of bats. And some of those people may even have chiroptophobia, a fear of bats. True enough some bats are blood-suckers and some have a wingspan nearly the size of an average human. It’s also true that bats likely responsible, at least in great part, for…

July 17 2020

Pet Kangaroo on the Lamb

Aside from a pet kangaroo being illegal, don’t let this happen to you.

June 17 2020

COVID-19 and Pets and Wild Animals: What’s Known and Not Known

People continue to be concerned or simply curious about dogs, cats and domestic ferrets and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The good news is that diagnostic labs Antech and IDEXX have now tested thousands of dogs and cats with only (according to my count) two cats in New York State testing positive in the U.S. Add…

June 11 2020

Zoos on the Edge: Conservation Programs Cut While Trump Administration Makes Matters Worse

One of the greatest values zoos offer, and increasingly so, has been to study, to protect and even reintroduce animals into the wild. However, due to their doors being closed because of the novel corona virus, budget cuts may be targeted to these programs. And simultaneously in the United States, the Trump Administration removes lots…

June 9 2020

How the SARS CoV-2 Virus Likely Began in a Wet Market

What’s the latest on where the novel corona virus, SARS CoV-2 first originated? On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, I talk with Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. She explains first what a wet market or animal market is. “These crowded markets with stressed, scared wild…

May 12 2020

Treatment for COVID-19: Investigating Llamas and Pangolin

Desperate to seek a treatment for COVID-19, researchers are now studying a llamas and a species which few have even heard of, called pangolin. The pangolin is an anteater like mammal that’s covered with scales, which all species are highly endangered because they are so often illegally trafficked to wet markets where their scales are…

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