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4:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

85 Endangered Turtles Being Rehabbed On Gulf Coast

Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.
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Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.

Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp's ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition, like human hypothermia, can be fatal.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans says it received 27 of the turtles on Monday. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies director Moby Solangi says 32 are in Gulfport.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Animal Life: The Perils Of Pet Obesity

Obesity can cause serious health problems for pets.
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Lately, people have noticed that my dog Sparky seems to have gained some weight. Luckily, he’s not sensitive to the comments, but it has made me wonder if I need to add a few more minutes to our daily walk, or put less kibble in his bowl. 

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, about 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. 

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Community
5:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mobile Pet Shelter Can Evacuate Animals In A Disaster

Construction will start in December on a mobile pet shelter which will be ready for use by next year’s hurricane season.
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Construction starts next month on a mobile pet shelter which will be ready for use by next year’s hurricane season, the Advocate reports.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said that the mobile shelter will allow for pets to be evacuated with humans in case of an emergency.

Strain told the Advocate that in the past, evacuation efforts have been hampered by people who are reluctant to part with their pets.

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Latest News
6:27 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Coyote Sightings On Increase In Gretna

Gretna residents are seeing more coyotes and calling their City Council members about them.
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Gretna residents are seeing more coyotes and calling their City Council members about them.

Local trapper Chuck Parker cautioned Wednesday night that the animals are not about to disappear and actually have some benefits for humans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Parker, who owns a wildlife control business, was asked to brief the Gretna council because of the uptick in sightings.

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Features
10:47 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Easter Seals And Audubon Aquarium Providing Special Opportunity To Kids With Special Needs

Charles Monnot and Ava Jane Irvine meet Sassy the penguin, in a program provided by Easter Seals Louisiana and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is closed on Mondays.

It’s a day to dust off from the press of thousands — to replace lightbulbs, install equipment and polish off inquisitive little nose prints on both sides of the glass.

And sometimes, thanks to Easter Seals Louisiana and a special program at the Aquarium, the darkened halls are also filled with soft laughter, from throats that haven’t had occasion to laugh as much as most.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Animal Life: Animal Laws

Animal laws are different in every parish.
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Did you know that every parish has different animal laws? Are you familiar with the animal laws in your parish?

For example: in Orleans Parish it’s against the law to have an intact pet — a pet that has not been spayed or neutered. If you decided not to spay or neuter your pet, you must obtain an intact permit. But this law does not apply to other parishes like Jefferson or Plaquemines.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Animal Life: How To Join The Kitten Krewe

Many animal shelters have kitten foster programs.

Looking for a krewe that’s active year round, service-oriented, and extremely cute? Consider joining the kitten krewe by becoming a kitten foster parent!

Kittens must be at least 2 pounds before they can be spayed or neutered and become available for adoption. Foster volunteers take the kittens home and care for them until they meet the weight requirement for surgery; usually 8 to 10 weeks. 

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Music
1:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call.
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Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:47 pm

In certain New Orleans music scenes, there is a special sound — a signal — that lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band.

"It's a bugle call, or a band call, to assemble," trumpeter Leroy Jones says.

"It's like: C'mon, rally," musician Matt Bell adds. "Come to the bandstand and be ready to do it. Let's go."

The four-note phrase, however, doesn't belong to musicians alone. Another common New Orleans species, the mockingbird, also produces the call.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Animal Life: Dog Ghosts And Kitten Witches

Animal Halloween costumes can be fun, but make sure your pet is comfortable and safe.

Halloween is here! Some people spend weeks preparing their costume. Others spend weeks preparing their pet's costume. Dressing up your pet for Halloween is fun, but there a few important things to keep in mind.

First and foremost, wearing a costume should be something your pet enjoys. If it’s clear that your pet is uncomfortable or frightened while wearing his costume, take it off immediately. 

If your pet does enjoy wearing a costume, here are a few tips:

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Animal Life: Solving The Mutt Mystery

Testing your dog's DNA can give you useful information about his behaviors.
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Over 25 million people own mixed-breed dogs. Trying to determine the exact type of dog just from a glance can be challenging. But now there’s a way to tell for sure.  

Pet DNA testing is a great way to find out exactly what breeds make up your beloved pet. It’s a simple as a quick cheek swab. In fact, you might be shocked to find out your pet is something completely different than what you initially thought. 

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