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6:44 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Firefighters Extricate Stuck Duck From Fireplace

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:55 am

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KEDM
8:43 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Warbler Workshop At Black Bayou Lake NWR

Prothonotary warbler

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 1:40 pm

The bright, yellow prothonotary warbler is highlighted in a workshop Saturday at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

A number of the warblers make Louisiana their home.  "25 percent of the global population of prothonotarys is in Louisiana," says Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation for  Audubon Louisiana. Johnson hosts the workshop Saturday, which begins at 9 a.m.

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Animal Life
7:08 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Animal Life: What Happened To The Manx Cat's Tail?

Manx cats have no tails, but they get along just fine.
David Rush

 

Have you ever seen a cat without a tail? It was probably a Manx cat

This breed originated centuries ago on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England. The missing tail is actually a genetic mutation that appeared on the island at some point. The mutation thrived in the isolated location, eventually producing its own distinct breed of cat. 

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Northshore Focus
9:16 am
Wed March 25, 2015

St. Tammany Humane Society Helps Animals And Their Owners

A long line snakes around the parking lot at the Castine Center near Mandeville as people wait to get vaccinations for their dogs at the St. Tammany Parish Humane Society's annual low cost vaccination and adoption event.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Stray animals are a big problem all over Louisiana, including on the Northshore. Once a year the St. Tammany Parish Humane Society organizes with other local shelters to provide a huge low-cost vaccination clinic and adoption event called Woofstock.

Norman Billiot of Lacombe stood in a long line that stretched far down the block outside a big building at Pelican Park in Mandeville.

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Latest News
5:51 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Argo The Police Dog Forces Carjacking Suspect Hiding Inside Cemetery Tomb To Surrender

Argo the NOPD dog.
Credit New Orleans Police Department

Early in the morning of Friday, March 13, a 55-year-old woman reported that she had been accosted by a man inside the Tulane Medical Center parking garage.

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Animal Life
11:02 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Animal Life: Dog Obedience

Positive reinforcemnt is the most effective form of obedience training.
Gianna Stadelmyer/Shutterstock

All dogs are born cute. But most of them aren’t born obedient. Basic obedience training is easy and important. You don’t want your dog getting a bad reputation.

The key element of the most successful obedience training is positive reinforcement, not punishment. The idea is simple: every time your dog obeys a command during training, he gets a treat. This method is much more effective than yelling or swatting your dog with a newspaper.

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Coastal Desk
12:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Is BP Responsible For The Deaths Of Over 1,000 Dolphins Along The Gulf Coast?

Bottlenose dolphins, socializing.
Credit Serguei S. Dukachev / Wikimedia Commons

A report published last month found that an unusually high number of bottlenose dolphins have been dying all along the Gulf Coast since February 2010. This unusual mortality event, or UME, began two months before the 2010 BP oil spill, but groups including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the spill is responsible for the continued die-off of this species.

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Animal Life
4:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Animal Life: Pocket Pets

Cezar the dwarf hamster, adopted in 2013.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Animal shelters see a lot more than just dogs and cats. At the Louisiana SPCA we get hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits and a variety of birds. We call these types of animals “pocket pets.”

Pocket pets are a great option for people who love animals, but don’t have room for a cat or dog. They’re also a great way to teach kids about responsibly caring for a pet. 

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Animal Life
9:42 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Animal Life: Cat Vs. Couch

Some cats leave unwanted presents all around the house.
Mark Richardson

If there’s one thing in the world that can make you love your cat a little less, it’s a ruined couch. Some cats seem determined to pee everywhere in the house except their litter boxes. If this sounds familiar, here are a few tips.

First and foremost, make sure your cat is spayed or neutered. Cat mating rituals involve spraying and marking — definitely not something you want in your house. 

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

T-Boy The Nutria Predicts Spring Is Right Around The Corner

T-Boy the Nutria, on the Uptown Construction/Parade Route, predicts a terrific Mardi Gras.
Credit Audubon Zoo

Up in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow, sending shivers down many a meteorologist’s spine and presaging six more weeks of winter — but here in New Orleans we have more, er, refined methods of predicting the weather.

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