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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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Features
4:12 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Tulane Researchers Looking For Environmental Clues In Mockingbirds' Songs

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to mockingbird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment.
Madhusudan Katti Flickr

Elevated lead levels in the environment can cause a number of health problems for children and adults, and parts of New Orleans have consistently tested high for lead pollution.

Researchers at Tulane University are experimenting with a new way to test for lead exposure — by listening to bird songs to find out what they can tell us about heavy metals in the environment. 

Tulane researcher Renata Ribeiro spends a lot of time out in the field, recording the songs of Northern Mockingbirds.

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Animal Life
2:52 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Animal Life: Taking Refuge At Animal Sanctuaries

Snowy egrets nest in "Bird City" on Avery Island
Mary Ehret

 

Life is stressful. Luckily, Louisiana is home to several animal sanctuaries where you yourself can go to take refuge. 

Take Avery Island — it’s more than just Tabasco! Each spring, thousands of Snowy Egrets nest in the island’s bird sanctuary. The egrets settle on piers in a pond nicknamed “Bird City.” 

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Animal Life
1:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Animal Life: Louisiana Black Bears

Black Bears are the official state mammal of Louisiana.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

If you drive west on Highway 90 you might notice bear crossing signs. That’s right, bears.  

The large but gentle Louisiana Black Bear is our official state mammal. They were once common in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Atchafalaya Basin region, but habitat loss and over hunting have reduced the population to about 300. In 1992 they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Latest News
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.
National Park Service Wikimedia

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.
Rachele Totaro Shutterstock.com

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.
Win Henderson Wikimedia

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.
jczart Wikipedia

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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