animals

Animal Life
9:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Animal Life: Whom To Call

Louisiana wildlife can be scary. Make sure you know who to call!
Louisiana SPCA

A New Orleans woman is cooking dinner in her kitchen, when a raccoon enters through the doggy door. This is not the first time the raccoon has done this, and the woman has had enough. She picks up the phone to call… who? The city? The animal shelter? Pest control?

Who to call about an animal issue depends on where you live, what kind of animal it is, and whether it’s alive or deceased.

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Animal Life: Spay/Neuter Your Pets

Spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters.
Louisiana SPCA

Fans of the Price is Right know two things for sure: when in doubt, bid one dollar. And always spay or neuter your pet!

Game show host Bob Barker encouraged viewers to spay or neuter their pets because spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters. 

Spaying or neutering your pet can cut down on unwelcome behaviors associated with mating, like howling, marking and certain outward displays of affection. 

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Animal Life: Pet Adoption

Animal shelter pets are vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!
Louisiana SPCA

Let’s talk adoption. 17 million Americans get a new pet each year, but only 3.5 million adopt that pet from an animal shelter.

Many people don’t realize that breeders and pet stores are simply reproducing mass quantities of cats and dogs to sustain their business.

That’s where animal shelters come in! Walk into any shelter in Louisiana and you'll find pets of all shapes, sizes and personalities. They're vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!

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Environment
12:48 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Scientists Charge BP Oil Spill 'Gravely' Injured Dolphins

Veterinarians collect samples from a Barataria Bay dolphin in August 2011.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 7:18 am

Dolphins are getting very sick from exposure to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of the heaviest-oiled bays in Louisiana. Scientists say the dolphins are gravely ill with injuries consistent with the toxic effects of exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.


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Animal Life
4:06 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Animal Welfare Organizations In Southeast Louisiana And South Mississippi

Interested in adopting a pet? Need information on spay and neuter services? How to help an injured animal? Other questions? Contact an organization in your area from the list below:

Ascension Parish Animal Shelter
http://www.ascensionparish.net
225-675-6557

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Penguins
1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Infographic: Audubon Hatches Penguins In Record-Breaking Numbers

Opal, Humpty and Dumpty, the latest African Blackfooted penguin chicks hatched at the Audubon Aquarium.
Credit Audubon Nature Institute

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the hatching of three more African Blackfooted penguin chicks — bringing to eleven the number of the endangered birds hatched at the Aquarium in one year.

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Latest News
9:22 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cruelty Charge Dropped Against Swamp Tour Guide

The Breaux Bridge swamp tour guide that a national animal rights group accused of cruelty to an alligator has been cleared of one charge but admitted to a misdemeanor violation of illegal possession of an alligator.

Chester Cedars, chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, tells The Advocate Bryan Champagne was fined $250 plus court costs for the possession charge.

The investigation of Champagne followed a YouTube video that showed him striking the head of an alligator with boat oar while members of a tour watched.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square
Credit Gregg Goldman

If this week's show doesn't bring out the animal in you, consult a doctor. You may be a vegetable... or a mineral... or a big block of cheese.

This is the time of year when pet lovers take their animals to church, when Lions and Tigers and Cardinals and Falcons take to the field, and when we turn to Louisiana songs about animals.

We've got birds, bees, a monkey, a horse, and even a cheetah. Yes, there are cheetahs in Louisiana. But the potholes slow them down.

So mark your territory and pick up our scent. Click LISTEN and enjoy.

PLAYLIST

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Audubon Aquarium
4:20 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Three More Endangered Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium

One of the Aquarium's 34 endangered African Black-footed penguins. Audubon has raised 46 chicks since the Aquarium opened in 1990.
Jason Saul WWNO

Six African Black-footed Penguins born earlier this year have just joined the adults, full-time, in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' display. Darwin Long, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium, says the juveniles have shed their down, grown their water-proof plumage, and are ready to swim with the grown-ups.

“They’re going to get in little fights here and there, nothing serious. But it’s mainly: 'Hey, this is who’s who. This is where to go and where not to go.' You can see how they kind of hang out together. This is kind of like the adolescent shore over here.”

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Penguins
3:40 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Three Baby Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium

Skua the baby penguin.
Audubon Nature Institute

Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks are now on display at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas penguin exhibit, the Aquarium announced today.

The chicks, born in March, are growing quickly, the Aquarium says, and are products of the Audubon Penguin Breeding Program.

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