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Environment
10:27 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Conservation Groups To Feds: Speed Up Sea Turtle Analysis

Four conservation groups say they'll sue the National Marine Fisheries Service because it's taking too long to analyze shrimping's effects on threatened and endangered sea turtles.

A letter sent Wednesday began a 60-day settlement period required before suing under the Endangered Species Act.

Fisheries spokeswoman Allison Garrett says the agency doesn't comment about pending or active litigation. She says the analysis is underway.

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Animal Life
1:13 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Animal Life Presents: The Barkus Photo Contest

Batgirl at the 2009 Barkus Parade. Send us your great Barkus photos and win tickets from Southern Rep!
Credit Mark Gstohl / Flickr

Every year the Krewe of Barkus takes over the French Quarter for an afternoon of costumed canines.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Animal Life: Protect Against A Broken Heart

Heartworm disease is most common in dogs, but can also affect cats. Heartworms are difficult and expensive to treat, but easy and affordable to prevent with a monthly pill.
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Valentine's Day means candy hearts, heart shaped cards and... heartworms?

Infected mosquitos transmit these parasites to your pet's bloodstream. Heartworm disease is most common in dogs, but can also affect cats. It causes coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and, if left untreated, is fatal. Heartworms are difficult and expensive to treat, but easy and affordable to prevent with a monthly pill. If you're a dog or cat owner, make sure to protect your pet.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Animal Life: Protecting Your Pets From Mardi Gras Noise

Carnival revelers enjoying the Thoth parade on Magazine Street. Dogs are prohibited from parade routes (except Barkus, of course).
Jason Saul WWNO

We all know what it takes to get a shoe at Muses: a good costume and lots of racket. 

Between the marching bands, crowd noise and curbside speakers blasting "The Wobble," Mardi Gras is noisy. Dogs can hear high pitched frequencies at a greater range than humans. The barrage of Mardi Gras noise can leave them overwhelmed and over stimulated.

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Animal Life
10:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Animal Life: Providing For Your Pet In Your Will

The state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.
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If you're like me, you can't imagine life without your pet. But what if you pass away before your pet does?

Many of us consider our pets members of our families, but the state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.

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Animal Life
10:39 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Animal Life: Sometimes Pets Need First Aid

Pets have medical emergencies too. Luckily, the Louisiana SPCA offers pet first aid/CPR classes.
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You're probably familiar with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But have you ever heard of mouth-to-snout?

That's right, pets have medical emergencies too. Your feisty outdoor cat, for example might show up at dinnertime with a battle wound. Or you might find your dog in over his head in the bayou. 

Learning animal first aid and CPR is a good way to prepare for unexpected accidents. Pet first aid and CPR training gives you the know-how to get your animals through a medical emergency until you get them to a vet.

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Audubon Zoo
8:29 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Panya The Elephant Celebrates 50 Years

Joe Forys, Audubon Zoo's Curator of Large Mammals, joined Panya the elephant as she celebrated her 50th birthday last week.
Jason Saul WWNO

Panya the elephant celebrated her 50th birthday at the Audubon Zoo last week, and scores of people came out to celebrate.

Panya, a 9,500-pound female Asian elephant, was presented with a birthday cake and presents, as well as a special AARP card. A gaggle of children in party hats serenaded her with toy horns, signed a giant birthday card, and shared in some cake of their own.

She was joined by 7,500-pound Jean, a 41-year-old female Asian elephant who has been Panya's sidekick at the zoo for over 30 years.

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Animals
10:06 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Getting Up Close And Personal With Pandas

Giant panda bear cub Bao Bao moves around inside the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park January 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. Born August 23, 2013, and weighing nearly 17 pounds, Bao Bao will make her public debut at the zoo on January 18. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 2:09 pm

Susan Orlean says even when they are asleep and doing nothing, we still get a lot of joy from watching pandas.

Orlean set out to understand what she calls the “magic” of the panda’s appeal to human beings by volunteering to watch baby Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington DC.

Because young Pandas are very fragile, the zoo was monitoring baby Bao Bao and mother Mei Xiang with cameras.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animal Life: Calming Your Dog With Classical Music

Researchers have found that different kinds of music can change your dog's mood.
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Animal professionals know that a little Bach goes a long way in easing a pet's anxiety. Studies show that music can have a calming effect on our four legged friends. 

Researchers at Queens University in Ireland found that classical music made dogs rest more and stand up less. On the opposite end of the spectrum, heavy metal caused agitation and increased barking. Pop music and talk radio had no effect at all. Maybe our pets know something we don't!

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square.
Credit Gregg Goldman

This program was originally broadcast in October, 2013

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.

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