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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Animal Life: When Urban Livestock Goes Feral

Feral chickens on Dumaine.
Kevin O'Mara Flickr

It's a familiar sight for most of us here in New Orleans: neighborhood streets lined with beautiful old houses, friendly porches and, that's right... chickens

Most of these feral fowl escaped from backyard coops that were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Urban farming has many benefits, but if you do decide to try it out, there are some important things to consider. Without proper management, backyard farm populations can quickly grow out of control and create a feral population which can negatively impact our ecosystem and community. 

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Latest News
3:26 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

1,000-Acre Westbank Range To Be Home For Declining Species

A planned 1,000-acre range on New Orleans' west bank will serve as a haven for antelope and bird species that aren't breeding as well as zookeepers would like, giving some of the animals a chance to roam in herds that zoos don't have space for.

Groundbreaking on the project begins Wednesday. New Orleans' Audubon Nature Institute and the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy are partners on the project.

Red River Radio
9:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Alexandria to host big dog show

Thousands of show dogs are headed to Alexandria later this month for a week-long competition.  The fourth annual Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show is set for Jan. 23-29 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. The dog show will include three new breeds recently approved by the American Kennel Club -- the Chinook, rat terrier, and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.

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New Orleans Saints
4:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

What's Black And White And Gold All Over? Kohl The Penguin, Of Course

Kohl the Penguin, on his way to paint a tribute to the New Orleans Saints, in this screen capture.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Eagles? What eagles?

Fans of the Black and Gold don't just come in the human variety — Kohl the Penguin, star of the Audubon Aquarium's penguin exhibit, produced his own paean to his favorite football team in advance of the New Orleans Saints' wildcard game Saturday evening against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Saints and the Eagles face off Saturday evening at 7:10 p.m. on WDSU.

Watch Kohl paint his masterpiece here:

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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