Getting Up Close And Personal With Pandas

Jan 18, 2014

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 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!

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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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. 

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.

Alexandria to host big dog show

Jan 8, 2014

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.

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:

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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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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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!