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Talkin' Pets News

July 8, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - SuperPet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Steve Jenkins, co-author of Esther The Wonder Pig will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/8/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away their book



Professional runner outruns 2 bears while training in woods

A professional runner from Kenya who was out training on a nature trail in the woods near his home in Maine says he encountered two charging black bears but was able to outrun them during a frantic sprint to a nearby vacant house for cover.

Moninda Marube said when he saw the bears his instincts kicked in and he did what he does best: run.

He said that the bears were 20 yards (18 meters) away from him and a vacant house was 20 yards away in the opposite direction. So he made a run for the house, with the bears closing to within 10 yards (9 meters) by the time he found safety on the house's screened porch.

The bears stopped, not realizing they could've easily crashed through the flimsy porch screens, Marube said. They sniffed around for a while before wandering away.

Wardens advise people who encounter black bears to make themselves appear big, make noise and back away slowly. But they recommend people stand their ground if a black bear charges and if the bear attacks, then fight back.

But Marube said that's easier said than done.

He said he knew that black bears can climb trees, so he couldn't climb to safety. He said he considered jumping in a nearby lake, but he can't swim.

He said he initially engaged in a stare-down with the bears but the bears charged the moment he turned his back on them.

Marube, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington who finished third in the 2012 Maine Marathon and won the 2013 half-marathon, said he'd once encountered a leopard perched in a tree while alone in Africa - but the bears were scarier.

He said he learned an important lesson from his close encounter with Maine's wildlife: "Just make peace with people. You never know when your day comes."

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Alligators, snakes found at LA-area home where cobra escaped

Authorities found alligators and venomous snakes at a Southern California home where animal control officers say a cobra had gotten loose and terrified neighbors.

Los Angeles County officials served search warrants Thursday at a home in Thousand Oaks and a rural property just outside the city.

The warrants were requested after a neighbor recently reported seeing a cobra slithering through the area. Animal control public information officer Don Barre says the neighbor drove a car over the snake, killing it.

In 2014 an albino monocled cobra escaped and eluded capture for days. That snake was eventually captured, but not before biting a dog.

No arrests were immediately announced. Authorities say the owners have permits but they appear to be in violation of animal-keeping rules.

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Want to buy happiness? Spend your money on pets, plays and planes — not Prada

Research shows that spending money on others — be they furry friends or human friends — rather than on yourself will help you find lasting happiness.

A pet will cost you $1,270 to own in the first year alone, according to the animal-welfare nonprofit American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but it’s money well spent: Pets provide you with social support that’s critical for psychological and physical well-being, studies show. A 2011 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that pet owners had greater self-esteem and got more exercise than non-pet owners, and were less likely to shy away from relationships for fear of being hurt.

Happiness is, indeed, a warm puppy. That could be why some people feed their dogs avocado and kale. In the first part of that study, pet owners had greater self-esteem and more exercise — and also experienced improved conscientiousness and less fearful attachment, a psychological term that describes the desire to stay away from relationships for fear of being hurt. “The support that pets provided complemented rather than competed with human sources,” they found. Finally, pet owners “demonstrated the ability of pets to stave off negativity caused by social rejection.”

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Brooklyn’s underground world of illegal pets....

Brooklyn is filled with proud dog-walkers, stray cats that watch lonely commuters on their late-night walks home and the occasional bird screaming through its cage out a tall window down to the streets below. But behind apartment doors and fenced in backyards across the borough, illegal pets make up a large network of Brooklyn’s animal residents.

The New York City Health Department prohibits ownership of any animal other than a domestic dog or cat, small bird or reptile or a pocket pet like a small rodent. But this law doesn’t stop exotic owners from keeping exotic pets in their homes.

Between January 2014 and January 2015, the city’s 311 system collected 251 complaints in regards to residents keeping these outlawed pets, according to a report by DNA Info. In that same time in Brooklyn, there were seven farm animal complaints, nine snake complaints, 27 rooster complaints and 20 miscellaneous, according to a map that DNA Info compiled of all illegal pet complaints.

“This guy has this exotic bird. He brought it into his apartment. It keeps crying out in pain. He is not taking care of the bird,” one Cobble Hill resident called in to 311. “I have a snake that is growing and I cannot accommodate it,” another person from East New York said.

The wacky stories run the gamut, like Robert Traktman of Bergen Beach being forced to ship his wolfdog off to a sanctuary after a neighbor found the beast howling locked up in a cage in Traktman’s backyard.

Or there’s the story of a Cobble Hill woman who washed her hands with peace of mind until a 7-foot python curled out of her toilet and starred into her eyes. Most complaints deal with roosters waking angry neighbors, but there is the occasional 200-pound pig or goat in the basement.

Once these complaints get through to the city, an inspector is sent to investigate and may eventually issue a violation. Most of the violators are slapped with a $500 fine and their beloved animals are whisked away, according to a report by the Daily News.

The risk of owning an illegal pet may be high in New York City, but while some Brooklyn residents are battling for every extra square foot in their tiny apartments, hundreds of people are making space for their prohibited precious pets.

For example, a woman in Williamsburg loves turtles. The creatures may or may not be illegal dependent on their type and size, but it is unorthodox that she keeps almost 30 turtles in her small apartment. They aren’t exactly fuzzy and warm, but turtles represent the perfect urban pet, quiet and easy to feed.

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Wisconsin officer jumps into lagoon to rescue dog...

A Wisconsin police officer rescued a dog from a lagoon twice -- the second time jumping into the water himself to reach the canine.

Milwaukee Police said in a Facebook post that Officers Joe Spingola and Mike Smith were talking to some kids fishing in the lagoon at McGovern Park about 6 p.m. Wednesday when they heard a splash and spotted the dog that had fallen into the water.

Spingola was able to lift the dog out of the water, and the canine quickly ran off, but it returned minutes later and ended up in the water a second time.

The officers radioed for a Milwaukee Fire Department boat, but the post said Spingola had to jump into the water to help the canine when it began to struggle in the thick weeds and muck.

The officer had to untangle the dog from weeds and fishing line to bring it back to shore.

The dog was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, where officials said the canine is in good health. Officials said they are hoping the dog's owner will come forward to claim it.

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