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Talkin' Pets News

October 21, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - David Yates, CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/21/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the past, present and future of the aquarium as well as life with the famous dolphins Winter & Hope

Feline Fix by Five Leads Efforts to Reduce Cat Overpopulation in U.S. and Sandy Robins will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/21/17 at 635pm EST to discuss options

Jerry Grymek Doggis Concierge for the Hotel Penn in NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/21/17 at 721pm EST to discuss the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show events


Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television’s Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of “The Crocodile Hunter” star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.

The network said Wednesday that Irwin’s widow, Terri, and children Bindi and Robert will reappear on Animal Planet starting next year. The family has carried on Steve’s conservation work in Australia, running a zoo, a wildlife preserve and supporting projects that try to save endangered animals worldwide.

It’s still not clear what form their Animal Planet work will take. The family and network are discussing several ideas for television and digital products, said Patrice Andrews, the network’s general manager.

Having such defining characters is becoming tougher and tougher for cable networks. Bringing back the Irwins is part of the network’s refocusing on animals, Andrews said. That may seem obvious for a network called Animal Planet, but in recent years the network drifted from that, even adopting the tagline, “Surprisingly Human.”

Steve Irwin died at age 44 in September 2006 while filming an underwater scene for a television series, when a stingray’s stinging barbs pierced his heart.

Since Bindi was 8 and Robert was 3 when their father died, Terri Irwin said her first responsibility was raising them. Both grew up committed to the family business and haven’t been strangers to television: Bindi, now 19, won a “Dancing With the Stars” competition in 2015 and Robert, who is 14, has appeared on the “Tonight” show with Jimmy Fallon displaying animals.

“Grief is never something you get over,” she said. “You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that, now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honor the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity. That’s kind of what we decided to do with Steve.”

Irwin said she’s tried to channel some of the competitiveness that she and Steve had as a couple, trying to complete milestones on a 10-year business plan they wrote together shortly before he died.

Now they’re working on projects he hadn’t dreamed of, like making accommodations for camping at their zoo, she said.

“I have friends who have lost husbands and have gone off and tried different things,” she said. “Nothing wrong with that. ... For us, conservation work isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are. It’s really defined us that this is what we’ve dedicated our lives to.”

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An Everett man was arrested for animal cruelty after he dragged his dog down his driveway early Friday morning, police said.

Mark Hurd, 22, was also charged with disorderly conduct for the incident that critically injured the dog.

Everett police responded at 2:57 a.m. to a report of animal abuse at a home on Floyd Street. They observed Hurd “ . . . dragging the dog down the driveway,” the statement said. “The dog was coughing blood and sustained an injury to its left leg.”

Police called the city’s animal control officer. The dog was taken in critical condition to a veterinary hospital for emergency treatment, according to police.

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Hurd was arrested without incident. He was arraigned on Friday in Malden District Court.

Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie said in a statement that residents should always alert police to incidents of animal abuse.

“It’s extremely disappointing to see this type of violence perpetrated on an animal especially a domesticated pet,” Mazzie said.

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Dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, according to new research from the University of Portsmouth. Scientists at the University's Dog Cognition Centre are the first to find clear evidence dogs move their faces in direct response to human attention. Dogs don't respond with more facial expressions upon seeing tasty food, suggesting that dogs produce facial expressions to communicate and not just because they are excited.

Brow raising, which makes the eyes look bigger -- so-called puppy dog eyes -- was the dogs' most commonly used expression in this research. Dog cognition expert Dr Juliane Kaminski led the study, which is published in Scientific Reports. "The findings appear to support evidence dogs are sensitive to humans' attention and that expressions are potentially active attempts to communicate, not simple emotional displays." Dr Kaminski said it's possible dogs' facial expressions have changed as part of the process of becoming domesticated.

The researchers studied 24 dogs of various breeds, aged one to 12. All were family pets. Each dog was tied by a lead a metre away from a person, and the dogs' faces were filmed throughout a range of exchanges, from the person being oriented towards the dog, to being distracted and with her body turned away from the dog.

The dogs' facial expressions were measured using DogFACS, an anatomically based coding system which gives a reliable and standardised measurement of facial changes linked to underlying muscle movement. "FACS systems were originally developed for humans, but have since been modified for use with other animals such as primates and dogs." Dr Kaminski said: "Domestic dogs have a unique history -- they have lived alongside humans for 30,000 years and during that time selection pressures seem to have acted on dogs' ability to communicate with us.

"We knew domestic dogs paid attention to how attentive a human is -- in a previous study we found, for example, that dogs stole food more often when the human's eyes were closed or they had their back turned. In another study, we found dogs follow the gaze of a human if the human first establishes eye contact with the dog, so the dog knows the gaze-shift is directed at them.

It is impossible yet to say whether dogs' behaviour in this and other studies is evidence dogs have flexible understanding of another individual's perspective -- that they truly understand another individual's mental state -- or if their behaviour is hardwired, or even a learned response to seeing the face or eyes of another individual.

Previous research has shown some apes can also modify their facial expressions depending on their audience, but until now, dogs' abilities to do use facial expression to communicate with humans hadn't been systematically examined.

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Moments after a wild chimpanzee was born, an adult chimp snatched the infant away from its mother and cannibalized it. This new finding, along with additional prior work, suggests that female chimpanzees might often go and hide on "maternity leave" before delivery to avoid such infant mortality, researchers said.

Scientists made this gruesome discovery while following a party of 21 chimps in the Mahale Mountains on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. In 2014, the scientists were lucky enough to see a chimp give birth in the wild, a very rare event for researchers. Only seconds after the infant's mother, Devota, gave birth in front of the other chimps, another chimp, named Darwin — the second or third highest-ranked male in the group at the time — snatched the newborn and ran into the bush during heavy rain. Devota did not even have the chance to touch her child.

The researchers soon saw Darwin cannibalize the infant. Three other chimps later approached Darwin and sampled a few morsels from the corpse as well. The scientists followed Darwin the next day. However, the adult chimp had severe diarrhea, and the researchers could not locate any bones or hairs of the victim in Darwin's excrement.

Previous research has seen many cases of infanticide by males among primates. One possible explanation is that the practice prompts females to resume mating, increasing the chance that infant-killing males might sire subsequent infants.

Until now, scientists had never seen infanticide immediately after delivery among wild chimps. Prior work had suggested that the reason researchers had only very rarely seen chimps deliver in the wild was that expectant mothers went on "maternity leave," wherein they usually hid themselves and gave birth alone.

The 2014 case of infanticide may have been Devota's first delivery; — the scientists had not seen Devota give birth before this incident of cannibalism. Her inexperience might explain why she did not go on maternity leave, the researchers said.

To see if expecting-mother chimps usually went on maternity leave, the scientists analyzed how often they saw pregnant and non-pregnant female chimps from 1990 to 2010. The researchers found that expecting mothers were usually not seen for about seven to 18 days before they gave birth.

The researchers did note that Devota successfully gave birth to a female infant in 2016. In that case, "Devota went on maternity leave for about one month. Future research will investigate how female chimps learn how to go on maternity leave, how they learn when to leave and what they do during their leave. Primatologist Nishie and colleague Michio Nakamura at Kyoto University detailed their findings online Oct. 6 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. When his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumor.

For a week, Dan and DeAnna Gabriele thought their son was dying until tests identified the cause: not cancer, but chickens — the ones he cared for at home. They had apparently infected him with salmonella that produced a severe abscess. The popular trend of raising backyard chickens in U.S. cities and suburbs is bringing with it a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, some of them fatal. Since January, more than 1,100 people have contracted salmonella poisoning from chickens and ducks in 48 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Almost 250 were hospitalized and one person died. The toll was four times higher than in 2015.

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The CDC estimates the actual number of cases from contact with chickens and ducks is likely much higher. Poultry can carry salmonella bacteria in their intestines that can be shed in their feces. The bacteria can attach to feathers and dust and brush off on shoes or clothing. But illnesses can be prevented with proper handling. The CDC recommends that people raising chickens wash their hands thoroughly after handling the birds, eggs or nesting materials, and leave any shoes worn in a chicken coop outside.

Salmonella is much more common as a food-borne illness. More than 1 million people fall ill each year from salmonella contamination in food, resulting in more than 300 deaths, according to the CDC. There are no firm figures on how many households in the U.S. have backyard chickens, but a Department of Agriculture report in 2013 found a growing number of residents in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City expressed interest in getting them. Coops are now seen in even the smallest yards and densest urban neighborhoods.

A large share of baby chicks and ducks sold to consumers come from about 20 feed and farm supply retailers across the U.S. They get their chicks from a half dozen large hatcheries that supply tens of millions of baby chicks and ducklings each year. While the Agriculture Department encourages hatcheries to be tested regularly for salmonella contamination, the program is voluntary. Unsanitary conditions or rodent infestations can help salmonella spread in hatcheries.

Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatric infectious disease physician in Minneapolis, sees both sides of the popular trend. She manages her own flock of about 50 birds. But in her clinic she’s seen young children suffering from salmonella poisoning. The bacteria often cause flu-like symptoms, including diarrhea, and can produce more serious infections in children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

“It gets into their blood and it can get into organs,” she said. “It can be much more significant in people with underlying health problems.” Even those who have had chickens for years can fall victim, as Luke Gabriele did in 2013 in his hometown of Felton in southeast Pennsylvania.

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