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Talkin' Pets News

July 7, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek at 720pm EST to discuss Hotel Penn the pet friendly hotel in NYC



Cats Take To The Catwalk As The Algonquin Hotel

Hosts Cat Fashion Show And Animal Fundraiser

On August 2nd 

**Annual Event Celebrates the Official Party Debut of Resident Cat Hamlet VIII,

And Aims To Raise Over $10,000 For Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals**

NEW YORK, NY (July XX, 2018) — A group of feline fashion “mewdels” will take to the runway (held safely in the arms of their owners) in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves, in celebration of Hamlet VIII, The Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s famous feline resident.

The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 2nd, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. This year's theme celebrates “The Purring 20’s”, the time of the great authors and celebrities who frequented the hotel’s famous Round Table. It also marks the official party debut of Hamlet, a young American Shorthair ginger cat who reigns over the Front Desk and observes from his own private treehouse, endearing himself to hotel guests and visitors alike, with warm greetings.

Highlights of the evening will include:

  • Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts
  • The Cat Fashion Show
  • A silent auction, featuring a variety of items, including Pet Tree Houses and Sleepypods, amongst other great pet treats, toys and cat foods
  • An on-site mobile adoption unit, that will be in front of the hotel that day from 3pm-7pm

Additional funds will be raised throughout the evening with raffle prizes, including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, Pet Lifestyle Expert and author, Sandy Robins.

Tickets are available for $75 per person, which includes the reception and fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on Silent Auction items, visit

Guests can also view advance copies of the new illustrated book, Hamlet – The Algonquin Cat, by Lesley Martini, with illustrations by Massimo Mongiardo, scheduled for release in

September 2018.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit from The Purring 20’s and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.


It's unusual for airport security to need to pull aside a traveler for carrying eggs in their waistband, but that's exactly what happened at Heathrow Airport in London, the HuffPost reported. It turns out the eggs weren't tucked away so they could later become smelly airplane snacks. These eggs held very alive baby South African birds of prey inside them.

Border officials seized the 19 eggs that were packed into a body belt worn by a 56-year-old Irish man traveling from South Africa. Two of the eggs were newly hatched, revealing fuzzy white vulture chicks — not exactly the exotic bird one might associate with the illegal animal trade. And they're adorable, to boot.  

The United Kingdom's Home Office — the government agency responsible for immigration and security — identified the remaining eggs as those of other South African raptor species such as eagles, hawks and kites.

Vultures and birds of prey don't make good souvenirs or pets and are illegal to have because they are internationally protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreement.

The main reason for illegal trade of these birds is financial gain, according to Raptor Aid, an English charity dedicated to protecting birds of prey. The birds are sold in pet markets in Thailand and places in the Middle East, Raptor Aid said on its website. Overall, the illegal wildlife trade is a more than $6 billion industry

The Irish smuggler was arrested, and the case is under investigation by the National Crime Agency. The birds from all 19 eggs now face a better future and are in the hands of specialists


Salmon in the northwestern continental US often carry a fluke containing bacteria that can produce a deadly disease in bears called salmon poisoning disease (SPD). Current recovery plans for grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington and the mountains of central Idaho, where infected salmon currently occur, call for using bears from several interior populations; however, a new study reveals that such bears with no history of salmon consumption are likely sensitive to SPD.

The Journal of Wildlife Management findings indicate that identifying a source of bears that would be resistant to SPD may be difficult.

"We are hopeful that the bears used in the initial restoration effort will feed exclusively on terrestrial-based foods as there are currently very few salmon returning to the North Cascades; however, any bear that moves into lower elevation areas where they might consume salmon will be closely monitored," said lead author Dr. Charles Robbins, of Washington State University. "If they eat salmon containing the bacteria, we suspect they will get sick. We are hopeful that they will be able to recover."


Three alleged rhino poachers were killed by a pride of lions at a South African game reserve that is home to the Big Five of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, and leopards.

According to Sibuya Game Reserve owner, Nick Fox, the remains of humans were discovered in the lion camp on Tuesday evening.

It is believed the perpetrators entered the reserve late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

“They were armed with, amongst other things, a high powered rifle with a silencer, an ax, wire cutters and had food supplies for a number of days; all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhinos and removing their horns,” Fox explained on the reserve’s Facebook page noting that they first became aware there may be an issue when one of their anti-poaching dogs alerted her handler at about 4.30 am Monday morning that something was amiss.

It was dark and it is not unusual to hear a commotion coming from the lions at night, so the handler was not immediately concerned.

It was not until around 4.30 pm on Tuesday that one of the field guides on game drive alerted the Anti-Poaching Unit that there appeared to be human remains as well as other items in the immediate vicinity of the lions. Fox reported that they immediately alerted the Association of Eastern Cape Game Reserves’ Anti-Poaching Cluster and the Police.

“As it was already dark it was not possible to investigate the area until first light at which time we arranged for our vet to dart the entire pride of lions so that Police forensic teams assisted by our Anti-poaching unit could comb the immediate area for clues,” Fox stated. “At this stage, it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed but the Police forensic team are continuing to investigate.”

Tragically, nine rhinos have reportedly already been killed by poachers on Eastern Cape reserves this year.

While any loss of life is sad, may this serve as a clear message to poachers to stay away!


Mark Hough had barely taken a sip of his Friday afternoon margarita when he heard twigs snapping and leaves rustling in his lush Altadena, California, backyard.

At first he brushed it off as the sounds of his neighbor pottering next door, but the noise grew louder.

"So I got up, looked over in the bushes and lo and behold there's a bear climbing up over my fence," Hough said Monday.

The sighting was the first of many encounters Hough would have with the bear that particularly hot Friday afternoon — over the course of a few hours the bear availed itself of Hough's backyard, his hot tub, and the cocktail he left behind.

After first spotting the bear, Hough retreated inside, only to later find the furry intruder "bobbling away in the Jacuzzi enjoying himself."

Hough recorded video of the bear lolling in the unheated hot tub with the jets on. The creature played with the chlorinator and tossed the thermometer in the air, Hough said.

"He was playing having a grand old time," he added.

Bears have been frequently filmed romping around the community that straddles city and wilderness. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joana Warren said the department received six bear-sighting calls that Friday, but failed to find it.

The bear's dip only last a few minutes before it emerged and lumbered around the yard. Then it "popped out of the bushes, walked right over to the margarita, knocked it over and lapped it," Hough said.

About an hour later, Hough was talking to a neighbor when some oak leaves fluttered to the ground. Hough looked up to see the bear slumbering in the tree.

"So he had his margarita, he had his Jacuzzi, and now he's ready for an hour nap," Hough said.

Hough said the bear ultimately hustled away down the street. After the encounter, Hough made himself two margaritas to make up for the one he lost.

"It was an interesting Friday to say the least," Hough said.


Frankly, we never found raccoons — those masked bandits that try to break into our garbage bins on nights before collection — that endearing.

Now baby raccoons — they are kind of cute. But you should never handle one or bring one home, not even if it appears to have been abandoned by its mother.

A Colorado woman learned that lesson the hard way.

She found what she thought was an orphaned raccoon on her property in Weld County north of Denver and brought it into her house, according to the Greeley Tribune. Soon her friends found out, and suddenly everyone wanted to see the baby. Eventually 20 friends dropped over to gawk at the little critter.

Unfortunately, the raccoon tested positive for rabies on Monday. Now the woman and her 20 pals must all get "post-exposure prophylaxis" against the disease which, left untreated, can be fatal.

Typically, rabies is passed from animals to humans through bites, but it's possible to contract it if the animal's saliva touches a wound or even a small scratch on a person.

None of the 21 people exposed has come down with the disease yet. A vaccination is very effective in treating rabies if the vaccine is administered before symptoms appear.

According to the Tribune, the county Department of Public Health and Environment learned about the case from an animal shelter the woman had contacted in the hope that it could take the animal. The shelter declined and called the public health department, which in turn asked the woman if they could test it for rabies.

Wildlife authorities say you should never touch or get too close to a wild animal even if appears to be an orphaned baby. Often the parents are nearby, but they might not return to the infant if humans are nearby.


Dozens of "drunken" seagulls have become "disoriented and confused" after scavenging alcohol in southwest England.

Some have died and others are seriously ill, with the RSPCA saying the birds were probably feeding on waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

"The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand," said RSPCA vet David Couper.

"We took some video of one of the birds who is staggering around and losing his balance just like a person would if they'd had too much to drink."

Mr Couper, who has treated the birds at an RSPCA centre in Taunton in Somerset, added: "Sadly, a few of the birds have died but most of them have made good recoveries and have been released after a few days in our care."

He said the birds had been brought in in recent weeks after being found on beaches across Devon, and a few from Bridport and Lyme Regis in Dorset.

One rescue centre has taken in nearly 30 intoxicated seagulls in a fortnight.

"We think they're gaining access to some brewing waste products somewhere," RSPCA officer Jo Daniel said.

"At first, the birds look like they have botulism (an illness caused by bacteria) but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover.

"The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs!"

The animal welfare charity has had more than a dozen similar reports from the south coast.

It is now urging local breweries, distilleries and alcohol producers to check that their waste is secure and cannot be accessed by wildlife or birds.

"These birds were clearly wearing their beer gog-gulls when they scavenged their meal for the day and they've really been suffering with hangovers after a gulls' night out," animal collection officer Clara Scully said.


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