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Talkin' Pets News

September 15, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives - Tampa Bay

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Executive Producer - Bob page

Special Guests - John Gerstenberger from WARE Pet Products will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/15/18 at 5pm EST to discuss their line of chicken products and more

Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 630pm EST


A Cleveland sports radio host lived up to a promise he made earlier in 2018 that led him to eat horse poop .

In April, Aaron Goldhammer, host at ESPN 850 Cleveland, said he'd eat horse poop if the Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the number overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Browns did just that as the organization selected Mayfield with the top overall pick.

On Friday, Goldhammer lived up to the bet and ate the horse poop on Friday.

Multiple reports say that concoction that Goldhammer ate also included ketchup.

Goldhammer later said on Twitter that he survived and invoked a LeBron James quote to describe what happens next.

The Cleveland Browns open the season on Sunday against AFC North foe Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jim Berns, who's part of a company called Pet Search and Rescue, has completed his 500th pet search, WLWT reports.

The pet detective worked the case in Milford, OH. His searches span Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and at times have taken him as far New York and Alabama.

Pet Search and Rescue, which was founded in 2005 by Berns's daughter in 2005, relies mainly on "search dogs and witness development" to locate pets, according to WLWT.

"Pounding the pavement, working the search dogs and just getting out there helps find many lost pets," Berns was quoted saying.

The search team consists of rescued and unwanted pets.

On its Facebook page, Pet Search and Rescue wrote of Berns: "A true hero, he has helped countless people know they have done everything possible in the search for their Lost Pet and he's helped most get their pets back safe!"


Animal rights groups in Japan have raised the alarm over a dolphin, 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles that are locked in an aquarium that has been closed for months.

The bottle-nosed dolphin, known as Honey, is being kept on her own in a small pool and is showing signs of mental stress, activists say. The Inubosaki Marine Park, in the city of Choshi, just east of Tokyo, shut down in January because of a lack of visitors.

Park staff continue to feed the marine life at the aquarium. But with no companions, Honey -- who was captured from the wild in 2005 -- is condemned to a lonely existence.

Sachiko Azuma, of the group Put An End to Animal Cruelty and Exploitation (PEACE), said: "I did not expect that the animals would be abandoned. However, even in February, people were able to see there were still animals in the park. So I started researching and found out that the negotiations to transfer them had not progressed."

PEACE, which said on its website that it had observed scars on Honey's back due to sunburn, has called on concerned citizens to send postcards to Choshi City office calling for action. Choshi City's tourism office told CNN it had received nearly 1,400 letters and emails urging help for Honey but that it has no right to interfere in the workings of a private company so it cannot help.

"The aquarium is an agency dealing with animals so it's their responsibility to explain what they are going to do with Honey and the other animals," said Azuma.  CNN attempted to reach the Inubosaki Marine Park for comment but received no response.

Shunichi Sugasawa, of the Chiba Prefecture hygiene control division, told CNN that its staff went into the marine park this week for a monthly inspection, based on the Animal Protection Act.  He said the inspectors confirmed that the dolphin and 46 penguins were alive and healthy, while the number of other fish had halved. They reported that Honey's wounds had nearly healed after the marine park staff treated them with medicine and Vaseline.

Sugasawa said the prefecture's office was in contact with the marine park, which was working to find a suitable place to transfer the dolphin. But the decision has not been made, he said, and officials cannot predict what will happen because it depends on the marine park's decision. Akiko Mitsunobu, of the Animal Rights Center, said Honey appeared to be affected by the limited space available. "I think dolphins staying like this without swimming affects their mental health badly," she said.

"I see Honey as a symbol of both the problem of having animals in captivity and the problem of what happens when they are put on display." Honey was captured from the wild in a controversial annual dolphin hunt off the Japanese town of Taiji. Many dolphins are killed for their meat -- and some, like Honey, have been sold to marine parks. The Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums agreed to stop buying dolphins from the Taiji hunt in 2015.

Hotter, drier conditions have led to more severe wildfires in Yellowstone National Park, while growing numbers of visitors have harmed everything from prized hydrothermal features to its famed grizzly bears, the park said in a recent report.

Average temperatures in Yellowstone, which has been designated as both World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve sites by a United Nations panel, are exceeding historical norms even as climate change is blamed for a string of fires that have increased in size and which last longer, according to the study.

The 60-page "The state of Yellowstone vital signs and select park resources, 2017" report is one of just four compiled in the past decade. They are designed to track one of the largest, nearly intact temperate ecosystems in the world.

Yellowstone is celebrated for geothermal areas that contain about half the world's active geysers, as well as forests, mountains, meadows, rivers and lakes considered a crucial sanctuary for the largest concentration of diverse wildlife in the Lower 48 states.

At Mammoth Hot Springs in the northwest of the park, the average annual daily minimum temperature has increased by 3.9 degrees Fahrenheit from 1941 to 2016 even as total annual precipitation has for the most part been below the long-term mean of 15.3 inches and snowpack has generally declined, scientists found.

Researchers noted an increase in the size of wildfires that impact vegetation and degrade air quality and said the future holds more of the same.

The unique thermal features have been subjected to everything from a drone crashing into one of them to crowds surging onto fragile grounds surrounding the features. 

And while the grizzly population in the Yellowstone area is considered stable at roughly 700 bears, humans engaged in such pastimes as driving, hiking, camping and cycling can disrupt bear activities and even contribute to their deaths.

Yellowstone, most of whose 2.2 million acres sit in Wyoming but which also encompasses portions of Idaho and Montana, saw a record 4.2 million visits in 2016 and recorded its second busiest year in history in 2017.

Jim Berns, who's part of a company called Pet Search and Rescue, has completed his 500th pet search, WLWT reports.

The pet detective worked the case in Milford, OH. His searches span Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and at times have taken him as far New York and Alabama.

Pet Search and Rescue, which was founded in 2005 by Berns's daughter in 2005, relies mainly on "search dogs and witness development" to locate pets, according to WLWT.

"Pounding the pavement, working the search dogs and just getting out there helps find many lost pets," Berns was quoted saying.

The search team consists of rescued and unwanted pets.

On its Facebook page, Pet Search and Rescue wrote of Berns: "A true hero, he has helped countless people know they have done everything possible in the search for their Lost Pet and he's helped most get their pets back safe!"

Millennials and Generation X adults are much more interested in the beauty and attractiveness of the packaging of the items they buy than older generations (adults age 50+), according to new findings from market research firm Packaged Facts.

A report called "Pet Product Packaging Innovation," which features Packaged Facts' May 2018 survey of 2000 U.S. adults, reveals that 21 percent of pet owners agreed that the attractiveness of pet food packaging is important to them. The respones varied considerably by age. About 25 percent of adults aged 18 to 34 and 35 to 49 agree that the attractiveness of pet food is especially important, while only 15 percent of those aged 50 and over were in agreement.

Packaged Facts stated in a press release: "What is even more important for pet food marketers is that these younger pet owners will actively avoid unattractive pet foods. After all, how can you Instagram photos of you and your favorite pooch sharing a lovely meal when the package Fido's food comes in just isn't photo worthy? In this case, Millennials are slightly more inclined than Gen X'ers to avoid pet foods with unattractive packaging, but both age cohorts are much more likely to do so than those aged 50 and over."

For example, the Internet sales giant, now a part of Walmart, offers a curated private label brand called Uniquely J, whose identifying feature tying the products together is beautifully produced packaging with original illustrations from artists. The idea is to have products designed to actually look good sitting out in the open rather than tucked away on a shelf.

Marketers and retailers recognize this facet of the younger generations, according to Packaged Facts.

"The idea is to have products designed to actually look good sitting out in the open rather than tucked away on a shelf," Packaged Facts explained.

With their sturdy shells, long lifespans and wrinkled skin, people around the world have long revered turtles as symbols of wisdom, endurance and perseverance. For millennia, some cultures have even conceptualized the world as being carried on the back of a giant turtle or tortoise.

In terms of their ecologically significance, scientists say, that's not too far from the truth thanks to the vital roles turtles play in maintaining healthy food webs, dispersing seeds and creating habitats for other species.  But despite their association with stability and longevity, turtles around the world are on decidedly shaky ground and are among the most threatened groups of vertebrate animals on earth — more than birds, mammals, fish or amphibians. About 61 percent of the world's 356 turtle species are threatened or already extinct.

These long-lived, slow-reproducing animals outlasted the dinosaurs and have roamed the earth for more than 200 million years, but research shows their numbers are dwindling due to habitat destruction, disease, climate change and over-exploitation as pets and food. Should turtles' decline continue, the ecological consequences could be disastrous, according to a new paper by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia.

The paper — "Where Have All the Turtles Gone, and Why Does It Matter?" — is the cover story of the upcoming issue of the monthly scientific journal Bioscience. The authors synthesize more than 90 other studies about turtles to paint a picture of their global status and ecological roles while predicting the ramifications of their eventual disappearance.

"Our goal is to provide resource managers with a full picture of the state of these iconic animals worldwide, and what long-term impacts our environment might experience if populations continue to decrease and species loss continues," says USGS Scientist Jeffrey Lovich, the study's lead author. "Turtles contribute to the health of many environments, including desert, wetland, freshwater and marine ecosystems, and their decline may lead to negative effects on other species, including humans, that may not be immediately apparent."

This paper provides the first major review of the various roles that large populations and diverse communities of turtles provide from an ecological perspective. Work on the project began in the fall of 2017, acting on a line of research Lovich has wanted to pursue for years.  The study considers the many ways turtles impact their ecosystem, from their role in food webs and ecosystem restoration to landscape alteration.

As herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, turtles feed on a wide range of items, allowing them to influence the structure of many other plant and animal communities. Within some environments, the sheer mass of some turtle species gives ecological significance. At more than 855 kilograms per hectare, the Pond Slider and its eggs represent an important food source for other animals in lakes and slow-moving waterways throughout the Southeastern U.S.  Turtles can also shape their environment. Some species, like Agassiz's Desert Tortoise in the American Southwest and the Gopher Tortoise in the American Southeast, dig deep burrows creating habitat for other species. The mounds of soil near the entrance of Gopher Tortoise burrows can create new habitat for some plant species, increasing overall plant diversity nearby. The burrows are used at various points in their life cycle by hundreds of other species, including spiders, insects, snakes, amphibians, other reptiles, rabbits, foxes and even bobcats.

"The ecological importance of turtles, especially freshwater turtles, is underappreciated, and they are generally understudied by ecologists," says Dr. Josh Ennen, research scientist at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. "The alarming rate of turtle disappearance could profoundly affect how ecosystems function as well as the structure of biological communities around the globe."

The study's authors say they hope the paper not only opens the public's eyes to the many roles turtles play but also how the dwindling of turtles reflects the negative impact human activity can have on the environment.

"As modern descendants of an ancient lineage, turtles are touchstones for how human influences are causing the decline of so much of the world's wildlife," says Whit Gibbons, professor emeritus and senior ecologist at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Odum School of Ecology. "Our hope is that everyone will be encouraged to engage in concerted efforts to conserve their well-earned legacy as part of our natural habitats."

To lose animals that fill so many roles and that have survived as long as turtles would be devastating, and not just due to the ecological ramifications. As time goes on, smaller populations could come to be perceived as normal to those who have no personal experience with more robust turtle communities, says UC Davis Scientist Mickey Agha.

"We must take the time to understand turtles, their natural history, and their importance to the environment, or risk losing them to a new reality where they don't exist," Agha says. "People born into a world without large numbers of long-lived reptiles, such as turtles, may come to accept that as the new norm."

An estimated 40 million to 50 million goldfish inhabit the waters of Lake Ontario, threatening native species.

Millions of dollars, meanwhile, are being spent on trying to keep their cousins, the Asian carp, out of the Great Lakes. Scientists fear that the carp will outcompete native species for both food and space.

“Asian carp are definitely the number one priority species we’re trying to keep out of the Great Lakes system,” Becky Cudmore, a senior science advisor on aquatic invasive species at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, told CTV’s Peter Akman.

But while the carp are an emerging and growing threat, goldfish have already firmly established themselves in Canada’s waterways.

Tys Theysmeyer, the head of natural lands at the lakefront Royal Botanical Gardens, near Hamilton, Ont., says goldish populations have exploded in recent times. The source, he says, is people setting their pets free -- a simple act that’s decimating the ecosystem by shrinking food supply for native species.

"Populations of frogs, fish, turtles, salamanders -- they’re all significantly down," Theysmeyer explained.

The problem, however, isn’t confined to the Great Lakes.

In Western Canada, cities like St. Albert, Alta., near Edmonton, are facing their own goldfish invasions.

Crews have been spraying the city’s tiny Lacombe Lake recently with poison, killing everything in the water in the hopes of wiping out a massive population of invasive goldfish and koi.

“There’s a real threat to the city’s ecosystem if these species are able to enter our natural waterways,” the city’s environment manager, Christian Benson, told CTV News. “They are prolific breeders. They will breed a couple times a year.”

It’s the third time a massive cull has occurred in the area. In 2017 alone, moreover, more than 45,000 goldfish and koi -- equaling two tonnes of fish -- were removed from storm water facilities.

In the massive Great Lakes, however, such a widespread cull is not an option. So, while the government attempts to manage the goldfish population, they are simply asking people to stop dumping their pets.

Over a thousand common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) jumped and splashed together near the coast of Cannery Row in California's Monterey Bay in the week leading up to Labor Day.

A sight for the eyes, this "superpod" of dolphins — made up of smaller pods or groups that typically stick together — were using teamwork to corral billions of baitfish.

This activity isn't uncommon, Patrick Webster, the social media content creator for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, said in a statement. In fact, it happens year after year. [Deep Divers: A Gallery of Dolphins]

"However, it is fairly rare to see them this close to shore and so readily observable by people," he said. Webster took a video of the dolphin superpod off the coast of Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, California (near the bottom-most end of the bay).

In the video, only a couple hundred dolphins are visible, though the entire group numbered over a thousand, Webster said. (The video is also slowed down to half the actual speed.) A single pod typically comprises dozens of individual dolphins that are often related, he added.

"It's a very special sighting nearshore of one of the ocean's magical moments often hidden away from human observation," Webster said. "But to the dolphins, it was probably just another Monday."

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