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Talkin' Pets News

June 1, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - American Humane Rescue Team and Giant 50-foot Emergency Vehicle Helping Animals Caught in Deadly Oklahoma Floods and Dr. Lesa Staubus will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/1/19 at 5pm ET to discuss the work of American Humane


A California proposal would allow the purchase of medical marijuana for pets, The Associated Press reports.

The state Senate recently voted 33-0 in favor of the bill. It’s now headed for the California Assembly.

In order to get medical marijuana for a pet, an owner would need to be at least 18 years old and have a recommendation from a veterinarian. The vet would need to have completed a particular course.

Under the proposed law, the Veterinarian Medical Board would not be able to discipline a vet for recommending medical marijuana.

Parrot species that previously lived in the U.S. only as pets have taken to the wild in 23 states, National Geographic reports.

Twenty-five species have established breeding populations in locations ranging from California to Florida to New York. That’s according to research recently published in the Journal of Ornithology.

The three most common species are the monk parakeet, the nanday parakeet and the red-crowned Amazon.

The red-crowned Amazon is, in fact, now more plentiful in California than in its original habitat of Mexico.

That may be a good thing for the species, which is endangered due to habitat loss as well as trapping.

“Its establishment in the U.S. could save the species, and perhaps provide birds for reintroduction to the ancestral range if conditions improve there,” Ian Newton of the UK-based Centre for Ecology and Hydrology said, according to National Geographic. He was not involved in the research.

A Tuscaloosa man has died after his family says he was bitten by a copperhead snake at home. reports that 52-year-old Oliver Baker was pronounced dead at a hospital in Huntsville three days after the bite.

Family members say Baker was on the patio over the Memorial Day weekend walking his new puppy when he told family members that he had been bitten by a copperhead.

He fell unconscious within minutes. His brother, Reb Baker, told that he never recovered.

He was married and had two sons, one of whom had just graduated high school

A heroic effort to save a horse in Linwood, Kansas, is yet one more remarkable survival story from the tornado zone.

KCTV5’s Abby Dodge talked to the owner of the horse who said the frightened animal spent all night trapped in storm debris. There are livestock, dogs, and horses all over Linwood finding their way back home.

A heroic effort to save a horse in is yet one more remarkable survival story from the tornado zone. Alfredo Villa found his horse, Zino, only a hundred yards from his property, but bringing him back home was a difficult task.

“His front legs were right here,” he said. “One here and one there. His back legs were right there and the water was all the way, this high.” Zino was stuck all alone and covered in brush.

“He was moving and looking at us,” he said. “We were like, ‘Woah, he’s alive. We have to get him out of there as soon as possible.’”

Getting an 800-pound horse out of the ground isn’t easy. It took almost two hours and they had to crawl down in there and wrap a harness around him just to pull him out. “It was terrifying,” he said. “I love my horses to death.”

At least a dozen people helped in the rescue and Zino clearly was eager to be free. “He jumped up and just wanted to get out of here,” he said.

One of the horse heroes, Javier Campo, said there’s no way Zino wandered off and that he was taken by the tornado. “I just opened the door and looked out to the barn and nothing was there,” he said. No walls, no poles, no horses… just five out of 50 bales of hay were left.

Zino is doing just fine and he’ll be at the vets clinic for the next few days. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Pitchfork, and Woodstock 50 can all get bent. The real can’t-miss summer event of 2019 is here, and it’s a live-action role-playing game for goats.

Set to take place on June 15th at a goat farm in Redding, Conneticut, GoatLARP is a one-day celebration of the animal kingdom’s original Greatest Of All Time that, as its website describes, is “about running mind-blowing live action experiences for goats.”

Dismissing the idea that this event would consist of humans getting together on a farm to dress-up like goats and role-play chewing through aluminum cans and head-butting each other, GoatLARP explains that attendees are meant to “act as director and storyteller, transporting the goats to an unforgettable dream world of mystery and magic, etc etc.”

Guests are told to dress up “as any character you want” and then inhabit the mental space of, say, “an elf,” “Darth Vader,” or “mayor of space” who “has no knowledge of how you got to this mystical goat farm” but can only “sense that these goats are IMPORTANT.”

“They need to be entertained,” the site clarifies. “You need to run a LARP for them.”

A selection of “Goat Activity Cards” will be provided, though attendees are encouraged to make up their own games. The cards offer guidelines for themed activities, like the classic summer pastime of cosplaying Lord Of The Rings on a farm, casting nearby goats as Frodo and Sauron, using “lawn posts to mark off an area representing Mount Doom,” and seeing if Goat-Frodo wanders over to “Mount Doom before Sauron touches him.”

“As Goat Activites are completed, the Goat Happiness Meter will fill up,” says GoatLARP. “When it’s full, we’ll start a bonfire to celebrate GoatLARP’s success.”

The site lists right upfront that its most important rule is, “BE NICE TO THE GOATS.” It also reminds interested LARPers that “the goats are friendly, but may not be cooperative.”

“They may ignore us, or even try to kill us. We can’t predict how this is actually going to work,” it goes on. “Be prepared for the goats to take things ‘off the rails.’ They might also be completely uninterested in your LARP adventure. Who knows.”

Even if the goats don’t feel like playing along, the event will include a buffet and end with a sunset bonfire. Though the website doesn’t list this, the evening fire seems like a perfect opportunity to break out some guitars, invite a few goats to come on over, and host a lovely scream-along of some classic tunes to wrap things up.

If you would, quite understandably, like to learn more, prance and leap your way over to the GoatLARP website.

Over the past several months, some neighbors in a Palm Bay community​ have been dodging bees from a big beehive on the side of a nearby home.

"Once you get up close, it's like the size of a hood of a car," Linda Burns said.

Neighbors say the hive has been on the house since August.

"I'm across the street, but I'm starting to get more bees," she said.

Neighbors also say the homeowner is so afraid of being stung, he isn't mowing the backyard, which is overgrown, and they are worried the insects will go on the attack if threatened.

"I mean, if a pet, or dog or a person got hit with these bees, it could kill them," said Burns.

Neighbors contacted Brevard County Animal Services, and were told they don't handle insects. 

A local beekeeping group has come to the neighborhood to assess the situation. But the bees are Africanized bees, plus the hive is too big and too high up to do anything. 

Neighbors reached out to the city of Palm Bay and was told it’s up to homeowners to remove unwanted beehives because they are on private property. It's not illegal to kill bees, but they are important to the environment for pollination. They knocked on the homeowner's door, but there was no answer.

"It's more of a concern for people who don't know it's there," said Burns. "I am being very careful." Neighbors are looking at other options, like getting help from a wildlife trapper.

A rare "pitch black" deer was recently spotted and photographed about 150 miles north of Grand Rapids, Fox19 Now (WXIX-TV) reported. 

According to the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the black deer spotted is a rarity, called a "melanistic whitetail" — and they're harder to spot than albino or piebald deer. 

Bellaire-based real estate agent John Roach posted photos of the extraordinary sighting on his Facebook page Thursday. 

"I was taking my trailer back to my pole barn property and so drove past the driveway in order to back in. As I looked to my left I saw 2 deer in the lane that runs to the back of the property — nothing unusual except that one was typical and one was pitch black," Roach wrote. 

The deer association said this unusual coloration is due to a "random genetic anomaly," and believed to be a result of a mutated gene, thus causing the melanism. 

The first known melanistic whitetail spotting on record was in 1929, the association said, but these pitch black deer have been reported in Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and South Carolina. 

Imagine walking into your kitchen in the middle of the night, perhaps looking for a snack... and almost becoming one!

The Clearwater Police Department responded to a home around 3:00 a.m. Friday morning on Eagles Landing in Clearwater after getting a call about an unusual burglar: an 11-foot alligator! The homeowner says the alligator even got into her wine stash!

"The 11-foot-long gator broke into the home through some low windows in the kitchen. The homeowner called police and a trapper also responded to the scene," Clearwater PD wrote on Facebook.

"Why did he pick my condo?" asked the homeowner during an interview.

The gator was captured by a trapper and there were no injuries.

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