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Talkin' Pets News September 26, 2020 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Karen Vance - Dog Trainer and Agility Producer - Lexi Adams Network Producer - Darian Sims Social Media Consultant - Bob Page Special Guests - Melissa Anne Sweeney - Founder/Director of Love from Luke at 5pm ET / Singer/songwriter Brecken Miles will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 9/26/20 at 620pm ET to discuss his new single "Meghan" and give away some Coozies and his first EP
“Kiss the Ground” is a new film about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, “Kiss the Ground” premiered on Netflix on September 22. The film is created by the Los Angeles-based organization of the same name. Kiss the Ground is dedicated to regenerating farmland soil and training farmer leaders. The organization hopes to inspire viewers of “Kiss the Ground” to take action to help regenerate soil. Outdoor screenings of the film will also take place worldwide over the next 48 months. In advance of the premiere, “Kiss the Ground” viewers can text “SOIL” to 323-622-1644 to receive more information about how to take action to regenerate the world’s soils. --------------------------------------------------------- Well before COVID-19, digital pet care was burgeoning. In the newly published study Digital Pet Care Products and Services: E-commerce and E-connectivity, market research firm Packaged Facts reports that e-commerce made enormous strides between 2015 and 2019 and will grow to 35% of pet product sales by 2024. This projected growth would make the internet the top pet market channel in the years ahead. During the past few years, sales of internet-connected and Bluetooth-enabled pet products have proliferated while outpacing the overall market growth average. Venture-capitalist-backed, app-based pet care sitting and walking services such as Rover and Wag! have upset the traditional non-medical pet services paradigm. Meanwhile, veterinary telemedicine services have begun to move into the mainstream. Altogether, for 2020, Packaged Facts expects sales of digital pet care products and services to top $27 billion, with the e-commerce sale of pet products accounting for the lion’s share, but with all sectors poised to outpace the overall pet market’s forecasted 2019-24 compound annual growth rate of 5.4%. That said, sales of app-based pet care services will likely continue to remain soft through 2021, due to the ongoing stay-at-home and social distancing measures and travel slump that have negatively impacted home-based pet care services across the board. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Researchers believe dogs can detect COVID-19, and they’re testing the idea at the airport in Helsinki, Finland. Four dogs are now on the job in a pilot project, The Guardian reports. Several more are being trained to join them. “It’s very promising,” Anna Hielm-Björkman of the University of Helsinki was quoted saying. “If it works, it could prove a good screening method in other places.” Such places could include hospitals and sporting events. According to The Guardian: “After collecting their luggage, arriving international passengers are asked to dab their skin with a wipe. In a separate booth, the beaker containing the wipe is then placed next to others containing different control scents – and the dog starts sniffing.” If the dog alerts handlers to a positive finding, the traveler is asked to take a polymerase chain reaction test via nasal swab. Scientists in several other countries, including Germany, are also researching the COVID-19-detecting abilities of dogs. Finland is reportedly “the first country in Europe to put dogs to work sniffing out the coronavirus”. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A second fatality caused by cows has been made public by police, meaning there have been two such deaths within a fortnight in the north of England. Malcolm Flynn, 72, from Carlisle, died after being charged by cows, police said on Friday. Police asked for witnesses after Flynn was fatally injured in what they said was a tragic incident while he was walking on land near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland, at around 11.45am on Friday 11 September. Police said he died at the location, which is on the Pennine Way. On Monday, deputy headteacher Dave Clark died after he was injured by cows while walking near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Det Ch Insp Jane Fairlamb said: “My thoughts are with Malcolm’s family and friends at this time as they come to terms with the loss of a loved one in what was a shocking and tragic incident. “Our investigation is very much ongoing and we have already spoken to a number of witnesses, however, we are still trying to trace a number of people who were in the area at the time who we haven’t yet spoken to, and think could greatly assist our inquiries.” Flynn, who was walking with a companion, was wearing glasses and a sunhat, a T-shirt covered by a fleece, and had a telescopic stick. Officers are interested in hearing from anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident, particularly: • A white man with grey hair and a grey beard walking a dog, who is believed to have walked past the pair shortly before the incident. • A man and woman, believed to be in their 40, who spoke to the walkers before they entered the field. • A group of four walkers who spoke to Flynn’s walking companion immediately after the incident and offered to alert the farmer, as well as another man who entered the field and tried to divert the animals away from the scene. It is thought he left a fleece behind. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Fall is here, so how do you go about doing your favorite fall activities in the age of COVID-19? A lot of pumpkin patches like Jones Family Farm in Shelton are doing things a little differently, but it’s all for the sake of everyone’s safety. “We are definitely operating in a new world as everyone is aware,” says Jamie Jones. A new world, a new way of doing things. The biggest difference this fall – you have to plan ahead for your visit. “What we’re asking our guests to do is, before they visit the farm, to basically sign up online for a reservation, for a timed entry so we can limit the number of guests that are visiting the farm and any one period of time,” Jones tells News 8. Outdoor activities are perfect for social distancing, but don’t forget your mask. “We ask everyone to be wearing a mask when they’re entering,” continues Jones, a 6th-generation farmer, according to the farm’s website. “And, when they’re up close where they cannot social distance. But once you’re way out and far away from everything you can let your mask down and get a breath of fresh air.” Jones says that a visit to your local farm is a great way to support local businesses. It’s good for the whole family, too. “It’s fresh air it’s healthy for people and we’re fortunate we have more than 100 acres where people can spread out and I think it’s really important the families have the opportunity to do things together and get them outside to appreciate what’s happening on the farm Jones Family Farm is open starting Saturday, and they will stay open until Halloween. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, as California issued lockdown orders and residents mostly stayed home, vehicle traffic in San Francisco and the surrounding area quickly declined -- and with it, noise pollution. Research published Friday in in the journal Science suggests male white-crowned sparrows in the area took advantage of the newfound quiet by singing softer and "sexier" songs. Interested in the effects of the lockdown conditions on wildlife, a group of scientists decided to leave their apartments to record sparrow vocalizations in and around San Francisco. Their recordings revealed the dramatic drop-off in noise pollution. Suddenly, San Francisco was as quiet as rural Marin County. "The rush-hour roar was more like a gentle, sporadic purr," Jennifer Phillips, a researcher at California Polytechnic State University, said in a news release. "Usually, the Presidio is full of visiting tourists coming to see the Golden Gate Bridge, often in large groups. This season, only a few local individuals or couples were out for morning walks or bike rides. It was quite peaceful." When the research team compared their recordings to field recordings collected from the same areas between 2012 and 2020, they found the birds' songs had quieted but were traveling longer distances. "When the birds don't have to compete with loud background noise, they can essentially sing more quietly but still communicate over greater distances -- approximately twice as far," Phillips said. During lockdown, the songs of male white-crowned sparrows also became sexier, featuring a wider range of notes, or pitches. Songs with greater variety provide more information to females looking for a mate. "Our findings illustrate that behavioral traits can change rapidly in response to newly favorable conditions, indicating an inherent resilience to longstanding anthropogenic pressures like noise pollution," said study author Elizabeth Derryberry, a professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A large alligator and other exotic creatures were seized from a Bonneville County home this week after authorities received anonymous tips about the animals. Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers found numerous reptiles at the house, according to IDFG spokesman James Brower. The owner did not have permits for the animals and voluntarily surrendered the seven-foot alligator, two caimans, two snapping turtles, two rubber boas and a Gila monster. “We received some tips about the gentleman and he was very agreeable when we went to his house,” Brower says. “The reptiles had come across state lines and he wasn’t allowed to keep them in his home.” The animals were in good condition with the 80-pound alligator being kept in a large enclosure in the garage. Officers had to strategize on how to remove the gator from the home as they rarely deal with these types of reptiles. “We had several individuals there to help and consulted the state veterinarian to sedate the alligator,” Brower tells “Reptiles, in general, metabolize things very slowly so we had to wait and see if the animal calmed down. He was never comatose or unconscious and was actually pretty lively. We then lifted him over the enclosure and moved him out.” All of the animals were relocated to facilities that are legally able to care for them, according to Brower. The owner was “very cooperative” with officers and was given a formal warning. Brower doesn’t recall The Idaho Department of Fish and Game responding to a call involving an alligator in eastern Idaho for at least ten years. He hopes to use this experience to educate others looking to bring home exotic creatures. “If you get an animal from a pet store, it’s most likely legal and fine. But if you’re trying to purchase some exotic species from out of state, online or a private seller and it’s questionable, call us and we will let you know what permitting is required,” Brower says. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A wild scene was caught on camera in Boulder County earlier this week: a bull moose was seen damaging a car with its antlers. Chris Devlin was in the area when it happened. He captured the moment on camera. According to Boulder County Open Space, the car was empty. The car owner came back to the car and found a note from the videographer. BCOS also said that moose act ornery during rutting season. Rut, also known as mating season, is here for elk and moose. The season lasts through mid-October for elk and early October for Moose. Mule deer mating season peaks from November to December, according to CPW. Getting too close to wildlife can be very dangerous, especially during the rut. The rule of thumb is to hold your thumb up over the animal at a distance. If your thumb covers the animal’s body entirely, you are likely a safe distance away. It is also important to remember to never feed wild animals. Do not risk your safety to take a photo of an animal. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One tortoise in southern Utah has been through hell and back and lived to tell the tale — through burn marks on his shell. Wildlife biologists shared the story of a Mojave desert tortoise who lived through at least two destructive wildfires on protected land in southern Utah. "In order for a tortoise to survive a wildfire it must be in a stable deep burrow and, importantly, remain in the burrow until the surrounding ash cools," the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says. This tortoise managed to do just that through the Turkey Farm Road Fire in July, which burned nearly 12,000 acres north of St. George on the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. The conservation area was established to protect habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise and other threatened species whose populations are in decline due to degradation of their natural habitat and disease, among other causes. Examining the flaking layers of plates that covered the tortoise's shell, biologists also found old burn marks. They determined the tortoise got scorched in the 2005 Mill Creek Fire, but managed to survive. Examining the flaking layers of plates that covered the tortoise's shell, biologists also found old burn marks. They determined the tortoise got scorched in the 2005 Mill Creek Fire, but managed to survive. Three large wildfires burned in the same area during the summer of 2005, scorching a total of 14,634 acres on the Red Cliffs reserve. 7,885 of those acres were considered desert tortoise habitat. It's estimated that at least 57 tortoises, but likely more, were killed by those wildfires. The tortoise was likely in a deep burrow during the Turkey Farm Road Fire. Mojave desert tortoises spend 90% of their lives in such burrows, which are much larger than you might think. Some can be up to 30 feet long, but most are between 5 and 6 feet long, according to the Washington County Habitat Conservation Plan. It's also illegal to pick up a desert tortoise, unless you find one in imminent danger or crossing a road. That's because tortoises may pee if they are disturbed, and losing that water can lead to dehydration or death (they do live in the desert, after all). Wildlife biologists are still surveying land burned by the Turkey Farm Road Fire to determine how badly the Red Cliffs tortoise population was impacted. Three teens have been charged in juvenile court for setting off fireworks that sparked the fire.
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