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Talkin' Pets News

November 21, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Adriana O

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Environmental Ed and brother of Jon Patch will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Turkey facts and Lore

Dear Friend and host of Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 630pm ET to discuss Turkey and non-Turkey dinners

David Frei co-host of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day will stop by to discuss this years show 11/21/20 at 720pm ET



Do you think platypuses glow under black light? Maybe that question has never once crossed your mind, and that’s fair, I suppose. It kind of sounds like a question a college freshman might ask you as you sit smoking a loosely packed joint in the warm glow of their dorm-room lava lamp. But, in fact, it’s the question a team of professional scientists has spent several years researching, and to which we now have a definitive answer." data-word-count="30">According to a paper published last month in the journal Mammalia, platypuses do in fact glow under black light. So there’s that! Why do they glow? Well, we don’t know." data-word-count="96">The bigger question, perhaps, is: Why did scientists decide to look into it in the first place? According to the New York Times, it all started when Jonathan Martin, an associate professor of forestry at Northland College in Wisconsin, was exploring the woods behind his house with a UV flashlight and noticed that a flying squirrel nibbling at his bird feeder was glowing pink. He and some of his colleagues went to the Field Museum in Chicago to confirm his finding and concluded that, indeed, all three North American flying-squirrel species glow pink under UV light." data-word-count="31">While they were there, looking into the cute, glowing squirrels, Erik Olson, an associate professor of natural resources at Northland, began wondering how many other animals might glow under black light." data-word-count="20">“Like, what about platypuses?” Olson told the Times. “That’s kind of as far from flying squirrels as you can get.”" data-word-count="95">Sure. Yeah. You’re at the Field Museum anyway. Why not check out if platypuses glow while you’re there? So like an extremely niche Room Raiders episode, the researchers went down to the “platypus cabinet” in the Field Museum’s basement with their black lights and found that — “sure enough,” according to Olson — the platypuses glowed fluorescent under the UV lights. (The study did not say whether, at any point, the researchers held the UV lights over someone’s pants when they came back from the bathroom and said, “Ew! What’s that?!,” and embarrassed the person.)" data-word-count="43">Again, no one’s sure why platypuses glow like this. And while they’re not the only animals that do — scorpions, lichens, and puffin beaks all glow under UV light as well, the Times noted — they are among the only mammals that do." data-word-count="73">This makes as much sense as anything about platypuses does, I guess, and it’s certainly a much more charming trait than their weird milk sweat. And if you’re wondering whether the scientists continued to just wander around the Field Museum holding UV lights over other animal specimens, the answer appears to be yes, but we’ll have to wait and see what the results of those findings were. “Stay tuned,” Olson told the Times.


The Trump administration is reportedly planning to make the most of its final months in office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, formalizing plans to offer parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) up for leasing contracts for oil and gas drilling.

Originally reported by Bloomberg, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska State Office will be handling all inquiries and comments on land allocated for leasing for the upcoming Coastal Plain oil and gas lease sale. 

The Coastal Plain of the ANWR, at the northeastern part of the state, was officially approved for drilling operations by the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt back in August, despite pushback from environmental advocates and Democratic lawmakers. 

Major banks also took a stand against drilling operations in the area, with firms like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo declaring they will not help finance projects involving oil drilling. 

Regardless, 31 tracts of land, composing more than 1.5 million acres of Coastal Plain territory, will be available for leasing. The Coastal Plain is expected to be oil-rich, with estimates reporting about 4.25 to 11.8 billion barrels of recoverable oil within the territory.

Interest has been generated in drilling operations, however, with American Petroleum Institute's Frank Macchiarola telling The Washington Post that many Alaskans support drilling efforts, despite the fact that the Trump administration is “under a tight timeline” to auction off leases.

The U.S. Department of Interior notes that the entire oil program area will be made available to oil and gas companies pursuant to the Record of Decision that approved drilling operations along the Coastal Plain. 

Environmentalists say this is detrimental news for the native flora and fauna that inhabit the area, including black, brown and polar bears, caribou, arctic foxes, 200 species of migratory birds, moose, muskoxen and more. The Refuge is also the ancestral home of the indigenous Gwitch’in people. 

Financially, the plan aims to generate $1 billion to $1.8 billion in revenue, but calculations done by the Center for American Progress estimates that the federal government would receive around $37.5 million from drilling leases, assuming an acre is sold for $50.  Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the Department of the Interior by environmental advocacy groups, and many activists see President-elect Biden’s victory as a corresponding win to halt drilling efforts.

“We are especially energized by the President-elect’s campaign commitment to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a promise two-thirds of Americans support including large majorities of independents, suburban women, Latinos and Black voters,” Adan Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, said in a statement.


This holiday season, we'll be looking at much smaller gatherings, which means smaller dishes needed for Thanksgiving including turkeys. Now farmers are working to make changes to meet the demand.

Roperti's Turkey Farm on Five Mile near Farmington in Livonia have been raising gobblers and trotters since 1948.

As most people are having smaller Thanksgiving gatherings, the need for large turkeys is much lower during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The owner Christine Roperti says despite this ongoing pandemic, business is good.

"They started it with 50, then 100, then 500," she said. "Now we sell 4,400 in four days."

But many folks are canceling Thanksgiving this year choosing to go virtual, having food exchanges - or much smaller gatherings. But Roperti says her customers are loyal.

"I have the best customers. They always come back," she said.

There have been more new customers this year and thousands of turkeys have already been claimed.

"They are fed corn, they're not pumped with anything and then they are killed for you the day before you pick up your order," she said.

Over a four-day period  Roperti, with the help of her son and a crew of 45 others, processes thousands of birds... 
"We work from six in the morning to 12, and we're done with a thousand turkeys at 12," Christine said.

These birds can get up to 30 pounds. But this year during Covid a lot of people don't even want the regular size - they want 10 to 12 pounds.

"A lot of people are just ordering 18 to 20 pounds," she said.  "Some of my customers, being that there's just two or three of them, they'll take the 18 to 20 and then I'll cut it in half for them. Then they have a half for Thanksgiving and a half for Christmas."

The price is 3.79 a pound and - Roperti is so busy she said they are likely only taking orders until Friday because they are nearly sold out.

So however you plan to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, Roperti is hoping everyone enjoys it - safely.


A tiny owl that was found dehydrated and hungry in the branches of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is eating its way back to good health and is set to be released back into the wild Saturday.

The adult male Saw-whet owl was dubbed Rockefeller after it was discovered Monday by a worker setting up the towering holiday tree in Manhattan. The Norway spruce was cut down 170 miles (275 kilometers) northwest in upstate New York and brought to Manhattan on Saturday.

The bird was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in the Hudson Valley, where it is dining on mice in preparation for a return to the wild, tentatively before dusk Saturday.

“I just want to make sure he’s well-fed before he goes,” Director Ellen Kalish told the Daily Freeman on Thursday. “He was a little on the thin side when he came in. He probably hadn’t eaten in a number of days. So I just want to make sure that he’s at his best weight and health, and then he goes.”

Kalish said the owl is in “great condition” with no bone fractures apparent after an X-ray. She plans to release the owl from the center’s location in Saugerties, New York.


Sniffer dogs are usually used to detect drugs or explosives. But at Helsinki airport in Finland, they're being utilised to test for coronavirus.

A pilot project is providing instant and pain-free COVID-19 testing on the spot.

The canines have already sniffed more than 2,000 test samples since their booth was set up a month ago.

Passengers wipe themselves with a cloth and then drop the sample into a container, which the dogs then sniff.

Earlier this year, researchers found that dogs can detect the virus with close to perfect accuracy, up to five days earlier than a PCR test.

A few months ago, authorities in the United Arab Emirates embarked on similar canine testing at Dubai International Airport using police dogs.


A dachshund showed off his bravery after a mountain lion attacked his best friendMijo, a 15-year-old Chiweenie. The two dogs were with their owners visiting family members in Colorado when they both ran outside through an open door.

As soon as the two dogs got outside, the massive cat pounced on Mijo and started to run off with the six-pound dog. Winston chased after Mijo, barking at the mountain lion. Eventually, the mountain lion dropped Mijo and ran off into the woods.

"This is his best friend, so I'm not surprised that when he was screaming, that he chased after him," Sarah Moore, Winston's owner, told KUSA. "He's got a lot of heart."

After the mountain lion ran away, Moore rushed Mijo to a vet with serious injuries. Mijo lost his right eye and suffered a seizure while in the emergency room, and has permanent brain damage due to the attack.

Moore set up a GoFundMe to help cover the Mijo's extensive vet bills.

"It is an absolute miracle that this little guy is still alive. There is no reason one bite from a mountain lion shouldn't have killed him. He could have easily been carried off, he could have easily suffered a broken back, neck, or a fractured skull," Moore wrote. "There is no reason that a wiener dog could have chase off a mountain lion in the middle of an attack. Yet, here he is."


In one of those weird quirks of the news cycle, a pair of albino animals from two distinctly different parts of the world made headlines this past week. First, on a wildlife refuge in Kenya, the last known white giraffe was outfitted with a GPS tracker to prevent the incredibly rare creature from poachers after some nefarious individuals killed the only other two such animals earlier this year. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, a woman caught sight of a wondrous albino buck wandering through her backyard and managed to capture some photographs of the majestic creature before it retreated back into the snowy woods.


Easily the remarkable story of the week came by way of Indonesia, where a modest coffin maker wound up becoming an instant millionaire thanks to an incredible stroke of interstellar luck. Josua Hutagalung was working outside of his home when he heard a sudden crash and, upon rushing over to see what caused the commotion, discovered a rather sizeable rock had inexplicably plummeted from the sky, punched a hole through his roof, and was stuck in the mud outside his house. A subsequent examination of the object led to the shocking determination that it was an incredibly rare meteorite valued at a whopping $1.8 million.


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