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Talkin' Pets News

October 9, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Urgent Vet - Oldsmar, Florida

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Hour 1 - 5pm ET - Yolanda Berkowitz is a board member of the Humane Society of the United States, as well as the founder of the Friends of Miami Animals Foundation (FoMA), one of Miami’s leading animal welfare nonprofits.

 

A groomer’s van was recently stolen with three dogs inside.

The vehicle, which belongs to Dogaholics Dog Daycare in Chicago, was found the evening of Sept. 23, CBS Chicago reports. The dogs were in it.

Dogaholics wrote in a Facebook post: “The van has been found with the dogs inside and we are working with @chicagopolicedepartment to reunite Pappy, Stella and Keith with their family.”

The white Nissan van was stolen from the alley behind the business. It had reportedly been left unattended with the keys in the ignition.

“Our transport stepped out of the van to go grab some keys; he was gone for like 30 seconds to a minute. When he came back, somebody jumped in the van and drove off with the dogs in the back,” manager Ben Montgomery said, according to WGN.

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More than 120,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Pacific Ocean has reached the Southern California coastline, closing parts of the beach as officials warn residents to stay away from the slick. The spill is at least 13 square miles in size.

"The ramifications will extend further than the visible oil and odor that our residents are dealing with at the moment. The impact to the environment is irreversible," Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a statement.

The cause of the spill remains under investigation, the U.S. Coast Guard said last Saturday. It announced that it was working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, local agencies and Beta Offshore, an oil production company, on the response.

Foley said the spill came from the oil rig Platform Elly, which Beta operates about 8.6 miles from land. Amplify Energy, Beta's parent company, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The city of Huntington Beach reported "substantial ecological impacts" on its beach and wetlands from the spill, and urged residents to steer clear of the area "due to the toxicity of the spill." Local officials closed part of the ocean.

According to the Coast Guard, trained spill response contractors were working to clean up the slick and public volunteers were not needed. The damage caused by the spill could be substantial, public officials and environmental advocates said.

"The hundred-thousand of gallons of oil that spilled into the ocean near Huntington Beach provide a stark and dark reminder that oil is dirty, dangerous, and can make our air and water too toxic for life," Laura Deehan, state director of Environment California, said in a statement.

"The oil from the spill has already washed up onto Huntington Beach and the Talbert Marsh wetlands, an area that's home to vibrant birdlife, including great blue herons, pelicans and endangered California least terns, which migrate up the Pacific Coast. The coast is also the habitat for myriad non-avian marine life, from fish that we eat, such as tuna and sea bass, to sea turtles, dolphins and whales," Deehan added. "This spill threatens all of them."

She added that she had spoken with Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery, who told her that while he was returning on his boat he saw dolphins swimming through the oil. "It sounds worse than the information slowly trickling in," Foley said.

California officials encouraged residents not to approach "oiled wildlife" but rather to report any animals impacted by the spill to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network by calling 1-877-823-6926.

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Captain Kirk is headed to space.

William Shatner, the 90-year-old actor who starred as Captain Kirk on "Star Trek: The Original Series," will launch on a suborbital spaceflight aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft on Oct. 12, 2021, the company announced today (Oct. 4). 

Shatner, whose flight was hinted at last month by TMZ, is officially launching on Blue Origin's second crewed spaceflight. Liftoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) from the company's Launch Site One in West Texas near the town of Van Horn. He will become the oldest person ever to fly in space with the mission.

Joining Shatner on New Shepard will be: Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of missions and flight operations; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Earth observation company Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, vice chair for life sciences and healthcare at French software company Dassault Systèmes.

The upcoming flight comes less than three months after Blue Origin's First Human Flight mission, which launched Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen on a suborbital flight on July 20. That mission set four Guinness World Records for the oldest person to fly in space (Funk), the youngest person to fly in space (Daemen), the first siblings to launch into space together and the first paying passenger to launch into space (Daemen, whose father paid for the trip), according to a GWR statement on Friday (Oct. 1). 

Shatner's flight follows the 55th anniversary of "Star Trek," which debuted on TV on Sept. 8, 1966, and on the heels of the actor's latest album "Bill," an autobiographical collection of spoken word pieces.

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The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to scientists Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi, whose groundbreaking work over the past 60 years predicted climate change and decoded complex physical systems.

Manabe, 90, and Hasselmann, 89, were jointly honored for "the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming," according to the news release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Both men carried out pioneering work in the 1960s and 1970s that sounded an early alarm on human-made climate change.

Italian physicist Parisi, 73, claimed the other half of the award, for "the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales."

The trio were announced as winners at a news conference Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden.

Manabe's work in the 1960s demonstrated how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere caused the Earth's temperature to rise. In doing so, he "laid the foundation for the development of current climate models," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

A decade later, Hasselmann "created a model that links together weather and climate."

Thors-Hans Hansson, the chair of the Nobel committee, said: "It's a physics prize. And what we are saying is that the modelling of climate is solidly based in physical theory."

Parisi's discoveries, meanwhile, "make it possible to understand and describe many different and apparently entirely random complex materials and phenomena." This is not only true for physics but also for other areas, such as mathematics, biology, neuroscience and machine learning, the academy added.

The committee's decision to recognize pioneering work on climate change comes weeks before the world's leaders meet at COP26, a crucial summit in the United Kingdom.

Parisi, a professor at Sapienza University in Rome, acknowledged the timeliness of the award while speaking with reporters after the announcement. He said it is "urgent that we take a very strong position, and we move at a very strong pace," adding: "It's clear that for the future generations, we have to act now, in a very fast way."

Manabe, senior meteorologist at Princeton University's Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, harnessed the calculating power of early computers and applied it to climate. In the late 1960s, his climate circulation model was on a computer that occupied a whole room and only had half a megabyte of memory. After hundreds of hours of testing, the model showed that carbon dioxide had a clear impact -- when the level of carbon dioxide doubled, global temperature increased by over 2°C.

The winners will receive 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.1 million), with one half going jointly to Manabe and Hasselmann and the other half to Parisi.

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Oklahoma-based technology companies Land Scout, AgBoost and SmartStock recently announced a partnership to integrate their agricultural software platforms. The alliance was formed to benefit cattle ranchers and livestock producers both statewide and across the nation.

The collaboration between Land Scout, AgBoost and SmartStock provides a seamless platform that will assist cattle ranchers in the most critical aspects of ranch management such as real-time herd location, genetic testing for optimal breeding and continuous animal health monitoring.

Land Scout's ranch management software gives users a wide range of tools to connect all their land, herds and resources in one platform. Water, gate and pasture monitors are built into the software that allows ranchers to monitor water levels and remotely turn on water to refill tanks, knows when a gate is open, or a fence is down, and establishes and manages pastures from crops to herd rotation.

"Land Scout for ranch and herd management provides real-time animal health and location monitoring for our clients," explained Trent Stoker, Director of Sales and Marketing for Land Scout. "Partnering with AgBoost and SmartStock adds deeper value by integrating critical genetic and health data, which will allow our clients to build better breeding plans for their herds and provide a higher quality product to their markets. It just makes us proud to have three Oklahoma-based tech firms focused on disrupting ag technology."

AgBoost gives livestock producers the ability to track herd performance data and inventory to assist in a successful breeding program that provides better results for a sustainable herd that continues to perform and produce.

"Our partnership with Land Scout and SmartStock increases our brand visibility with potential customers and also gives our existing customers additional tools and expertise that will continue to improve productivity and sustainability," said Sean Akadiri, founder and CEO of AgBoost.

SmartStock's herd management technology system has designed a digestive track "bolus" similar to a tracking and monitoring device that is inserted into a dairy cow's digestive track to monitor health and vital signs. Each bolus comes with a unique animal identification number that assists with tracking and monitoring.

"The bolus monitors core body temperature and other health data parameters which are sent to the Land Scout platform database program on a continuous basis," said SmartStock CEO Bill Ardrey. "The bolus sends immediate, real-time alerts notifying the owner of any possible illness or adverse health events in any of their livestock, which ultimately leads to improved herd management efficiency and increased overall productivity for dairy farmers and ranchers. This technology dovetails perfectly with the software platforms offered by both Land Scout and AgBoost."

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A North Dakota man who recently returned from a four-day trip found his Chevy Avalanche had been broken into. However, instead of taking anything, the burglar left something behind: More than 175 pounds of black walnuts.
Fargo resident Bill Fischer says a squirrel stashed the walnuts under the hood of his pickup, stowing them between engine parts, hoses and spark plugs. It took him more than seven hours to remove most of the nuts, which filled seven five-gallon buckets, Fischer says. “Some of the nuts I am unable to retrieve,” he says. “They are hidden inside the frame.”
Although it wasn’t the first time a squirrel used Fischer’s truck as a hiding place, he says, “This year was a record.”

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In an oldie but remarkable animal story - Motorists in Winchester, Connecticut, waited patiently as an exasperated female black bear tried to ferry her four cubs across the road. With traffic halted, many motorists took out their phones to record the hilarious, relatable ordeal.

The bear was attempting to cross Rowley Street, a busy road with a 40 mph speed limit. A police cruiser blocked traffic to allow the mother bear the time she needed to corral all of her cubs to safety.

As she carried her cubs across the asphalt by the scruff, one by one, the cubs promptly followed her back across the street, making for a hilarious farce that entertained motorists for a full 20 minutes.

Clips were shared online, prompting thousands of human parents to empathize with the mama bear’s near-impossible task.

Driver Benjamin Elijah Washington filmed a 4-minute video to capture the struggling mama’s parenting act.

In the clip, Washington’s wife exclaims, “Poor mama, I feel you!” and later says that she has “never related more to a bear” as the couple watches the solo parent trundling back and forth across the road after her kids.

Winchester Police Department shared Washington’s clip on their Facebook page as a warning to motorists, and to thank Winchester drivers for their exemplary patience.

The clip went viral, amassing millions of views.

“Perfect example of motherhood. How much patience Moms across all species have to raise the little ones,” wrote one woman.

Another commented: “It is so nice to see there are other people who respect these beautiful animals. Good Karma to the Officer who blocked the traffic. What an amazing video.”

If you haven’t viewed the video since August check it out at talkinpets.com you’ll be aspired by the wonderment of life and parenting.

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More than 40 people reported a fireball sighting Sunday morning, mainly over Colorado. The fireball was also seen in Wyoming and New Mexico and 12 people submitted videos to the American Meteor Society. 

In one video, captured on a porch camera in Commerce City, Colorado, the fireball appears to drop out of the sky in a blue blaze. Another video, taken by Josh Ellis in Evergreen, Colorado, was shared with CBS Denver. Ellis said the fireball was so bright, it charged his solar lights. "Everything was pitch dark, and all of a sudden it lit up as if it was a brightly lit moon," said Doug Robinson, who captured video of the fireball over Boulder, Colorado.

Fireballs are bright meteors categorized as brighter than the planet Venus, according to the society, a nonprofit that monitors meteors.  About six people described hearing a boom during the Colorado fireball sighting, a society employee told CBS Denver.  Chris Peterson, who works at the Cloudbait Observatory in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains, said the fireball spotted on Sunday was "descending very deep."  "Ten or 20 miles may not seem very close to the ground, but when we think about typical burning stars, we're seeing things that are burning up 60 to 70 miles high," Peterson told CBS Denver. The observatory also recorded the fireball. Peterson said such an occurrence over a single area only happens every few years.

"It's unusual for such a large object," Peterson, who is a research associate with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, said. He said usually 90 to 95% of the meteor burns up into dust, and pieces that reach the ground are between the size of gravel and a baseball. Peterson said here's a good chance that there's at least several pounds of material on the ground, according to CBS Denver. 

Last week, NASA said a fireball fell over the North Carolina coast at about 32,000 miles per hour. It was one of at least five fireballs seen over the U.S. in the same night. 

The American Meteor Society received 148 fireball reports from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia, and the fireball in North Carolina had the largest group of eyewitness accounts, with more than 80 people reporting it. The fireball was captured in at least two different videos. 

Every day, several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere, according to the organization. However, the vast majority occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions and during daylight, making them hard to see.  It's also hard to detect fireballs that occur at night because few people are out to notice them.

The brighter the fireball, the more rare the event. Fireballs are generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky, according to the organization.  "Experienced observers can expect to see only about 1 fireball of magnitude -6 or better for every 200 hours of meteor observing, while a fireball of magnitude -4 can be expected about once every 20 hours or so," the organization says. 

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