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February 3, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida

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Lustful male marsupials sacrifice their sleep for weeks to make more time for mating1.

The antechinus, an Australian marsupial roughly the size of a gerbil, is a rare example of a mammal that mates during a certain season and never again. Roughly every August, male antechinus enter a three-week breeding frenzy in which they mate with every female they can and then die en masse.

“It’s very short, very intense,” says zoologist Erika Zaid at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Males generally live for only one year; females can live for at least a year longer and produce more than one litter.

To find out how males make enough time for sex in their short lives, Zaid and her colleagues trapped ten male and five female dusky antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii) and kept them in separate enclosures so they couldn’t mate. They attached activity monitors to the animals’ collars and collected blood samples to measure biomarkers.

The researchers found that captive males, but not females, moved around much more and slept less during breeding season than they did the rest of the year. On average, the males’ sleep time per day was around 20% lower during the breeding season than during the non-breeding season ― and one male’s sleep time per day was more than 50% lower. At the end of breeding season, two of the males died within a few hours of one another. The other eight became sterile.

To determine whether sleep loss occurs in the wild, Zaid and her colleagues trapped 38 animals from a related species called agile antechinus (A. agilis) before and during breeding season and measured the animals’ oxalic acid, a chemical in the blood whose levels drop when an animal is short on sleep. Males’ oxalic acid levels fell sharply during the breeding season. Unlike the captive females, wild females showed drops as well, suggesting that males were waking them up for shenanigans.

Zaid and others had thought that sleep loss might be what kills male antechinus every year. But the two males that died weren’t the ones that had lost the most sleep, and it takes much more sleep loss to kill a rat, suggesting that something else kills antechinus. “It’s a real question mark,” says Zaid. The study was published today in Current Biology.

Mammalian physiologist Adrian Bradley at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, says the paper is a thorough investigation. The results fit with his experience studying antechinus during mating season: males become so hyperactive that they will even climb his legs. He suggests that if the males’ feeding patterns change during mating season, malnutrition could cause fatal damage to their stomachs.

In future studies, Zaid plans to investigate what kills the males. She suspects that an environmental trigger, such as a parasite, sets the clock ticking before the mating season even starts.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the winners of the AKC Junior Versatility Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to the top 10 Juniors who competed in a minimum of three different competitive AKC Events. The dates of eligibility were July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

The scholarships are offered by Carolyn and Gary Koch in memory of Pug, GCHP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble through the AKC Humane Fund, Elizabeth Fletcher in memory of Doris A. Wall, the North Carolina Triangle Judges Education Group, and the AKC® National Junior Organization.

First place ($3,000): Theodore Moore from Bethel, MN. Theodore competes in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Pointing Breed Hunt Tests, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, CGC and Trick Dog with his German Shorthaired Pointers

Second Place ($2,500): Ava Gardner from St. Louis Park, MN. Ava competes in Agility, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, and Rally with her English Cocker and her Swedish Vallhund.

Third Place ($2,000): Christopher Plank from Waterloo, IL. Christopher competes in Agility, Fast Cat, Scent Work, Rally, Trick Dog and Virtual Home Manners with his German Shepherd Dog.  

Fourth Place ($1,500): Kaylin Smith, from Ballwin, MO. Kaylin competes in Agility, Fast Cat, and Rally with her Standard Schnauzer and Border Collie.

Fifth Place ($1,000): Grant Gooding, from Baldwin, WI. Grant competes in Pointing Breed Hunt Tests and Field Trials, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, Obedience, Rally and Trick Dog with his German Shorthaired Pointers, Irish Setter, and English Setter.

Sixth Place ($750): Kirbie Allen from Tupelo, MS. Kirbie competes in Cat, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship and Lure Coursing with her Borzoi and Whippet.

Seventh Place ($500): Marilyn Dempsey, from Wylie,TX. Marilyn competes in Junior Showmanship, Agility, and Fast Cat with her Chihuahuas.

Eighth place ($250): Anja Cikara-Gocke from Wellington, CO. Anja competes in Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, Obedience, Rally, and Trick Dog primarily with her Australian Shepherds.

Ninth Place ($250): Allison Chism from Reddick, FL. Allison competes in Agility, Fast Cat, Junior Showmanship, Coursing Ability Test, Virtual Home Manners, and the Agility League with German Wirehaired Pointers.

Tenth Place, ($250): Sarah Ford from Stanford, KY. Sarah competes in Agility, Rally and Scent Work with her Miniature American Shepherds.

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With protesters picketing outside a packed arena, bullfights resumed in Mexico City last Sunday.

The return to the capital came after Mexico’s highest court temporarily revoked a local ruling that had sided with animal rights defenders and suspended the events for more than a year and a half. The resumption of bullfights in the Plaza Mexico, the largest bullfighting arena in the world, raised the hopes of fans in the face of a legal battle.

Bullfighting is still allowed in much of Mexico, but in the capital it is fighting for its future. Opponents argue the practice violates animal welfare and affects people’s right to a healthy environment.

Thousands cheered the return of “fiesta brava”, as bullfighting is also known in Spanish. “Long live freedom,” some shouted as the first bull entered an arena jammed with spectators.

The first bullfighter to enter the ring was the renowned Mexican matador Joselito Adame. Six bulls were fought on Sunday. All were killed. Outside, hours before the start of the event, about 300 people gathered in front of Plaza Mexico to protest.

Some activists yelled “Murderers!” and “The plaza is going to fall!” Others played drums or stood with signs reading “Bullfighting is sadism”. Police with shields stood by. The protest was mainly peaceful, although there were some moments of tension when some activists threw plastic bottles and stones.

In May 2022, a local court ordered an end to bullfighting activities at Plaza Mexico in response to an injunction presented by the civil organisation Justicia Justa, which defends human rights. But the nation’s Supreme Court revoked the suspension in December while the merits of the case are discussed and a decision is reached on whether bullfights affect animal welfare.

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Another civil organisation filed an appeal on animal welfare grounds in a last-ditch effort to prevent the activity from resuming, but no ruling was delivered in time.

Animal rights groups have been gaining ground in Mexico in recent years while bullfighting followers have suffered several setbacks. In states such as Sinaloa, Guerrero, Coahuila, Quintana Roo and Guadalajara, judicial measures now limit the activity.

Ranchers, business owners and fans maintain that the ban affects their rights and puts at risk several thousand jobs. They say that bullfighting generates about $400m a year.

The National Association of Fighting Bull Breeders in Mexico estimates that bullfighting is responsible for 80,000 direct jobs and 146,000 indirect jobs. The association has hosted events and workshops in recent years to promote bullfights and find new, younger fans.

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The love of an animal and its owner is a bond like no other but when two animals bond to one another, it is usually forged from remarkably unique circumstances.  Helen Woodward Animal Center is currently home to two Siamese kitten siblings who rely on one another in a very special way.  Untreated corneal ulcerations have left heavy scarring and clouding on the eyes of one male kitten who now leans on his tiny sister for confidence and friendship.  The bonded pair are available for adoption (as a twosome!) this week. 

 On December 19th, S’more and Graham Cracker arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center via transport from a southern California rescue partner, just outside of Los Angeles. The kittens were only weeks old but S’more’s eyes had already withstood extreme damage from an untreated neonatal illness.  Unmanaged conjunctivitis and corneal ulcerations can be associated with feline herpesvirus 1 and the result was major scarring and loss of vision.  Upon arrival to the Center, however, S’more seemed oddly at peace, despite his cloudy vision in a world unfamiliar to him.  The answer to S’more’s comfort was sitting curled beside him – a tiny sister sibling, named Graham Cracker, who made the first move towards the hands of vet techs, assuring him that all was well. 

 “Their names definitely suit them,” said Helen Woodward Animal Health Supervisor Breanne Sneddon.  “They are sweet as can be and have definitely come through a lot together in their short lives.  Cats are normally terrified simply from being transported such a long distance, never mind having to do so with the limited vision S’more is dealing with.  You can tell the bond between them is one formed by love and need”  

 S’more and Graham Cracker will be adopted out as a bonded pair.  They will be available for adoption beginning Friday, February 2nd.  Potential adopters should plan on taking simple steps to make sure that S’more is secure in his new home, such as setting up a stationary area that he can quickly adapt to and making efforts not to move furniture or other household items into his regular pathways.  No other treatment for his eyes will be required. One thing is certain, S’more will be right there to show his new family how wonderful his sister really is.

 To adopt S’more and Graham Cracker or for more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center, please go to www.animalcenter.org, call 858-756-4117 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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As world leaders gather for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), renowned environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill speaks out for the first time in a decade, to call on governments to meet their commitment to end deforestation and to highlight the crucial role community-centered REDD+ projects can play in this mission.

Julia Butterfly Hill gained worldwide recognition in the 1990s for her action to protect California's ancient and ecologically significant forests from clear cutting. Most famously, Julia lived for 738 days in a giant 1,000-year-old redwood tree known as Luna. Julia's historic act of civil disobedience saved the tree and the surrounding grove from loggers.

For the past ten years, Julia has purposefully been out of the spotlight but is now adding her voice to the swell of public demand for ambitious government and corporate action to protect forests: one of nature's strongest weapons against climate change.

Amongst the actions she sees as vital, Julia is calling for companies to invest more into community-centered REDD+ projects.

"It is so clear that people around the world are begging and calling out for forests to be protected, for people to care and take action. Our leaders, all of us, have to be more than just talking about solutions. We absolutely need to be taking action and living these solutions. I was talking about implementing ideas similar to how REDD+ works almost 25 years ago while I was doing my direct action living in Luna," said Julia Butterfly Hill.

"Through my experience involved in this and other efforts, I learned it's important to stand against, but while we do, it's even more important to stand for something. REDD+ projects do that. They stand for ending deforestation, which is vital for the survival of our species. They stand for reducing emissions into our atmosphere, for protecting wildlife, and for a better life for some of the world's most disenfranchised communities and for future generations."

REDD+ was envisioned by the UN as a way to help reduce carbon emissions from deforestation. Today REDD+ projects protect over 3 million hectares of forest and reduce emissions by more than 63 million tons a year.

Also as part of her call for action on deforestation, Julia has collaborated with Everland on an animation of her poem Where have all the humans gone? - written during her tree-sit.   

"I was sitting on a branch of Luna just hanging and looking out over everything when it came to me. I grabbed my pad of paper and started furiously scribbling it down because the words were coming to me so fast. The poem is both sad and poignant, and given it was written all those years ago, it's very foretelling of where we are today," said Julia Butterfly Hill.

Visit our Facebook @talkinpetsradio to watch the video.

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Atmospheric rivers are powerful storm systems that can cause intense flooding and billions of dollars in damage. The storms are airborne rivers of water vapor pushed by wind. Such phenomena can measure 2,000 miles long and 500 miles across, and can carry about as much water as 25 Mississippi Rivers. 

One such system is slamming into the West Coast right now, placing millions under flood alerts because of forecasts for moderate to heavy rainfall and several feet of snow in some high-altitude areas. Southern California will be drenched, and rain will even fall in the state's deserts. 

A group of hurricane hunters is working to investigate the weather phenomenon. CBS Mornings recently joined a flight of U.S. government scientists taking off from Honolulu, Hawaii, to follow the path of an atmospheric river forming over the Pacific Ocean as part of our "Protecting the Planet" series. Those atmospheric rivers often hit the West Coast and dump extreme amounts of snow and rain. Sometimes the storms turn into systems that can travel across the country, wreaking even more havoc. Multiple atmospheric rivers last winter eradicated California's drought, but caused $4.6 billion in damages. 

"If we get too much, it's a problem. If we get too little, it's a problem," said Marty Ralph, the director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC San Diego. Ralph has been studying atmospheric rivers for more than two decades. 

The powerful storms are expected to become even stronger as climate change heats the planet and creates a warmer atmosphere. "The climate models are projecting that there's gonna be longer dry spells, but also the wettest of the wet days ... the top 1% wettest days ... could be a lot wetter," Ralph said. This will cause extreme weather events to become even worse, Ralph explained. 

During the seven-hour reconnaissance mission that CBS Mornings observed, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration dropped 30 instruments attached to parachutes into the storm. A scientist told CBS Mornings that those instruments will provide a constant look into the temperature, humidity, wind speed and wind direction as they travel through the storm, providing invaluable information that can't be collected from a satellite image. 

"That's really helpful for forecasters down on the ground to be able to forecast exactly where this is going to go," NOAA scientist Samantha Timmers said.  NOAA says that data from flights like this has already improved the accuracy of forecasts by 10%, better pinpointing where and when storms will hit and how much rain and snow they will drop. That can save lives and better protect property, while giving reservoir operators better data to decide when to release water to make room for an upcoming storm, or hold onto it for the dry season. 

The data also helps scientists learn more about atmospheric rivers. The term was only formally defined by scientists in 2017, according to Ralph, so there's still a lot to learn.  "They sort of don't look like much even when you're flying right over them at 41,000 feet," Ralph said. "But there's a lot going on down there." 

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This week, the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Topeka Police Department in rescuing 70 dogs and cats and several small animals from an alleged cruelty situation in Topeka, KS. The rescue team worked late into the evening getting the rescued animals settled into their emergency shelter in a confidential location.

“We saw some really sad situations and a lot of suffering on the property yesterday,” said Jessica Johnson, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ animal rescue team. “There’s no better antidote than being here with the rescued animals after a good night of sleep on the first day of their new lives, with full bellies."

A dog named Betty was lethargic when we found her on-scene. She was transferred to a veterinary hospital and has been diagnosed with pneumonia. She remains hospitalized for further care.  According to the veterinarians, she was dehydrated, is extremely emaciated, has skin issues and muscle wasting.

During in-depth exams, veterinarians noted the following conditions:

  • Many cats have ear mites.
  • Most of the dogs and cats have fleas.
  • Many of the cats have upper respiratory infections.
  • Several of the cats are FIV positive.
  • Several animals have eye issues and one dog, who we have named Midnight Rain, has bilateral ruptured eyes.
  • Many animals have dental disease, some severe.
  • Most of the dogs are underweight, several are severely emaciated.
  • One of the dogs was found to have untreated pyometra, which is a serious and life-threatening infection of the uterus that causes it to fill with bacteria and pus.

The animals have started receiving treatment for their various ailments. We will provide updates as the animals continue on their road to recovery. When the animals are ready for placement, we will share updates about placement partners here: Kansas animal rescue | The Humane Society of the United States

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New research published today in the journal Science has concluded that eradicating animals on the basis that they are not native in order to protect plant species, can be a flawed practice costing millions of dollars, and resulting in the slaughter of millions of healthy wild animals. Introduced large herbivores, or megafauna, are claimed to have distinct and harmful ecological impacts, including damaging sensitive plants and habitats, reducing native plant diversity, and facilitating introduced plants. However, up to now these impacts have been studied without comparison to a proper control: native megafauna. The new analysis, carried out by researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, and the University of Oxford, UK, compared the effects of large mammal species listed as native and introduced, respectively, in 221 studies from across the world. They found that the two groups of animals had indistinguishable effects on both the abundance and diversity of native plants. Study co-author Dr Jeppe Kristensen (The Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford), said: ‘We do not find evidence to support the claim that native large herbivores have different impacts on ecosystems, specifically plant communities in this case, than their non-native counterparts. Therefore, we should study the ecological roles these animals - native or not - play in ecosystems rather than judge them based on their belonging.’ However, the researchers did find that the traits of megafauna influenced how they affect plants, regardless of nativeness. In particular, small-bodied picky-eaters, such as deer, tended to suppress plant diversity while larger, generalist bulk-feeders such as buffalo tended to increase plant diversity. This is because large, bulk-feeders are physically unable to selectively feed on their favourite plants and are therefore more likely to suppress dominant species, making space for smaller sub-dominant plant species.  The researchers also found that the body mass of individual animals had a significant effect, but not the combined weight of animals on the landscape. This testifies to the unique effects of large and very large animals, compared with smaller animals. Dr Kristensen added: ‘While one elephant can push over a mid-sized tree, 50 red deer cannot. You can’t total the body mass to understand the effect of animal presence on the landscape, you have to consider the effect of each animal species present.’ The authors point out that the study specifically assessed large mammal herbivores, and that nativeness may remain an important way to understand other types of ecological interactions. For instance, more specialised introduced species such as introduced tree pests, may have really distinct effects on ecosystems because native species did not coevolve with them. Millions of dollars are spent eradicating animals each year due to our perception of them not belonging in a certain place. Paradoxically, many of those animals are endangered in their home ranges and therefore at risk of diminishing if we were to be successful with the eradication where they are perceived invasive. Senior author, Professor Jens-Christian Svenning (Aarhus University) added: ‘This interpretation suggests that functional niches vacated by extinctions and extirpations in recent prehistory, often due to humans, are better refilled with animals with similar functional traits as the ones that were lost even if these new species are non-native or feral.’ Introducing large animals to replace extinct ones that performed crucial ecosystem functions is becoming a popular conservation practice, including in the UK and the rest of Europe. According to the researchers, the new study lends support to this as an adaptive conservation approach, which focuses on re-establishing functions rather than concepts of belonging. Lead author Dr Erick Lundgren (Aarhus University) said: ‘Our findings suggest it is time to start using the same standards to understand the effects of native and introduced organisms alike and to consider seriously the implications of eradication and culling programs that are based on cultural notions of “belonging.” Instead, introduced animals should be studied in the same way as any native wildlife, through the lens of functional ecology.’

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To help create artificial reefs for marine life off Florida's Gulf coast, environmental officials sank a boat Tuesday in Okaloosa County. This may sound odd, but it's a relatively new technique that will allow the vessel to join hundreds of other artificial reefs already in place off the shores of northwest Florida, officials said in a news release. This will also help many marine species use the boat as a safe haven while also providing the fishing and diving industry with another resource. 

“This collaborative effort is an example of excellence in Northwest Florida and a guide for future successes,” Okaloosa County Board Chairman Paul Mixon said in a statement. “We look forward to many more opportunities that will allow our tourism industry to thrive, while also creating a sustainable aquatic ecosystem benefitting marine life, tourists and locals.”

The boat sits about 100 feet on the Gulf floor, making it a good platform for an advanced dive experience, officials said. The 65-foot-tall vessel also provides a good fishing location and habitat for species like the amberjack while attracting groupers and snappers. 

"While fishing has always been at the heart of our region’s history, creating sites that increase scuba diving opportunities is something we look forward to continue to develop," Coastal Resource Manager for Destin-Fort Walton Beach Alex Fogg said in a statement. "Collaborating with neighboring counties and communities on a large artificial reef project like this not only creates essential habitat off our coast but certainly moves the needle on establishing our area as a leader in adventure tourism."

The Tourist Development Councils in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach and Walton County helped accomplish placing the boat in water. 

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Salt Lake County, Utah – An innocent cat was brutally killed amidst a domestic dispute in South Jordan, Utah. According to sources, a woman saw 55-year-old Dean Andrew Derhak strangling her cat on a bed after telling her that he was going downstairs to take a nap.

The victim told the police that she ran to her cat, but it was too late, the cat had died. The woman then became the target of Derhak’s wrath. He began viciously beating her, leaving her with a black eye, a broken rib, bruised ribs, and a contusion on her left chest wall. The woman was able to escape to a bathroom, locking Derhak out until the police arrived.

When the authorities arrived to investigate the domestic dispute situation, Derhak tried to run, but officers subdued him and he was arreste3d and taken to the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple charges, including aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony; aggravated cruelty to animals intentionally or knowingly, a class A misdemeanor; fail to stop at command of law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; and interference with arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor.

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Police in Canada are investigating the bizarre theft of a taxidermy polar bear weighing some 500lb (225kg) from a resort near Edmonton.

The bear, standing some 12ft (3.6m) tall, is believed to have been snatched during the cold snap in early January with temperatures near -30C (-22F). It was reported stolen on 22 January by the operators of the Lily Lake Resort, according to police. The public has been asked to keep an eye out for the giant stuffed bear. The resort is located in Sturgeon County, about 30 miles (50km) north of Edmonton.

According to investigators, the resort saw a "similar occurrence" last August when two taxidermy raccoons were stolen from the property during a break-in.

The cost of all three taxidermy animals is approximately C$35,000 (£21,000; $26,000), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say. It is unclear if the cases are linked. A resort worker told The Globe and Mail that the resort has 24-hour security patrols, but they were cancelled that night due to the bitter cold.

Wanda Rowe told the newspaper that the thieves cut the cables that secured the bear, and dragged it outside where they probably had a vehicle waiting. "It 100% had to be planned," said Ms Rowe. Alberta RCMP Constable Kelsey Davidge described the crime as "The Heist of the Big Polar Bear", according to the paper.

She told residents to keep a lookout, in case the thieves try to sell it online. "That would stick out right away, if you saw that anywhere, right?" she said. Hunting polar bears, which mostly live in Arctic regions, is legal in Canada's northern territories. It is strictly regulated by environmental officials, who estimate that the country is home to around 16,000 polar bears - approximately two-thirds of the global population of the species.

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A Brazilian man tragically died after he cooked and ate a remarkably venomous pufferfish given to him as a gift. 46-year-old Magno Sergio Gomes, of Aracruz, Espirito Santa, died 35 days after consuming the fish, which contained enough venom to kill 30 human adults. His sister, Myrian Lopes, spoke to newswire service Newsflash (via The Mirror and The New York Post).

It’s unknown where the fish came from, but Brazil is home to more than 20 species of pufferfish. A dozen of them reside in Espirito Santa alone. Gomes noted that her brother had never cleaned pufferfish before. About 45 minutes after eating, "Magno started to feel numb in his mouth,” Lopes recounted. “Then he went with his wife to the hospital, driving his car. When he got there, his mouth was even more numb, and he felt sick. Soon after, he had a cardiac arrest that lasted eight minutes.”

Magno fell into a coma, suffering several seizures in the next three days. He hung on for 35 days before he ultimately passed away. "The doctors told our family that he died from poisoning, which had quickly traveled to his head," Lopes said. She reported the seizures had "greatly affected his brain, leaving little chance of recovery.”

Gomes’ friend was similarly incapacitated after the meal, but he miraculously survived. Despite being released from the hospital, Lopes says he’s still regaining all of his functions. “With his legs, he's not walking very well. He was neurologically impacted, but he is recovering," she said.

Pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, which can be up to 1,200 times as poisonous as cyanide for humans, according to National Geographic. Maritime expert Joao Luiz Gasparini told Brazilian media that their venom can cause “cardiorespiratory arrest when ingested in large quantities."

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A South Carolina couple described as "Bonnie and Clyde wannabes" was arrested after leading police on a chase in a spray-painted car with a dog, a cat and four chickens inside, authorities said Tuesday.

Deputies first spotted Joshua Harvey driving a black Honda sedan with expired tags near South Frontage Road and Cook Road in Gray Court around 9 a.m. on Monday, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said.

Harvey was allegedly driving erratically and appeared to have trouble staying in his lane.

When deputies attempted to pull Harvey over, he refused and led officers on a pursuit across the Greenville County line, where deputies decided to call off the chase, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies would encounter the car recklessly driving around 2:45 p.m. after canvassing the area around Harvey’s residence. The vehicle, however, was spray-painted white to trick authorities, the sheriff's office said.

When deputies encountered Harvey's black Honda sedan a second time, the vehicle was spray-painted white.

The driver again refused to pull over when deputies attempted a second traffic stop and led officers on a chase. Officials said the chase ended again for safety reasons due to school traffic at that time of day.

Deputies picked up the chase again on Highway 14 going toward I-385, where officers observed the driver passing cars unlawfully and recklessly.

The spray-painted sedan was eventually disabled on the interstate and the driver was identified as Rosie Smith, whom the sheriff’s office described as Harvey’s "paramour."

"These Bonnie and Clyde wannabes have tried to make fleeing from law enforcement a habit, but eventually your luck runs out," Sheriff Don Reynolds said in a written statement. "I want to thank the deputies involved for their work to put these two behind bars and I am thankful for a safe conclusion."

While deputies took Harvey and Smith into custody, the officers found one dog, one cat, and four chickens inside the vehicle. The animals were handed over to Animal Control officers.

Harvey was charged with failure to stop. Smith was charged with failure to stop, DUI, two counts of ill treatment of animals, driving under a suspension and other charges.

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