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Today is Saturday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2011.
There are 140 days left in the year.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1961, Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors and began building a wall that would stand for the next 28 years until it finally came down in 1989.

1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.

1910, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, died in London at age 90.

2010, Weighing in for the first time on a controversy gripping New York City and the nation, President Barack Obama endorsed allowing a mosque near ground zero.

CELEB B-DAYS:

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is 85.

Actor Danny Bonaduce is 52.

Country singer Andy Griggs is 38.

CREW:

Jon Patch - Host

Barry Siebold - Veterinarian Technician / Co Host

Bob Page - Executive Producer


Special Guest Hour 1:  Author Gregory McNamee – Aelian’s On The Nature of Animals (Book Giveaways during interview)

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How do you get kids to listen in class nowadays? How about wearing 10,000 bees?

Entomology instructor Mathew Camper wanted to demonstrate how gentle honeybees can be, so he had thousands of the bees put on his body creating an extensive "bee beard."

"Honeybees are really gentle, the gentle teddy bears of the insect world," said Camper, a faculty member in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. "The bee beard is a great teaching aid to make this point."

Camper said many people confuse honeybees and yellowjacket wasps, mistakenly blaming a bee for a painful sting when a wasp is the real culprit.

YOu can check out the YouTube video on our facebook fan page.

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An employee at a Pennsylvania animal park suffered a severe arm injury after reportedly being attacked by a tiger.

Investigators say the victim, who asked that her name be withheld from the media in consideration for her privacy, is a tour guide driver at the park and in her twenties.

It happened around 5 p.m. Thursday in a non-public area of the park. The worker was in a walkway between two cages.

The employee apparently climbed over a fence to get into an area that is restricted to the public's use, and then she stuck her hand through the fence into the tigers' cage.

According to Halifax Fire Chief Bob Stout, the employee was actually petting one of the tigers when the other tiger, out of jealousy, came up and clamped his mouth over her arm. The tiger bit down when she tried to pull her arm away.

Park owner Ern Tobias says, "Anytime you work with any animal there's a chance of getting bit, scratched, kicked, gored, or whatever. Not just wild animals but as you know domestic, or even dogs." But it's not a dog. It's a 450-pound Bengal Tiger, one of two that live inside an enclosure at the Lake Tobias Wildlife Park.
 
The employee was flown to Hershey Medical Center via Life Lion, where she underwent surgery for her injuries. She was released from the hospital Friday and is recovering well.

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A dog named Fish helped police when he found a bone with a man�s right hand attached to it.

The 4-year-old black Labrador dragged the human remains into his owner�s front yard according to his owner Juan Anguiano. The 44-year-old was collecting the trash his three dogs tend to bring in when he noticed something strange in Fish�s mouth. 

The father of four called Mission Tx police, which began an intensive search to find the rest of the remains. Officers took some of Fish�s hair because he appeared to have blood stains on himself.

Investigators set up a command post at the residence and called U.S. Border Patrol for assistance. The agents brought a K-9 unit that specializes in cadaver recovery.

Thr K-9 spotted the rest of the body near a canal about two blocks south of the home. Police set up a second perimeter there as they tried to piece together the story behind the young man�s death.

The body, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, did not appear to have any obvious signs of foul play. It looked like it had been there for about three weeks. Still, officers are treating the case as a homicide until proved otherwise.

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Stop preparing for a Zombie attack... Vampires  Strike First...

A young Mexican migrant worker' was the victim of the first documented vampire bat bite death in the United States according to health authorities.

In July 2010, the 19-year old migrant worker contracted rabies after being bit on his heel in Michoacan, Mexico. He then traveled to work on a sugar cane plantation in Louisiana and became ill. He did not get a rabies vaccination, but sought medical attention for symptoms that included fatigue, shoulder pain and numbness around his body.

The teen died on Aug. 12, 2010.

A year to day later Friday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the death as the first case in the U.S. of a lethal vampire bat bite.

The victim was reported to have had a shorter incubation period for rabies (15 days as opposed to 85 for average cases in the U.S.). The CDC reported that postmortem tests confirmed the variant of the vampire bat virus present in his system.

The health agency warned that while vampire bat populations are primarily found  in South America, "research suggests that the range of these bats might be expanding as a result of changes in climate."

The CDC also urges the public to avoid vampire bats and get vaccinated for rabies.

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Pet owner says bedbugs made her cat sick sfter hotel stay...

A Glendale Az. woman is warning travelers to be extra cautious when bringing pets to a hotel after her cat got a costly infection she believes was caused by bedbugs.

The woman, who asked to be identified only as Elena, says she checked into hotel back in July. Her air conditioner at home was broken, she said, and she brought her two cats with her. After staying in the hotel room, Elena says she started itching. 

After checking out, Elena says she got a checkup. According to medical documents she provided us, a doctor at North Valley Family Medicine examined her three days later and determined she had bedbug bites. Elena says her cat was in worse condition.

Elena took her cat to Apollo North Animal Hospital in Glendale. Dr. Patricia Bennett treated the cat. Bennett tells me the cat had "damage due to scratching an itch." Bennett said there were "scabs, bumps, and lesions" from "head to toe."

Bennett says she cannot prove this was caused by a bedbug but it is possible. Bennett also said she had examined the cat before and it did not have a pre-existing skin condition.

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The dog days of summer may go by more quickly and reading levels may improve if children read aloud to a dog, U.S. researchers suggest....

Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University say second-grade students who read aloud to a dog during the summer seem to maintain their reading skills.

The study involved students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading, who were paired with dogs -- or with people -- and asked to read aloud to them once a week for 30 minutes in the summer.

Lisa Freeman, one of the study's authors and the research mentor for lead author Dawn Lenihan, a third-year veterinary student, says by the end of the summer, the students who read to the dogs experienced a slight gain in their reading ability and improvement in their attitudes toward reading -- measured on the Curriculum-Based Measurement and Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. Those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures, the study says.

Of the students who read to the people, one-third failed to complete the program. No students left the dog-reading group, the researchers add.

Students reading to the dogs were enrolled in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) Program, a non-profit organization that encourages children to read through the use of therapy animals and runs programs at the Grafton, Mass., public library, the study says.

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