animals http://blog.wlrn.org en Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-seaquarium-fined-no-barrier-between-trainers-and-killer-whale-0 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Miami </span>Seaquarium<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> is facing a $7,000 fine from a federal agency for not having enough protection between trainers and a killer whale.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:04 +0000 Julia Duba 36149 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-lionfish-may-need-rehearse-their-final-words <p></p><p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.</p><p>It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.</p><p>The lionfish&nbsp;population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:43 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30891 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words Farm Animals: The Miami-Dade Youth Fair's Most Exotic Attraction http://blog.wlrn.org/post/farm-animals-miami-dade-youth-fairs-most-exotic-attraction <div id="full_story" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 4px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18.001798629760742px;"><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair opened its doors last Thursday, bringing back roller coasters, elephant ears and magic shows. But&nbsp;some of the attractions are not what we typically see in Miami.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:08:52 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 29461 at http://blog.wlrn.org Farm Animals: The Miami-Dade Youth Fair's Most Exotic Attraction Pet Care Do’s & Don’ts Call-in Program http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pet-care-do-s-don-ts-call-program <p></p><p>02/26/14 - Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke, of Kendall’s <strong><a href="http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com">Sabal Chase Animal Clinic</a></strong>. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also with us is canine behavior and training expert </span>Edel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Miedes of <strong><a href="http://www.k9advisors.com">K9 Advisors</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll take your pet question calls, of course . . . and also focus on how to best introduce a new dog, puppy or cat into a household. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are numerous “do’s and don’ts.” &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen in . . . call-in . . . for </span><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Wednesday at 1pm.</span></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com">www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com</a></li><li><a href="http://www.k9advisors.com">www.k9advisors.com</a></li></ul><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 28421 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pet Care Do’s & Don’ts Call-in Program Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gorgeous-marine-life-stills-ums-underwater-photo-contest <p>It's not easy to get an amazing shot of marine animals or an arresting fish photo when you're in over your head and trolling camera equipment. But each spring, hopeful amateur snappers from around the globe enter the <a href="http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/outreach/underwater-photography/" target="_blank">Rosenstiel School of Marine &amp; Atmospheric Science's annual underwater-photography contest</a>.<br /><br />And each year, the winning photos are breathtaking. This year's fan favorite is of a pair of amorous dragonets. Even their name titillates.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:12:22 +0000 Laura Coburn 25064 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest South Florida's Urban Menagerie http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-urbanbestiary-menagerie <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">10/09/13 - Wednesday&#39;s&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents">Topical</a></strong></span></font><strong><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> Currents</span></font></a></strong><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl.&nbsp;</span></font><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss.&nbsp; We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties. &nbsp;</span><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We&rsquo;ll speak with nature writer and researcher <strong><a href="http://www.lyandalynnhaupt.com/">Lyanda Lynn Haupt</a></strong>&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">about her book, <a href="http://amzn.to/1goC3uv"><em><strong>THE URBAN BESTIARY:&nbsp; Encountering the Everyday Wild.</strong></em></a> &nbsp;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">That&rsquo;s&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;. . . Wednesday at 1pm.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 21852 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida's Urban Menagerie “At Your Service,” with Veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee and Animal Behaviorist, Edel Miedes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/your-service-veterinarian-dr-ian-kupkee-and-animal-behaviorist-edel-miedesask <p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper & Paul Leary 18966 at http://blog.wlrn.org “At Your Service,” with Veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee and Animal Behaviorist, Edel Miedes Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-most-famous-manatee-celebrates-65th-birthday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his&nbsp;</span>65th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday on Sunday.</span></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 17713 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday The Big, Bad Book Of Beasts: The Most Curious Creatures In The World. http://blog.wlrn.org/post/big-bad-book-beasts-most-curious-creatures-world <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">05/16/13 - Thursday's&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="fo Thu, 16 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 14136 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Big, Bad Book Of Beasts: The Most Curious Creatures In The World. As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-bill-looks-aid-feral-cats-opponents-claw-back In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.<p>There, lawmakers are considering a contentious bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies.<p><strong>An Alternative To Shelters Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:44:00 +0000 Greg Allen 12687 at http://blog.wlrn.org As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back City Life....Raccoon Style! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/city-liferaccoon-style <P><A href="http://youtu.be/RyLYVZn7he4">http://youtu.be/RyLYVZn7he4</A></P> <P>Are&nbsp;human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success?&nbsp;Scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.&nbsp;&nbsp; "<EM>Nature: Raccoon Nation</EM>" Tonight at 8pm on WLRN Channe 17!</P> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:31:10 +0000 James March 11725 at http://blog.wlrn.org Got a Pet? Ask the Vet. http://blog.wlrn.org/post/got-pet-ask-vet <p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 9875 at http://blog.wlrn.org Got a Pet? Ask the Vet. House Cat-Odyssey Highlights The Mysteries Of Animal Migration http://blog.wlrn.org/post/house-cat-odyssey-florida-highlights-mysteries-animal-migration Early in November, a tortoiseshell cat named Holly jumped out of her human family's RV in Daytona Beach, Florida, and ran off. After a fruitless search, the husband and wife returned home to West Palm Beach without their cat.<p>Holly showed up back in West Palm Beach, only a mile from her house, on New Year's Eve. Because she had been micro-chipped, the family, two surprised and grateful humans and one bedraggled cat, were readily reunited.<p>But how did Holly find her way home across those 200 miles? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:08:20 +0000 Barbara J. King 8434 at http://blog.wlrn.org House Cat-Odyssey Highlights The Mysteries Of Animal Migration What We Can Learn From A Ballroom-Dancing Weimaraner And A Poorly Timed Bathroom Break http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-we-can-learn-ballroom-dancing-weimaraner-and-poorly-timed-bathroom-break-0 <p></p><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, &nbsp;more than 250 dogs competed in an American Kennel Club event at Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Park. Anyone in attendance learned that canine athletes are capable of feats humans can only dream of doing and would&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">never</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;dream of doing.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 8409 at http://blog.wlrn.org What We Can Learn From A Ballroom-Dancing Weimaraner And A Poorly Timed Bathroom Break Yikes! 15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm In South Africa, Area Evacuated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/yikes-15000-crocodiles-escape-farm-south-africa-area-evacuated As flood waters rose Sunday, a South African crocodile farmer near the border with Botswana was forced to open his gates to prevent a storm surge from destroying the property.<p>And, no, this isn't the plot of some horror flick:<p>About 15,000 crocodiles escaped, <a href="http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/15-000-krokodille-los-20130123" target="_blank">according to the local newspaper</a>, <em>Beeld</em>.<p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/24/thousands-crocodiles-loose-south-africa" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em> writes</a> that "although 'a few thousand' have since Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:58:57 +0000 Mark Memmott 8257 at http://blog.wlrn.org Yikes! 15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm In South Africa, Area Evacuated