Animals

Here's the secret of the modern dairy farm: The essential high-tech advances aren't in machinery. They're inside the cow. Take a cow like Claudia. She lives at Fulper Farms, a dairy farm in upstate New Jersey. Claudia is to a cow from the 1930s as a modern Ferrari is to a Model T. In the 1930s, dairy farmers could get 30 pounds of milk per day from a cow. Claudia produces 75 pounds a day. To appreciate a cow like Claudia, you have to know where to look. "You see her udder? How well attached,...

In Britain, there's a long waiting list of British animal lovers hoping to take in aging police horses. Once retired, the horses aren't supposed to be ridden again. Unless, it seems, you're Rebekah Brooks, the former tabloid editor and chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International, or David Cameron, the man who would become Britain's prime minister. The ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the police and news media has uncovered a new scandal: Scotland Yard appears to have...

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier. That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish and even horses — in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions. Take Viola, or Vi for short. The retired guide dog is the resident canine at the Children's Inn on the campus of the National...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gNm3LRMhtE The horse that wins the Kentucky Derby in 2015 may come into the world tonight in the Bluegrass State. From January into June, about 8,000 registered thoroughbred colts and fillies will be born in Kentucky. As 3-year-olds, a few may be Triple Crown contenders. NPR's Noah Adams just spent time near Lexington, Ky., with Eduardo Terrazas, who runs a boarding farm and expects to deliver 51 foals this season. As Noah reports for Morning Edition, the first...

Malachy, The Pekingese, Becomes Top Dog In The Land

Feb 15, 2012

He took on competition that was much bigger and much faster, but in the end the judges decided Malachy, a Pekingese with a long mop of fur framing his funny little pushed-in face, was the top dog in the land and gave him top honors at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York. The New York Times describes his win thus : "While his six competitors sped around the ring at Madison Square Garden, Malachy moved so deliberately that he only had to make a half circuit on the green carpet. It did...

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 2

Nov 19, 2011

Word of Mouths internet sherpa B rady Carlson is back. After his weekday shifts hosting A ll Things Considered , Brady likes to unwind by gathering new items for Heres Whats Awesome, our frequent look at the web and its endless list of memes, trends and viral hits. AWESOME LINKS: Herman Cains creative web page Vladimir Putins totally awesome campaign ad Flying rhinos! And yes, the guy yelling at the pizza truck.

Crows of November

Nov 18, 2011
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Here's a bird song we all recognize, the familiar crowing of, yes, crows, a species with many vocalizations. Crows are one of the most intelligent animals in the wild, and a lot of intelligent people have come up with theories to explain why. For one, crows are highly social, constantly having to figure out complex group dynamics. Seldom if ever will you see just one or two. Unlike most wild animals, crows mate for life. Equally unusual, the young of one year stick around to help raise the...

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E - The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk : I heard that species of flora and fauna are dying at a growing rate globally. How is this calculated and which types of species are dwindling faster? - - Colin Gooder, Franklin, NC

Researchers believe that the rate of species loss currently underway is 100-1,000 times faster than what was normal (the so-called background rate of extinction) prior to human overpopulation and its negative environmental effects. But...

November is breeding season - also called “rut” - for deer. In NH, the white-tail deer population is estimated at 85,000 statewide. Deer now occupy two social groups: family groups of female “does” with their fawns or in groups of rival male “bucks.” Deer establish a scent-based chemical landscape during the rut when male territorial behavior peaks. Bucks rub antlers against supple saplings scraping bark from bow-shaped maples or small conifers to remove the antler “velvet” and to deposit...

Beavers

Nov 4, 2011
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Like other species in North America, the beaver suffered when the Europeans arrived, but they've staged an impressive comeback.

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Are non-human animals merely a natural resource for human use? Do we have a responsibility to treat animals with dignity or to consider their suffering? Are we justified killing mosquitoes or pigs while pampering our pets? Do smarter creatures deserve more rights? If an animal is more intelligent than a cognitively disabled human, does the animal deserve more rights? Post your thoughts below and respond to other postings. Guest Nick Smith , Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University...

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