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Ajax is trained to find endangered Kea

One Dog Helps to Save an Endangered Parrot Species

It’s astounding what dogs can do. Ajax is the only dog that is training for finding kea birds. The kea is an endangered flightless parrot species only found on New Zealand’s South Island. And researchers need to keep tabs on how many there and where they area. And Ajax is the nation’s official and the…

New Human-Animal Bond Certificaton

The human-animal bond feels good, but it’s also about science. And, now, that is being recognized. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show to Steve Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), as he describes how HABRI, the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have…

No Peacocks on this Plane

A New York City-based performance artist, Ventiko, attempted to board a flight on January 28 from Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles with an “emotional support” peacock. Ventiko had wanted to purchase a separate seat to take her celebrity bird on the cross-country flight, however United Airlines said the passenger had been told in…

Back to School, Pets Aren't Happy About That

The kids are back in school and while that makes most parents ecstatic, it can make your pets left behind feel depressed. Listen HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World to Ragen McGowan, a senior scientist at Purina. She shares tips on helping our pets handle the back-to-school transition. Ideas include: Setting a typical…

Animals' Responses to Toal Eclipse of the Sun

In case it’s news to you, there’s going to a be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Of course, you have to be living in the wilderness somewhere to not know this. But, wild animals, even our pets, don’t receive either an advance warning or an explanation about the eclipse. Research on this topic…

Wildlife in Mexico

Viva Natura: A Field Guide to the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico author Petr Myska talks here on Steve Dale’s Other World podcast about how, as a tourist in Mexico, you might take a day trip to see and swim with whale sharks or sea turtles or walk through a jungle with monkeys and…

To Serve and Save Baby Geese

Do you speak goose? Cincinnati police officer Sgt. James Givens does not. At first, as he was sitting in his squad car, and then, when mother goose came over and began honking, he tossed the goose food. But the distressed bird wasn’t interested in eating. Sgt. Givens eventually got the message and followed mama goose…

Parrot in Need of Fear Free

Fear Free pets isn’t only about dogs and cats, but IS about preventing this sort of thing from happening. At times, yes, amusing to watch – with nearly 13 million views – but the bird is VERY frightened. And dogs and cats often feel the same way about visiting the veterinarian. They don’t NEED to…

Pet Snakes, Lizards, Birds, Rats: All Unlikely Companions

Dr. Laurie Hess, author of “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (Or, What Friends Feathered, Furred and Scaled Have Taught Me About Life and Love)” and Deb Krohn, AKC “the frog lady” from the Chicago Herpetological Society talk with me HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio about loving pet birds,…

Bald Eagles Fall Into Drain

Is the universe attempting to send a message to America? Bald Eagles are America’s symbol of Freedom and Independence. In Orange County, FL, what likely happened is that one eagle battled with a second eagle in-flight for territory. Somehow one dived and get stuck in a storm drain. The victorious eagle didn’t appear trapped in…

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