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Racehorse Deaths: 12 Already This Year

Racehorse Deaths: 12 Already This Year

Several horses died at ArkLaTex race tracks over the past few days. Monday morning, a horse named Taraz was euthanized at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ar. Thoroughbred Daily News reports the three-year-old filly was injured in a workout. According to horseracingwrongs.org, a non-profit against horse racing in the United States, there have been at least […]

Saving King Cobras in Southern India 

Saving King Cobras in Southern India 

By: Lauren Wappler, Houston Zoo, and Murthy Kantimahanti, Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society  Photos courtesy of Houston Zoo: https://media.houstonzoo.org Since he was a young child, Murthy Kantimahanti, the Houston Zoo’s snake conservation partner in India, has been fascinated by snakes. They smell with their tongue, they don’t have ears, and even without legs, they can get from one place to another […]

Calming the Itchy Storm

Calming the Itchy Storm

By: Naomi Kirby Sismour, DVM  Pets can itch for many reasons.  Some of the most common reasons can be due to fleas, dry or humid conditions, and allergies.  Yes, pets have allergies too.  Allergens in people primarily cause symptoms localized to the respiratory tract.  However, in pets, the symptoms tend to show up in the skin. Whatever the cause, the itching can set off a storm of discomfort as the pet […]

Pet Cremation

Pet Cremation

By: Scott Mason, Live Oak Pet Services Pet cremation has become very popular as our pets become a bigger, more important part of our family.  But what are some of the details in pet cremation? At Live Oak Pet Services, we help vet clinics as well as individual pet owners.  For pets that pass at home, Live Oak is available to arrange […]

PURPLE MARTIN MIGRATION

PURPLE MARTIN MIGRATION

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center Everyone looks forward to the arrival of the Purple Martins each year. Most of us think their arrival means spring is just around the corner. But, at this time of the year, no one really thinks about them anymore. Most people don’t know that they’re very busy getting ready […]

THE PLASTIC PLIGHT

THE PLASTIC PLIGHT

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center I’m deviating from my usual articles about local wildlife and addressing an issue that should be important to all of us. It’s the plastic pollution of our oceans. Why should we be concerned?  Plastic is killing our wildlife. Fish, seabirds, seals, sea turtles and marine mammals ingest plastics causing suffocation, […]

Grooming Tips for Summer Temps

Grooming Tips for Summer Temps

by Elizabeth Fordham, Contributing Writer Houston heat can be stifling, and the temptation is real to give Fido or Fifi a summer cut. Houston temperatures in 2018 climbed from monthly highs of a sweltering 95 degrees in June to a 99 blistering degrees in July and 98 degrees in August, according to Brian Tamplen, an […]

Captain Marvel Debut

Captain Marvel Debut

Are you a Captain Marvel fan? Have you heard Goose the CAT just might steal the show? With the release of the Captain Marvel movie in theaters this weekend, PetTalk decided to have some fun with it! We caught up with Head Trainer: Ursula Brauner and Cat Trainer: Mark Harden, trainers to the “Pet Stars” […]

Baby Lemurs Born at Houston Zoo

Last week, on Monday, Jan. 21 in the ring-tailed lemur habitat at the Houston Zoo, a tiny (and we mean TINY) baby ring-tailed lemur was born to experienced mom, Cairrean. At an estimated three ounces at birth, the unnamed baby will cling to Cairrean’s chest for a couple of weeks before moving to her back and then […]

ATTRACTING WILDLIFE

ATTRACTING WILDLIFE

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center     It seems that everywhere we look we are seeing trees being torn down and grassy areas being turned into parking lots. Sadly, there’s not much we can do about it. There are things you can do, however, to help replenish some of the natural resources that are […]

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