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We begin with Peter reporting on a new article which provides more details on the amazing color changing abilities of octopuses. Their tiny color altering organs are highly specialized and under the exquisite, fine control of the animals’ nervous system. The abilities of octopuses to control their displays improve as they mature. Peter continues discussing another angle on the limitations of the use of rats in medical research, an update on the push to remove horse riding competitions from the Modern Pentathlon event, where dozens of alternatives not using animals are being considered, rabies kills a zoo-confined anteater in Tennessee, and a 49-year-old snake lover was killed by his pet in his own home.
Then Peter welcomes frog expert and conservationist, Matt Ellerbeck, who discusses the decline of wild frogs due to habitat loss, frog harvesting, climate change and disease.
Lori then tests our animal smarts with items about caterpillars, the cute nocturnal Kiwi, diets of walruses, the T Rex is related to the modern chicken, cute otters sleeping behavior, and a pride of lions, all leading to the albatross around your neck.
To conclude, what risks do pesticides and rodenticides pose to your dogs and cats? What precautions should you take when your home or surrounding is treated to address pest problems? Veterinarian Robert Reed returns with good advice to keep dogs and cats from being harmed by the multitude of agents now in use.
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