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Patch & Sniffer (Dave Westrich)
Patch & Sniffer (Dave Westrich)
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Right Pawed or Left Pawed Pets?

Dogs and cats can have preferential paws, just like you and I are right or left handed.  So, just for kicks, Jenny and I experimented on our own dogs and cat to find out if they actually were right pawed or left pawed. 

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NBC - The Tonight Show
NBC - The Tonight Show
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Jeff Musial Brings an Albino Alligator Family to the Tonight Show – See Him Live in the Tri-State

I always love it when talk show hosts are accosted by wild animals. Nothing is funnier than a giant bird flapping the fake hair off someone who is trying to keep it together. Now, you can get up close and personal with one of TV's hottest animal handlers. 

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Cockroaches Ready to Save Human Lives!

We think of these little, fast running animals as disgusting, gross germ-carrying bugs, but now they're being elevated to a service that can help save human lives.  Scientists at North Carolina State University have (reportedly) created an electronic backpack that a roach can wear.  Why would anyone want to develop a cockroach backpack? 

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Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
(Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden via Facebook)
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‘Members Only’ Party Tuesday Night at Mesker Park Zoo

On Tuesday, June 17th Mesker Park Zoo hosts a "members only" party from 5:30p-7:30p. If you're a zoo member, you'll definitely want to take advantage of this opportunity which includes free activities and behind-the-scenes access.

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Bird Nest with Cowbird Egg (Dave Westrich)
Bird Nest with Cowbird Egg (Dave Westrich)
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The Cowbird Invasion Has Begun in the Westrich Backyard

One of those "teaching moments" just occurred this past weekend.  While out playing basketball with my son and daughter, the ball happened to roll to a particular bush.  While retrieving the ball, I spied a bird's nest inside the bush.  After looking a little more closely, I realized that the eggs inside the nest were not the same.

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(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Bee Colonies and Populations are on the Decline and I Feel Guilty

I was mowing the other afternoon and my lawn (weeds primarily) had grown fast and thick thanks to all of the rain we've had.  I had lots of clover, which added a light-colored softness to the yard.  As I mowed, I noticed all the many bees that were busy harvesting the pollen from the clover; bumblebees, honey bees and other little creatures that look like bees.

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Henderson County Humane Society Needs Your Help in Severe Animal Abuse Case [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

UPDATE 6/5/14: According to Fox 19 in Louisville
is sitting up, eating well and even wagging his tail less than a week after someone attempted to decapitate him in Henderson County.
Last week, some residents in Reed, outside Henderson, KY, found a black lab scuffling with neighbor dogs. They noticed some wounds but thought they were from his rec

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Watch These Cats Getting Stuck in Jars

Cats love to squeeze into tight spaces: barely open drawers, the gap between the wall and the couch, and, of course, cat-size jars.

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Category: Animals
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(Getty Images)
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Ticks are Ready to Spread Lyme Disease to You

I keep my grass mowed, weeds cut down as much as I can, and yet, my dogs seem to find the ticks wherever they are hiding.  That's because the dirty little blood suckers are transported from place to place on other animals, where they lay their eggs.  Then the eggs hatch and the ticks are successfully spread practically everywhere.  Sure, my dogs have an insecticide treatment every month, but we humans don't and therein lies the problem.  We humans have to be concerned about Lyme disease.

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Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
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Sign Up for Summer Zoo Camp with Mesker Park Zoo

If you're trying to find activities for your kiddos this summer, you need look no further than the west side of Evansville. The Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden Summer Camp is a great experience for your kids!

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