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Join Melissa as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. How is a horse responsible for the FDA? How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!
Ep 79: The Kitten in the Book Drop
In 1988, a librarian opened a book drop and was surprised by what she found. Let's hear the story of Dewey Readmore Books. Resources: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16878049/dewey-readmore-books http://www.spencerlibrary.com/p/dewey-library-cat.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Readmore_Bookshttp://www.spencerlibrary.com/p/deweys-job-description-1.htmlhttps://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/us/ia/fort-dodge/KFOD/date/1988-1-18https://www.google.com/maps/search/spencer+iowa+topography/@42.5088691,-95.4973673,412836m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer,_Iowa https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2009-01-02-dewey-new-cat_N.htmhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/popular_by_date/1987https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/quick-guide-library-cats/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145419/https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/05/does-your-cat-have-arthritis/Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Oct 30, 2022
22 min
Ep 78: Eau d'Poo
This week, we look at how scatological scientists use fake poop to save owls and commune with rhinos. Let's GO!https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fake-poop-helps-transplanted-owls-settle-new-safer-neighborhoods-rcna13906https://www.optimistdaily.com/2022/02/fake-poop-helps-tiny-endangered-owls-find-new-homes/https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/60234064https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Burrowing_Owl/overviewhttps://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/burrowing-owlhttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/rhinoceroses-poop-middens-communicationhttps://www.boredpanda.com/owl-long-legs-exposed/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organichttps://www.seeker.com/plant-makes-fake-poop-to-fool-dung-beetles-1770322031.htmlhttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/sparkly-zoo-pooIntro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org and introducing HappySoulMusic.com!Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Oct 23, 2022
18 min
Ep 77: The Horses Who Find The Missing
This week, we meet a 1600 pound animal who is also using their noses to find missing people, narcotics, and more. Giddyup. Resources: Intro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org and introducing HappySoulMusic.com! newscentermaine.com/article/life/animals/maine-horses-being-trained-to-track-people-by-scent-for-search-and-rescue-missions/97-00754b06-4f3a-4b52-9f72-1241cf16a79chttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mounted_search_and_rescuehttps://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2013/06/horses_as_bloodhounds_lost_art.htmlhttps://dailybulldog.com/features/thoughts-from-the-summit-horses-in-search-and-rescue/https://www.mainemountedsar.org/https://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/24/search-and-rescue-horse-needs-its-own-rescue-effort-after-getting-stuck-in-bridge/https://measuringstuff.com/how-high-is-20-meters/https://www.mainesearchandrescue.org/conferenceSupport the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Oct 16, 2022
23 min
Ep 76: Leavin' on a Jet Plane
As promised, another series of animal escapes - this time, airport edition, plus why cats love boxes so dang much, the most dangerous job at the Singapore airport, and the zoo escapees who found refuge at a Miami area airport. Resources for today's episode: https://apnews.com/article/oddities-boston-animals-personnel-46bc06a91121d8d51da1696b69486aed https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cat-lost-at-boston-airport-for-weeks-found-safehttps://www.npr.org/2022/07/13/1111333510/cat-boston-logan-airporthttps://nypost.com/2021/12/13/two-lions-roam-around-singapore-airport-after-escaping/https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/monkeys-florida-1948-zoo-escape-b1851084.htmlhttps://www.vice.com/en/article/qjbkm5/lion-escape-singapore-airport-sedatedhttps://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/escaped-dog-toronto-airport/https://www.wired.com/2015/02/whats-up-with-cats-and-boxes/https://www.lufthansa.com/cd/en/transporting-animals-as-excess-baggagehttps://www.dawn.com/news/528037/singapore-a-key-transit-hub-for-wildlife-smuggling https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjbkm5/lion-escape-singapore-airport-sedatedhttps://www.livescience.com/african-monkeys-florida-zoo-escapees.htmlhttps://vervetproject.org/photo/https://www.florida-backroads-travel.com/dania-chimpanzee-farm.htmlIntro / Outtro Tiptoe Out The Back – Dan LebowitzInterstitial music by MK2All other music and sound effects by Pixabay.com and Freesound.orgVisit BewilderBeastsPod.com for more information about this show!Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Oct 9, 2022
25 min
Ep 75: Sharkboy
After a pod of dolphins saved Todd Endris from a Great White Shark, Todd went on to advocate for the sharks who nearly killed him. Resources: Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Cambell (and consultation with Marc Bekoff!)https://www.surfer.com/features/monterey-shark-attack-2/https://www.today.com/news/dolphins-save-surfer-becoming-sharks-bait-2D80555123https://www.theinertia.com/surf/todd-endris-survivor-of-infamous-great-white-attack-dies-after-car-crash/https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams/kelp-forest-cam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Triangle_(Pacific_Ocean)https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/the-best-surf-leashes-in-the-worldhttps://scaquarium.org/shark-fin-soup/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsQeCO7jkFYIntro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.orgSupport the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Oct 2, 2022
28 min
Ep 74: Dartmoor
A matriarch looking for enough room for the entire family to call home buys a dilapidated zoo in England. It took 4 days before the Jaguar escaped. Then the wolves. Then the lynx. Welcome to Dartmoor. Resources for today's episode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartmoor_Zoological_ParkThe book: “We Bought A Zoo”  by Benjamin Meehttps://web.archive.org/web/20090110184534/http://www.knightfrank.co.uk/press/2006_news_stories/DartmoorWildlifeParksalecompletes.aspxhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/6246342.stmhttps://www.livescience.com/homewrecker-condors-california.htmlhttps://www.britannica.com/place/Sahara-desert-Africa/Animal-lifehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Przewalski%27s_horse#:~:text=In%201992%2C%2016%20horses%20were,fringes%20of%20the%20Gobi%20desert.https://medium.com/taronga-conservation-society-australia/10-endangered-species-saved-from-extinction-by-zoos-682c454d0125https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52437763 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-47322731https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-devon-33989483http://www.knightfrank.co.uk/press/2006_news_stories/DartmoorWildlifeParksalecompletes.aspxhttps://web.archive.org/web/20101120115131/http://captiveanimals.org/zoos/dartmoor1.htm (the 13 page report on the conditions the animals were dealing with in 2001, where 15 of the 16 charges against Ellis Daw were dropped)https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/heartbreaking-true-life-story-love-588037http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/6246342.stmAnd, THE full piece which attributes Scarlett Johansson as the author: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-daily-telegraph/20180324/282368335187515Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Sep 26, 2022
41 min
Sick Bay: What The Pluck?
Melissa is sick, so let's go back in the way back machine to when this show was a recording in a closet under the stairs. Throwback to Episode 42, What the Pluck, all about the Hollywood Highway Chickens. Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Sep 18, 2022
20 min
Ep 73: The Unkindness
The many kinds of unkindnesses at the Tower of London, including murders, treason, and some rambunctious ravens who have a big prophecy on their winged shoulders. Resources: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/ravens-tower-of-london-b899297.htmlhttps://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/ravens-tower-of-london-legend-monarchy-fall-building-crumble-a4529401.htmlhttps://www.standard.co.uk/insider/royals/the-ravenmaster-coronavirus-update-new-raven-chicks-a4423621.htmlhttps://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/#gs.9boma6https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/whats-on/the-ravens/https://www.livescience.com/42821-tower-of-london.html#:~:text=The%20Tower%20of%20London%20is,many%20famous%20and%20infamous%20prisoners.https://www.nps.gov/edis/learn/kidsyouth/the-electric-light-system-phonograph-motion-pictures.htm#:~:text=In%201882%20Edison%20helped%20form,the%20U.S.%20have%20electric%20power.https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ravenmaster-christopher-skaife-tells-of-his-relationships-with-the-tower-of-londons-resident-birds/The Ravenmaster: My Life With The Ravens At The Tower of London by Chirs Skaife Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Sep 12, 2022
32 min
Ep 72: Whoa, Uglies!
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society,  the world's funniest biologist Simon Watt, and a Blobfish walk into a bar; Melissa is grossed out by sound effects. We're back, baby! Season 4! #UglyAnimalDay is September 8th, 2022 - use the hashtag and let's DO THIS!  Resources:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugly_Animal_Preservation_SocietyThe Ugly Animals: We can’t all be pandas! (Go get it as a gift for your favorite little nature nerd, or to put on your shelf!) https://uglyanimalsoc.com/ - go become a member of the Ugly AnimalPreservation Society-it's funny, it's nerdy, it's smart, and it's free!https://www.edfringe.com/ Simon's show on the Ugly Animals Preservation Societyhttps://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festivalhttps://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-24040130https://web.archive.org/web/20130612051847/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10108195/Battle-of-the-mingers-why-ugly-animals-should-be-wildlife-pin-ups.htmhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmyUm7n1U7k (Unusual creatures: The Incredible True Story of the Blobfish song)https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/88111/7-unattractive-facts-about-blobfish Intro/Outro: Tiptoe out the back by Dan LIbowicz! Interstitial music by MK2All other music and sound effects by artists on Pixabay and Freesound.org. Melissa can be found atBewilderBeastsPod.comTwitter.com/BewilderedPodInstagram.com/BewilderBeastsand Join the Patreon! Patreon.com/bewilderbeastspod Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Sep 5, 2022
24 min
BONUS: Slaughterhouse Punk Rock Goat (Patreon Exclusive)
Let's dive into this episode pulled from the Patreon feed about a grindcore goat named Biquette. Rock on! For more episodes (and episode information including sources) please visit Patreon.com/BewilderBeastsPod Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.comTwitter: @BewilderedPodWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
Aug 16, 2022
14 min
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