BewilderBeasts!

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Host Melissa McCue-McGrath 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? Which pigeon saved 194 soldiers in WW1? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go! read less
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Bonus: Gettysburg
3d ago
Bonus: Gettysburg
First aired June 22, 2023: Two sisters combined their love of historically accurate dioramas, the Civil War, and clay-making to pen an ode to the US in one of the most historically significant cities in the United States. They even purchased a building with deep roots in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg to bring the stories of the dead to life. But, the clay characters aren't human - they are a different species entirely telling the accurate tale of the bloodiest battle of the civil war. A diorama of the Civil War Cat Museum: https://youtu.be/N1yc1UFnVYYI got today’s information from my friend Lydia who sent a Tik Tok about the Civil War Cat’s museum, which is actually called Civil War Tails https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/gettysburg-address/https://civilwartails.com/the-homestead/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1yc1UFnVYYhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/theres-a-museum-for-everything-even-civil-war-battles--depicted-by-cats/2016/05/26/1f8c4674-1d30-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.htmlhttps://civilwartails.com/https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/civil-war-tails-at-the-homestead-diorama-museumhttps://www.achs-pa.org/news-events/achsblog.html/article/2020/07/08/national-soldiers-orphans-homesteadhttps://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htmThe full text of the Gettysburg Address, took up less space on a page than my 5th grader’s 5 paragraph essay, is at: https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbpe.24404500/?st=text Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Bonus: Ukraine's Little Bullet
Mar 17 2024
Bonus: Ukraine's Little Bullet
This Patreon Exclusive Episode first aired May 16, 2022Patron started his life in entertainment by illustrating how dogs can be trained for search work. And now, he's employed by the government. He found over 200 bombs in the town of Chimigov since February. Let's meet Patron, the hero dog who has a similar entertainer-turned-hero storyline as Ukrainian President Zelensky himself.  (Thank you, Christy, for the suggestion!)   https://www.insider.com/patron-dog-sniffing-for-bombs-in-ukraine-2022-4https://mymodernmet.com/patron-bomb-sniffing-dog-hero/https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/tene3h/the_pups_name_is_patron_cartridge/https://english.nv.ua/life/social-media-craze-about-ukrainian-sapper-dog-patron-50235197.htmlhttps://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-61099213https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/the-jack-russell-terrier-detecting-bombs-in-ukraine-138688069962@Patron_dns/instagram  https://www.yahoo.com/now/meet-patron-dog-loves-cheese-173647625.htmlhttps://www.usip.org/public-education-new/dogs-detecting-landmines-building-peacehttps://www.theverge.com/2022/5/2/23053944/russian-troops-steal-millions-farm-equipment-ukraine-disabled-remotely-john-deerehttps://www.theverge.com/2022/2/27/22953398/go-read-this-researchers-google-maps-russian-troops-ukraine-invasionhttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60506682 - the intentionally targeted misinformation attacks and straight-up lies in Russian state media - a common war tactic to get people on your side for terrible things, we see it here, too, will continue to persuade those who consume Russian media to believe this isn’t real. The attacks by Putin, using Russian tanks, bombs, and guns on the Ukrainian people is real. And a powerful interview, mandatory reading, I think, from Time Magazine with Volodymyr Zelenski: https://time.com/6171277/volodymyr-zelensky-interview-ukraine-war/ Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
BONUS: Luck o' the Irish Setter
Mar 10 2024
BONUS: Luck o' the Irish Setter
Patreon exclusive number 9: Originally aired March 16, 2022 Let's learn about the only place in Ireland where citizens could get a pint on St. Patrick's Day ----the Royal National Dog Show! And, an Irishman steps up to help injured wildlife by converting his pub to Ireland's FIRST wildlife hospital during the 2020 pandemic."There's no bad press except an Obituary" - Brendan Behan, Irish PoetResources: https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/all-pubs-ireland-closed-st-patricks-dayhttps://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/niallodowd/irish-pubs-will-finally-have-beer-on-good-fridayhttps://www.irishcentral.com/roots/desperate-for-a-drink-on-dry-good-friday-in-ireland-146406725-237584801https://www.history.com/news/st-patricks-day-origins-americahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Kavanaghhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Behanhttps://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210221-locked-down-pub-becomes-ireland-s-first-wildlife-hospitalhttps://www.wbur.org/news/2010/03/12/evacuation-day-holidayhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/03/17/the-irish-american-population-is-seven-times-larger-than-ireland/http://traleetoday.ie/greyhound-stadium-to-receive-boost-with-good-friday-drinking/https://news.sky.com/video/irelands-wildlife-hospital-under-threat-12503946https://www.independent.ie/life/the-curious-history-of-our-disappearing-dogs-35519917.htmlAnd for fans of Ted Lasso - Trent Crimm, the Independent would support this:https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/alcohol-on-good-fridaywhat-you-need-to-know-from-off-licences-and-supermarkets-to-takeaway-pints-40266929.html#:~:text=While%20buying%20alcohol%20on%20Good,the%20first%20time%20since%201927. Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 99: Rises and Falls
Feb 26 2024
Ep 99: Rises and Falls
'We can never have luck without a cat on board' he said. If this were true, the crew would have been better off with a different cat. "The story, about what goes up, must eventually come down, perfectly weaves the tale of the rise and fall of nearly every subject in the story.I got today's information from: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/kiddo-the-cat.htmhttps://www.airships.net/first-attempt-fly-atlantic-wellman-vaniman-airship-america/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawley_Harvey_Crippenhttps://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/paul-von-hindenburghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_(airship)https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hindenburg-adorned-swastika/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Vanimanhttps://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/paul-von-hindenburgLook up Melvin Vaniman - his artwork and what he did before getting on these ships is a whole other story that someone else can tell. He climbed skyscraper poles to take photos, he was like, a stunt cameraman before getting into dirigible business! And there is a famous photo of him with Kiddo the “lucky” cat - he didn’t look unhappy given how upset he was with the cat at the beginning of their journey. I’d like to think they made up before parting ways.  Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 96: The Maine 6
Jan 29 2024
Ep 96: The Maine 6
This week we look at Maine's 6 dogs who might just end up on the front lines to save nearly every industry that gives Maine the name, "Vacationland. "Resources: Leeroy Jenkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLyOj_QD4a4https://bewilderbeastspod.podcastpage.io/episode/ep-67-doom-bloomhttps://ysph.yale.edu/news-article/yale-honors-young-scientist-who-was-subject-of-police-complaint/https://twitter.com/YaleSPH/status/1617630181166047232https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/the-threat/spotted-lanternfly/spotted-lanternfly#:~:text=Spotted%20lanternfly%20populations%20are%20currently,%2C%20Virginia%2C%20and%20West%20Virginia.https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/northampton/how-dogs-are-being-trained-to-help-fight-off-spotted-lanternfly/https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/inside-the-race-to-kill-the-spotted-lanternfly?loggedin=true&rnd=1705186972691https://www.newthinking.com/sustainability/stomping-the-unstoppable-combatting-the-spotted-lanternflyhttps://centraljersey.com/2021/09/01/bordentown-city-residents-take-part-in-lanternfly-murder-pub-crawl/https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/whats-so-bad-about-the-spotted-lanternfly.htmlhttps://centraljersey.com/2021/09/01/bordentown-city-residents-take-part-in-lanternfly-murder-pub-crawl/https://6abc.com/bobbi-wilson-lanternflies-yale-invasive-species/12773431/Project Citizen Lantern Fly: The video Melissa and her teams watched that introduced them to the SLF project.  Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 95: Zombieland
Jan 22 2024
Ep 95: Zombieland
Starting season 6 off with mind control parasites often found in kitty litter boxes around the world - so how is this parasite endangering monk seals in the Pacific Ocean? Ready? Let's go!***SIDENOTE: Melissa's presentation on animal distress, how to lessen stress in our pets and ourselves, and living in cities with pets (as well as amazing speakers all about reactive dogs) can be found here, for FREE this weekend (January 26-28, 2024).   PUPFEST BY NIKI FRENCH!****I got today’s information from : https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/toxoplasmosis-risk-wolves-cats-mice(“You can store them in 10 percent bleach for years, take them out, wash them off, and the parasites can still develop.” yuck.https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/220113-sneaky-cat-parasite-takes-over-human-brains-sciencehttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/zombies-parasites-animals-science-behaviorhttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/seals-endangered-species-health-disease-oceanshttps://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/faqs.html#:~:text=infection%20to%20me%3F-,What%20is%20toxoplasmosis%3F,infected%20with%20the%20Toxoplasma%20parasite.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosishttps://www.livescience.com/surprising-toxoplasma-gondii-factshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213224422000141https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaroslav_FlegrIntro/Outtro Tiptoe out the back by Dan Liebowicz, interstitial by MK2,AANNNNNNNDDDDDDD extra stuff found on Pixabay, and freesound.org Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 93: Tiger Things
Apr 17 2023
Ep 93: Tiger Things
The history of Mike the LSU tiger, the dark reality of meeting tiger cubs, and a new law puts dumb criminals and America's worst behind bars. I got today's information from: LSU Tiger https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mike-the-tigerUndercover Cop https://www.newsweek.com/man-tries-sell-tiger-cub-undercover-cops-20k-gets-arrested-17765581 eyed hero tiger: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/machli-bengal-tiger-india-queen-ranthambore?loggedin=true&rnd=1679959419852 https://www.livescience.com/why-are-tigers-orangehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_tigerhttps://www.livescience.com/rare-white-tiger-born-in-zoo-to-orange-parents.htmlhttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tragedy-of-the-white-tiger1/https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-ethical-problems-with-breeding-the-white-tigerhttps://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-truth-about-white-tigers#:~:text=Common%20issues%20include%20spinal%20deformities,instead%20of%20in%20the%20wild.https://greekreporter.com/2023/03/09/tiger-cub-athens/https://www.wbir.com/article/life/animals/911-calls-reveal-tiger-tracks-in-east-knoxville/51-1abb1e49-e554-4888-b4b3-f35b78853795https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/sports/ncaafootball/lsu-mascot-mike-the-tiger-chooses-to-stay-home-on-game-days.htmlhttps://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/263 Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 91: The Well Diggers of Death Valley
Apr 3 2023
Ep 91: The Well Diggers of Death Valley
When we discuss an invasive species on this show, the discussion turns to the distruction by that species on the environment. But, here is an animal that has become part of the food web,is saving other species from a warming climate by digging 5' water wells, and is now part of the very fabric of America's desert. Federal biologists are faced with some inconvenient data thanks to an out of the box scientist, and now they have to answer an ethical question as to what to do next  with the Death Valley Donkeys. I got todays information from: https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/eight-warmest-years-record-witness-upsurge-climate-change-impactshttps://phys.org/news/2021-04-donkeys-wells-life.htmlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-donkeys-and-horses-dig-wells-provide-water-host-desert-species-180977627/https://www.google.com/search?q=donkeys+digging+wells&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS773US773&oq=donkeys+digging+wells&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l2j69i61.2900j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_H8cgZMn4E9Hl5NoP46Ko0AM_29https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkeyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/15/science/donkeys-mountain-lions-death-valley.htmlhttps://www.salon.com/2012/04/02/hollywoods_long_history_of_animal_cruelty/ Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 90: Key Largo Zombie Possums
Mar 27 2023
Ep 90: Key Largo Zombie Possums
An unusual team of bounty hunters, biologists, possums, mosquitos, and trash pandas are finally making a dent in the Florida Everglades Python Problem. But, can they save the  Everglades before the snakes find refuge in Key Largo?***** University of Florida blog: https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2018/01/30/uf-study-mosquitoes-can-lead-researchers-elusive-burmese-python/https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-strange-way-a-12-foot-long-invasive-python-was-caught/https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/environment/2023-02-20/researchers-turn-to-possums-with-gps-collars-to-track-invasive-pythonshttps://a-z-animals.com/blog/discover-the-unique-animal-that-can-survive-80-rattlesnake-bites/#:~:text=Yes%2C%20opossums%20kill%20venomous%20snakes,they%20use%20to%20kill%20prey.https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/150323-opossums-snakes-snakebites-venom-health-world-science?loggedin=true&rnd=1679421276815https://www.livescience.com/gps-tagged-mammals-used-to-catch-pythonshttps://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-09-12/two-women-are-top-burmese-python-hunters-in-the-evergladeshttps://www.npr.org/2022/08/18/1118094365/encore-floridas-python-challenge-does-little-to-reduce-the-invasive-species-impahttps://www.usgs.gov/centers/wetland-and-aquatic-research-center/science/science-topics/pythons#:~:text=Native%20to%20Africa%2C%20Asia%2C%20and,was%20introduced%20in%20South%20Florida.https://abc7ny.com/python-longest-nat-geo-florida/11984390/https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/florida/2020/07/14/everglades-burmese-python-radiotelemetry-tracking-reducing-numbers/5424561002 Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)
Ep 89: Cat Turned Brew
Mar 20 2023
Ep 89: Cat Turned Brew
What does the Black Death, scotch whiskey, cats, the worst laws in Tennesee, and bad taxidermy have to do with each other? Oh, buckle in - we're going for a ride! I got today’s information from A LOT OF PLACES:! https://www.purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/towser.htmlhttps://www.thegreatcat.org/towser/https://iheartcats.com/protecting-breweries-ne-of-cats-many-noble-endeavors-throughout-history/https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bristol-cat-pubhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-humane-brewery-working-cat-1.4998719https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/the-real-reason-breweries-keep-cats-around/ar-AA125kNnhttps://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/07/21/Feral-cats-defend-Chicago-brewery-from-rats/1661469111930/https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/fife/3616831/fife-cats-netflix-lindores-abbey/https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/06/lindores-abbey-distillery-seeks-names-for-new-kittens/https://www.pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.1715640115https://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/whisky/lindores-abbey-distillery-cats-revel-in-their-netflix-fame/https://lindoresabbeydistillery.com/test-5/my favorite article title: https://www.americanscientist.org/article/the-bright-side-of-the-black-death - https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2014/09/09/347093135/behind-every-good-whisky-is-a-trusty-distillery-cathttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/the-plagueStupid laws: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/tennessee/tn-laws/  Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan LiebowiczInterstitial Music: MK2Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org Instagram: @EggAndNugget (chicken stan account) or @MelissaMcCueMcGrathWebsite: BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPodYour host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)