BewilderBeasts!

Melissa McCue-McGrath

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! read less

Ep 76: Leavin' on a Jet Plane
Oct 10 2022
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/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 74: Dartmoor
Sep 27 2022
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/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 73: The Unkindness
Sep 13 2022
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/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 72: Whoa, Uglies!
Sep 5 2022
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/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 71: It's Witch-ah-Tah
May 30 2022
Ep 71: It's Witch-ah-Tah
Season 3 Finale: Three headlines from around the US: A javelina commits light B&E and steals a motor vehicle over Cheetos; a fugitive flamingo from Kansas  is found in TEXAS; homeowners in Colorado file an unusual claim that Goldilocks would be envious. ******************* Resources:Javelina Cheeto Caperhttps://animalcorner.org/animals/peccary-javelina/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/javelina-traps-car-knocks-vehicle-neutral-pursuit-cheetos-rcna23839https://www.biologicaldiversity.orgFugitive Flamingohttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/animal-news/flamingo-escaped-kansas-zoo-17-years-ago-spotted-texas-coast-rcna22129 DNA Exonerates Bearhttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/animal-news/5-hibernating-bears-source-california-crawl-space-snores-rcna25879https://www.nbcnews.com/now/video/dna-evidence-saves-lake-tahoe-s-500-pound-black-bear-hank-the-tank-from-euthanasia-134094917710FUZZ by Mary Roach: https://maryroach.net/fuzz.html Links as always are in the description of today's episodeIntro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org and my swearing parrot buddy, Poll. More about Melissa McCue-McGrath can be found at MelissaMcCueMcGrath.com and BewilderBeastsPod.comSupport 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/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 70: Betting on the Ponies
May 23 2022
Ep 70: Betting on the Ponies
This week a look at the less-greats in horse racing, including a horse named after a fruit, a horse named after a tuber, and an announcer has to call a race with a horse evidently named by a 17th century pirate. Let's GO!***** Resources for this week's episode: Youtube video of Tom Durkin calling the ARRRRR race….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf0wQzq9Yzg  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Crown_of_Thoroughbred_Racinghttps://www.livescience.com/14020-kentucky-derby-weird-horse-names.htmlhttps://www.cnn.com/2012/11/14/sport/race-horse-names-betting-frankel/index.htmlhttps://horseracingsense.com/why-are-racehorse-names-so-weird/https://www.si.com/horse-racing/2021/04/29/kentucky-derby-best-and-worst-nameshttps://www.cnn.com/2016/04/15/sport/horsey-mchorseface/index.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boaty_McBoatfacehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justify_(horse)https://www.denverpost.com/2022/05/08/how-did-rich-strike-win-kentucky-derby/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruler_on_Icehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pants_On_Fire_(horse)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jockey_Club_(United_States)Pot8oshttps://www.amusingplanet.com/2020/08/a-racing-horse-named-potoooooooo.htmlhttps://www.grunge.com/144630/royals-who-married-their-relatives/ Measure of Things websiteIntro/Outro: Tiptoe out the Back by Dan Liebowicz, Interstitial music by MK2Additional music and sound effects by Pixabay and Freesound.orgVisit BewilderBeastsPod.com or find BewilderBeastsPod on all social media platforms. Just look for the logo, you'll find it! 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/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 :)