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Celebrating zoo keepers at Santa Fe College

You may not know it,  but if you like visiting zoos and aquariums, you depend on these people.  We’re talking zoo keepers, who are being recognized this week as part of National Zoo Keeper week.  Many of the people who work in those facilities, come from Santa Fe College in Gainesville.  …

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Dog Days of Summer can be hazardous for dogs

The Summer heat can be hazardous for dogs if owners don’t alter their routines to make sure their pets are never stuck in hot cars.  Despite common sense and a local ordinance, law enforcement gets a few emergency calls each week from people worried after seeing a dog left inside …

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Marion county horse out of Triple Crown chase

The thoroughbred racehorse I’ll Have Another has dropped out of the Belmont Stakes this weekend. His trainer said earlier today he has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company sold I’ll Have Another earlier in 2011.  WUFT-FM’s Emily Burris spoke with company …

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Marion County pet owners to see new UF emergency clinic

A new pet emergency clinic will be opening in July as a collaborative effort between area veterinarians and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF Veterinary Hospitals chief of staff Dana Zimmel says they were approached by private practicioners with the opportunity to create this facility. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Zimmel1.mp3] The …

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Gainesville residents going bananas over wild monkey roaming the city

The monkey business continues as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searches for the Patas monkey first spotted last week in Gainesville.  FWC Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker says, while Patas monkeys can be aggressive, this animal seems to present no danger. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Parker2.mp3] If the monkey is spotted, Parker …

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Marion County rescued horses finding new homes

The Horse Protection Association of Florida is already finding homes for fourteen horses rescued in Marion County. Executive Director Morgan Silver says a number of suitable owners have already come forward. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Silver4.mp3] She says the organization rigorously screens potential adopters before releasing the horses to anyone.  These horses are in …

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Grab a leash, grab a tissue- pollen annoys pets too!

Spring weather has arrived and so has the pollen. And while humans can feel pollen’s ill-effects, they’re not the only ones who suffer. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Casey Liening visited with some four-legged Alachua County residents that haven’t let the pollen get in their way. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/LieningWRAPfinal.mp3]

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Horse Park awaits news about funding

The Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority has its funding in the balance of the state budget, which is making its way to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for approval in the coming weeks. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM Caitlin Lawrence spoke with Florida Horse Park Foundation Executive Director Summer Best about the economic impact the …

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Miniature horses help comfort patients in Gainesville

For those of us who have pets, we know how important they can be.  The connection of humans and animals includes some special horses in Gainesville.  When one of Gentle Carousel’s miniature therapy horses walks into a room to visit a  patient, there’s joy on the faces of the person …

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“Cowboys” herding Prairie bison

Herds of American Bison can be traced back to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park for hundreds of years. In early February, a roundup process began to thin the herd. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Jillian Baach reports on the impact the removal will have on the bison. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/BisonHerdingAssignment.mp3]

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