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Talkin' Pets News

December 18, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Devin Leech

Producer in Training - Philip Staub

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Brenda Lee - singer "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" Hour 1

Hour 2 - Dr. Katherine Roe - Chief Science Advancement & Outreach Division, PETA Laboratory Investigations Department - discussion on the National Institutes of Health


The Westminster Kennel Club welcomes over 200 breeds and varieties of dogs to the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan on January 24-26, 2022. The iconic dog show is set to return to Madison Square Garden for the evening competitions after the 2021 event was held outside of New York City for the first time in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will again celebrate dog breeds, including those lesser-known breeds such as the American Foxhound, Skye Terrier, Sussex Spaniel, and Bergamasco Sheepdog. These hidden gems will be part of the 19.5 hours of live FOX Sports television coverage culminating with Best in Show on the evening of Wednesday, January 26, on FS1. 

New for 2022, FOX Deportes will also have live coverage of the Group and Best in Show competitions from Madison Square Garden. FOX Deportes is the longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the country and is available in nearly twenty million homes. Additionally, the telecasts will air again in Canada on the Sportsnet family of networks.

Westminster Week attracts nearly 3,000 dogs in three different competitions. The week kicks off with the 9th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Presented by Purina Pro Plan on Saturday, January 22, 2022, followed by the iconic all-breed dog show, including the Junior Showmanship competition with 87 entries. The 7th Annual Masters Obedience Championship with 18 entries will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022. For the schedule of events, click here.

The largest Westminster entries by breed are Retrievers (Golden) (52), Pugs (37), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (36), Retrievers (Labrador) (33), Bulldogs (29), and Rottweilers (29). The breed competitions will take place on Monday (Hound and Herding), Tuesday (Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier), and Wednesday (Sporting and Working), Jan. 24-26, all on Pier 36. The evening Group judging, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best in Show will be held at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 25-26. 

The 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Monday-Wednesday, January 24-26, 2022 / New York, NY

The states with the most dogs in the competition are California (224), followed by Florida (191), New York (182), Pennsylvania (176), Texas (150), and New Jersey (135). There are 62 international entries across 9 countries, topped by Canada (49), Japan (5), and South Korea (2). 

Dog Show Breed Entries by Group

Sporting (429): Barbets (9), Brittanys (18), Lagotti Romagnoli (6), Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (6), Pointers (13), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (26), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (7), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (18), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (5), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (16), Retrievers (Golden) (52), Retrievers (Labrador) (33), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (18), Setters (English) (10), Setters (Gordon) (16), Setters (Irish) (13), Setters (Irish Red and White) (7), Spaniels (American Water) (4), Spaniels (Boykin) (8), Spaniels (Clumber) (12), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (9), Spaniels (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. (9), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (5), Spaniels (English Cocker) (13), Spaniels (English Springer) (16), Spaniels (Field) (7), Spaniels (Irish Water) (7), Spaniels (Sussex) (8), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (6), Spinoni Italiani (6), Vizslas (21), Weimaraners (8), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (10), Wirehaired Vizslas (7).

Hound (366): Afghan Hounds (21), American English Coonhounds (3), American Foxhounds (6), Azawakhs (5), Basenjis (22), Basset Hounds (10), Beagles, Not Exceeding 13 In. (10), Beagles, Over 13 In. But Not Exceeding 15 In. (17), Black and Tan Coonhounds (4), Bloodhounds (7), Bluetick Coonhounds (3), Borzois (17), Cirnechi dell'Etna (6), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (20), Dachshunds (Smooth) (18), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (13), English Foxhounds (2), Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (4), Greyhounds (7), Harriers (2), Ibizan Hounds (17), Irish Wolfhounds (9), Norwegian Elkhounds (5), Otterhounds (5), Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (12), Plott Hounds (3), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (13), Redbone Coonhounds (6), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (28), Salukis (15), Scottish Deerhounds (9), Sloughis (2), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (7), Whippets (24).

Working (387): Akitas (7), Alaskan Malamutes (11), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (10), Bernese Mountain Dogs (23), Black Russian Terriers (11), Boerboels (5), Boxers (15), Bullmastiffs (17), Cane Corsos (19), Doberman Pinschers (21), Dogo Argentinos (5), Dogues de Bordeaux (10), German Pinschers (6), Giant Schnauzers (10), Great Danes (23), Great Pyrenees (7), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (20), Komondorok (4), Kuvaszok (4), Leonbergers (14), Mastiffs (14), Neapolitan Mastiffs (6), Newfoundlands (13), Portuguese Water Dogs (18), Rottweilers (29), Saint Bernards (7), Samoyeds (21), Siberian Huskies (15), Standard Schnauzers (13), Tibetan Mastiffs (9).

Terrier (317): Airedale Terriers (14), American Hairless Terriers (10), American Staffordshire Terriers (12), Australian Terriers (9), Bedlington Terriers (11), Border Terriers (11), Bull Terriers (Colored) (4), Bull Terriers (White) (3), Cairn Terriers (23), Cesky Terriers (6), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (5), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (15), Fox Terriers (Wire) (10), Glen of Imaal Terriers (8), Irish Terriers (4), Kerry Blue Terriers (8), Lakeland Terriers (4), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (18), Miniature Bull Terriers (9), Miniature Schnauzers (14), Norfolk Terriers (9), Norwich Terriers (20), Parson Russell Terriers (14), Rat Terriers (8), Russell Terriers (12), Scottish Terriers (10), Sealyham Terriers (4), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (9), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (7), Welsh Terriers (6), West Highland White Terriers (14).

Toy (372): Affenpinschers (10), Biewer Terriers (14), Brussels Griffons (14), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (36), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (17), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (14), Chinese Cresteds (29), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (6), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (6), Havanese (24), Italian Greyhounds (18), Japanese Chin (11), Maltese (10), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (10), Miniature Pinschers (8), Papillons (22), Pekingese (10), Pomeranians (27), Poodles (Toy) (8), Pugs (37), Shih Tzu (12), Silky Terriers (4), Toy Fox Terriers (8), Yorkshire Terriers (17).

Non-Sporting (268): American Eskimo Dogs (8), Bichons Frises (24), Boston Terriers (20), Bulldogs (20), Chinese Shar-Pei (7), Chow Chows (9), Cotons de Tulear (11), Dalmatians (19), Finnish Spitz (5), French Bulldogs (29), Keeshonden (12), Lhasa Apsos (11), Lowchen (7), Poodles (Miniature) (8), Poodles (Standard) (19), Schipperkes (10), Shiba Inu (8), Tibetan Spaniels (15), Tibetan Terriers (17), Xoloitzcuintli (9).

Herding (324): Australian Cattle Dogs (13), Australian Shepherds (25), Bearded Collies (8), Beaucerons (14), Belgian Laekenois (4), Belgian Malinois (11), Belgian Sheepdogs (11), Belgian Tervuren (10), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (10), Berger Picards (14), Border Collies (16), Bouviers des Flandres (8), Briards (11), Canaan Dogs (4), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (16), Collies (Rough) (10), Collies (Smooth) (9), Finnish Lapphunds (7), German Shepherd Dogs (15), Icelandic Sheepdogs (5), Miniature American Shepherds (21), Norwegian Buhunds (3), Old English Sheepdogs (12), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (14), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (8), Pulik (8), Pumik (10), Pyrenean Shepherds (4), Shetland Sheepdogs (11), Spanish Water Dogs (11), Swedish Vallhunds (1).

Dog Show Entries by Location

States (49): Alaska (3), Alabama (19), Arkansas (6), Arizona (24), California (224),

Colorado (40), Connecticut (94), Delaware (16), Florida (191), Georgia (61), Hawaii (4), Idaho (7), Illinois (63), Indiana (43), Iowa (7), Kansas (10), Kentucky (33), Louisiana (26), Maine (7), Maryland (77), Massachusetts (101), Michigan (50), Minnesota (33), Mississippi (8), Missouri (28), Montana (5), Nebraska (4), Nevada (13), New Hampshire (21), New Jersey (135), New Mexico (6), New York (182), North Carolina (91), Ohio (83), Oklahoma (22), Oregon (20), Pennsylvania (176), Rhode Island (18), South Carolina (55), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (40), Texas (150), Utah (3), Vermont (10), Virginia (109), Washington (72), West Virginia (6), Wisconsin (58), Wyoming (3). Other: District of Columbia (9), Puerto Rico (4).

Other Countries: Brazil (1), Costa Rica (1), Guatemala (1), Japan (5), Mexico (1), Russia (1), South Korea (2), and Spain (1).

9th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

Saturday, January 22, 2022 / Pier 36, New York City

All agility entries will be submitted by the December 22, 2021 deadline. The entry breakdown will be distributed in early January 2022.

7th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries

Monday, January 24, 2022 / Pier 36, New York City

There are 18 dogs entered from 7 states led by New Jersey (8). The top breeds are Border Collies (6) and Labrador Retrievers (4). 

Obedience Entries by Breed

Breeds (8): Australian Shepherd (1), Belgian Tervuren (1), Border Collies (6), Retrievers (Golden) (3), Retrievers (Labrador) (4), Shetland Sheepdog (1), Spaniels (English Springer) (1), Standard Schnauzers (1).

Obedience Entries by Location

States (7): Connecticut (2), Illinois (2), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (8), New York (2), North Carolina (1), South Carolina (2). 

*** All entry counts are subject to final AKC audit ***

For more information and dog show results, visit


Total pet spending in the U.S. hit $83.74 billion in 2020, up 6.8 percent from the year before, according to a new report from John Gibbons, the Pet Business Professor.

The biggest driver of growth was the COVID-19 pandemic, he explains.

“Pet Parents focused on necessities and binge bought Pet Food in the 1st half of the year,” he writes in a blog entry. “In the 2nd half they turned their attention to the other necessary segment – Veterinary.”

Two segments that are more discretionary — supplies and services — suffered.

Here’s the breakdown segments:

  • $5.65 billion (+18.1 percent) increase in food
  • $1.65 billion (-9.8 percent) decrease in supplies
  • $3.05 billion (+14.0 percent) increase in veterinary
  • $1.73 billion (-20.1 percent) decrease in services


Becoming an astronaut requires perfect 20/20 vision, but unfortunately, the effects of space can cause astronauts to return to Earth with degraded eyesight. Now, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a sleeping bag that that could prevent or reduce those problems by effectively sucking fluid out of astronauts' heads.

More than half of NASA astronauts that went to the International Space Station (ISS) for more than six months have developed vision problems to varying degrees. In one case, astronaut John Philips returned from a six month stint about the ISS in 2005 with his vision reduced from 20/20 to 20/100, as the BBC reported.  For multi-year trips to Mars, for example, this could become an issue. "It would be a disaster if astronauts had such severe impairments that they couldn't see what they're doing and it compromised the mission," lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Levine told the BBC.

Fluids tend to accumulate in the head when you sleep, but on Earth, gravity pulls them back down into the body when you get up. In the low gravity of space, though, more than a half gallon of fluid collects in the head. That in turn applies pressure to the eyeball, causing flattening that can lead to vision impairment — a disorder called spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome, or SANS. (Dr. Levine discovered SANS by flying cancer patients aboard zero-G parabolic flights. They still had ports in their heads to receive chemotherapy, which gave researchers an access point to measure pressure within their brains.)

To combat SANS, researchers collaborated with outdoor gear manufacturer REI to develop a sleeping bag that fits around the waist, enclosing the lower body. A vacuum cleaner-like suction device is then activated that draws fluid toward the feet, preventing it from accumulating in the head.  

Around a dozen people volunteered to test the technology, and the results were positive. Some questions need to be answered before NASA brings the technology aboard the ISS, including the optimal amount of time astronauts should spend in the sleeping bag each day. They also need to determine if every astronaut should use one, or just those at risk of developing SANS.

Still, Dr. Levine is hopeful that SANS will no longer be an issue by the time NASA is ready to go to Mars. "This is perhaps one of the most mission-critical medical issues that has been discovered in the last decade for the space program," he said in a statement. 


A lifelong lover of dogs—especially German shepherds—Pamela Mobbs left a gift of over $32,000 from her estate to the Volusia Sheriff’s K-9 officers after passing away in October 2020 at the age of 90.

The sum is to be divided exactly in half, respectively going toward supplying bulletproof vests for K-9 units in the field and training additional dogs for the force.

Pamela, from Daytona Beach, Florida, became enamored with dogs when she was a little girl in England, her daughter Jane Mobbs said in a Sheriff’s press release. Pamela’s granddad had a “fierce” guard dog that aroused fear in those who saw it.

“My mother wandered out into the backyard, and although her grandfather feared the worst, the dog was super gentle with her and protected her always,” Mobbs said. “She had many shepherds in her life.”

Decades later, Pamela became enthralled with police dogs when her daughter took her to a K-9 unit demonstration near the Daytona Beach Bandshell.

“She thoroughly enjoyed the K-9s and watching the officers handle them,” Mobbs said. “My mother wholeheartedly believed all the K-9s should be fitted with bullet proof vests as they often go into uncertain areas first to help apprehend suspects.

“She would be so happy to know that she is making a difference in a dog’s well-being.’’

The sheriff’s office currently has a roster of 18 K-9 units trained for various jobs, such as detecting narcotics, locating bombs, and sniffing out bad guys in dangerous locations.

The Volusia Sheriff received two separate checks from Mobbs’s estate, each for $16,428.16 ($32,856.32 in total).

“This is an incredible gift to our agency and it represents this woman’s amazing love for dogs,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “Her legacy will continue to positively impact the Sheriff’s Office and our citizens for years to come.”


The Southern Ocean is one of the most important yet least explored and understood regions of the planet when it comes to determining how global warming may affect the future of humanity, thanks to its capacity to absorb huge quantities of heat and carbon dioxide, and melt swaths of the Antarctic ice sheet.

In addition, this vast ocean, part of which separates Australia and Antarctica and also circles the frozen continent, is where global ocean currents get started, as heat is exchanged between the ocean and atmosphere, salinity differences arise in various layers of the deep, storm-churned waters, and currents reaching the North Atlantic Ocean and beyond are powered.

In recent years, understanding how the Southern Ocean is changing as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions has taken on greater urgency as scientists have learned more about the fragility of large parts of the Antarctic ice sheet, since glaciers extending into the ocean are being eroded by relatively mild waters below. Like removing a doorstop, the collapse of these ice shelves can free up inland ice to move into the ocean, raising global sea levels and harming coastal communities.

Now a new study, published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications, finds that beneath the surface layer of waters circling Antarctica, the seas are warming much more rapidly than previously known. Furthermore, the study concludes, this relatively warm water is rising toward the surface over time, at a rate three to 10 times what was previously estimated. This means that there is a greater potential for the waters of the Southern Ocean, which are absorbing vast quantities of added heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a result of human activities, may soon help destabilize parts of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

The researchers found that warming under the sea surface within waters near Antarctica stands out from naturally occurring trends, with temperatures increasing at a rate of about 0.072 degrees Fahrenheit (0.04 Celsius) per decade. At the same time, the relatively warm water — usually located under a colder layer — is rising toward the ocean’s surface at the rate of about 130 feet per decade. While the temperature change within waters that move from west to east around Antarctica may appear small, the study indicates it is a “radical” change from its average state and is enough to threaten ice stability where glaciers empty into the sea via fragile floating ice shelves.

Part of the reason for concern is because within these waters, seemingly small shifts in temperature can have dramatic implications. Subsurface waters flowing around Antarctica are typically below freezing, but because of the pressures involved at depth and the water’s salt content, the freezing point can be lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). This makes otherwise cold waters capable of melting ice.

The study states that the temperature changes found in the ship-based data matches the magnitude of changes found in the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas in West Antarctica, where the continent’s most dramatic ice loss is already happening. Researchers called the findings about warming and rising waters “frightening” compared with findings from just a few years ago, saying, if correct, these waters could have a “potentially imminent impact on several Antarctic glaciers.”   ++++++++++++++++++++++

A pair of paddle boarders could barely contain their glee as a gentle sea giant swam between them this month in the ocean near Laguna Beach, California. “OK, that might be the biggest sunfish I’ve ever seen,” Rich German proclaimed in a video of the encounter. He is heard laughing and then says, “It’s as big as your board."

German, 52, an ocean enthusiast and environmental activist, said he spotted the sunfish, also known as Mola mola, while he was paddling with his friend Matt Wheaton on Dec. 2. German, of Laguna Beach, founded the nonprofit Project O to preserve the ocean and the life within it. He also hosts a podcast called Our Epic Ocean. He said he's had many encounters with sea life aboard a paddleboard, including Earth's largest animal, the blue whale. He has also witnessed orcas, gray whales and dolphins in their natural habitats.

The friendly chance meeting with the sunfish was unexpected for many reasons, German said.

The fish are usually not seen for miles off the coastline. German was only about 200 yards from the coast when he crossed paths with the Mola mola. Its size surprised him.

"The fact it was so big makes it super unique," German said. "My hope for all of this exposure is more people will fall in love with the ocean and that will do more to protect the ocean."

German said it also struck him that the sunfish was navigating within a 6-mile stretch of coastline where it’s against the law to fish.

“I just thought it was kind of neat this fish is hanging out in an area where it’s totally protected and safe,” he said. “We hung out with it for probably 30 minutes. Eventually, it just dropped down below the surface.”

German told NBC San Diego, “This story has gone viral, and it’s cool that people love the ocean, they love the life that lives in the ocean, especially unique things like this."

Mola mola, which are harmless to people, are known to be curious, often approaching divers, according to National Geographic. The sunfish is an omnivore that can measure 14 feet vertically and 10 feet horizontally. Weighing nearly 5,000 pounds, it is the heaviest of all the bony fish, according to National Geographic.

The fish’s awkward appearance, according to National Geographic, can partly be attributed to its back fin. Mola mola are born with a back fin, but it never grows. Instead, it folds into itself as the creature matures, creating a rounded rudder that gives the animal a “bullet-like shape,” National Geographic said.

German’s close encounter with a sunfish isn’t the first time the sea creatures have stirred up viral waves. An expletive-filled video of two Massachusetts men who spotted a sunfish in the waters of Boston Harbor in 2015 also went viral, when one of the men mistakenly referred to the full-figured fish as a "baby whale," NBC Boston reported.


Universal Music Group Nashville is hosting Parade of Trees, a display of Christmas trees decorated by their artists, as part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 38th annual “A Country Christmas” event.

Featured UMG artists with themed trees include Alan Jackson, animal friend Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Eric Church, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Mickey Guyton. The country artists have also donated VIP experiences for the event, including fly-aways, VIP concert experiences, exclusive merchandise and more to benefit First Responders Children’s Foundation. Proceeds raised will provide scholarships and mental health services to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Some of the themes and experiences include Underwood’s white tree celebrating her Christmas album, My Gift (Special Edition), as well as a trip to Las Vegas for her upcoming “Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency,” as well as Church’s trees representing his albums Heart and Soul, colored red with an American theme and blue with a rock n’ roll theme, respectively, with accompanying East and West Coast VIP Experiences.

Also included is Guyton’s Indigo tree and an Ultimate NYC Thanksgiving VIP Experience, and Luke Bryan’s camo-themed tree accompanied by a Live In Las Vegas flyaway, including a pre-show margarita toast with the country superstar. Other artist packages include VIP festival experiences, exclusive numbered prints, signed guitars, custom toy packages, and more.

Guests visiting Opryland can scan QR codes at each tree location to donate and enter to win the designated artist’s VIP prize package.

The Parade of Trees is on display in the resort’s Garden Conservatory now until Jan. 2 as a self-guided tour, and each VIP experience will be available for bid on online until Jan. 12. Check out


The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin® will air on ABC as a three-hour special on Sunday January 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. The show features thousands of dogs from around the country and the world competing for the coveted title of America’s National Champion.

Hosting the broadcast is AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo and noted sportscaster Carolyn Manno. This year’s AKC National Championship is the largest dog show in North America with 5,051 dogs entered in Conformation from 50 states and Washington, DC and 13 countries. That combined with competitions in Agility, Obedience, the National Owner-Handled Series Finals, Diving Dogs, junior competitions and AKC Fast CAT, brings the total entries to over 8,500. Dogs will compete for multiple titles across various events and more than $150,000 in prize money, the largest in the world of dog shows.

“It is our honor to be able to continue the tradition of this magnificent show and host top canine competitors from around the world,” said Dennis Sprung, Show Chairman and President and CEO of the AKC. “The athleticism displayed across our sports by these well-bred dogs is truly a sight to see, and we’re thrilled to return to ABC to televise our signature event, the crowning of America’s champion, for dog enthusiasts.”

Award winning company B Live Productions will once again produce the TV broadcast and the livestream.

Additionally, the road to becoming a champion – in the ring or our hearts – starts at puppyhood.

Hosted by Carolyn Manno and Mike Janella, the Puppy Pre-Show will take viewers through a series of fun and whimsical events that put each dog’s puppy-ness to the test! Those competing will be judged in several categories including puppy playtime, agility, and the magnificent mile-ish. Not only are these tests entertaining to watch, but they are also educational for viewers at home hoping to learn more about what all the AKC National Championship entails.

Viewers can watch the Puppy Pre-Show on January 2nd at 12pm ET @RoyalCaninUS on Facebook or Instagram and cheer on the Puppies competing for Puppy Best in Show.

For more information, please visit


Agroforestry Group has today confirmed the launch of its new environmental initiative aimed at conservation, reforestation and sustainability. As part of its new initiative it will be planting trees across Malaysia's rainforests in co-operation with a leading accredited Malaysian social enterprise. The new initiative links two environmentally concerned Malaysian based companies that are committed to sustainable projects that benefit the environment, wildlife, animals and community.

Under the terms of this new initiative Agroforestry Group will be planting one tree on behalf of its clients, for every tree that its clients purchase with the company.

Mr. Paul Martin, Agroforestry Group's MD said "Agroforestry Group has always been focused on sustainability and the environment as is evident in both our durian and Aquilaria plantations. Today we pledge an additional commitment towards the environment and hope more companies follow in our footsteps.

Mr. Martin added that one key area the company is focusing its efforts on is along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo. The area known as the Corridor of Life due to its abundant flora and fauna, has been one of the world's most critically impacted.

Agroforestry Groups environmental initiative not only helps restore Malaysia's forests and protect its wildlife habitats, but it also brings to light the dangers associated with forest loss. Forest loss leads to income loss for those who have been impacted and results in more lethal and frequent natural disasters. Tree cover keeps soil moist and more resistant to wildfires, droughts, and subsequent floods. Trees also block the sun's rays during the day and holds in heat at night. Without it, the environment gets hotter during the day. 

More than 40% of the world's population live in the tropics and, under climate change, rising heat and humidity could push them into lethal conditions. Keeping forests intact is vital to protect those who live in and around them as the planet warms.


Tens of thousands of bees were evicted after a giant hive was found behind the bathroom wall of a St. Petersburg, Florida home.

Elisha Bixler, a local beekeeper, told FOX 13 the homeowners in Shore Acres knew there was a hive behind the wall of their shower. At first, they weren't too concerned about it. 

That is until the bees started coming through the cracks and into their home. Then, the husband got stung.

So, the couple called Bixler. A video provided by the beekeeper shows her removing the shower tile, eventually revealing the 7-foot beehive. 

"I have a heat thermal gun and the hive was pretty large," she explained. "As soon as I started breaking away the tile, I realized how massive this colony was."

She said there were about 100 pounds of honey in the wall and estimated between 60,000 and 80,000 bees were living in the hive. 

Once she got the queen safely removed, Bixler said all the bees were taken back to her bee farm, "How’s Your Day Honey."


NASA's Parker Solar Probe made history as it became the first spacecraft to "touch the sun." The probe was launched in 2018 to study the solar winds that emanate from the sun.

After circling the sun eight times, the probe entered the sun's atmosphere to gather particle samples from the corona.

"Parker Solar Probe "touching the Sun" is a monumental moment for solar science and a truly remarkable feat," said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Not only does this milestone provide us with deeper insights into our Sun's evolution and its impacts on our solar system, but everything we learn about our own star also teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe."

The probe was about 8.1 million miles above the surface of the sun when its instruments detected specific readings indicating it had entered the sun's atmosphere. As it orbited the sun, the probe passed in and out of the corona, which proves that the Alfvén critical surface, the point at which the solar atmosphere ends and solar winds begin, is not uniform in shape or size.

The probe will head deeper into the sun during its next flyby in January 2022, when it is expected to get within 3.83 million miles of the sun's surface.

"Flying so close to the Sun, Parker Solar Probe now senses conditions in the magnetically dominated layer of the solar atmosphere – the corona – that we never could before," said Nour Raouafi, the Parker project scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. "We see evidence of being in the corona in magnetic field data, solar wind data, and visually in images. We can actually see the spacecraft flying through coronal structures that can be observed during a total solar eclipse."


Alexander & Hornung announced it is voluntarily recalling over 2.3 million pounds of pork products because of a possible listeria contamination. The recall includes Alexander & Hornung branded fully cooked products and several private label products for retail customers.

Those brands include Niman Ranch, Amish Country Fresh Brand, Big Y, and Wellshire. You can find a complete list of the recalled products, along with the sell-by dates in this story at in our news section. All of the products have an establishment number "EST. M10125" inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection.

The products on the list should not be consumed. Instead, they should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The possible contamination was discovered during routine testing, and the company immediately notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The company has not received any reports of people getting sick and said the recall was "initiated out of an abundance of caution."

Symptoms of a listeria infection include diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. The infection usually affects older adults, those with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women. The infection can be treated with antibiotics, but those in high-risk groups could deal with symptoms for up to two months.


The following products are subject to recall 046-2021:

Name of product:

Approximate package weight:

Any sell by or bestbuy date prior to:



1 lb.




6.25 lbs.




6.25 lbs.




12.5 lbs.




12.5 lbs.




4 lbs.

21317 and less


“Alexander & Hornung Super Trim Bone-In Ham Steak”

1.48 lbs.



“Alexander & Hornung SpiralSliced SMOKED HAM WITHNATURAL JUICES”

16.36 lbs.



“Alexander & Hornung GlazedFully Cooked Spiral Sliced Honey Ham With Natural Juices Ready to Eat”

5.92 lbs.



"Amish Country Fresh Brand Glazed Fully Cooked Sprial Sliced Ham with Natural Juices Ready to Eat"

7.38 lbs.




5.92 lbs.

21317 and less


"Amish Valley Glazed Fully Cooked Sprial Sliced Ham with Natural Juices Ready to Eat"

5.55 lbs.




8.24 lbs.

21317 and less


"Alexander & Hornung Boneless Ham Water Added Fully Cooked"

1.44 lbs.



“Alexander & Hornung BonelessHAM WATER ADDED FULLYCOOKED”

2.22 lbs.



"Alexander & Hornung Boneless Ham Water Added Fully Cooked"

2.88 lbs.



"Lancaster Brand Includes Glaze Packet Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Honey Ham with Natural Juices"

22.10 lbs.



"Lancaster Brand Includes Glaze Packet Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Honey Ham with Natural Juices"

11.06 lbs.



"Lancaster Brand Includes Brown Sugar Glaze Packet Spiral Sliced Half Ham with Natural Juices"

11.06 lbs.



“food club fully cooked spiral sliced ham WITH NATURALJUICES honey cured”

2.74 lbs.



"food club fully cooked spiral sliced ham WITH NATURAL JUICES includes brown sugar flavored glaze packet"

7.37 lbs



Big Y Hickory smoked honey cured spiral sliced ham with natural juices includes glaze packet"

7.37 lbs



"Big Y Bone-in hickory smoked butt portion ham WATER ADDED"

7.37 lbs



“Big Y bone-in hickory smoked ham steak WATER ADDED”

1.84 lbs.




6.25 lbs.




6.25 lbs.




6.25 lbs.




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