2:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City

This armadillo was caught hanging out in Holden, Mo. Armadillos use their claws and snouts to find insects and worms in the soil.
Credit Cindy Taylor

The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.

Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.

“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Rising numbers and rising frustration

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen joins Steve Kraske to talk about first aid for pets.
Credit Aaron Merrifield / Flickr-CC

When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.


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Up To Date
4:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers

Sitting Gorilla at the Kansas City Zoo
Credit Butterflyxoeio / Flickr Creative Commons

So, you like animals? You enjoy watching them, taking care of them, and talking about them? Would you make a good zookeeper? Guest Host Brian Ellison takes a look at the true life of Kansas City Zoo zookeepers on Tuesday's Up to Date. Find out what it's really like to chase a fugitive chimpanzee and keep the penguins healthy and happy in their habitat. Speaking of penguins, you can watch the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo live right here.


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Up To Date
12:37 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014

More than 120 bands will be playing this weekend for Ink's Middle of the Map Fest.

Wash away the recent rainy weather with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 4-6.

Ink's Middle of the Map Fest Music festival with more that 120 bands at six venues.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Gary Numan performs at 11 p.m. Thursday at Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Country Club Plaza and Westport area. Tickets: $55 three-day-pass

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Up to Date
3:22 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Veterinary Advice For Dealing With Badly Behaved Animals

Cats and other pets often behave in ways that mystify their owners.
Credit McBeth/Flickr-CC

Fido’s making strange sounds, and Fluffy’s decided to carve your couch into a masterpiece with her claws. If all your solutions so far seem to be barking up the wrong tree, we’ve got another option for you.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, animal behavior expert and veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to answer your questions about pet behavior.


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Up to Date
10:19 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges

Lions lounge at the Kansas City Zoo.
Credit Shawn Kinkade/ Flickr-CC

Lions, tigers and (panda) bears, oh my! Two thousand zoo and aquarium professionals are in Kansas City this week for the annual convention of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we take a look at the challenges zoos face these days and how that's been affecting attendance. We also discuss what zoos are hoping their visitors get out of the experience. 


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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Adopting A Furry Friend

This dog was rescued from an animal shelter.
Credit jeffreyw/Flickr-CC

Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges. 

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Central Standard
9:20 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The State Of Feral Hogs In Missouri

A feral hog and her piglets cross a dusty path.
Credit minds-eye/Flickr--Creative Commons

They spread disease and pollute the land. They devour birds and baby fauns. They have sharp teeth, weigh 300 pounds, and are now in 38 states across the US. It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but the wild pig is real and they cause damage to farms and rural communities throughout America.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Stretching Your Palate

Chances are you have eaten at his restaurant, taken in a show at his venue, or even met the dude.  But did you know about his plan to curb regional invasive species by cooking and eating them?

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KC Currents
4:24 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Cryptozoology

A reconstruction of an alleged ogopogo sighting.
wikimedia commons

For the past couple months we’ve been bringing you clips of presentations from Nerd Nites, which happen in Kansas City, Lawrence and all around the world.

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers?


What's the most common rat in Kansas City these days? Tipping the scales at 10-17 ounces and a nasty little 7-10-inch body, it's the Norway rat.

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Central Standard
1:16 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

How Animals Help Heal

Dale Smith and his dog Keegan, on their first backpacking trip post cancer treatment, in Piney Creek Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest

In 2007, Dale Smith was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the head and neck. Throughout his treatment, his pet dog Keegan, normally an energetic border collie, lay patiently by his side, waiting for Dale to get better.

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet.

A CAT scanner...for dogs.
Fresno Pet ER

An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.  You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month. 

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