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by Ron Kurtus

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Have been rescuing parrots Hookbills USA
 
I demand answers of how to control squirrels Squirrels USA
 
Puppy's poop is real smelly Dogs Roll USA
 
Want to get squirrels on my property Squirrels USA
 
Want to know if I'm mentally ill Special Types USA
 
Where can I get a male lovebird? Hookbills USA
 
Found dead squirrel in toilet Squirrels USA
 
Female Fisher's lovebird is unhappy without a mate Hookbills USA
 
Pet squirrel lost part of its tail Squirrel Defenses India
 
Name of the Candid Camera episode Candid Camera USA
 
Why do some red squirrels have stubby tails? Squirrel Defenses USA
 
Puppy carried feces to daughter Dogs Roll USA
 
Squirrel carrying another in its mouth Squirrels United Kingdom
 
One pet rat seems to be the boss Rats USA
 
Wants to observe 2-year old's behavior Observations Argentina
 

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Hookbills

Have been rescuing parrots

January 29, 2007

Question

i have been rescuing parrot for about 5 years now and i was wondering where i can get a rescue licence .i live in california, and i have saved over 200 birds now. i pay for all the vet visits and when he gives me a clean bill of health, i'll screen the families that want to adopt them, i never ask for any money i just want the birds to have the life they should . so if you could please advise me of what i have to do , i would very much appreciate it. thank you very much... dawn

dawn - USA (12999)

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Our website encourages worthy causes, and saving birds--as you have done--certainly is a worthy cause.

There are a number of bird rescue groups in California. Perhaps one of them could give you information on obtaining a rescue license.

http://www.netpets.com/birds/birdresc/birdgrp.html
http://www.parrotsociety.org/
http://www.avianweb.com/Rescue.htm
http://avianprotectors.homestead.com/Rescue.html

Best wishes on your good work.

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Squirrels

I demand answers of how to control squirrels

January 7, 2007

Question

You people are not answering these questions with anything useful. You tell people that rats are doing damage. It is both rats and squirrels. You also offer NO solutions which will work. What can be done to prevent critters from chewing wires in cars? No one has the definitive answer. We live in a forest, relocating squirrels is ridiculous. Also, squirrels will most assuredly chew their way into structures. I think you live in la la land.

- USA (12760)

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Many animals damage property and crops. This includes rats, squirrels, chipmunks, deer and bear. One solution is to get rid of all the animals, but that is ridiculous. If you live in the forest, I would hope you had an understanding of animals. Note that you are an intruder in their land. You need to learn to cooperate with nature.

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Dogs Roll

Puppy's poop is real smelly

January 3, 2007

Question

My puppy is just about 3 months old and he's getting better about the house training. But it seems like the older he gets, the more his poo reaks. It wakes us up in the middle of the night. Some people have told me that it's the food he eats, we feed him puppy chow. Is this the cause of the stink, should we change his diet, or is it just something we'll have to live with?

Katie - USA (12735)

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Just as with humans, baby poop is smelly. But you can adjust his diet so that it doesn't smell as bad.

Dry dog food can be mixed with water/gravy or mixed with canned food. You can also add some yogurt. But make any changes in diet gradually. Some pups get an upset stomach if they get a sudden change in diet.

You should feed your puppy three to four times a day until he gets older. Suggested feeding times: 7 12 5 10.

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Squirrels

Want to get squirrels on my property

December 11, 2006

Question

I have about 80 acre of woods on a river bank plus some field & a lake. I have contact animal control in certain areas, requiring about getting the squirrels they capture. There is plenty of acorn trees & pecan trees for food source plus we plant corn in the fall for wildlife. Do you any one that we may contact to getting any squirrels for a new home near Jonesville, La. 71343?

Yours Truly,

Billy - USA (12603)

Answer

Squirrels in the wild have a large range, so I would be surprised if they have not already found your land. Squirrels that live near homes in a community are often seen in the trees. They have learned not to be afraid of humans. On the other hand, squirrels in the wild do a very good job at hiding when a human is around.

I'm sure that animal control in your area would be glad to release the squirrels they capture on your land, instead of having to kill them. On the other hand, they may not get that many calls to capture squirrels.

If you have a lot of food in your land, I'm sure the squirrels will find out about it sooner or later. But don't forget that squirrels are very territorial and will limit the number of outsiders on their property.

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Special Types

Want to know if I'm mentally ill

November 27, 2006

Question

how does a person know or show signs of a mental illness and how do they show it through behavior

i have been abused sexual, mentally and emotionally and i have got so good at hidding my anger and emotional, but I am at the point because people tell me i have problems that i do not want tolive and i believe they could be wrong through manipulation but how do i know that i have a mental illness can you send me a test, like right now

cammie - USA (12491)

Answer

There is a difference between mental illness and mental injury. Someone who has been abuse has been mentally and emotionally injured. Just like being in a car accident and physically injured, the healing process can be long and sometimes difficult.

People who tell you that you have problems seem to be adding salt to the wounds. Perhaps they don't realize that you have been abused and need understanding and encouragement.

The big thing is not to think of yourself as being mentally ill. Instead, think of yourself as being injured and in the healing process. It takes a long time to heal from those old wounds.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in the healing process.

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Hookbills

Where can I get a male lovebird?

November 27, 2006

Question

Hi Ron and thanks for answering my email. I would love to find a partner for her but as I mentioned I was told because Fishers are the most aggressive lovies that she might kill another lovebird unless it's a mature male/female. I just don't know where to look for a mature lovie. I have an extra cage that I could put it in and place it next to her cage till they look like they might actually hit it off. Do you have any suggestions on where I might find a mature bird?

Nancy - USA (12520)

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You might try www.craigslist.org and click on your city. You can submit a free ad and check to see if anyone has a male bird available. I think that would be the best way to find a mate for your bird.

Good luck in finding one.

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Squirrels

Found dead squirrel in toilet

November 26, 2006

Question

A friend was out of the house for approx.a week. Upon return found a dead squirrel in the toilet, lid down. No damage in the home. Claims only way squirrel could have gotten into the house was thru the sewer system. "Rats do it why not squirrels" How about a trick by friends, NO! (he said). I'm having a tough time buying into a squirrel crawling thru X number of feet, yards or miles of sewer pipe. Home is a condo outside of Nashua New Hampshire. Need some help on this. Thanks

AW - USA (12474)

Answer

Rats may go through sewer pipes in large cities like New York, but even then it is a rare occasion. Although squirrels are also rodents, their behavior is completely different. Also, once it made it to the toilet bowl, why would it die there? It would be able to hold its head above the water and not drown, even if it couldn't get out.

My guess is that someone is playing a trick, whether your friend or some other friends.

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Hookbills

Female Fisher's lovebird is unhappy without a mate

November 26, 2006

Question

I inherited a Fisher lovebird from an ex-neighbor who knew I loved birds and didn't have the time to take care of her 8 month old lovie. I received one bird with cage and all the trimmings. I found out a few months later that my Fisher was a hen and really wanted a family in the worse way. I tossed out 5 eggs. I let her have the run of the house but soon found that my house was becoming full of poop and everything that could be chewed up was.
She is also a very high strung bird who will not stop plucking her feathers on her belly.
I've gotten a really large cage for her, I've included several sizes of perches, a tent bed, a fuzzy green blanket for her to cuddle into tied to the side of her cage, a fountain that runs during day hours. several types of food and clean water and she still hates me. Well maybe not hate but I've never been able to tame her. I was thinking she is very loney and needs a mate but was told she is capable of killing another lovie if I bought one.
I want my bird to be happy but feel she is a lonely bird and it makes me very sad.
I tried to give her to our local zoo that has a huge aviary full of Fishers but they said they had too many already. I would give her to a good home where she would have fellow lovies but am afraid they would only use her as abreeder.
Please any suggestions?

Nancy - USA (12477)

Answer

Fisher's lovebirds are very social birds and love to have companions. Although they enjoy the company of humans, they're much happier if they have a partner.

My suggestion is to get a male lovebird to be her partner. An extra bird would not be that much trouble, and then you would have a couple of delightful pets.

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Squirrel Defenses

Pet squirrel lost part of its tail

November 20, 2006

Question

Dear Sir,
I am writing from Delhi India.
I need help on an orphaned squirrel in our home
we have raised the squirell since it was one week old. it is now 2 month old.
but today when we were trying to catch it, it tried to run and we were left with its tail in our hand.
one fourth of its tail is gone and there was lot of blood.
the squirrel is an indian squirell.
will its tail grow back again.
if there is any one els who can help me on this please reply
regards
sanika

sanika - India (12437)

Answer

A squirrel's tail will sometimes breaks off when it is trying to escape. The tail will heal, and the injury should not cause much harm. But perhaps your squirrel would like to have its freedom. If you would wait much longer, it might not be able to adjust to being on its own.

Some people will let their squirrel loose outside, and it will often come back for food. But soon it will go to raise its own family.

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Candid Camera

Name of the Candid Camera episode

November 6, 2006

Question

What was the name of the Candid Camera Episode and where can I get a copy? I would like to use it in my Sociology class.

Thank, you,

David - USA (12337)

Answer

I don't believe the episodes had specific names. You might check the official Candid Camera website at http://www.candidcamera.com. That may be able to give you information on getting episodes for your class.

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Squirrel Defenses

Why do some red squirrels have stubby tails?

November 5, 2006

Question

why do some red squirrels have stubby tails?

gary - USA (12317)

Answer

Red squirrels have shorter tails than other tree squirrels. A stubby one may be a result of a fight or being attacked and losing part of the tail. But if you've seen several red squirrels with stubby tails, then I wonder if it is some sort of genetic defect.

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Dogs Roll

Puppy carried feces to daughter

October 19, 2006

Question

Our family dog really shocked me this morning. My daughter did not feel well this morning so I let her stay home from school. She fell asleep on the couch.I went upstairs for a few minutes and then came downstairs. My daughter woke up after a little while to find that our puppy "Lady" had picked up her feces off of the training pad and had lain it beside my daughter.Needless to say, my daughter had to have a bath. I am not quite sure why the puppy did this. She is a good puppy and she is loved alot.

- USA (12204)

Answer

This is similar behavior as when a cat will catch a mouse and then lay it at your feet, as if giving you a present. Perhaps your pup had seen you cleaning up her feces and felt she was trying to help out.

The best thing to do is to ignore the behavior. Being punished will confuse her, but not being praised will indicate that it's not something desired. Hopefully your puppy will not do this again, but certainly she'll stop once she gets old enough to go do her duty outside.

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Squirrels

Squirrel carrying another in its mouth

October 12, 2006

Question

Whilst playing golf, recently a squirrel ran in front of me and I saw he was carrying another squirrel in its mouth. Couldn't tell if was dead or not.

Is this usual behaviour? Would it perhaps be his own offspring or maybe a killing it had made?

Bernard - United Kingdom (12151)

Answer

Sometimes a mother squirrel will carry her young to a different location. But also, on rare occasions, a male squirrel will kill another squirrel and carry it off to eat it. I've also heard of cases where a squirrel will help out, and another injured squirrel to carry it to safety.

They are interesting and intelligent animals.

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Rats

One pet rat seems to be the boss

September 16, 2006

Question

Thank you for responding to my question, since I 've written to you I have been able to pick up Shadow a couple of times. The way I do it is my hand goes over her body and head and then I lift but I still think she doesn't like it very much, I can tell Shadow is still terrified, when you mention offering her food by hand I have tried giving her food from my hand but any time my hand comes close to her her head goes down or she backs up close to the cage walls. Even when I offer her a carrot finger, so far I have never seen her eat one not even when I offer one to her, I usually just leave it right next to her head showing her it is there. I think Cocoa my other rat has become the dominant female rat in the cage, I have no problem with her taking food or even the carrot fingers from my hands. I also believe once I leave the room and have left a couple of carrot fingers in the cage I truly believe that Cocoa has taken them both even raw peanuts in a shell. I'm hoping that when I'm not around that Cocoa does let Shadow eat her share of the food, because when ever I pass the cage I have never seen Shadow eating any food.

Sharon - USA (11934)

Answer

Although rats are social animals, often one will be so dominant that it becomes a bully. Such a rat will tease the other by biting its rear-end. You might try getting another cage--even if it is a small one--where Shadow can have her own space. You could make a connecting tube between the two or cages. Another thing you might try is to feed them separately. Take Cocoa out to play with her, and then put in some food for Shadow. When she is through, put in some more food for Cocoa. This way, Shadow will get enough and be able to eat in peace.

Have fun with your pets. They sure are interesting animals.

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Observations

Wants to observe 2-year old's behavior

September 13, 2006

Question


How could i make a realistic observation of the behavior of my son Nicolás (two&half year old)?
Thanks for your time, it's important for me the answer.
Good By

Beatriz - Argentina (11912)

Answer

One thing is that young children have certain behavior traits and go through various stages as they grow up. There is an expression of the "terrible twos" where 2-year-olds may become difficult to handle. See:
http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/features/kids/twos.html

Also, children are expected to learn certain things at various ages. See:
http://parentcenter.babycenter.com/general/preschooler/pdevelopment/6471.html

Knowing what to expect and what is considered normal for a 2 1/2 year old, you can better observe what they are doing and why they do such things. Of course, not all children fit the pattern, but it can provide a guide for your observations.

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