Dunwoody, GA Pets & Animals

Gorillas Have Invented a Unique Vocalization to Get Zookeepers' Attention

In a fascinating discovery, western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Zoo Atlanta have been caught summoning their keepers using a strange cough-sneeze hybrid. Only two other species have displayed this ability to create new vocalizations to attract our attention: zoo-housed chimpanzees and orangutans. Now, we can add gorillas to that list. Below, 24-year-old female gorilla Sukari demonstrates this gorilla equivalent to a human 'ahem' which researchers have called a 'snough'. As many of us know, Koko put a spotlight on gorilla intelligence in the '80s and '90s with her incredible ability to communicate with humans using sign language. She was trained and worked diligently at...
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Science News

Zoo gorillas use a weird new call that sounds like a sneezy cough

Sukari the gorilla can grunt. She can hum. She can grumble. Now, scientists report, the gorilla’s got a new way to express herself. Sukari can “snough.”. She and other zoo gorillas make the noise, a cross between a sneeze and a cough, when zookeepers with food are near. The unusual utterance, which has not been observed in the wild and never been described before in this species, can help the gorillas grab people’s attention, says primatologist Roberta Salmi of the University of Georgia in Athens. The snough adds to the small but growing pile of evidence that captive apes can produce novel vocal sounds, Salmi and her colleagues report August 10 in PLOS ONE.
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This is how Brookhaven is helping get shelter animals adopted

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Brookhaven is making it easier for residents to adopt a pet. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Brookhaven City Council approved a memorandum with LifeLine Animal Project, in which the shelter will provide pets for adoption at no fee. LifeLife operates the DeKalb County Animal Shelter in one of Brookhaven's suburbs, a news release reads.
CBS 46

Need cash? There’s an app connecting Atlanta’s home and pet owners

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Did you know your backyard could be making you money? An app called Sniffspot is connecting homeowners and pet owners in what’s being called the “AirBnB for dogs.”. “This crazy idea originated in 2017,” Sniffspot founder David Adams said. “My girlfriend at the time,...

Alpharetta approves downtown dog park

A busy part of downtown Alpharetta is going to the dogs. During a Monday, Aug. 1 meeting, City Council approved a land use request for an upscale off-leash dog park and restaurant planned at Old Milton Parkway and South Main Street. Before voting, council members had differing views on the safety of the location. Lonnie […] The post Alpharetta approves downtown dog park appeared first on Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown.

National Dog Day Programming at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

To commemorate National Dog Day, Children’s Museum of Atlanta has planned a day filled with dog-centered activities, including a special visit from Chase and Skye from PAW Patrol in partnership with the Fox Theatre for session A only. In session B, guests can expect the storytelling of “How to Raise a Hero” that educates listeners on how service dogs are trained and how to behave around service dogs. Participants can also meet Callie the service dog at 3 p.m. only.
Atlanta Magazine

Remembering Big Lou the emu, Lake Claire’s most famous resident

Atlanta has long been known as a home for transplants: Folks from all over the world come here to find their place and make a life. That was also true for Big Lou, an emu that arrived in the city in 1994. After living nearly three decades in the Lake Claire Community Land Trust (LCCLT), the local celebrity passed away peacefully on July 28.

Vehicle strikes bear spotted near Avalon

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A black bear was struck by a vehicle near Avalon in Alpharetta on July 24, after being spotted at multiple locations around Alpharetta. Alpharetta police said the wild bear was first spotted near Westside Parkway, heading north through the wood line between Westside Parkway and Ga. 400.

Flowery Branch City Council approves funding for K9 program

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday night to approve funding for a K9 program at the city police department, bringing back a long-dormant portion of the agency. The Flowery Branch Police Department requested $20,000 to restart the program, which the council unanimously approved. The agency first adopted a K9...
CBS 46

Best Friends in Atlanta waving adoption fees Aug. 6

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Best Friends in Atlanta announced a Clear the Shelters event aimed at getting many of their pets adopted. The event will begin Aug. 6 at Dogma Day Care in Smyrna. Starting at 11 a.m., all fees will be waived on adoptable pets. The blowout event will have many of the pets available for adoption at Dogma Day Care. The event will also have free giveaways. All the pets at the event have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped.

Georgia Nurse Tracks Down Patient's Dog at Animal Shelter and Adopts Him After His Devoted Owner Dies

A Georgia nurse is being hailed for an extraordinary act of love toward a patient she took care of during the woman’s last days alive. As Kimberly Still tended to a woman in her final days, she got to know the patient’s family and learned how much the woman loved her faithful companion, Jax the Chihuahua. Jax had nowhere to live after his owner died, and he ended up in a shelter outside Atlanta, where there was a real risk that he would end up being put to sleep.

Ceramic Animals show in Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2022 – presale password

A Ceramic Animal presale password is now available: For a very short time you can order tickets before they go on sale. This could be the last chance ever to see Ceramic Animal live in Atlanta!. Ceramic Animal show information:. Onsale to General Public. Start: Fri, 08/05/22 10:00 AM EDT.

K-9 unit, new well approved in Flowery Branch

A K-9 program is back on track in Flowery Branch, and the city is enhancing its water supply. The city voted to spend $20,000 to restart its K-9 program, which initially began in 2008 but fell dormant four years later because of not having a handler. By spending $20,000 for...
CBS 46

Popular Atlanta emu Big Lou dead at 29

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - His name was Big Lou. B-I-G stood for an acronym, beauty in the garden. Beautiful the emu was, but now his pen sits empty for the first time in nearly three decades. He lived in a 250-foot area for 29 years in Candler Park. That entire...
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The Works announces August events lineup

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The Works development in the Upper Westside neighborhood has announced its full lineup of August events. The events include weekly concerts, a blood drive and several dog-focused events. The full lineup is as follows:. Yappy Hour: Pup Meetup and PUPFEST. The first of several dog-focused events...