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Animal rights advocates protest Suffolk County business Sloth Encounters

ISLIP, N.Y. -- There is a heated battle on Long Island over Sloth Encounters LI.The business provides a so-called "one-of-a-kind experience," allowing one-on-one holding and feeding of the small mammals.As CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday, animal advocates say they are demanding its closure.Animal specialist Larry Wallach, along with investors, opened Sloth Encounters LI in Hauppauge this spring, delighting enthusiasts."My business is to educate the public on wildlife. If you go to any other sloth encounter it's nowhere near this," Wallach said. "Humidity, state-of-the-art heaters, enclosures. They have tons of room."But animal rights advocates, led by anthrozoologist John Di Leonardo...

Things we’ll do before summer comes to an end

Montauk Distilling Co. has opened its doors in Riverhead. (Credit: David Benthal) Summer. Sweet, sweet, summer. While some folks are already wishing you away with their talk of plaid and pumpkin spice, we know better, because there’s just so much of you left. But with all this talk of...

Activists push to shut down Sloth Encounters business on Long Island

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Snuggly sloths sleep inside a storefront in a habitat meant to simulate the jungles of Costa Rica where they're originally from. "They have a lot of room, a lot of food, the best veterinarian, they're treated amazingly," said Larry Wallach, an animal specialist at Sloth Encounters, which opened in Hauppauge this summer. People can pay to learn about, interact with and feed the animals.

"Take the Lead" prepares retired race horses for 2nd careers

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Just like every other athlete, every race horse must someday retire, but what happens after their racing days are done?You might be surprised to learn retirement doesn't mean the end of competition. The "Take the Lead" retirement program is the focus of this week's Snapshot New York with Steve Overmyer.At Belmont Park, the busiest time of day is early morning."Feed time's always a lot of fun, especially this time of the year because we have young horses here," said horse trainer Rick Schosberg. "So they just think that feed cart is theirs, not my neighbor. This...
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Eagle Scout beautifies garden at ACLD residence

With the summer sun shining , the twelve residents of the Oceanside residence for Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities (ACLD) have been spending a lot of their time watching out their front window, as birds gather in front of the newly placed standing feeder. Not only do the birds enjoy the shaded spot to eat and rest, but the residents have enjoyed gathering in the living room, practically every day, to observe the birds with one another.

New Bookstore Coming to Huntington

The Next Chapter is coming to Huntington. When the beloved bookstore, Book Revue, left the village, Mallory Braun sprung into action, creating a plan to revive the shop. She started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 to help. The response was overwhelming and she blew through that goal. Her current fundraising stands at $257,631 from 2,216 backers.