100 episodes

Join Melissa as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. How is a horse responsible for the FDA? How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!

BewilderBeasts‪!‬ MuttStuff Media

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Join Melissa as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. How is a horse responsible for the FDA? How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go!

    Ep 83: Five Deer (DeerDucken remix)

    Ep 83: Five Deer (DeerDucken remix)

    A relisten to everything we got wrong about the first Thanksgiving celebration, including the animals on the table. Deerducken, anyone?

    Resources for today's episode can be found on the show notes for episode 52:"5 Deer"
    Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan Liebowicz
    Interstitial Music: MK2
    Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.com

    Twitter: @BewilderedPod
    Website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
    Support the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
    Your host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)

    • 39 min
    Ep 82: Going To The Dogs

    Ep 82: Going To The Dogs

    The National Dog Show is a staple in many homes for the pre-Thanksgiving event - so Melissa (and special guest Paul Csomo from Avast) discuss all the terrible things we've done to purebred dogs in the name of beauty. 

    I'm so sorry :) 

    Happy Thanksgiving! 



    Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan Liebowicz
    Interstitial Music: MK2
    Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.com

    Twitter: @BewilderedPod
    Website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
    Support the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
    Your host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)

    • 51 min
    Ep 81: Avast!

    Ep 81: Avast!

    Let's meet the "Little Boatman," the "Black Devil," the "Horse Inspirerer" -----the Schipperke, with Paul Csomo of Avast!.

    You can visit the Avast website or download it wherever you listen to podcasts!

    Resources for today's episode:
    https://nationalpurebreddogday.com/he-inspired-horses/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schipperke
    https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/schipperke/
    https://www.schipperkeclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Revised2018_Schip_Club_leaflet.pdf
    https://www.schipperkeclub-usa.org/about-schips/breed-history/



    Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan Liebowicz
    Interstitial Music: MK2
    Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.com

    Twitter: @BewilderedPod
    Website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
    Support the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
    Your host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)

    • 23 min
    Ep 80: Camel Cam and Sheep View

    Ep 80: Camel Cam and Sheep View

    A look at all the animals who make Google maps Google-possible, including a camel named Raffia and a whole lot of sheep in the Faroe Islands. 


    Resources for today's episode

    https://www.google.com/earth/education/tools/street-view/#:~:text=Google%20collects%20Street%20View%20imagery,a%20single%20360%2Ddegree%20image.
    https://www.boredpanda.com/google-street-view-animals/
    History of the Google View Camera, including a giant camera strapped to a car.
    https://www.trekview.org/blog/2019/history-of-google-street-view-cameras/
    Article quoted by Yvette Tan: https://mashable.com/article/google-street-trekker-sg
    https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/12-years-of-google-street-view-mapping-by-car-boat-and-goat-1.4117014
    Youtube video of trike in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-4Aln1Il8



    Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan Liebowicz
    Interstitial Music: MK2
    Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.com

    Twitter: @BewilderedPod
    Website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
    Support the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
    Your host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)

    • 15 min
    Ep 79: The Kitten in the Book Drop

    Ep 79: The Kitten in the Book Drop

    In 1988, a librarian opened a book drop and was surprised by what she found. Let's hear the story of Dewey Readmore Books. 


    Resources: 
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16878049/dewey-readmore-books 
    http://www.spencerlibrary.com/p/dewey-library-cat.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Readmore_Books
    http://www.spencerlibrary.com/p/deweys-job-description-1.html
    https://www.wunderground.com/history/daily/us/ia/fort-dodge/KFOD/date/1988-1-18
    https://www.google.com/maps/search/spencer+iowa+topography/@42.5088691,-95.4973673,412836m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer,_Iowa 
    https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2009-01-02-dewey-new-cat_N.htm
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/popular_by_date/1987
    https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/quick-guide-library-cats/
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145419/
    https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/05/does-your-cat-have-arthritis/
    Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan Liebowicz
    Interstitial Music: MK2
    Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.com

    Twitter: @BewilderedPod
    Website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
    Support the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
    Your host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)

    • 22 min
    Ep 78: Eau d'Poo

    Ep 78: Eau d'Poo

    This week, we look at how scatological scientists use fake poop to save owls and commune with rhinos. Let's GO!


    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fake-poop-helps-transplanted-owls-settle-new-safer-neighborhoods-rcna13906
    https://www.optimistdaily.com/2022/02/fake-poop-helps-tiny-endangered-owls-find-new-homes/
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/60234064
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Burrowing_Owl/overview
    https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/burrowing-owl
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/rhinoceroses-poop-middens-communication
    https://www.boredpanda.com/owl-long-legs-exposed/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
    https://www.seeker.com/plant-makes-fake-poop-to-fool-dung-beetles-1770322031.html
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/sparkly-zoo-poo


    Intro Music is “Tiptoe out the back” by Dan Lebowicz and Interstitial music is by MK2. Additional music provided by Pixabay and Freesound.org and introducing HappySoulMusic.com!



    Support the showIntro/Outtro music: Tiptoe Out The Back - Dan Liebowicz
    Interstitial Music: MK2
    Additional music: Freesound.com, Pixabay.org and HappySoulMusic.com

    Twitter: @BewilderedPod
    Website: BewilderBeastsPod.com
    Support the Show and get stuff! Patreon.com/BewilderbeastsPod
    Your host, Melissa McCue-McGrath is an author, dog trainer, and behavior consultant in Southern Maine. She'll talk about dogs all day if you let her. You've been warned :)

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Jennibomb1 ,

Melissa is a wonderful story teller

The thing I enjoy so much about this podcast is how well Melissa does the research and packages the delivery in a way that is totally family friendly. The information and stories are filled with facts, but never boring or overwhelming. Sometimes a bit emotional. Most of the episodes are just the right length to keep my attention without going overboard like a textbook would. Highly recommend especially for anyone with kids/ young adults in the home who have an interest in amazing animal and people stories.

ORPorp6877$ ,

Fantastic

Entertaining, educational, and absolutely fun!

anrva123 ,

Emily Spinach!

Learned about this podcast via the episode for Emily Spinach (if you know, you know) but will be back for more! Highly recommend.

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