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Topical Currents

Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle

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06/10/15 - Today on Topical Currents: Miami’s vast feral chicken population has become streetwise.  They avoid those charged with rounding them up as adroitly as a street drug dealer.  We know of our area’s enormous snake population: but now there’s also a plague of giant African snails.  They spread disease. All cities show an uptick in wildlife.  We speak with Tristan Donovan, who’s written the fascinating FERAL CITIES:  Adventures with Animals in the Urban JungleThat’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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