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Back in 2011, Naruto was just an anonymous macaque in the jungles of Indonesia. On one particular day, however, the photogenic primate happened upon a wildlife photographer's camera and snapped a "monkey selfie."

Whether the act was intentional or a quite-too-literal instance of monkeying around, only the grinning primate knows for certain. But it raised a complicated question: Who owns the images Naruto took, the monkey or the man?

It also started a years-long saga in which the U.S. Copyright Office and even Wikipedia weighed in.

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Four male liligers were born a couple of days ago at The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

A liliger is a hybrid from a male lion and a female liger. A female liger is a hybrid resulting from the coupling of a male lion and a female tiger.

Joseph Maldonado—better known as Joe Exotic—is the operator of the park and a Libertarian candidate for Oklahoma Governor. He says liligers are bred to better survive climate change.

When you're building a zoo disaster plan, there's one thing to keep in mind: Murphy's law. Anything that could go wrong, will.

Just ask the flock of flamingos that weathered Hurricane Andrew in a public restroom at Zoo Miami in 1992.

Or, you could ask the zoo personnel across the coast who've been running emergency drills since the start of hurricane season.

There's a passage from Brian Kateman's op-ed in the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that I've been thinking about a lot:

"Just about everyone who reduces consumption of meat, eggs and dairy for ethical reasons wants to see the end of factory farming. Yet we waste time by focusing on things like virtue points and identity shoring, and disputing each other's visions of the ideal post-factory-farming landscape."

For many of us, animals hold a special place in our hearts, and that’s no accident according to a renowned animal behaviorist and author who will be a featured speaker at The Animal Conference on Tuesday, March 30th at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

KOSU’s Kelly Burley visited with Dr. Vint Virga to find out what’s at the heart of the bond between humans and animals.


Alyssa Parks / Listener Contributor

The last couple of weeks, we put out a call to listeners to share their love stories for Valentine’s Day.  One of the stories we received was from Alyssa Parks of Seminole.  She told us about how sometimes love literally curls up in your lap when you least expect it.