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Itchy Skin Plagues Pot Bellied Pigs By Sam Mazzotta

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My pot-bellied pigs, “Penny” and “Norman,” again lost their hair very early this spring, when it was still very cold. Their skin was extremely itchy and very cracked and drylooking. I contacted many vets, Humane Societies and others concerning this never-ending issue. Many told me that hair loss in pot-bellied pigs is normal, and there was nothing I could do. That was not good enough for me. Now I think I found something that is helping. I’ve been adding safflower oil in with their food pellets -- about a tablespoon each feeding. They have not grown back any hair, since I just started this about three weeks ago. But I can tell they don’t look as dry and they’re not scratching as much. I give safflower oil to my dogs and cats during the winter while our wood stove is operating, as they tend to get dry, flaky skin. The oil makes their fur very shiny. So I thought I would try it on my piggies. I hope this will help others who are going

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• The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery traveled more than 4,000 miles (6,437 km) on an expedition to explore the area west of the Mississippi River. The beach area that they discovered in Washington was not a sunfilled beach. In fact, the area is known for lots of rainy days. Even so, the beach, on the southwest coast of the state, is a fun spot, with more than 60 festivals and celebrations held on the Long Beach Peninsula in 2011. It is home to the World Kite Museum and also the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. • Another West Coast community named “Long Beach” is the city of Long Beach, California, south of Los Angeles. One of its main tourist attractions is the Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • Long Beach, Mississippi, is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but is still known as the “friendly city,” its moniker since incorporation in 1905. • On the Atlantic side of the country are Long Beach Island, New Jersey, known as LBI, and Long Beach, New York. Both are islands. LBI is accessible via one bridge or by boat. Long Beach, New York, is an oceanfront island at the southern end of Long Island, New York. It has a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) beach and a 2.25-milelong boardwalk that was built in 1914 with the help of elephants! • Do you know which state has the longest coastline in the continental United States? It is not Florida or California as you may guess, but Michigan. Michigan’s shoreline is 3,288

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• miles (5,292 km) long, including 1,056 miles (1,699 km) of island coasts. • Do you know which country has the longest shoreline in the world? Canada. Canada also has an area named “Long Beach.” The Long Beach “unit” of beaches consists of Radar Beach, Long Beach, Combers Beach and Wickaninnish Beach, which run from north to south for 15.5 miles (25 km) and comprise the most popular portion of Pacific Rim National Park. This is the only national park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. It has long, sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, a rainforest and more. • Tofino, at the northern end of this Long Beach, boasts the highest annual mean temperature in Canada, 42 to 44 degrees F (6-7 degrees C), which is also the same as the water temperature. Wetsuits are needed for surfing, but despite the chilly water, the waves draw northwest surfers year round. • A truly long beach that always makes the “world’s longest” beaches lists is Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The area is on the southeastern coast of Bangladesh and stretches for 75 miles (120 km). The country is vastly overpopulated and impoverished, with most people living in the cities. The beach is never crowded, and the humid, tropical area is shark-free! • In the lands “down under,” Australia and New Zealand both have beaches named “90 Mile Beach,” (145 km) even though neither is exactly that long! • The New Zealand beach is about 55 miles (88 km) long and is known for its huge sand dunes that look like the Sahara Desert. Ninety Mile Beach Marine Park in Australia, located along Victoria’s southeast coast, is a long, thin beach that actually stretches for 94.5 miles (152 km). This park is known for having the highest diversity of species of any place in the world. Scientists found 860 different species living in the sand within 12 sq. yards (10 m2), and 187 species in 1.2 sq. yards (1 m2). • Apparently, in spite of others claiming the distinction, Praia do Cassino in southern Brazil, near the Uruguay border, is actually the longest beach in the world. It is 149 miles (240 km) long. • Cancun, Mexico, is known for its white sand beaches and the fact that the sand stays cool. The sand is composed of microscopic plankton fossils instead of silica, like most light-colored sand. • Opposite of Cancun’s white sand shores are the black sand beaches found in Hawaii, Alaska, Iceland and Black Sand Beach on the Lost Coast of California. Cooled lava from past volcanic eruptions formed the sand on these beaches, hence, the black color. Like asphalt, it absorbs the sun’s heat so you’ll need to wear shoes! • Wherever beaches are found, the tourists they draw are often a key part of keeping the adjacent towns and cities alive. Summer business sustains the economy year round for many beach areas. • In the state of Florida, beaches may be the most important stream of tourism and revenue. A lot of work is required to keep its beaches in good shape. Hurricanes are a major factor affecting beaches in Florida, as is erosion. In an average year, the state spends about $30 to $40 million for beach maintenance. The state collects approximately $3 to $4 billion from sales taxes paid by tourists, so they get a great return on their investment.

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