Cynthia Smoot, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Cynthia Smoot

FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Cynthia:

'Cage Fight:' Gloves come off for Carole Baskin's new docuseries

Carole Baskin -- founder of Big Cat Rescue -- says she and her husband were betrayed by the producers of Netflix’s hit series "Tiger King." Now they hope to set the record straight with their new Discovery Plus streaming series, "Carole Baskin's Cage Fight." → Read More

Take a trip to the top of Pryor Mountain, home to descendants of 'Cloud the Stallion'

On a mountain top thousands of miles away from Tampa Bay lives a herd of wild horses known as the Pryor Mountain Mustangs. It’s one of FOX 13’s Cynthia Smoot’s favorite places, and she recently visited the horses made famous by the popular “Cloud the Stallion” series on PBS Nature. → Read More

Wild horses rescued, rehabilitated at Peace Love Mustangs in Thonotosassa

Peace Love Mustangs intends to rescue as many wild horses as they can, train them, and find them new homes. → Read More

Wild mustangs are no match for this 18-year-old

She's only 18, but is fast developing a reputation for her skill at training mustangs. Her mom says she has a gift, and she’s using it to help find homes for these majestic horses. → Read More

Duck-banding helps researchers keep tabs on distinctive birds

Scientists are trying to research the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, which has been a snowbird for years, and may become a full-time resident. → Read More

Play with kittens at a local shelter using an app

A program called iPet Companion allows people to play with cats and kittens that are up for adoption without leaving home. → Read More

Vet offers chiropractic care for your pet

He's the little dog who captured our hearts last summer when some kind clerks at Home Depot made him a wheelchair to get around. But Wally doesn't need wheels anymore -- these days, he's walking and running on all fours. → Read More

Photos capture devotion of military dogs

Dogs are known as ‘man's best friend,' and that's especially the case with the men and women who serve in the military. On this Veterans Day 2014, the dogs that go into battle alongside our nation's warriors are the subject of a new book: "War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love." → Read More

The road to true love, right through the dog park

Lonnie Hanft was single and surfing the web. So was Destiny Lopez. But in real life, it was their dogs that brought them together. → Read More

The ghost cat that haunts a south Tampa spa

Donna Marie Parker is a hairdresser and owner of Zen Day Spa. She says she knew she wasn't alone from the moment she opened the business. → Read More

Pet owners turn to all-natural alternatives in fight against fleas and ticks

They're the nasty little bloodsuckers that prey on our pets, and while there are plenty of pills or topicals to fight fleas and ticks, more pet owners are turning to all-natural alternatives. → Read More

Hope's story hits theaters Friday in 'Dolphin Tale 2'

<p>The first movie made a local dolphin a star and tripled attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. That was three years ago. Now, Dolphin Tale 2 is about to hit the big screen. The new star's name is “Hope,” and her tale is the next chapter of an amazing true story.</p><br/> → Read More

Sanctuary founders create safe space for exotic animals

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a little bit of Africa (and Asia) right here in Florida. And it's a life's dream come true for the couple who own and run it. → Read More

Tracking devices turn sharks into social media stars

She's a rock star in the world of great white sharks -- “Katharine” even has her own Twitter feed. An expedition team called OCEARCH caught and tagged the 2,300 pound creature off Cape Cod last August. She became the buzz of Tampa Bay a few weeks ago after swimming around the Florida peninsula and showing up in the Gulf of Mexico. <br/> → Read More

Tracking sharks, replacing fear with fascination

On a cold February day in 2012, a great white shark was caught and tagged off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, the shark named “Lydia” by the OCEARCH team that tagged her, has traveled tens of thousands of miles. She’s been almost all the way to the United Kingdom and back, and she’s shattering long-held beliefs about where the sharks go, and why.<br/><br/> → Read More

It's her job to catch dolphins -- on camera

Spotting a wild dolphin jumping out of the water is one of the joys of living in the Tampa Bay area. No one knows some of our local dolphins better than the Eckerd College professor who has spent the past decade studying and listening to them. → Read More

Local wounded veteran gets new home

<p>On this eve of Independence Day, a local veteran got quite the gift to honor his service and sacrifice.</p> → Read More

These fresh veggies are off the wall

From emerald green lettuce to cascading tomatoes, there's a cornucopia of vegetables growing at Uriah's Urban Farms in Tampa. But it's how they're grown -- and how local chefs are using them -- that has foodies buzzing. → Read More

At age 89, this bird has led a long, active life

Calvin Coolidge was president, flappers were shocking folks with their short dresses doing the Charleston, and former first lady Barbara Bush was born. It was all in 1925, the year "Duster" the Umbrella-Crested Cockatoo was born.<br/> → Read More

These paws paint -- for charity

Meet Brody, who was picked up as a stray by Manatee County Animal Services five years ago. Now, he's a successful artist -- yes, artist -- whose paintings raise money for groups like the one that helped rescue him.<br/> → Read More