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Posted July 29, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

As hard as it is for animal lovers to believe, there are serious animal-hating crazy people out there who will actually aim at an animal in the road when they are driving. A recent study has shown that six percent of drivers will go for the kill. Of those drivers, 89% drove trucks and SUVs. Both numbers are statistically significant to the experiment conducted by NASA engineer Mark Rober.

Posted July 28, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

One in five dogs will develop some type of osteoarthritis in their
lifetime. Large breed dogs are affected more than smaller breeds. The
heavier the dog is, the more likely it is to experience symptoms. It is a problem
that is of great concern to many dog owners and joint replacement is
prohibitively expensive for most. Now science is offering a new, more
affordable answer through the use of stem cells.

Posted July 28, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Seven-year-old Lorcan Dillon of Manchester, England, suffers from selective mutism, a psychiatric disorder that makes him unable to speak in certain situations, including school, and expressing his feelings toward his family. Then a fluffy little Birman cat named Jessi-cat moved into his home and his heart and changed his life.

Posted July 27, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that sharks have really strong teeth. Researchers have been looking into exactly how strong and what makes them that strong and cavity-resistant. The in-depth look at the sharks' pearly whites show that they come already loaded with the fluoride that we seek to add with toothpaste and mouthwash.

Posted July 27, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

When fishermen working off the south coast of England, in a strait known as the Solent, between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, brought in their nets they found that one of their oysters wasn't quite what they were fishing for. It was a large oyster fossil measuring 7 inches across that was now solid stone. The age of the fossil is estimated to be about 145 million years.

Posted July 26, 2012 by Amanda Dickens

The idea that cats and dogs don't get along couldn't be any further from the truth according to this story.  In fact, in this case a cat and dog may have gotten along so well that they created an offspring!

Posted July 26, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

E.T., the singing walrus, celebrated his 30th birthday this week at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. To mark the event he showed off his amazing range of vocalizations from growls to an ear-splitting whistle, each at the request of one of the zoo keepers. He clearly enjoyed making the most of his moment in the spotlight.

Posted July 26, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

Visitors to the Smithsonian National Zoo yesterday got quite a surprise at the Dama gazelle exhibit: a live birth.  Mother Adara
and father Raul became parents of a bright and sprite male baby,
anxious to get started from the moment he was born.  Watch as the little
guy tries to stand up....