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Posted August 10, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Two piranhas have been caught in the Evros River along the border between Greece and Turkey. On July 31 a Turkish fisherman caught an 18-inch piranha in the river, which started the mystery. Then this week a Greek fisherman caught a 9-inch piranha while rod-fishing on the river using sweet corn as bait -- deepening the mystery.

Posted August 10, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Truffles are one of the most expensive and sought after delicacies in the world. It is the fruit of a subterranean mushroom that takes years to produce and that are difficult to farm. For many centuries people used special pigs to hunt for them in the forest. Over the last century dogs have become trained to do the work. In Oregon these days dogs are the ones on the hunt for the four types of edible truffles that grow there.

Posted August 9, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

Competitive riders, whether they are racers,
jumpers, or dressage riders, worry that their anxiety before
a race or show is communicated to their horses, thereby stressing the animals
out.  A recent study conducted at the Graf Lehndorff Institute for Equine Science in Neustadt, Germany, tested show horses to find the answer.

Posted August 9, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Squirrels are not exactly the shyest creatures on the planet, and they are no strangers to finding themselves in difficult -- and entertaining -- situations. One squirrel in Germany went above and beyond in mischief. It got its head stuck in a manhole cover and couldn't get out again.

Posted August 9, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Two years ago the news out of England was about the sharp decline in frog populations. This year if you end up at the East Horton Golf Club in Hampshire you might get a different view of the situation. Early each morning the greens keepers head out to the 17th green armed with brooms to clear away the hundreds of frogs that have gathered there overnight.

Posted August 9, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

On June 13 a young harbor seal was rescued at South Mission Beach in San Diego. Veterinarians from SeaWorld determined that she had cataracts in both eyes that left her almost blind and unable to hunt for fish. Last week the vets performed cataract surgery which they hope will improve her vision sufficiently to allow her to be returned to the wild.

Posted August 8, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

Professor Meowingtons, pHd. has had a pair of headphones made just for him by Sol Republic, makers of headphones extraordinaires. Why? To block out the sounds of dogs, of course.

Posted August 8, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Early this month a pair of lions, Aru and Aketi, at the zoo in Berlin were found foaming at the mouth and critically ill. They developed stomach pains from colic that left them crying in distress. The other 14 big cats at the zoo showed no signs of the illness, ruling out the zoo's meat supply as the culprit.