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Posted July 20, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

The sight of cows in a green pasture with a bell tied around their necks is an iconic image of rural Europe, accompanied by that special sound that can only come from a cowbell. It is such a pastoral, romanticized view that it has become almost as synonymous with life in the Alps as have alpenhorns and lederhosen -- until now.

Posted July 20, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

A 55-year old Cuban crocodile at the Smithsonian National Zoo in
Washington, DC became a mother this month, as two of the eggs she laid
months ago hatched successfully.  Mom 'Dorothy' was not even considered a
possibility for successful breeding because of her age, but her
hatchlings are particularly valuable, not only because these hatchlings
are rare, but because Dorothy was born in the wild.

 

Posted July 20, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

The last of Mongolia's Przewalski's wild horses was seen on the steppes
there in 1969. Since then they have existed only in captivity. A
breeding program in the Czech Republic is striving to return the animal
to its native habitat. From cave paintings found in France, it is
believed that the horses lived throughout Europe 20,000 years ago, but climate change pushed them back into Asia, which became their permanent home.

Posted July 19, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

The Japanese have been letting their special cattle belly up to
the bar for decades to produce their famed Kobe beef. After some
studies in Canada and Spain, the French have now begun to let their cows imbibe in a
bit of wine. The idea behind this "Vinbovin" is that happy and relaxed
cows make for a tenderer and tastier beef.

Posted July 19, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

"Happy cows make happy milk," says dairy cow farmer Ben Van Loon of the
Van Loon Dairy in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  After buying waterbeds for 100
cows in January, the Van Loon family just spent $100,000 more to outfit
200 more cows with waterbeds.  Those cows must be making some seriously
happy milk....

Posted July 19, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

If you're hankering to see wild animals
attack human interlopers. then this Friday's ABC special, a 2-hour
20/20, should be right up your alli... gator.  But "When Animals Strike Back" is not just for voyeurs...

Posted July 19, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Earlier this month a Bassett hound named Molly was reunited with her family after 3 years and a journey of 1,000 miles. The dog, from Ft. Hood, Texas, was apprehended running loose by police officers in Prescott Valley, Arizona. It was her microchip that allowed her to be returned.

Posted July 19, 2012 by Amanda Dickens

Not sure which team to place your bets on at the next sporting event?  You may want to ask Fred the Ferret. He correctly predicted the winner of the first three 2012 Euro Games.