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Posted July 6, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Feeding wild animals is never a good idea. Doing so can lead to aggressive behavior, overpopulation, and the spread of disease. It has become such an issue in the parks around Tacoma, Washington, that the Metro Parks Tacoma is taking steps to deal with the problem -- feeding human food to animals now carries a hefty fine.

Posted July 5, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

For the first time in 24 years a baby panda was born at the Tokyo Ueno
Zoo, only a few days after zoo keepers suspected that Shin Shin, the
female, might be pregnant. Shin Shin and Ri Ri, her male companion, were
on loan from China, and were such welcome faces to the zoo, especially
because they were introduced to the public just after Japan suffered the
most devastating earthquake and tsunami in its history.



Posted July 5, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

As beaches along the Pacific coast heat up and dry out, they seem to be predicting doom for leatherbacks, the largest species of sea turtle in the oceans. In addition to the historical threats of egg poaching and the turtles getting caught in fishing nets, the higher sand temperatures appear to be increasing mortality rates among eggs and hatchlings.

Posted July 5, 2012 by Creature Features

Call it the “Third Battle of Bull Run” - over thirty animal rights activists spelled out their opposition to bullfights, bull runs and other such “exploitive” events with their painted bodies before the traditional Running Of The Bulls at Spain's annual San Fermin festival.

Posted July 5, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

It just wasn't the sort of thing you would expect to see along the highway in Washington State. Squirrels, raccoon's, and skunks, sure, but a kangaroo? The wayward roo almost caused several accidents on Saturday as motorists were caught off guard by the sight.

Posted July 4, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

During a traffic stop in Indiana on Friday, State Troopers seized almost two dozen roosters that were in the process of being transported to Kentucky where they were to be used in an illegal cockfighting operation. Paraphernalia commonly used in cockfighting was also found.

Posted July 4, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

The economy is hurting pets in some ways, even though pet businesses are
one of the few growing enterprises in this recessionary period. There
are more pet adoptions, and that is great, but there are also more dogs
that are not under the care of a veterinarian or any consistent pet
health program - perhaps because owners cannot afford the fees.  We see
the lack of medical care in the spread of one of the most serious canine
contagious diseases, canine parvovirus, or parvo, which is currently
experiencing a resurgence, and which is preventable.

Posted July 3, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

The French Riviera is seeing increasing numbers of the mauve stinger jellyfish, despite such precautions as jellyfish nets, making it to the beaches. As many as 500 bathers a day are getting stung by the tentacled menace, and scientists are warning that this year could be worse than ever as the jellyfish population explodes. A sort of jellyfish early warning system will now allow tourists to avoid them.