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Hartz Pulls Two Contaminated Dog Treats Off The Shelves

The Hartz Mountain Corporation, makers of Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists (pig skins wrapped in chicken) dog treats, pulled those products off store shelves yesterday in response to the company's own findings of contamination in the products. These two chicken products, like many other chicken treats made in China, were found to contain residue of unapproved antibiotics in them.

Australia's Youngest Wildlife Ranger Holds Own Wrestling Alligator

At the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia, owner Greg Parker's son Charlie is already making his mark on the family business. Just three and a half years old, Charlie is already adept at wrestling an American alligator. Before you have a heart attack over this, that is a juvenile gator by the name of Gump and his jaws are clamped shut. Dad is also close by just in case.

LAPD Officers Rescue Dog Left To Die On Roadside

Two weeks ago three Los Angeles police officers were on their way back to their station at the end of their shift when they stopped to help a seriously injured that had been hit by a car. At first they weren't even sure that the animal really was a dog. Witnesses told the officers that the dog had been suffering there for at least five hours with his ribs exposed. The officers rushed the dog to a veterinarian where the pit bull-Shar Pei mix underwent emergency surgery.

Flood Of Crocodiles Hits South Africa

Torrential rains in South Africa have led to flooding. In one area of the country it led to a flood of a different kind when the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the northwest part of the country was forced to open its floodgates to avoid a storm surge. Communities downstream ended up dealing with a different kind of flood as 15,000 crocodiles were able to escape along with the water.

Shetland Ponies Model The Latest In Fair Isle Knits

There are just two things that Scotland's Shetland Islands are known for -- Shetland ponies and Fair Isle knitwear. To help promote Scottish tourism in 2013, the year of Natural Scotland, someone decided that it would be a great idea to pair the two items together to bring attention to the area. So now Victoria Beckham and Rihanna aren't the only fine fillies stepping out in Fair Isle knits these days.

'Cute Aggression' At Super Bowl's Puppy Bowl IX

Forget waving the Pittsburgh Steelers 'terrible towels' at this year's Super Bowl. Because not only are they not playing, all eyes might be viewing something else wagging on the gridiron - namely some very cute puppies with unlikely football names such as Aurora, Chestnut and Sally.

Monkeys Make Monkeys Out Of iPads Before Skyping [Videos]

Developed by the New York-based primate advocacy group Orangutan Outreach, Houston was one of the first zoos in the country to participate in their "Apps for Apes" programs which uses iPads as a primary learning tool. Like their human evolutionary cousins, the zoo's chimps and orangutans are mesmerized by computer programs about themselves.

Baby Muntjac Deer Found Abandoned

A tiny newborn muntjac deer weighing only about two pounds was found abandoned by its mother in a back garden in Colchester, Essex, England. At first it was thought that the mother had just left the infant there for safe-keeping until it was realized that the little animal had collapsed there. With temperatures diving well below freezing, the owner of the garden felt compelled to step in and rescue the deer.

"Kangaroo Dundee" Is Surrogate Mom For Orphaned Roos

A 6'7" man in his 40s hardly seems like the mom type, but Australian Chris Barnes has been mothering orphaned kangaroos for 20 years now. Back then he gave up the city for a life in the Outback to care for three joeys he had rescued. Like any good mother, his little joeys come first  including night time feedings. Over the years he has raised some 200 of the animals.

Smuggled Otters Intercepted At Bangkok Airport

For some unknown reason, illegal wildlife smugglers abandoned a bag that turned up in the oversized luggage area. The unclaimed, untagged bag was scanned by security only to turn up eleven live juvenile otters packed inside. The otters were two vulnerable species -- six smooth-coated otters and five oriental small-clawed otters.

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