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Economy Driving Chicken Baby Boom

Concerns for the future of the United States economy, as well as their personal economies, have more and more people are snapping up chicks as soon as they become available for sale. In addition to the baby birds being cute and cuddly, they are also a cost-effective hedge against future uncertainty. Those little yellow fuzz balls will grow up to lay eggs and provide a steady home-grown food supply.

Police Bring Joy To 26 Pit Bulls By Breaking Up Dog Fighting Ring

On Monday officials raided a home in Plant City, Florida, where they found 26 pit bulls housed in the back yard in makeshift kennels. The dogs were part of a suspected dog-fighting ring. They were found in deplorable conditions and sufferering from cuts and other bloody wounds. Though no arrests have been made, animal control removed the animals.

Photographer Captures Animals 'Being Human'

If you haven't yet caught the UK and American TV Shows "Being Human" on SyFy and BBC, I recommend both versions highly. Where the premise of those dramas depict werewolves and other creatures of the night trying to maintain a semblance of humanity, it drew a parallel for me in interpreting the phenomenal work of Tim Flach whose photography explores how animals often replicate human emotion.

Discovery In Fossilized Shark Poop Changes Pre-History

It turns out that Intestinal parasites have been around for far longer than anyone had guessed. The discovery of a cluster of tapeworm eggs in fossilized shark feces from 270 million years ago was ground-breaking in understanding the history of parasites. Back then they were still fairly rare. Out of the 500 samples studied only this one turned up the tapeworm evidence.

Bats In Africa: The Largest Mammal Migration In The World

The migration of 1.5 wildebeest in Africa is often referred to as the largest migration of mammals on Earth  The truth is that this only refers to land mammals. When bats migrate in Africa many millions begin to block out the sky. British photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has documented these migrations in Kasanka National Park in Zambia in an astonishing series of photographs.

Dog Uncovers Fortune In Ambergris On The Beach

If there is one certain thing about dogs it is their love of a really bad smell. It is just this trait in Madge the dog that led Ken Wilman to discover what may potentially be a small fortune in "whale vomit," or ambergris. The waxy substance expelled by the digestive system of sperm whales is used in the production of fragrances such as Chanel No. 5.

Tortoise Survives 30 Years In Storage

Back in 1982 the Almeida family of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was having their home renovated. During the confusion the family's pet red-footed tortoise, Manuela, vanished. They surmised that the reptile had slipped unnoticed out of a door that had been left open and were fairly certain that they would never see her again. Boy, were they ever wrong!

Clydesdales Tweet More Than Hope In Super Bowl Naming Contest

While this year's power-outaged Super Bowl XLVII was nonetheless super-charged with excitement, pet lovers felt their interests were also attended to. For many, they got a chance to be entertained by Puppy Bowl IX on Animal Planet, that is. . . when they weren't watching the commercials. And for those that couldn't tear themselves from those $4 million-dollar spots, there was Budweiser once again outdoing themselves with this year's outstanding 60-second movie vignette.

Bluebanded Gobies Change Sex As Needed

These tiny, 2-inch long fish look like they are dressed to go to the next Broncos game with their bright orange and blue coloring. However, the most amazing thing about them is that they are capable of changing sex -- apparently at will. Matthew Grober of Georgia State University has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to how and why.

Man Is Alpha Male In His Own Wolf Pack

For 40 years now 79-year-old Werner Freund has been the leader of the pack -- a wolf pack that is. At his sanctuary in Merzig, Germany he has hand raised wolf pups from six different packs around the world. The sanctuary takes in wolves from zoos and animal parks. To maintain his dominance of the canine crew Freund takes his role as alpha male seriously.