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International Animal Rescue isn’t just for wild or exotic animals in
foreign countries. The group does work all over the world. They are made
up of vets and nurses, both professional and volunteer. Their work at
saving animals has made a difference in the lives of countless creatures
around the globe.
This squirrel looks like he was putting on a tuxedo as his Halloween costume this year. In actuality the "tuxedo squirrel" is a piebald squirrel. This coloration is more common in other animals -- such as cats, dogs, horses, and birds. In squirrels this condition is very rare, making a sighting of one of the creatures something of a sensation.
Nothing could ever right the wrongs perpetrated by NFL quarterback Michael Vick and his now infamous dog fighting
matches of 2007 -- even though he was caught and pleaded guilty to
animal cruelty charges. One has to only wonder why he wasn't brought to
justice sooner as surely the name: ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ should have been a
tip-off to the authorities.
A German shepherd with vision loss may play a key role in finding a cure for human
achromatopsia, a rare form of color blindness. Achromatopsia is an
inherited disorder affecting roughly 1 in 33,000 people in the U.S.
Pumpkin the Raccoon's prospects were dim after falling out of her nest, breaking a leg and being abandoned by her mother. Things changed fast, however, when a caring family with two rescue dogs took Pumpkin in and made her a welcome part of their interspecies family.
If there is one main animal icon of Halloween it is the black cat. It is the familiar of witches everywhere. In American popular culture there is one black cat that is more famous than all others it is Salem Saberhagen from the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. And -- boy! -- is he familiar with his witches. In fact, he tended to get all the best lines and delivered them with skill.
It's been a busy and buzzy week for news relating to pets and wildlife. You've got to see the Russian robo-cockroach, the raccoon who think she's
a dog, and the lost chicken who was found drinking out of a London game
store toilet. Also find out why what researchers have learned about
elephants may lead to a cure for cancer. See the sweetheart of a kitty
who saved her master from committing suicide. There's more, of course; check it out!