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Posted February 17, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

"Is your pet guinea pig tired of wandering around the house unarmored and vulnerable? Do they get picked on by other guinea pigs? Has your guinea pig ever wanted to go with you to a Renaissance Faire but had nothing to wear?" This was the sales pitch one man who went by the user name mightysox when he was selling his late guinea pig's suit of scale-mail armor. It brought in over $24,000 -- right up until the bidder backed out of the deal.

Posted February 16, 2014 by Ron Callari

Up till now, Fire Ants have dominated the Insect Kingdom because of their deadly venomous spray. However, as part of the formidable Formicidae
family, apparently the word was late getting out there was a new
Sheriff in town. Because throughout the US southwest there's been a rise
of a new invasive species of ants who biologists humorously refer to as
'Crazy Ants.' And these little critters are doing a damn good job of displacing their much larger cousins, the Fire Ants!

Posted February 16, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

There are a lot of dogs with chewing issues out there, but one dog went above and beyond with her compulsive behavior. She chewed through the fender of her owner's $130,000 Aston Martin DB9 Volante earlier this month. Perhaps she just had a craving for fiberglass. The damage cost $5,000 to repair. It also cost Luce her home when her owner gave her away. Well, sort of.

Posted February 15, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

To see what a wonderful airing kids and cats make you only have to look as far as You Tube. In Berks County, Pennsylvania you can just look at the Animal Rescue League. There they have a volunteer program called "Book Buddies" that recruits children from first through eighth grades to come in and read out loud to the cats. While the cats are comforted and soothed by the sound of a kid's voice, the kid's reading skills are improved. 

Posted February 14, 2014 by Ron Callari

While skier Gus Kenworthy
is proud of winning a Silver Medal and joining his two team members in a
first-time American medal sweep at this year's Winter Olympics, he's just as proud to help save stray dogs from the Russian authorities in Sochi. In collaboration with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, both men rose to the occasion to counter actions that could have put down dozens of puppies.

Posted February 14, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

They look like the love children of a forbidden love between a sheep and a pig with their thick, curly hair and their blunt snouts. Or perhaps a science experiment gone wrong. However, there is nothing sheepish about them. These animals are pure pig and come from Hungary where they cross-bred a hardy domestic pig with a wild boar to create what is now called a Mangalitsa.

Posted February 13, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Stray dogs are a common sight in cities throughout Russia, including Sochi where the 2014 Winter Olympics are being held. The number of stray dogs there exploded during the construction of Olympic venues in the area. To deal with the problem the city hired pest-control to have the dogs captured and killed before and during the Olympics. This has raised eyebrows among animal activists around the world, and spurred the fledgling animal rights movement in Russia to take action.

Posted February 13, 2014 by Arnold Carreiro

It’s a proven fact that Japan would be overrun by zebras, polar bears
and rhinoceroses if it weren’t for the yearly practice drills performed
at zoos all over the nation. Let’s take a closer look at how someone
stops a rampaging gorilla: