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Barney The Dog Has A Flintstones' Moment, Eats Pebbles

Barney the chocolate Labrador retriever loves to go for long walks on the beach in Chessington, Surrey, England with his mom and dad, Kim and Andrew Woolland. One day last year the trio went for a walk along the shore in Kent and since they were alone, the Woollands took Barney off his lead to let him run. Barney made a day of it running along the nice, pebbly beach and dashing in and out of the surf. The next day Kim noticed that Barney was no longer his happy, carefree self.

Intern Killed By Lion At California Big Cat Sanctuary

24-year-old intern Dianna Hanson was killed by a 500lb. African lion at the Cat Haven big cat sanctuary, located 45 miles east of Fresno, California. Hanson was attacked inside the enclosure, and died due to a broken neck after being mauled by the four-year old male lion named Cous Cous...

Dell Computers' Alternate Universe: Toad, Rabbit & Bird Commute To Work [Videos]

To date, I've posted several stories pertaining to animals in the workplace. But today, I focus on the creative genius of Young & Rubicam NY whose imaginative TV commercial titled, "Meet Thomas: Creator of an Alternate Universe." In a touching one-minute vignette, this agency unfolds a Walter Mitty type of tale about a commuter who daydreams about writing the Great American graphic novel.

Crocodile Sighting Along The Thames

Folks in Reading, Berkshire in England have been in a bit of a kerfuffle lately over reported sightings of a crocodile or alligator in the Thames River. The large reptile was reportedly spotted as recently as last week by a man out for a spin on his bicycle. The same man also believes he spotted the creature last summer. Rumors have been spreading despite the assurances from authorities that neither alligators not crocodiles could survive in the cold waters of the Thames.

Sweet Service: Diabetic Alert Dogs

One of the many side effects of the obesity epidemic in the United States is the increasing number of people dealing with Type II diabetes. Type I diabetics tend not to be obese, their bodies just stop producing insulin. With either type, the disease puts its sufferers into a balancing act between their blood sugar being too high or too low. Either is dangerous and must be dealt with immediately. While most diabetics are able to detect the changes in their bodies so that they can take action, others are not. A diabetic alert dog can notify these people when their blood sugar is dangerously high or low.

Scientists Discover The Remains Of An Arctic Camel

The camels we are familiar with today are well known as denizens of the desert. That makes it all the more surprising that 3.5 million years ago giant camels roamed the high arctic. Scientists led by Natalia Rybczynski from the Canadian Museum of Nature have discovered the fossilized remains of a giant camel on Ellesmere Island in northern Canada.

Iran's Big Rat Problem

In Iran, rats seem to be doubling in size. With an overflow of rats weighing as much as 12 pounds each, the public is searching for answers while trying to handle the massive extermination needs.

Meet Chesty, The Latest In A Long Line Of Marine Bulldog Mascots

Last month a young English bulldog puppy named Chesty was moved into his new home at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. He is just the most recent dog in the line of the few, the proud, the Marine mascots. He'll be doing more before 9 a.m. than most dogs do all day. Recruiting clichés aside, Chesty is now part of a Marine Corps tradition that dates back to 1922.


Biblical Plague: Egypt Invaded By Locusts

A swarm of locusts of biblical proportions has descended on Giza, Egypt, an agricultural area just south of Cairo. The Agricultural Ministry has deployed armed forces and border units to battle the swarm with whatever means they have at their disposal. The Ministry has asked local residents to refrain from trying to deal with the voracious insects themselves.

So You Want To Start A Pet Business

Most of us, at one time or another, have wanted to start our own business. For pet lovers a pet business seems to be a natural way to go, but is it really? There are things you need to consider, research, and plan before you rush headlong into your dream business. Here are some tips to help you decide if your idea is a really the right one.