Latest Animal and Pet News - Laurie Kay Olson

I write on the latest animal news and most interesting animal stories. I come to PetsLady with a background in print journalism for the Colorado Daily newspaper. Some of my favorite assignments there included theraputic horseback riding and Canine Companions for Independence, so this is a natural fit. Living in Boulder, Colorado, where wildlife abounds, I am frequently dealing with deer, fox, skunks, squirrels, rabbits, snakes, birds, and mice. My cat, Naomi, helps round out the menagerie around me.

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Posted on October 23, 2012

In the last couple of days a new video has taken the internet by storm. This fantastically adorable dog doing a parody of those strange ads for Chanel No. 5 perfume that show Brad Pitt rambling aimlessly like he has lost his mind.

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Posted on October 23, 2012

The rare Otton frog is being likened to the fictional character Woverine since it comes equipped with spikes that can shoot out of its "thumbs." These digits cannot actually function as thumbs, but contain retracted little blades.

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Posted on October 22, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. Legends of the werewolf are centuries older than Team Jacob, Sirius Black,

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Posted on October 21, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Tallon Nightwalker has big dreams and he is already working hard to make them come true. He is not only planning a career in wildlife rehabilitation, but already working on it.

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Posted on October 20, 2012

A high school teacher in Naples, Florida was injured last month during a fly-by fish dropping while serving on lunch duty. The name of the teacher was not released to protect her from further fish-related puns.

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Posted on October 20, 2012

Duchess, a blind 43-year-old elephant at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, England, has experienced her own miracle after undergoing one of the largest cataract operations ever.

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Posted on October 19, 2012

Tuesday night in Tennessee the Metropolitan Council for Nashville and Davidson County voted to make the ongoing care of retired police animals law.

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Posted on October 19, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on

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Posted on October 18, 2012

DeBary, Florida held a scene of horror last weekend when a person or persons unknown broke into a chicken coop and callously beheaded all of the chickens inside.

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Posted on October 17, 2012

For many years, scientists had a hypothesis that the loss of large whales in the Southern Ocean over the last century and a half would cause an explosion in the population of krill in the area. Studies have not backed up the theory.

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Posted on October 17, 2012

At Australia Zoo history seemed to be repeating itself as eight-year-old Robert Irwin took center stage earlier this month. He was walking in his late father's footsteps as he fed the crocodiles in front of a crowd of zoo patrons and his mother.

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Posted on October 16, 2012

Despite being cute enough to have inspired one of the most popular cartoon characters in history, mice have long been vilified for their role in spreading plague and increasing famine. Not without just cause.

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Posted on October 16, 2012

This guy was a candidate for Fugly Friday, until the way his body expels waste came to light. The turtles kidneys only expel about 6% of the urea in its body. For the rest it does its own version of rinse and spit.

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Posted on October 15, 2012

It isn't just the United States economy that has been struggling. For the poor in Cambodia it has become harder and harder to put meat on the table.

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Posted on October 13, 2012

In the past few months a number of sea creatures have been showing up in
the wrong parts of the world, but none have been quite as unusual as the
elusive oarfish. The oarfish has rarely been seen alive in the ocean

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Posted on October 12, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on

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Posted on October 11, 2012

Sad news was announced by the Denver Zoo on Wednesday. Mimi, their beloved Asian elephant, was euthanized late Tuesday. The pachyderm was believed to be around 53 years old and had lived at the zoo since 1961.

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Posted on October 10, 2012

Last month we started reporting on pool parties that allowed party-goers, including children, to swim with alligators. Apparently that company was not the only one offering up wild animals as swimming pool playmates.

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Posted on October 9, 2012

Elephants are amazing creatures -- proud, serene, majestic, beauti . . . well, okay, they do look like God hooked them up to a vacuum cleaner and then forgot about them.

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Posted on October 6, 2012

There are a number of ways to go about catching salmon -- with a fishing pole, with a net, with a spear. Some people will even resort to throwing explosives into the water.

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Posted on October 6, 2012

Recently the Sunday Times started an uproar in Great Britain when it reported that only 100 cod remained in the North Sea due to over-fishing. The blokes who actually work in the industry and make their living fishing were up in arms.

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Posted on October 5, 2012

Last week alligator wrangler Bob Barrett was making news for his new alligator encounter educational program, which included bringing young alligators into residential pools to swim with children at pool parties.

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Posted on October 5, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on

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Posted on October 4, 2012

The Siamese crocodile is considered critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Posted on October 3, 2012

Severe storms aren't the only reason for the decimation of Australia's top tourist attraction -- the Great Barrier Reef.