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 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.

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Posted on October 2, 2012

It's Tuesday and time for some trivia. Is yak's milk pink as so many of us have been told over the years? Well, yes and no.

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Posted on October 2, 2012

The real reason that Nemo may have needed to be found may have more to do with the acidification of the oceans than with a Disney script and storyboard.

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Posted on September 29, 2012

In the struggle for the survival of the fittest, ladybugs have developed espionage skills to help them to select the time and place to lay their eggs where they and their offspring can avoid the local bullies -- the tree ants.

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Posted on September 28, 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
the piglet to see this week's Fugly Friday pick. Check out the Albino Axolotl.

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Posted on September 28, 2012

There are times when animals just can't help but get caught up in the absurd dramas of the human race. Such was the case on Monday when authorities tried to stop a man for riding a horse through a town in northeast Florida while drunk.

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Posted on September 27, 2012

The lengths that parents will go to create that ultra-special birthday party for their kids has hit a new high -- or low depending on how you look at it.

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Posted on September 26, 2012

Amid the scenic beauty of Priest Lake, Idaho, one of the strangest fish stories has been unfolding. It began more than three months ago when Haans Galassi was visiting the lake and decided to go wake boarding.

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Posted on September 21, 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 September 20, 2012

The first International Goldfish Championships took place in Fuzhou in southeast China last Thursday. Goldfish breeders from 14 countries or regions brought 3,000 fish to compete.

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Posted on September 18, 2012

Humans have been watching cormorants for centuries along coastal regions all over the world.

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Posted on September 16, 2012

Back in August Anthony Ortolani climbed Mount Bierstadt, one of the many "fourteeners," or peaks that rise to 14,000 feet or more above sea level in Colorado. He took his German shepherd, Missy, along with him.

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Posted on September 13, 2012

Once again a marine species has ended up in the wrong part of the world. This time it was a Portuguese Man of War washed up on a Cornish beach in Wales. Ten-year-old Dawud Lee found the strange creature there and didn't know what to make of it.

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Posted on September 11, 2012

Last week, after more than 30 years without being seen, the Japanese
Ministry of the environment announced the sad news that the Japanese river otter and
several other species extinct. The otter once numbered in the millions

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Posted on September 8, 2012

Over the past decade fish that glow neon under a black light have become
increasingly popular in aquariums.  GloFish were created by Yorktown Technologies in 2003 by

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Posted on September 6, 2012

When you live along the southern and eastern coastal regions of the United States it is always advisable to have emergency plans in place during hurricane season.

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Posted on August 29, 2012

Mapleton Mobile Home Park in Boulder, Colorado, is normally a quiet and peaceful place, but these days the residents are more than a little unsettled.

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Posted on August 23, 2012

Somehow every animal in the area knew how to get to Shirley's house. There seemed to be some sort of information chain to let lost or stray animals make their way to her for help.

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Posted on August 22, 2012

The Suzaka Zoo in Japan has been more like scenes from the movie Madagascar lately.  Those intrepid penguins seem to be constantly making plans on how to escape.