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 February 4, 2013

For 40 years now 79-year-old Werner Freund has been the leader of the pack -- a wolf pack that is. At his sanctuary in Merzig, Germany he has hand raised wolf pups from six different packs around the world.

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Posted on February 4, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on February 2, 2013

One Super Bowl tradition that has been growing faster than trying to eat your weight in chicken wings is that of having local zoo animals predict the winner through a variety of methods of selection.

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Posted on February 2, 2013

There have been few advertising icons that have been as familiar as the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. They are animals you automatically associate with the popular American brewery.

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Posted on February 2, 2013

In early December a herd of deer in Suffolk, England passed close by a herd of sheep. Somehow a juvenile buck got separated from his family herd and has apparently been adopted by the sheep.

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Posted on February 2, 2013

For centuries human travelers have looked to the stars to find their way in the dark. Scientists later learned that birds and seals use the same stars to find their way.

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Posted on February 1, 2013

It is not uncommon for a retiree to take up painting as a way to fill up the hours of his or her golden years. It is if you are a retired racehorse.

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Posted on February 1, 2013

This guy probably wouldn't be quite so FUGLY if he didn't look like he got dressed in a dark closet.  With a few gold chains he could give Mr. T some competition.

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Posted on January 31, 2013

A seal pup in Dumfries, Scotland, disturbed by stormy seas, was found wandering around the Cairnryan ferry terminal seeking a spot to wait out the weather.

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Posted on January 31, 2013

A new study shows that African vultures fly up to 140 miles a day in search of prey and prefer to hunt outside of national park areas. They do this to avoid competition with other predators over the available prey.

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Posted on January 31, 2013

When the Charlie the cockatiel became a member of the household in 2002, no one would have guessed that his presence would have led to grandma's death. The bird had been bought as a pet for her grandson.

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Posted on January 30, 2013

Mina, a beautiful black Labrador retriever, was honorably discharged from the Army at the age of eleven and adopted by his handler, Sergeant Corey McCourt.

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Posted on January 30, 2013

The little mammals that are named for living among the hedgerows in Great Britain is in serious decline. The number of hedgehogs has declined by more than one-third over the past decade.

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Posted on January 29, 2013

The immortal jellyfish is an amazing creature that has the ability, even once completely mature, to revert back to the polyp stage and start over again.

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Posted on January 28, 2013

A man walking through a snow-covered alley behind his house in Derby, England got quite a surprise earlier this month when he spotted four little orange frogs. At first he thought that they were just toys until he reached down and touched one.

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Posted on January 28, 2013

Last month the Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado became the first donkey rescue facility in the United States to be accredited by the Global Federation Of Animal Sanctuaries.

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Posted on January 28, 2013

Harvey was just four months old when he was rescued from his cruel owner who was trying to sell him online. The little white cat had been born without bones in his forelegs.

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Posted on January 28, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on January 27, 2013

In the United Kingdom the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place this weekend.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

At the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia, owner Greg Parker's son Charlie is already making his mark on the family business. Just three and a half years old, Charlie is already adept at wrestling an American alligator.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

Two weeks ago three Los Angeles police officers were on their way back to their station at the end of their shift when they stopped to help a seriously injured that had been hit by a car.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

Torrential rains in South Africa have led to flooding. In one area of the country it led to a flood of a different kind when the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the northwest part of the country was forced to open its floodgates to avoid a storm surge.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

There are just two things that Scotland's Shetland Islands are known for -- Shetland ponies and Fair Isle knitwear.

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Posted on January 25, 2013

A tiny newborn muntjac deer weighing only about two pounds was found abandoned by its mother in a back garden in Colchester, Essex, England.

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Posted on January 25, 2013

A 6'7" man in his 40s hardly seems like the mom type, but Australian Chris Barnes has been mothering orphaned kangaroos for 20 years now. Back then he gave up the city for a life in the Outback to care for three joeys he had rescued.