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 July 6, 2012

The Moore family of Erie, Colorado, is suing the city after a police officer shot and killed the family's German shepherd while responding to a call in May 2011.

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Posted on July 6, 2012

Feeding wild animals is never a good idea. Doing so can lead to aggressive behavior, overpopulation, and the spread of disease.

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Posted on July 5, 2012

As beaches along the Pacific coast heat up and dry out, they seem to be predicting doom for leatherbacks, the largest species of sea turtle in the oceans.

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Posted on July 5, 2012

It just wasn't the sort of thing you would expect to see along the highway in Washington State. Squirrels, raccoon's, and skunks, sure, but a kangaroo?

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Posted on July 4, 2012

During a traffic stop in Indiana on Friday, State Troopers seized almost two dozen roosters that were in the process of being transported to Kentucky where they were to be used in an illegal cockfighting operation.

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Posted on July 3, 2012

The French Riviera is seeing increasing numbers of the mauve stinger jellyfish, despite such precautions as jellyfish nets, making it to the beaches.

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Posted on July 3, 2012

On Sunday, June 10, a christening was held for 15 baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.  The starting initial for each name was selected by an astrologer based on their birth dates and times for the luckiest and most adv

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Posted on July 2, 2012

Just over a week ago Greg Beldham went out for a relaxing afternoon of salmon fishing on Nanoose Bay in British Columbia.

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Posted on June 30, 2012

The owner of a Honda Element was awakened to the honking of his car horn at 3 a.m. Friday morning. He thought that a raccoon had gotten into the car and would soon tire of the novelty. By 4:30 things were getting ridiculous.

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Posted on June 29, 2012

So far 2012 has been a dangerous year. Due to the mild winter and early
spring, most of the young snakes born last autumn survived the winter.
In some areas of the country this has led to close to double the number

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Posted on June 29, 2012

Early last week an 18-month-old girl stuck her hand in the family's aquarium and had the end of one finger bitten off by one of the piranha in the tank. Her parents came running when they heard her screaming.

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Posted on June 28, 2012

It was announced Wednesday that Thriller, the tiger that once belonged to Michael Jackson when he lived at his Neverland Ranch, has died of lung cancer at actress and activist Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

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Posted on June 28, 2012

The California condor populations went into dramatic decline during the 20th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat loss.

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Posted on June 27, 2012

Shark finning is a brutal act of poaching that is causing a sharp reduction in shark populations and disrupting the ecosystem of the world's oceans.

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Posted on June 26, 2012

More and more often communities and individuals are turning to an environmentally friendly solution to cutting grass -- just turn a herd of goats loose and let them engage in their idea of fine dining.

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Posted on June 25, 2012

For the last 60 years the Pacific island of Guam has been under invasion from an enemy they have few defenses against.

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Posted on June 24, 2012

Rumors have been flooding the internet that a herd of cattle in Texas was killed by genetically modified grass. The truth is that the grass, Tifton 85, is a hybrid, not GMO.

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Posted on June 23, 2012

Just when you thought it was safe to go shopping at the mall this photo shows up all over the internet showing sharks swimming in a flooded mall. It was reportedly a popular mall and science center in Kuwait.

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Posted on June 22, 2012

The residents of Rigolet,
a small coastal town in Labrador, Canada, have a new, gleaming white
neighbor. It is a beluga whale that they have named Bella. He arrived

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Posted on June 22, 2012

A hedgehog in Minehead, Somerset, in England has grown to three times normal hedgehog size. Last year he was undersized and starving when a couple found him in their garage, pathetically wrapped up in an old Father Christmas jacket.

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Posted on June 21, 2012

Last week, for the second time this spring, a lobster fishing boat pulled a rare blue lobster from the ocean in their nets from along the North American east coast.

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Posted on June 20, 2012

The current law in Arkansas is that you can capture up to six deer and
keep them as pets. As of July 1, 2012, that will no longer be the case
as a new law banning keeping deer as pets takes effect. People who

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Posted on June 20, 2012

If there is one thing humans envy about cats, it is their amazing ability to relax and doze off at any time in any place, no matter how strange or uncomfortable looking.

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Posted on June 19, 2012

On Sunday a moose in Fort Collins, Colorado was tranquilized and removed from the city by authorities. The animals swam across Horsetooth reservoir and hiked over the hogback into the city to escape the High Park wildfire.

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Posted on June 18, 2012

Scientists at an underwater shark station in the Bahamas began noticing that camera cables were looking chewed on, a fact that was brought home to them when one of the cameras cut out.