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 23, 2012

In the interior of British Columbia, Canada, moose populations have dropped by as much as 70 percent as aggressive salvage logging of beetle-kill trees without restriction or concerns over the environmental impact has gone on for years.

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Posted on July 23, 2012

When you think of places where the buffalo roam you think of South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, or maybe Montana. In June the news came in from Litchfield County in Connecticut of the birth of a rare white buffalo, or bison.

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Posted on July 22, 2012

For many years scientists have gone back and forth on whether or not animals are capable of the same emotions as humans. Most animal lovers and pet owners insist that they are.

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Posted on July 22, 2012

One of India's strongest cultural icons has always been the snake charmers with their flutes and basket containing their dancing snake, usually a cobra.

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Posted on July 21, 2012

Wilson Riddle in Detroit, Michigan, called police after seeing two alligators on
the loose in his apartment building a few days ago. The police were
able to apprehend one of the two foot long fugitives and

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Posted on July 21, 2012

When 13-year-old Rebecca Robinson was woken up in the middle of the night earlier this week, she felt something wasn't quite right. There was movement, like she was being dragged, even though she wasn't moving.

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Posted on July 20, 2012

The sight of cows in a green pasture with a bell tied around their necks is an iconic image of rural Europe, accompanied by that special sound that can only come from a cowbell.

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Posted on July 20, 2012

The last of Mongolia's Przewalski's wild horses was seen on the steppes
there in 1969. Since then they have existed only in captivity. A
breeding program in the Czech Republic is striving to return the animal

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Posted on July 19, 2012

The Japanese have been letting their special cattle belly up to
the bar for decades to produce their famed Kobe beef. After some
studies in Canada and Spain, the French have now begun to let their cows imbibe in a

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Posted on July 19, 2012

Earlier this month a Bassett hound named Molly was reunited with her family after 3 years and a journey of 1,000 miles. The dog, from Ft. Hood, Texas, was apprehended running loose by police officers in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

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Posted on July 18, 2012

They have invaded the beaches around Honolulu be the millions and baffling scientists. They speculate that the pea-sized, crab-like creatures may be the larval stage of the spotted reef crab.

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Posted on July 18, 2012

Residents in the mountainous Teller County in Colorado are being advised to keep an eye on their children and pets when they venture outside these days.

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Posted on July 17, 2012

A couple of weeks ago police in Glasgow, Scotland, were called out on a noise complaint about someone swearing loudly.

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Posted on July 17, 2012

Most people tend to think of otters as cute, playful, and mischievous. Leah Prudhomme,  a triathlete from Anoka, Minnesota, has a very different impression after she went swimming last Wednesday.

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Posted on July 16, 2012

"Let's go surfing now. Everybody's learning how. . ." sang the Beach Boys, and they weren't kidding. Lately California beachgoers have been treated to the sight of two goats riding the waves.

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Posted on July 16, 2012

Around 200 goldfish and koi were killed last Monday night when someone poured a container of a bleach-based cleaning solution into Danny Turton's fish pond in Yorkshire, England.

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Posted on July 15, 2012

Strange but true. William "Bill" Lee, also known as Colorado's Santa
Claus has lost his reindeer. He has been cited for animal cruelty and 106 animals, including
reindeer, have been seized from his home in Idaho Springs. Llamas,

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Posted on July 15, 2012

Back in March Michael Baum and his daughter transported two ferrets more

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Posted on July 14, 2012

During work being done on the New Airport Road in Bangalore, India, a pond terrapin was severely injured by a crowbar. The 18-year-old turtle was rushed into treatment at a nearby wildlife shelter.

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Posted on July 14, 2012

While the phrase "follow your nose" has been around a long time, scientists are beginning to find that it may actually be true -- for animals anyway. They have found cells in the snout of a trout that respond to magnetism.

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Posted on July 13, 2012

A new gnathiid isopod found in the Caribbean recently discovered by Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ecology and a field marine biologist at Arkansas State University, has been named after the late Bob Marley.

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Posted on July 13, 2012

The New York subway system has a reputation for the strange, odd, and bizarre. Recently a subway passenger was riding the J train at 1 a.m.

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Posted on July 12, 2012

In an area of the Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma that used to house a butterfly exhibit there is now a garden where the zoo horticulturalist is growing fresh food to feed the animals.

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Posted on July 12, 2012

Two million baby eels were rescued on Sunday by officials in the Philippines. They were hidden in water-filled plastic bags inside of 46 boxes. Each of the boxes had eight of the plastic bags in them.

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Posted on July 11, 2012

The most dangerous animals in America are not among the usual suspects, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).