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 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.

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Posted on June 17, 2012

After the death of his long-term mate, one beaver in a colony in Martinez, California, found himself alone with three small kits to raise.

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Posted on June 15, 2012

Guests at Yellowstone National Park are getting the chance to see elk and bison calves feeding and frolicking in the mountain meadows. Due to a mild winter in the park, the elk and bison populations have risen significantly.

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Posted on June 14, 2012

Cute, but endangered, pangolins are hunted for their scales and their meat. They have been hunted to the brink of extinction. Earlier this month, customs officials in Bangkok, Thailand, rescued 110 pangolins after a high speed chase.

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Posted on June 13, 2012

The Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday that would require wholesalers of anti-freeze and engine coolants to add an unpleasant bitter taste to their products to prevent pets from drinking the poisonous liquid.

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Posted on June 13, 2012

Angele Lazurko and Matthew Arbour of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, are facing animal cruelty charges after they left Lazurko's chocolate lab mix locked in a hot car.

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Posted on June 12, 2012

What is now the third largest wildfire in Colorado history, the High Park fire has displaced many pets, a large amount of livestock, and even wolves.

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Posted on June 11, 2012

New Jersey recently made history when it became the first state in the country to require drivers to restrain their pets when the pets are travelling with them in the car.

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Posted on June 9, 2012

For more than 33 years there has been no winner of the Triple Crown. With I'll Have Another being scratched from the Belmont Stakes just hours before the race, it is now 34 years.

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Posted on June 8, 2012

On the evening of May 8, 2012, residents in Sadiya, Upper Assam, in India experienced an event that could have been the stuff of science fiction.

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Posted on June 8, 2012

These animals are not your typical zoo inhabitants, but the South Forest Park Zoo in Khan Younis in the embattled and impoverished Gaza Strip is not your average zoo.