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 November 10, 2012

Paua stocks along the Kaikoura coastline of New Zealand have been decimated by poaching. The poachers not only harvest illegally, but up to 75% of what they harvest will be under the legal limit and not have reached the maturity to reproduce.

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Posted on November 10, 2012

A different kind of election was also settled this week as people at Alaska Zoo were voting for animal president of the facility.

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Posted on November 9, 2012

Researchers have found that about 40% of Atlantic salmon are being infected and killed by the parasitic salmon louse. They say that the actual number in the wild could be as high as 55%.

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Posted on November 9, 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the FUGLIEST one of all? Sea life is loaded with creatures that we consider seriously fugly, but this one looks like a chef's experiment in gelatin gone wrong.

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Posted on November 8, 2012

Four years ago a crocodile was smuggled into the Gaza Strip through an underground tunnel along the border with Egypt. It was destined for one of the zoos that are popular in the embattled area.

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Posted on November 7, 2012

It's time to take a few moments to recognize just how best man's best friend can be. On Thursday, November 8, Hallmark Channel premieres the 2012 American Human Association Hero Dog awards at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Posted on November 6, 2012

Sunday saw the vehicle bay of the Millville, New Jersey Rescue Squad became a veterinary operating theater as a spay and neuter clinic sponsored by the Animal Friends Foundation was open for business.

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Posted on November 6, 2012

Leopards are beautiful cats that once ranged over most of the eastern hemisphere. This natural range has shrunk over the centuries for this feline known for its spots, though it can also be all black. But what about red?

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Posted on November 5, 2012

Once upon a time New York Harbor was lined with oyster beds, creating natural protection to the residents of New York City in the face of storm surges like the one they recently faced with Hurricane Sandy.

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Posted on November 5, 2012

Even though the Red Swamp Crayfish found in ponds in London's Hampstead Heath are a highly invasive species, the United States/Mexico natives are protected by law.

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Posted on November 5, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries.

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Posted on November 4, 2012

On October 11, 2012 in Irvine, California, a large truck was involved in a three-way accident. It had been carrying 1,600 pounds of live bass headed to market when it flipped, spilling the contents over the highway.

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Posted on November 3, 2012

Gidget the sea lion was born at the Denver Zoo 27 years ago. The aging marine mammal suffered arthritis and on Wednesday zookeepers euthanized because she was suffering intense pain and started showing signs of being unable to move.

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Posted on November 3, 2012

Booger, Kitty, and Mousie, along with their owner, Greg Pike, were well known among the buskers along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado.

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Posted on November 2, 2012

The coelacanth is a fish that is also called the "living fossil" lives deep in the Indian Ocean. The fish has remained virtually unchanged for more than 400 million years.

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Posted on November 2, 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the FUGLIEST one of all? So far, it is a satanic leaf-tailed gecko which does indeed look like it crawled up from the bowels of hell.

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Posted on November 1, 2012

Workers at the airport in Glasgow, Scotland got quite a surprise last week when they were finishing up the arrival of a flight from Cancun. They found a snake curled up under one of the seats on the plane.

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Posted on November 1, 2012

There are several things that people living in Boulder, Colorado are very passionate. Among those things are wildlife and politics.

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Posted on October 31, 2012

To paraphrase the old poem by Gellett Burgess -- I've just seen a purple squirrel, I never thought I'd see one, but I can tell you now and sure-ell, I'd rather see than be one. Well, here is your chance to see one.

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Posted on October 31, 2012

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Sharon Blackmon of Fowler Property Management in Boulder, Colorado, can attest to that.

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Posted on October 30, 2012

Back in 1993 a woman by the name of Lorena Bobbit gained infamy after slicing off her husband's penis in a fit of anger.

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Posted on October 30, 2012

By now most people know that koala bears are not actually bears, but marsupials. They are cute and fluffy, and stink from the abundance of eucalyptus leaves that they eat.

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Posted on October 29, 2012

Anyone who watches TV knows that the OC is a place given to drama -- and sometimes comedy. Such was the case at the San Juan Hills Golf Club last week when a shark turned up near the 12th hole.

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Posted on October 29, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. For Hispanic people all over the Americas the biggest and scariest has long been El Chupacabra, or Chupacabras, the goat sucker.

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Posted on October 28, 2012

This rare blue iguana, found only in the Cayman Islands, is showing signs of coming back from the brink of extinction.