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 October 16, 2012

This guy was a candidate for Fugly Friday, until the way his body expels waste came to light. The turtles kidneys only expel about 6% of the urea in its body. For the rest it does its own version of rinse and spit.

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Posted on October 15, 2012

It isn't just the United States economy that has been struggling. For the poor in Cambodia it has become harder and harder to put meat on the table.

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Posted on October 13, 2012

In the past few months a number of sea creatures have been showing up in
the wrong parts of the world, but none have been quite as unusual as the
elusive oarfish. The oarfish has rarely been seen alive in the ocean

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Posted on October 12, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on

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Posted on October 11, 2012

Sad news was announced by the Denver Zoo on Wednesday. Mimi, their beloved Asian elephant, was euthanized late Tuesday. The pachyderm was believed to be around 53 years old and had lived at the zoo since 1961.

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Posted on October 10, 2012

Last month we started reporting on pool parties that allowed party-goers, including children, to swim with alligators. Apparently that company was not the only one offering up wild animals as swimming pool playmates.

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Posted on October 9, 2012

Elephants are amazing creatures -- proud, serene, majestic, beauti . . . well, okay, they do look like God hooked them up to a vacuum cleaner and then forgot about them.

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Posted on October 6, 2012

There are a number of ways to go about catching salmon -- with a fishing pole, with a net, with a spear. Some people will even resort to throwing explosives into the water.

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Posted on October 6, 2012

Recently the Sunday Times started an uproar in Great Britain when it reported that only 100 cod remained in the North Sea due to over-fishing. The blokes who actually work in the industry and make their living fishing were up in arms.

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Posted on October 5, 2012

Last week alligator wrangler Bob Barrett was making news for his new alligator encounter educational program, which included bringing young alligators into residential pools to swim with children at pool parties.

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Posted on October 5, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on

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Posted on October 4, 2012

The Siamese crocodile is considered critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Posted on October 3, 2012

Severe storms aren't the only reason for the decimation of Australia's top tourist attraction -- the Great Barrier Reef.

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Posted on October 2, 2012

It's Tuesday and time for some trivia. Is yak's milk pink as so many of us have been told over the years? Well, yes and no.

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Posted on October 2, 2012

The real reason that Nemo may have needed to be found may have more to do with the acidification of the oceans than with a Disney script and storyboard.

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Posted on September 29, 2012

In the struggle for the survival of the fittest, ladybugs have developed espionage skills to help them to select the time and place to lay their eggs where they and their offspring can avoid the local bullies -- the tree ants.

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Posted on September 28, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on
the piglet to see this week's Fugly Friday pick. Check out the Albino Axolotl.

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Posted on September 28, 2012

There are times when animals just can't help but get caught up in the absurd dramas of the human race. Such was the case on Monday when authorities tried to stop a man for riding a horse through a town in northeast Florida while drunk.

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Posted on September 27, 2012

The lengths that parents will go to create that ultra-special birthday party for their kids has hit a new high -- or low depending on how you look at it.

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Posted on September 26, 2012

Amid the scenic beauty of Priest Lake, Idaho, one of the strangest fish stories has been unfolding. It began more than three months ago when Haans Galassi was visiting the lake and decided to go wake boarding.

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Posted on September 21, 2012

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They also say "a
face only a mother could love." Then there is just plain FUGLY! Click on

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Posted on September 20, 2012

The first International Goldfish Championships took place in Fuzhou in southeast China last Thursday. Goldfish breeders from 14 countries or regions brought 3,000 fish to compete.

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Posted on September 18, 2012

Humans have been watching cormorants for centuries along coastal regions all over the world.

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Posted on September 16, 2012

Back in August Anthony Ortolani climbed Mount Bierstadt, one of the many "fourteeners," or peaks that rise to 14,000 feet or more above sea level in Colorado. He took his German shepherd, Missy, along with him.

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Posted on September 13, 2012

Once again a marine species has ended up in the wrong part of the world. This time it was a Portuguese Man of War washed up on a Cornish beach in Wales. Ten-year-old Dawud Lee found the strange creature there and didn't know what to make of it.