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 December 28, 2012

Sometimes the FUGLIEST creatures on Earth are also some of the smallest. This guy is small and seriously fugly.

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Posted on December 25, 2012

There are a few things that you may not know about reindeer. So here is a short round-up of reindeer, starting with the fact that reindeer are on the decline in spite of their popularity at this time of year.

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Posted on December 24, 2012

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

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Posted on December 23, 2012

Scientific research into a herd of Arctic reindeer is showing evidence of the possibility of the animals actually having red noses, and not just from drinking too much eggnog.

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Posted on December 22, 2012

Being a small island nation, England is especially susceptible to and careful of invasive non-native species. One of the latest threats is coming from North America in the form of black widow spiders.

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Posted on December 21, 2012

This frog is not only FUGLY, but big as well. No cute little froggies here -- this is more like the anti-Kermit. To make him extra fugly, he is also albino with areas that would normally be green and black, this guy is orange and yellow.

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Posted on December 20, 2012

Some dogs just love to chew. Some dogs just love Christmas. Then there are those dogs that love both -- apparently to excess. For Charlie, a seven-year-old dog in Great Britain, chewing has become something of an extreme sport.

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Posted on December 19, 2012

In the United States it is fruitcake. In Great Britain it is Christmas
pudding. In either case it is a traditional holiday treat packed with
dried fruit, often soaked in rum, and a fondness maligning both runs

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Posted on December 18, 2012

We are all familiar with the usual animals of Christmas such as the beasts in the stable with the Holy Family, the sheep with the shepherds, the camels with the Wise Men, and those amazing flying reindeer, but more and more animals are taking on a

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Posted on December 17, 2012

Last week the government in Costa Rica took an historic step in conservation by banning all sport hunting in the country. It is the first Latin American country to create such legislation.

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Posted on December 17, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. If you didn't grow up Scandinavian, or at least around Scandinavians, you may never have heard of the Julebok, or Yule Goat.

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Posted on December 15, 2012

It's not a great idea to pick up hitchhikers. It's an even worse idea to pick up road kill, especially something you yourself just hit on the highway.

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Posted on December 14, 2012

'Tis the season for Christmas lights, Hanukkah candles, and sea turtles beaching in Cape Cod. The annual phenomenon has its own web of rescuers trained to help the endangered reptiles.

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Posted on December 14, 2012

Fugly or not so fugly? This guy may not look all that fugly in a way until you realize that those tree-like structures that give the undersea creature its name are actually its  lungs and over-developed mouth.

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Posted on December 13, 2012

If you are going to steal a car it is probably a good idea to check the backseat first or you may find that you've stolen more than you bargained for.

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Posted on December 13, 2012

Amanda Austrin, a 41-year-old environmental scientist from Whakatane, New Zealand, went on holiday to Fiji more than 18 months ago and she is still trying to recover from dinner there.

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Posted on December 13, 2012

When you own a pet, either cat or dog, you just never know what they will chose to bring home with them after they've been out on their own.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

You're not going to see a partridge in a pear tree any time soon. For one thing partridges are ground-dwelling birds and don't do trees very often. In truth the partridge in England is in serious decline. The turtle doves are in even worse shape.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

The classically pristine fjords of Norway are darkening as global warming is causing more and more freshwater to run into them from melting snow pack and glaciers.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

The ban on whale meat and meat products throughout Europe (with limited
exceptions in Greenland and Denmark), is having an effect on businesses
that appear to not be aware of the law. Last week in England a trendy tavern was

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Posted on December 11, 2012

Everyone is familiar with the animals in the stable with the baby Jesus, the sheep with the shepherds, the camels transporting the Wise Men, Santa and his reindeer, and even the Grinch and his dog Max.

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Posted on December 10, 2012

If you think you've been on a flight from hell because of a screaming baby or a talkative neighbor, you got another think coming.

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Posted on December 10, 2012

There has been a bumper crop of lobster off the coast of Maine the past couple of years. This is due in part to the climate change making the waters off the coast of Maine warmer and more welcoming to the crustaceans.

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Posted on December 10, 2012

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

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Posted on December 9, 2012

If you've never heard of menhaden it's probably because they aren't exactly good eating -- not to humans anyway. However they are often a favorite food for the fish that we do like to eat -- and those we just know and love.