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 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.

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Posted on June 7, 2012

Zoo animals are being treated with alternative methods when traditional veterinary medicine fails them. Zoos are turning to alternative healing methods such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Ayurveda, and herbal remedies.

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Posted on June 5, 2012

Many people want it to be just an urban legend, but snakes are slithering into our lives whether we want them or not, will show up in the strangest places, and when you least expect -- downtown, in cars, garages, bathtubs, and even in the Everglad

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Posted on June 4, 2012

As humans continue to infringe on wildlife habitats, animals are being subjected to increased amounts of noise pollution much to their detriment.

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Posted on June 3, 2012

The Denver Dumb Friends League employees are used to dealing with their share of stray cats, dogs, and even bunnies or ferrets, but they were a bit taken aback a few days ago when they suddenly found themselves with a stray tortoise.

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Posted on June 2, 2012

Tashirojima, a small island in Ishinomaki
City in Japan, is home to more cats than humans. The island's love
affair with the felines began many centuries ago when cats were

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Posted on June 1, 2012

Some shark species may be responding to changing ocean conditions by interbreeding with one another, say scientists after discovering the first hybrid sharks in the wild off the coast of Australia.

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Posted on June 1, 2012

This weekend Queen Elizabeth II and all of her subjects will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on the throne of the British Commonwealth.

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Posted on May 31, 2012

Among the few rural fundamentalist Christian churches that believe in the practice of snake handling, one pastor has paid the ultimate price for his beliefs and died of snake bite.

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Posted on May 30, 2012

Massive frog deaths have been happening world-wide from a fungus that causes dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and cardiac arrest among all species of frogs.

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Posted on May 29, 2012

On May 22 the Ohio law covering vicious dogs was changed to remove the specific reference to pit bulls.

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Posted on May 28, 2012

Two hundred years ago much of Colorado was inhabited by large herds of American bison, more commonly referred to as buffalo, including the Boulder Valley.

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Posted on May 27, 2012

Animals have been serving beside humans
in times of war since before Hannibal crossed the Alps with his
elephants. Throughout history animals have worked as guards, weapons,

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Posted on May 23, 2012

In recent months fishermen in Peru began finding hundreds of dead dolphins and porpoises washed up on the beaches of the northern coast there. Now seabirds in the area have also begun dying.

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Posted on May 22, 2012

Barn owls are being used in fields, vineyards, and orchards to thin out rodent populations that threaten human food supplies. This green solution to pest control lets the owls do what they do best and is cost-effective for the growers.

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Posted on May 22, 2012

Pilots N Paws, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, matches private pilots who volunteer their time, aircraft, and money with unwanted pets to help them make it wherever they need to go to reach their "forever" home.

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Posted on May 20, 2012

According to a recent study by researchers from Leeds University in the United Kingdom, poorer neighborhoods are far more bee friendly. When they are on the job and looking for pollen.

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Posted on May 19, 2012

When soldiers are deployed on assignment friends and family are not the only ones waiting anxiously for their return. Soldiers also have to leave beloved pets behind. In the past that often meant giving them away or leaving them with shelters.