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 January 9, 2013

A new star has been wowing the crowds in San Francisco over the last few months.

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Posted on January 9, 2013

It was early on Sunday morning when an Australian woman was awakened by the sound of her cat hissing angrily. When she got up to investigate she found a six-foot python wrapped three-times around her two-year-old daughter's arm.

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Posted on January 9, 2013

When Toldo's owner passed away in September of 2011, Toldo followed the funeral procession from his home to the cemetery.

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Posted on January 8, 2013

It is a practice that hearkens back to a time of luxury in England, when the wealthy would saddle their favorite horse, release the fox, and unleash the hounds.

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Posted on January 8, 2013

Even though many of us find spiders scary, or at least disturbing, many cultures through the centuries have considered them to be good luck -- and not just because they love making a meal of destructive insects.

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Posted on January 7, 2013

The Javan rhinoceros once roamed throughout a sizable area of Southeast Asia and Indonesia. In 2012 it was finally confirmed that the last Javan rhino in Vietnam was killed by poachers for its horn in 2010.

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Posted on January 7, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. They've also been working on creating new myths as a part of popular culture.

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Posted on January 5, 2013

For many years cats hunted mice through the halls of Parliament in Canada. In the mid-1950s the pest control program shifted from the use of cats to the use of chemicals.

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Posted on January 5, 2013

Guards at a prison in northeastern Brazil were on their toes on New Year's Day when they spotted someone suspicious entering the facility.

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Posted on January 5, 2013

A scenic and historic neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado was shattered late on New Year's Day when police shot and killed a bull elk that made his home in the area and was called "our guardian" by area residents.

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Posted on January 4, 2013

This creature is not only FUGLY, but totally batty as well. This guy is the sort of animal that they could add a little nuclear energy to and make a really scary "B" horror movie.

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Posted on January 3, 2013

Many people are familiar with their cats bringing home their dead prey to share with them. It is not at all uncommon for the domesticated animals.

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Posted on January 3, 2013

The New Year brings in more than a slew of resolutions. It also brings in the enactment of a bunch of new laws. One of the most noticed laws that has been catching the attention the nation is in little Wellington, Kansas.

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Posted on December 31, 2012

Earlier this month U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Officials finally announced that their attempts to relocate sea otters from the coast of Southern California to San Nicolas Island off of the coast of Santa Barbara.

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Posted on December 29, 2012

This past year has been a great one for gray squirrels across the nation.

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Posted on December 29, 2012

It is the sort of story you hear about dogs, cats, or even toddlers, but it isn't one common to chickens.

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Posted on December 29, 2012

Back in May a two-year-old Fjordland penguin that has been dubbed Katrina turned up on a beach in South Australia. She was over 1,800 miles from her home turf in New Zealand and weighed less than 3 pounds.

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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