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 21, 2013

When Tim and Karma Madgwick of Devon in England decided that they would hold their wedding reception at the zoo they knew it was a bold choice and that things could get a bit "wild." They hadn't planned on the unexpected guest that suddenly turned

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Posted on June 20, 2013

Beluga whales are one of the few species of whale still kept in captivity in aquariums and water parks. They are a big draw for these venues as visitors clamor to see the gentle giants.

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Posted on June 19, 2013

Not every airport is out there adopting a cat, but back in 2007 a stray tabby cat was seen wandering near Olympic House, the main administration building at the Manchester Airport in England.

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Posted on June 18, 2013

In May it was announced that a new species of slug had been discovered on Australia's Mount Kaputar. It doesn't sound like it's all that interesting unless you a big mollusk fan, but this is not your average garden slug.

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Posted on June 17, 2013

Camels aren't the first animal you think of as being used in military service. Horses, mules, dogs, and even elephants come in far ahead of the camel.

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Posted on June 14, 2013

Dogs can always steal the show, even when they aren't actually present. Back in 1952 Richard Nixon, then a Republican Congressman from California and Vice-Presidential Candidate, had come under scrutiny for improper use of campaign finances.

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Posted on June 13, 2013

Life started out rough for Barley the opossum. When he was still just a baby he was the sole survivor of a terrible traffic accident that killed his mother and seven siblings.

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Posted on June 12, 2013

Most Americans don't have much knowledge about the Crimean War. The conflict took place in the mid-19th century between French, Ottoman, and British forces and the Russians on the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea.

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Posted on June 11, 2013

Walking the dog is such a simple, ordinary thing that we don't think twice about it. For many dogs it is their favorite thing in the world. What if that every day activity was suddenly banned by law?

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Posted on June 10, 2013

The Newfoundland is a large, strong, intelligent dog with a gentle disposition. They are known for centuries of service to humans saving people from drowning.

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Posted on June 7, 2013

Pretty much everyone knows how important it is to have a plush friend like a teddy bear when you are little. It is someone to hold on to in the dark of night when no one else is around. It is a great source of comfort to the soul.

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Posted on June 5, 2013

There are different varieties of red land crabs on islands and along coastal areas all over the world. They have a habit of migrating once a year in astonishing numbers that can seem more like a crustacean invasion.

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Posted on June 3, 2013

Staff Sergeant Jesse Knott was already a combat veteran of Iraq when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Just about anyone can tell you that life in a war zone is anything but business as usual. It is a situation rife with stress.

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Posted on May 31, 2013

On December 26, 2004 a devastating tsunami hit coastal areas all over the Indian Ocean. More than 230,000 people in 14 countries lost their lives that day.

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Posted on May 29, 2013

So, is it really possible for a dog to become a real, certified Catholic saint? The short answer is no. The reality behind this is a bit more complicated and lies far back in the mists of time and is shrouded in more legend than fact.

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Posted on May 27, 2013

Cats are a wonderful source of comfort and support in difficult times and they can earn their keep by hunting down vermin. For one U.S. Army unit in Iraq a tiny kitten born on their base was just such a helpmate.

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Posted on May 24, 2013

Today is the anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth almost 200 years ago in 1819. She is best remembered for ushering in the stiff and repressive "Victorian Era," and for being the longest reigning monarch in British history.

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Posted on May 23, 2013

You never know when something bad is going to happen and when it does you hope that your friends are the sort who are going to be there for you.

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Posted on May 22, 2013

The historic Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan is best known for the Algonquin Round Table -- a daily gathering of journalists, actors, authors, and publicists beginning in 1919. For ten years the "Vicious Circle" met to exchange ideas and barbs.

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Posted on May 21, 2013

A cemetery may not seem like the greatest tourist attraction to some people, but the Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques in Paris is the largest pet cemetery in the world.

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Posted on May 20, 2013

If you ever find yourself in a place called Cottonwood, Idaho, you have to check out this place -- the Dog Bark Park Inn.

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Posted on May 17, 2013

If you find yourself heading down to Key West on vacation there is something you have just got to see -- The Catman and his Flying House Cats. They perform for the crowds each night at sunset.

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Posted on May 13, 2013

For many international travelers one of the most popular destinations in Africa to check out is Nairobi, Kenya. For a really great place to stay you may want to check out Giraffe Manor.

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Posted on May 12, 2013

Recently a video of a "sea monster" was uploaded to YouTube caused a sensation around the world. It was footage of a 30-foot long decaying carcass found along Pukehina Beach on the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand in late April.

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Posted on May 9, 2013

Vacation time is just around the corner and that means you need to get away from stress of the day job and all the responsibilities at home -- but not necessarily your dog.