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 August 22, 2012

The Suzaka Zoo in Japan has been more like scenes from the movie Madagascar lately.  Those intrepid penguins seem to be constantly making plans on how to escape.

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Posted on August 17, 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. There is nothing like a Shoebill.

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Posted on August 17, 2012

Three kangaroos managed to escape from a wild animal park in Germany on Saturday night. Their accomplices in the prison break were a fox and a wild boar. Two of the wayward roos have been apprehended while one remains at large.

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Posted on August 16, 2012

For the first time in more than 30 years an outbreak of anthrax has been confirmed among cows in Logan County in northeastern Colorado. Last week 60 cows died on one ranch where one of the cows had tested positive for the disease.

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Posted on August 15, 2012

A few days ago, Petslady reported on the invasion of the Gulf of Mexico by the lionfish, a species native to the Pacific that has been increasing rapidly.

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Posted on August 15, 2012

Many people in Asia, particularly in China, believe that just about every part of the tiger is good for treating some ailment.

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Posted on August 14, 2012

An invasive population of lionfish is exploding in the Gulf of Mexico and the fact has scientists alarmed. This concern stems from the fact that lionfish don't belong in the Gulf, the Caribbean, or even the Atlantic.

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Posted on August 13, 2012

On July 10 of this year Michelle Sena-Kelley, 43, of Arvada, Colorado, pleaded guilty to ownership of a

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Posted on August 11, 2012

Last month two hikers, a man and woman, from Broomfield, Colorado and their dogs found themselves in quite a quandary while hiking Mount Quandary.

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Posted on August 10, 2012

A growing cluster of influenza cases in Ohio and Indiana have been traced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pigs on display at agricultural fairs.

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Posted on August 10, 2012

Two piranhas have been caught in the Evros River along the border between Greece and Turkey. On July 31 a Turkish fisherman caught an 18-inch piranha in the river, which started the mystery.

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Posted on August 10, 2012

Truffles are one of the most expensive and sought after delicacies in the world. It is the fruit of a subterranean mushroom that takes years to produce and that are difficult to farm.

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Posted on August 9, 2012

Squirrels are not exactly the shyest creatures on the planet, and they are no strangers to finding themselves in difficult -- and entertaining -- situations. One squirrel in Germany went above and beyond in mischief.

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Posted on August 9, 2012

Two years ago the news out of England was about the sharp decline in frog populations. This year if you end up at the East Horton Golf Club in Hampshire you might get a different view of the situation.

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Posted on August 9, 2012

On June 13 a young harbor seal was rescued at South Mission Beach in San Diego. Veterinarians from SeaWorld determined that she had cataracts in both eyes that left her almost blind and unable to hunt for fish.

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Posted on August 8, 2012

Early this month a pair of lions, Aru and Aketi, at the zoo in Berlin were found foaming at the mouth and critically ill. They developed stomach pains from colic that left them crying in distress.

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Posted on August 8, 2012

It's the sort of fish story that Jan Bailey, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will be telling for a long time to come. She saw a tropical fish drop from a cedar tree in her back yard.

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Posted on August 8, 2012

What the Monterey Bay Aquarium achieved recently may not have been impossible, but it certainly was difficult. They have managed to coax their weedy seadragons to mate and produce a brood of over 80 tiny offspring.

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Posted on August 7, 2012

It is almost certain that 16-year-old Cody Martin is the only person ever to catch a yellowtail amberjack by hand.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

Northern fur seals usually hang out along the northwest coast of North America and the Aleutian Islands, but one fur seal somehow managed to end up stranded on a beach in Hawaii.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has taken sides on the controversy over animal testing for cosmetics.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

An Arkansas sheriff's deputy got more than he was counting on when responding to a call about a bull running loose in Faulkner County. When he arrived on the scene he found a man attempting to guide the animal across a yard.

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Posted on August 4, 2012

When Mike Trowler of Kent, England, first met Cropper, the fox had been in a tangle with a dog and had not been the winner. Cropper had been rescued by The Fox Project in Turnbridge Wells.

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Posted on August 3, 2012

A team of researchers and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Research Council of Argentina fitted a camera to the back of an imperial cormorant to get a glimpse of how the marine bird dives to the bottom of th

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Posted on August 2, 2012

New research has discovered skin cancer in wild marine fish for the first time. In a study conducted by Newcastle University and the Australian