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 22, 2012

A hedgehog in Minehead, Somerset, in England has grown to three times normal hedgehog size. Last year he was undersized and starving when a couple found him in their garage, pathetically wrapped up in an old Father Christmas jacket.

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Posted on June 21, 2012

Last week, for the second time this spring, a lobster fishing boat pulled a rare blue lobster from the ocean in their nets from along the North American east coast.

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Posted on June 20, 2012

The current law in Arkansas is that you can capture up to six deer and
keep them as pets. As of July 1, 2012, that will no longer be the case
as a new law banning keeping deer as pets takes effect. People who

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Posted on June 20, 2012

If there is one thing humans envy about cats, it is their amazing ability to relax and doze off at any time in any place, no matter how strange or uncomfortable looking.

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Posted on June 19, 2012

On Sunday a moose in Fort Collins, Colorado was tranquilized and removed from the city by authorities. The animals swam across Horsetooth reservoir and hiked over the hogback into the city to escape the High Park wildfire.

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Posted on June 18, 2012

Scientists at an underwater shark station in the Bahamas began noticing that camera cables were looking chewed on, a fact that was brought home to them when one of the cameras cut out.

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Posted on June 17, 2012

After the death of his long-term mate, one beaver in a colony in Martinez, California, found himself alone with three small kits to raise.

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Posted on June 15, 2012

Guests at Yellowstone National Park are getting the chance to see elk and bison calves feeding and frolicking in the mountain meadows. Due to a mild winter in the park, the elk and bison populations have risen significantly.

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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.