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 November 18, 2012

Earlier this month, a 16-year-old California girl, went in search of a cell phone signal while staying at her uncle's house east of San Diego.

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Posted on November 18, 2012

Five farms in North Carolina that raise turkeys for the famous Butterball Turkey brand have come under fire for allegedly engaging in a regular pattern of abuse in the raising of its turkeys.

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Posted on November 18, 2012

Last Sunday a television station in Colorado Springs, Colorado was off of the air after a skunk attacked the workings of its transmitter tower in the way that only a skunk can -- by putting up a really big stink.

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Posted on November 17, 2012

Last month, after four years of trying, the Smithsonian Zoo finally succeeded in breeding the tentacled snake in captivity. The venomous Southeast Asia native has two tentacles on its snout, a feature that is unique among snakes.

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Posted on November 17, 2012

For many years, rightly or wrongly, the city of Boulder, Colorado has been known as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States.

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Posted on November 16, 2012

Izzie was just ten months old when poachers killed her mother and captured her to sell as a pet. The tiny monkey was kept tied up outside the poacher's house without food or water for several days.

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Posted on November 16, 2012

They may be tasty. We may look forward all year to seeing one served up for Thanksgiving dinner -- but these birds are seriously FUGLY. Domesticating them has not helped at all either.

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Posted on November 15, 2012

Illegal fishing of cuttlefish along the west coast of India has local fishermen there threatening to stage protests if officials do not take action to enforce the banned method of fishing.

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Posted on November 14, 2012

Last Friday a cricket test match warm up in India was interrupted by three Langur monkeys who suddenly developed a curiosity about what the English
team was up to on the pitch. Finally, like any sensible primates, the

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Posted on November 14, 2012

Move over security dogs, you may be replaced by a mouse in detecting explosives.

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Posted on November 13, 2012

Earlier this month news came out of India that a group of elephants, lured by the scent of alcohol made from the flowers of the mahua tree, came out of the forest looking for a party.

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Posted on November 13, 2012

In September a 2,000 pound giraffe escaped from the Rinaldo Orfei circus in Imola, Italy in a desperate bid for freedom.

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Posted on November 13, 2012

It's Tuesday and time for some trivia. Did you know that crocodile rockin' is not just a song by Elton John?

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Posted on November 12, 2012

Humans have been partnering with dogs in combat for many centuries. Today, as we honor the human veterans of war, let us remember the canines who also work to give their all -- just because they love us.

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Posted on November 12, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. The wendigo is a creature originally appearing in the legends of the Algonquin people, native to eastern North America.

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Posted on November 11, 2012

Benjamin Cloutier left his home in the northeast in 2008 to follow a dream. That dream took him and his pick-up truck on a 2,000 mile road trip to Montana. There he found a new home and a career as an animal trainer at Animals of Montana.

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Posted on November 10, 2012

Paua stocks along the Kaikoura coastline of New Zealand have been decimated by poaching. The poachers not only harvest illegally, but up to 75% of what they harvest will be under the legal limit and not have reached the maturity to reproduce.

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Posted on November 10, 2012

A different kind of election was also settled this week as people at Alaska Zoo were voting for animal president of the facility.

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Posted on November 9, 2012

Researchers have found that about 40% of Atlantic salmon are being infected and killed by the parasitic salmon louse. They say that the actual number in the wild could be as high as 55%.

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Posted on November 9, 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the FUGLIEST one of all? Sea life is loaded with creatures that we consider seriously fugly, but this one looks like a chef's experiment in gelatin gone wrong.

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Posted on November 8, 2012

Four years ago a crocodile was smuggled into the Gaza Strip through an underground tunnel along the border with Egypt. It was destined for one of the zoos that are popular in the embattled area.

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Posted on November 7, 2012

It's time to take a few moments to recognize just how best man's best friend can be. On Thursday, November 8, Hallmark Channel premieres the 2012 American Human Association Hero Dog awards at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Posted on November 6, 2012

Sunday saw the vehicle bay of the Millville, New Jersey Rescue Squad became a veterinary operating theater as a spay and neuter clinic sponsored by the Animal Friends Foundation was open for business.

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Posted on November 6, 2012

Leopards are beautiful cats that once ranged over most of the eastern hemisphere. This natural range has shrunk over the centuries for this feline known for its spots, though it can also be all black. But what about red?

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Posted on November 5, 2012

Once upon a time New York Harbor was lined with oyster beds, creating natural protection to the residents of New York City in the face of storm surges like the one they recently faced with Hurricane Sandy.