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 February 12, 2013

A breed of goats known as Fainting Goats suffer from "fainting" spells where they just
suddenly fall over and lie motionless. While the action is a result of
panic, it is not actually fainting since the animal does not lose

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Posted on February 11, 2013

When animals defecate good things happen. We've been spreading cow and horse manure in our fields and gardens for several millennia.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

Flipper, a nine-month-old kitten in Aspen Park, Colorado, was born with a twisted spine. Her top half goes one direction while the bottom tries to go another. This means that she ends up dragging her bottom end around, unable to walk.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

When the National Anthem is played at the beginning of a sports event it is supposed to be a solemn moment of patriotic reverence.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on February 10, 2013

There is a big fight brewing in little Montrose, Colorado. At stake is the fate of a dog named Dutch, an American Allaunt, accused of attacking a woman back in November.

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Posted on February 10, 2013

Just over a week ago a section of Interstate 40 that runs through Oklahoma was in chaos when a miniature mare and her colt turned up for the morning commute. The sight of the diminutive pair went beyond just causing a bit of curiosity slowing.

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Posted on February 9, 2013

Kapotwe, the shoebill, was just a "tiny" chick when she was captured by poachers and held inside a grass hut in a small fishing village.

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Posted on February 8, 2013

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia has been in decline for some time. A disease called white syndrome is killing the coral and causing the coral tissues to slough off, leaving the coral skeleton bleached white.

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Posted on February 8, 2013

This creature is sooooooo freaking FUGLY you may want to gag a bit. It kind of resembles a fuzzy potholder that the dog decided to shred and then threw in the compost heap. The fact that it is alive and moves makes it all the fuglier.

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Duma is one cute Jack Russell terrier -- and smart, too. Not only can
the seven-year-old pooch wakeboard behind a speedboat driven by her
owner, Cliff Bode, when she climbs back onto the boat, she takes the

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Even the smallest of creatures deserve love and compassion and Ada, a disabled goldfish, has been the recipient of just such devotion.

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Margaret Charles, 79, took her dog, Maisie, for a walk in Suffolk, England, during a recent cold spell. When she took a fall she let go of the leash and Maisie ran off.

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Ernest Hemingway was one of the great authors of American literature and
was also well known for his home in Key West, Florida, and for his love of cats. In 1964, three years after his suicide, his former home was

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Posted on February 6, 2013

Concerns for the future of the United States economy, as well as their personal economies, have more and more people are snapping up chicks as soon as they become available for sale.

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Posted on February 6, 2013

On Monday officials raided a home in Plant City, Florida, where they found 26 pit bulls housed in the back yard in makeshift kennels. The dogs were part of a suspected dog-fighting ring.

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Posted on February 6, 2013

It turns out that Intestinal parasites have been around for far longer than anyone had guessed.

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Posted on February 6, 2013

The migration of 1.5 wildebeest in Africa is often referred to as the largest migration of mammals on Earth  The truth is that this only refers to land mammals. When bats migrate in Africa many millions begin to block out the sky.

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Posted on February 5, 2013

If there is one certain thing about dogs it is their love of a really bad smell. It is just this trait in Madge the dog that led Ken Wilman to discover what may potentially be a small fortune in "whale vomit," or ambergris.

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Posted on February 5, 2013

Back in 1982 the Almeida family of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was having their home renovated. During the confusion the family's pet red-footed tortoise, Manuela, vanished.

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Posted on February 5, 2013

These tiny, 2-inch long fish look like they are dressed to go to the next Broncos game with their bright orange and blue coloring. However, the most amazing thing about them is that they are capable of changing sex -- apparently at will.

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Posted on February 5, 2013

The kiwi is a flightless bird about the size of a chicken with hair-like feathers native to New Zealand. It is closely related to other flightless birds such as the ostrich and the emu. There are many interesting facts about the bird.

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Posted on February 4, 2013

For 40 years now 79-year-old Werner Freund has been the leader of the pack -- a wolf pack that is. At his sanctuary in Merzig, Germany he has hand raised wolf pups from six different packs around the world.

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Posted on February 4, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on February 2, 2013

One Super Bowl tradition that has been growing faster than trying to eat your weight in chicken wings is that of having local zoo animals predict the winner through a variety of methods of selection.