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 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

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Posted on August 2, 2012

The newest celebrities in the OC tend to be a bit on the unattractive side, but they are drawing big crowds at the Orange County Fair in California. Cameras were out and children were straining to witness the first camel milking demonstration.

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Posted on August 1, 2012

Scientists in Australia have discovered that female parrot finches are capable of determining the gender of their offspring to adjust to environmental conditions at the time. It is a surprising survival strategy that also makes a lot of sense.

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Posted on July 31, 2012

For about four months last year the bodies of 162 seals washed up on beaches in New England. Most of the seals were pups under six months old. The cause of death was not immediately apparent.

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Posted on July 31, 2012

As many as 100 peacocks have died in the desert in Pakistan and officials are investigating the cause. The wild peacocks were already weakened because of the delayed arrival of the annual monsoon rains which created a loss of safe drinking water.

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Posted on July 30, 2012

Trackers in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park comb the forests every day
to find and destroy the snare traps set by poachers. One day earlier
this month a tracker, John Ndayambaje, was working in an area near the

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Posted on July 30, 2012

When the Meech family of Northamptonshire,
England, came home from a day out they were shocked to find son Tom's

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Posted on July 29, 2012

People who want to be able to take their pets wherever they go are turning to the purchase of fake service dog vests. Disability rights groups are claiming fraud is being perpetrated by the companies who sell the vests to just anybody.

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Posted on July 29, 2012

As hard as it is for animal lovers to believe, there are serious animal-hating crazy people out there who will actually aim at an animal in the road when they are driving. A recent study has shown that six percent of drivers will go for the kill.

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Posted on July 28, 2012

One in five dogs will develop some type of osteoarthritis in their
lifetime. Large breed dogs are affected more than smaller breeds. The
heavier the dog is, the more likely it is to experience symptoms. It is a problem

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Posted on July 28, 2012

Seven-year-old Lorcan Dillon of Manchester, England, suffers from selective mutism, a psychiatric disorder that makes him unable to speak in certain situations, including school, and expressing his feelings toward his family.

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Posted on July 27, 2012

It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that sharks have really strong teeth. Researchers have been looking into exactly how strong and what makes them that strong and cavity-resistant.

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Posted on July 27, 2012

When fishermen working off the south coast of England, in a strait known as the Solent, between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, brought in their nets they found that one of their oysters wasn't quite what they were fishing for.

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Posted on July 26, 2012

E.T., the singing walrus, celebrated his 30th birthday this week at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

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Posted on July 26, 2012

It is the stuff of science fiction -- or at least it used to be. Scientists from Harvard and Caltech have bioengineered a jellyfish out of muscle from a rat's heart and silicon.

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Posted on July 25, 2012

This subject is disturbing to Westerners, but to the Chinese it is just another day. Culturallyt our belief in animal rights and theirs are as different as our languages are.

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Posted on July 25, 2012

The sight of pigs in paradise is a strange one, but on one island in the Bahamas the pigs have the place all to themselves.

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Posted on July 24, 2012

It is a story as nearly as old as time, and surely proof that this is the reason that dog is man's best friend.

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Posted on July 24, 2012

Sam, the cat, is the only one who knows what he went through last week to survive a car crash, the destruction of his carrier around him, and two days alone in the Everglades.

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Posted on July 23, 2012

In the interior of British Columbia, Canada, moose populations have dropped by as much as 70 percent as aggressive salvage logging of beetle-kill trees without restriction or concerns over the environmental impact has gone on for years.

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Posted on July 23, 2012

When you think of places where the buffalo roam you think of South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, or maybe Montana. In June the news came in from Litchfield County in Connecticut of the birth of a rare white buffalo, or bison.

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Posted on July 22, 2012

For many years scientists have gone back and forth on whether or not animals are capable of the same emotions as humans. Most animal lovers and pet owners insist that they are.