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 July 13, 2012

The New York subway system has a reputation for the strange, odd, and bizarre. Recently a subway passenger was riding the J train at 1 a.m.

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Posted on July 12, 2012

In an area of the Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma that used to house a butterfly exhibit there is now a garden where the zoo horticulturalist is growing fresh food to feed the animals.

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Posted on July 12, 2012

Two million baby eels were rescued on Sunday by officials in the Philippines. They were hidden in water-filled plastic bags inside of 46 boxes. Each of the boxes had eight of the plastic bags in them.

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Posted on July 11, 2012

The most dangerous animals in America are not among the usual suspects, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Posted on July 11, 2012

Just a few decades ago scientists had believed that the black-footed ferret was extinct. Then in 1981 a farmer's dog caught and killed one.

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Posted on July 10, 2012

The popular Lake Lou Yeager has become strangely empty of activity ever since a fisherman caught an exotic pacu fish on June 7. A second fish was reportedly sighted in the lake two weeks later.

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Posted on July 10, 2012

For the mountains of Colorado, the mountain pine beetle is a perennial foe, one that leaves swathes of dead trees in its wake.

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Posted on July 9, 2012

Badger holocaust -- an extreme solution to an extreme problem. However, a closer look at the plan being created for Northern Ireland shows that there is some compassion for the critters after all.

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Posted on July 9, 2012

The world's smallest diving mammals, water shrews, apparently have a unique talent that allows them to survive diving in icy water.

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Posted on July 8, 2012

A name like "the kissing bug" can make this little insect from South America seem friendly and lovable, but the name acutally originates from scientists calling it "the kiss of death." The tiny bug, which lead to death in humans and pets, has made

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Posted on July 8, 2012

Zookeepers in Indonesia are hoping to get Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan, to kick the smoking habit that she picked up a decade ago when visitors would throw their cigarette butts into her open cage.

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Posted on July 7, 2012

It was just another day for the restaurant Mama Latina, along the Emerald Coast on the island of Sardinia. Then a German couple came in and changed all of that.

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Posted on July 7, 2012

We tend to think of dog's paws as being
tough. resilient, and virtually impervious to the outdoor environment.
However, pavement, metal, and hot asphalt in the summer can cause serious damage to your

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Posted on July 6, 2012

The Moore family of Erie, Colorado, is suing the city after a police officer shot and killed the family's German shepherd while responding to a call in May 2011.

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Posted on July 6, 2012

Feeding wild animals is never a good idea. Doing so can lead to aggressive behavior, overpopulation, and the spread of disease.

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Posted on July 5, 2012

As beaches along the Pacific coast heat up and dry out, they seem to be predicting doom for leatherbacks, the largest species of sea turtle in the oceans.

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Posted on July 5, 2012

It just wasn't the sort of thing you would expect to see along the highway in Washington State. Squirrels, raccoon's, and skunks, sure, but a kangaroo?

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Posted on July 4, 2012

During a traffic stop in Indiana on Friday, State Troopers seized almost two dozen roosters that were in the process of being transported to Kentucky where they were to be used in an illegal cockfighting operation.

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Posted on July 3, 2012

The French Riviera is seeing increasing numbers of the mauve stinger jellyfish, despite such precautions as jellyfish nets, making it to the beaches.

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Posted on July 3, 2012

On Sunday, June 10, a christening was held for 15 baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.  The starting initial for each name was selected by an astrologer based on their birth dates and times for the luckiest and most adv

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Posted on July 2, 2012

Just over a week ago Greg Beldham went out for a relaxing afternoon of salmon fishing on Nanoose Bay in British Columbia.

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Posted on June 30, 2012

The owner of a Honda Element was awakened to the honking of his car horn at 3 a.m. Friday morning. He thought that a raccoon had gotten into the car and would soon tire of the novelty. By 4:30 things were getting ridiculous.

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Posted on June 29, 2012

So far 2012 has been a dangerous year. Due to the mild winter and early
spring, most of the young snakes born last autumn survived the winter.
In some areas of the country this has led to close to double the number

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Posted on June 29, 2012

Early last week an 18-month-old girl stuck her hand in the family's aquarium and had the end of one finger bitten off by one of the piranha in the tank. Her parents came running when they heard her screaming.

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Posted on June 28, 2012

It was announced Wednesday that Thriller, the tiger that once belonged to Michael Jackson when he lived at his Neverland Ranch, has died of lung cancer at actress and activist Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.