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 5, 2012

Even though the Red Swamp Crayfish found in ponds in London's Hampstead Heath are a highly invasive species, the United States/Mexico natives are protected by law.

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Posted on November 5, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries.

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Posted on November 4, 2012

On October 11, 2012 in Irvine, California, a large truck was involved in a three-way accident. It had been carrying 1,600 pounds of live bass headed to market when it flipped, spilling the contents over the highway.

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Posted on November 3, 2012

Gidget the sea lion was born at the Denver Zoo 27 years ago. The aging marine mammal suffered arthritis and on Wednesday zookeepers euthanized because she was suffering intense pain and started showing signs of being unable to move.

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Posted on November 3, 2012

Booger, Kitty, and Mousie, along with their owner, Greg Pike, were well known among the buskers along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado.

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Posted on November 2, 2012

The coelacanth is a fish that is also called the "living fossil" lives deep in the Indian Ocean. The fish has remained virtually unchanged for more than 400 million years.

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Posted on November 2, 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the FUGLIEST one of all? So far, it is a satanic leaf-tailed gecko which does indeed look like it crawled up from the bowels of hell.

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Posted on November 1, 2012

Workers at the airport in Glasgow, Scotland got quite a surprise last week when they were finishing up the arrival of a flight from Cancun. They found a snake curled up under one of the seats on the plane.

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Posted on November 1, 2012

There are several things that people living in Boulder, Colorado are very passionate. Among those things are wildlife and politics.

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Posted on October 31, 2012

To paraphrase the old poem by Gellett Burgess -- I've just seen a purple squirrel, I never thought I'd see one, but I can tell you now and sure-ell, I'd rather see than be one. Well, here is your chance to see one.

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Posted on October 31, 2012

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Sharon Blackmon of Fowler Property Management in Boulder, Colorado, can attest to that.

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Posted on October 30, 2012

Back in 1993 a woman by the name of Lorena Bobbit gained infamy after slicing off her husband's penis in a fit of anger.

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Posted on October 30, 2012

By now most people know that koala bears are not actually bears, but marsupials. They are cute and fluffy, and stink from the abundance of eucalyptus leaves that they eat.

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Posted on October 29, 2012

Anyone who watches TV knows that the OC is a place given to drama -- and sometimes comedy. Such was the case at the San Juan Hills Golf Club last week when a shark turned up near the 12th hole.

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Posted on October 29, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. For Hispanic people all over the Americas the biggest and scariest has long been El Chupacabra, or Chupacabras, the goat sucker.

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Posted on October 28, 2012

This rare blue iguana, found only in the Cayman Islands, is showing signs of coming back from the brink of extinction.

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Posted on October 27, 2012

Preliminary approval has been given by the city council in Los Angeles to a proposal that would require pet stores to acquire the pets that they put up for sale to come from local shelters and rescue organizations rather than from commercial breed

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Posted on October 26, 2012

This creature may be seriously FUGLY, but what happened to one of its species recently was far uglier than this bird could ever be. Today: the Helmeted Guinea Fowl.

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Posted on October 25, 2012

The University of Colorado is in the crosshairs as the militant animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a claim on Tuesday with the university's animal experimentation oversight committ

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Posted on October 25, 2012

Scientists at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, have been studying the behavior of rainbow trout and the effects of certain behaviors on survival.

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Posted on October 24, 2012

Someone tried to kill Ethan on his third birthday, but he wasn't about to stay dead. They had poisoned him and buried him alive. A man going for a walk beside a lakeside path noticed the ground beside the path wriggling.

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Posted on October 23, 2012

A new business in Auburn, Maine, has a new way for you to handle the remains of your large animal friends -- by composting them.

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Posted on October 23, 2012

In the last couple of days a new video has taken the internet by storm. This fantastically adorable dog doing a parody of those strange ads for Chanel No. 5 perfume that show Brad Pitt rambling aimlessly like he has lost his mind.

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Posted on October 23, 2012

The rare Otton frog is being likened to the fictional character Woverine since it comes equipped with spikes that can shoot out of its "thumbs." These digits cannot actually function as thumbs, but contain retracted little blades.

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Posted on October 22, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. Legends of the werewolf are centuries older than Team Jacob, Sirius Black,