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 16, 2012

Around 200 goldfish and koi were killed last Monday night when someone poured a container of a bleach-based cleaning solution into Danny Turton's fish pond in Yorkshire, England.

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Posted on July 15, 2012

Strange but true. William "Bill" Lee, also known as Colorado's Santa
Claus has lost his reindeer. He has been cited for animal cruelty and 106 animals, including
reindeer, have been seized from his home in Idaho Springs. Llamas,

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Posted on July 15, 2012

Back in March Michael Baum and his daughter transported two ferrets more

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Posted on July 14, 2012

During work being done on the New Airport Road in Bangalore, India, a pond terrapin was severely injured by a crowbar. The 18-year-old turtle was rushed into treatment at a nearby wildlife shelter.

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Posted on July 14, 2012

While the phrase "follow your nose" has been around a long time, scientists are beginning to find that it may actually be true -- for animals anyway. They have found cells in the snout of a trout that respond to magnetism.

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Posted on July 13, 2012

A new gnathiid isopod found in the Caribbean recently discovered by Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ecology and a field marine biologist at Arkansas State University, has been named after the late Bob Marley.

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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.