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 December 13, 2012

When you own a pet, either cat or dog, you just never know what they will chose to bring home with them after they've been out on their own.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

You're not going to see a partridge in a pear tree any time soon. For one thing partridges are ground-dwelling birds and don't do trees very often. In truth the partridge in England is in serious decline. The turtle doves are in even worse shape.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

The classically pristine fjords of Norway are darkening as global warming is causing more and more freshwater to run into them from melting snow pack and glaciers.

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Posted on December 12, 2012

The ban on whale meat and meat products throughout Europe (with limited
exceptions in Greenland and Denmark), is having an effect on businesses
that appear to not be aware of the law. Last week in England a trendy tavern was

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Posted on December 11, 2012

Everyone is familiar with the animals in the stable with the baby Jesus, the sheep with the shepherds, the camels transporting the Wise Men, Santa and his reindeer, and even the Grinch and his dog Max.

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Posted on December 10, 2012

If you think you've been on a flight from hell because of a screaming baby or a talkative neighbor, you got another think coming.

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Posted on December 10, 2012

There has been a bumper crop of lobster off the coast of Maine the past couple of years. This is due in part to the climate change making the waters off the coast of Maine warmer and more welcoming to the crustaceans.

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Posted on December 10, 2012

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

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Posted on December 9, 2012

If you've never heard of menhaden it's probably because they aren't exactly good eating -- not to humans anyway. However they are often a favorite food for the fish that we do like to eat -- and those we just know and love.

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Posted on December 8, 2012

In November a pair of hunters in New Hampshire found a bald eagle caught in a claw trap and contacted local police. At first police didn't believe that it actually was a bird as rare as an eagle caught in a trap on the ground.

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Posted on December 7, 2012

Roads in England have been collapsing and it appears to be sabotage, but it isn't terrorists or criminals that are behind these incidents. The answer is right there in black and white, though in the form of badgers.

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Posted on December 7, 2012

It is mind-boggling how much fugly there is in the depths of our oceans. That is just one of the things that make the ocean such an interesting place to explore. Some species, like the scorpion fish are dangerous as well as fugly.

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Posted on December 6, 2012

West Bay in the Cayman Islands had an unusual visitor this week when a couple of fishermen brought in a crocodile and handed it over to the Department of Environment.

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Posted on December 6, 2012

This week students at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia were given a new outlet to deal with the stress of college life, final exams, and the holidays. A "puppy room" was set up for the kids to get a chance to chill with therapy dogs.

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Posted on December 6, 2012

The whole concept brings up images of the planet Tatooine in the Star Wars movie franchise where the only moisture on the planet is farmed through machines called "vaporators." The Namib Desert Beetle has developed a natural mechanism for condensi

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Posted on December 5, 2012

People who like to talk about how smart dogs are now have more proof than ever. Over the course of eight weeks, an animal shelter in New Zealand has managed to teach three of its rescue dogs how to drive a car.

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Posted on December 5, 2012

On Tuesday morning a billy goat was seen sauntering down a road and onto the grounds of a middle school in Houston, Texas. Neighbors looked on while school officials called 911 about the mysterious stranger hoofing it around the school grounds.

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Posted on December 5, 2012

There is something about Scandinavians that makes them partial to really smelly fish. The iconic lutefisk known to many a church supper and Christmas dinner has made many a non-Scandinavian blanch and their nose hairs curl from the odor.

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Posted on December 4, 2012

Aside from flying reindeer, perhaps the most unusual animal that come into the Christmas holiday is the camel -- the animal that transported the Three Wise Men from distant lands and across desert sands following a star to the side of the Christ C

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Posted on December 4, 2012

In Texas dealing with feral hogs is a losing battle in more ways than
one. They can tear up grasslands and farm crops in the blink of an eye,
and are now posing a serious threat to motorists along a new stretch of

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Posted on December 3, 2012

A couple of months ago a woman in St. Petersburg, Florida was photographed taking a joy-ride on a manatee. Any joy she received from the stunt was short-lived as she was recently arrested for violating laws protecting endangered sea mammals.

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Posted on December 3, 2012

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. One of these is the most popular snowman ever, and we're not talking about Frosty.

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Posted on November 30, 2012

There has long been a debate among different scientists as to whether
animals have emotions. One of the largest parts of this debate is
whether or not animals have a true "awareness" of death. In a recent

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Posted on November 30, 2012

There is something about having so many legs and a venomous set of legs known as forcepules that
render centipedes as candidates for the fugly hall of fame. They are

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Posted on November 28, 2012

The owner of a drape and blind shop in Staten Island, New York, received the surprise of a life time when he looked out of his shop window Wednesday morning only to see a small pony trotting through the parking lot.