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 8, 2012

Early this month a pair of lions, Aru and Aketi, at the zoo in Berlin were found foaming at the mouth and critically ill. They developed stomach pains from colic that left them crying in distress.

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Posted on August 8, 2012

It's the sort of fish story that Jan Bailey, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will be telling for a long time to come. She saw a tropical fish drop from a cedar tree in her back yard.

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Posted on August 8, 2012

What the Monterey Bay Aquarium achieved recently may not have been impossible, but it certainly was difficult. They have managed to coax their weedy seadragons to mate and produce a brood of over 80 tiny offspring.

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Posted on August 7, 2012

It is almost certain that 16-year-old Cody Martin is the only person ever to catch a yellowtail amberjack by hand.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

Northern fur seals usually hang out along the northwest coast of North America and the Aleutian Islands, but one fur seal somehow managed to end up stranded on a beach in Hawaii.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has taken sides on the controversy over animal testing for cosmetics.

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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.