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 19, 2013

For fire fighter Cory Kalanick it was just another day on the job in Fresno, California. With the rest of his team he responded to a home on fire. Once the fire was beaten back, Kalanick was ordered to check the home for anything salvageable.

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Posted on July 18, 2013

Back in 2008 a Quaker parrot named Willie became a bona fide hero when he saved the life of two-year-old Hannah Kuusk. Hannah was having breakfast at the Denver home of her babysitter, Megan Howard.

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Posted on July 16, 2013

Move over sheep placenta. The latest substance to be the ultimate beauty tool is snail slime. Yes, you read that right. Snail slime.

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Posted on July 13, 2013

Members of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) became well-known as heroes on 9/11 when the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed. Their heroism hardly stopped there. They are heroes on a daily basis.

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Posted on July 12, 2013

Comedian and actor Adam Sandler was on vacation in Africa with his family
when he nearly had what could have been a fatal encounter with a wild
cheetah -- and that's no joke. He told the tale of his wildlife

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Posted on July 11, 2013

Marine experts believe that beluga whales don't like the feel of fabric and materials that aren't natural -- such as those used in wet suits.

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Posted on July 10, 2013

The coast of California is being visited by a different kind of tourist these days -- rare black sea nettle jellyfish, also known simply as black jellyfish. According to scientists they are being drawn closer to shore by the unusually warm water.

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Posted on July 9, 2013

A report from the CDC last year listed cows among the most dangerous animals out there. They look so docile hanging out in a field chewing their cuds that this can seem hard to believe.

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Posted on July 8, 2013

Zombie worms are a relatively new species.

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Posted on July 7, 2013

It has been said that the reason baby animals are so cute is so that we will care for them. While this may be more opinion than fact, a bunch of baby loggerhead turtles certainly benefited from being absolutely adorable.

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Posted on July 4, 2013

This rabbit is ugly enough to make you want to heave and no, this is not a Photoshop job. This rabbit is real, along with all of those horny projections, and was caught on film.

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Posted on July 2, 2013

Studies have shown that pigs are some of the smartest animals on the
planet, even more so than cats or dogs. For Jo Ann Altsman of Beaver
Falls, Pennsylvania, that is a very good thing. She had taken her pet

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Posted on July 1, 2013

Perhaps it is God getting back at the world for stripping Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles, but the famed bicycle race is being plagued with strange problems this year.

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Posted on July 1, 2013

Cat lovers have long known that cats are a wonderful form of entertainment, but they have also long held the belief that cats can't really be trained.

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Posted on June 29, 2013

Veterinarian Ernie Ward wanted to find out what is was like to be a dog trapped helplessly in a hot car on a summer's day. So he shut himself in an SUV with the windows cracked.

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Posted on June 29, 2013

One day in 1888 a little mixed-breed terrier wandered into the post office in Albany, New York. The postal workers there took pity on the poor pup and let him spend the rainy night with a bit of shelter.

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Posted on June 28, 2013

The bubble eye goldfish lives a rather solitary life. This is all because of the very quality that gives this distinctive goldfish its name. Those bubbles are apparently easily popped.

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Posted on June 28, 2013

Animals have been entwined with humans in truth and legend for thousands of years. In many cases the line between the two gets very blurred.

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Posted on June 26, 2013

Jambo was born in 1961 at Zoo Basel in Basel, Switzerland. He was
moved to the Jersey Zoo on the British dependent island of Jersey off
the coast of France. The handsome silverback gorilla rocketed into the

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Posted on June 21, 2013

A fox cub somehow managed to get its head stuck in a jar. Perhaps there was something tasty left to be licked from the inside. Perhaps it was just a wild streak of curiosity.

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Posted on June 21, 2013

When Tim and Karma Madgwick of Devon in England decided that they would hold their wedding reception at the zoo they knew it was a bold choice and that things could get a bit "wild." They hadn't planned on the unexpected guest that suddenly turned

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Posted on June 20, 2013

Beluga whales are one of the few species of whale still kept in captivity in aquariums and water parks. They are a big draw for these venues as visitors clamor to see the gentle giants.

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Posted on June 19, 2013

Not every airport is out there adopting a cat, but back in 2007 a stray tabby cat was seen wandering near Olympic House, the main administration building at the Manchester Airport in England.

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Posted on June 18, 2013

In May it was announced that a new species of slug had been discovered on Australia's Mount Kaputar. It doesn't sound like it's all that interesting unless you a big mollusk fan, but this is not your average garden slug.

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Posted on June 17, 2013

Camels aren't the first animal you think of as being used in military service. Horses, mules, dogs, and even elephants come in far ahead of the camel.