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 January 26, 2013

Two weeks ago three Los Angeles police officers were on their way back to their station at the end of their shift when they stopped to help a seriously injured that had been hit by a car.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

Torrential rains in South Africa have led to flooding. In one area of the country it led to a flood of a different kind when the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the northwest part of the country was forced to open its floodgates to avoid a storm surge.

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Posted on January 26, 2013

There are just two things that Scotland's Shetland Islands are known for -- Shetland ponies and Fair Isle knitwear.

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Posted on January 25, 2013

A tiny newborn muntjac deer weighing only about two pounds was found abandoned by its mother in a back garden in Colchester, Essex, England.

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Posted on January 25, 2013

A 6'7" man in his 40s hardly seems like the mom type, but Australian Chris Barnes has been mothering orphaned kangaroos for 20 years now. Back then he gave up the city for a life in the Outback to care for three joeys he had rescued.

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Posted on January 25, 2013

For some unknown reason, illegal wildlife smugglers abandoned a bag that turned up in the oversized luggage area. The unclaimed, untagged bag was scanned by security only to turn up eleven live juvenile otters packed inside.

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Posted on January 25, 2013

If you think that your nose is a bit over-sized for your face, you haven't seen a proboscis monkey.

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Posted on January 24, 2013

The Tasmanian devil is critically endangered in the wild and for once humans are not a large part of the problem. The problem facing these little devils is a highly aggressive form of cancer.

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Posted on January 23, 2013

A yeti park, complete with luxury hotel and museum is being planned for Sheregesh, Siberia. It will be a place for those who want to hunt the yeti and prove its existence.

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Posted on January 23, 2013

On January 11, divers on a night dive to view manta rays off the coast of Kona, Hawaii, were surprised when they were joined by a bottlenose dolphin that was swimming strangely. The dolphin targeted one diver in particular.

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Posted on January 23, 2013

Holly, a calico cat, went on holiday with her owners, Jacob and Bonnie Richter, at an RV rally in Daytona Beach, Florida. Somehow the little house cat became separated from her family and the Richters had to return to their home without her.

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Posted on January 22, 2013

A fish called a murasoi (and nicknamed Mike the Mirasoi) was caught recently near the damaged Fukashima Nuclear Plant. Testing showed it to be 2,500 times as radioactive as is considered safe for human consumption.

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Posted on January 22, 2013

You know it's a bad day when your get-away donkey alerts everyone to your crime-in progress. You SHOULD have known it was going to be a bad day when you thought using a get-away donkey was a good idea in the first place.

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Posted on January 22, 2013

Shellac is a product that we are surrounded by and give it very little attention -- even when we are eating it. What? You didn't know that we eat shellac?

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Posted on January 21, 2013

Last year in Essex, England, a Lhasa Apso dog named Dusty had to be euthanized after suffering horrible burns due to having been forgotten in a hair dryer at the groomers when the attendant left to answer the phone.

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Posted on January 21, 2013

A pensioner in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, was fed up with a squirrel noshing on the food he was putting out for the birds. So he decided to deal with the problem with his own brand of vigilante justice.

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Posted on January 21, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on January 20, 2013

The city of Boulder, Colorado, and its residents have spent decades working to create an environment filled with nature to compliment the beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and the iconic Flatirons that tower over the valley.

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Posted on January 20, 2013

Dog owners in Wales have been shocked to discover that someone with a vengeance against dogs has been targeting their dogs for death at a dog park.

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Posted on January 19, 2013

A group of large, muscular, heavily tattooed bikers from New York hardly seems to be the sort who would be out rescuing kitties and puppies from abuse and neglect, and yet the reality exists in the form of Rescue Ink.

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Posted on January 19, 2013

Wildlife photographer Gordon Buchanan has had a close encounter of the polar bear kind.

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Posted on January 19, 2013

How much is your pet worth to you? Most of us would say priceless.

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Posted on January 18, 2013

Tommy, a German shepherd, used to attend church services regularly with his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi. When she passed away two months ago Tommy followed the coffin to the church for the funeral service.

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Posted on January 18, 2013

This species of praying mantis is FUGLY with flair. All mantis species could fall under the FUGLY  category, but this little guy takes it to a whole new level AND looks like he's ready for some ballroom dancing.

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Posted on January 18, 2013

A civil court proceeding began Monday in Arizona over fish pedicures after a spa there was ordered by cosmetology regulatorsto stop offering the treatments.