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As a La Cañada resident walked across her backyard on Sunday she noticed something she had never seen before, a bobcat staring back at her. “I was just going out to do some yard work,” said Athel Herman, who lives in the 500 block of Knight Way. She first noticed her neighbor’s cat and walked […]

Sooner than later, one of your kids is going to throw you a disarming smile and utter the question you’ve been dreading since the day he was born. “Mom, can we get a puppy? Please?” If you’re unequivocally opposed to the idea, consider the following response: “No, Timmy, we can’t get a puppy right now. […]

You can’t put a dollar value on a pet owner’s love for their cat or dog. But that’s exactly what the Streetsville, Ontario, pet food company Menu Foods faces in reimbursing local owners of animals who ate contaminated pet food linked to the deaths and illnesses of animals across the country. Dolores and Robert Weise’s […]

Melissa Ghosh of Dogs Against Drugs and her narcotic detector canine Cassie were at Celina Junior High School on Thursday and Friday to educate students about the dangers of drugs. Dogs Against Drugs is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to prevent substance abuse and other self-defeating behaviors by all children. Not only do Ghosh […]

For certain female frogs, the high-pitched calls stimulate procreation. And for local humans lucky enough to live within ear’s reach, that “peep-peep-peep” sound rumbling inland from water’s edge has a more innocent implication: Spring is here! Known for their chorus of metrical warbles at nightfall, “spring peeper” frogs have tuned up the vocal sacs underneath […]

THE world’s most endangered cat, the Iberian lynx, may be making a comeback. Five Iberian lynx were born in captivity in Andalusia in southern Spain over two days last week, reviving hopes that Spain’s increasingly successful lynx breeding program may pull the species back from extinction. A further three captive lynx are pregnant, prompting lynx […]

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii uses a remarkable trick to spread from rodents to cats: It alters the brains of infected rats and mice so that they become attracted to—rather than repelled by—the scent of their predators. A new study reveals that rodents infected with the parasitic protozoa are drawn to the smell of cat urine, […]

There are only thirteen northern white rhinos left in the world. The species is hovering on the brink of extinction. But three men are pushing forward the frontiers of science to try to save them. Thomas Hildebrandt and his team, from the Berlin Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research, are world leaders in using artificial […]

Another report of a mysterious black panther, roaming a densely wooded area in western Upshur County. The latest sighting of a reported black panther is in an area off of Highway 154 near Rhonesboro, in an area called Raintree Lake.In a remote wooded area called Raintree lakes, residents are unnerved by the night time yowls […]

An environmental group said Tuesday it had captured a “monster” toad the size of a small dog. With a body the size of a football and weighing nearly 2 pounds, the toad is among the largest specimens ever captured in Australia, according to Frogwatch coordinator Graeme Sawyer. “It’s huge, to put it mildly,” he said. […]

Troubled children in a secure Child, Youth and Family unit in Lower Hutt are learning empathy and life skills in a unique programme involving SPCA puppies, kittens and rabbits. Just call him BigShow. That’s his tag-name, but if he writes it on any of the walls in this secure unit in Lower Hutt, he’ll have […]

If all dogs really do go to heaven, their final resting place would probably involve lots of tasty treats, squeaky toys and mailmen to chase, among other doggie favorites. But nowadays, a pooch’s paradise is not far from Earth. Today, pet owners can buy just about any toy, goody or gadget that suits their furry […]

It’s a new year, a new tradition and a new furry forecaster for Groundhog’s Day 2007 at the North Carolina Zoo. Alas, Murphy, the zoo’s famous groundhog weatherman, has gone on to that great animal prognosticators’ home in the sky. But Gertie, an interim replacement on loan to the zoo’s Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will […]

The entrance to Lynne Repsik’s Harleysville home probably looked like Christmas morning to Trixie‚ Repsik’s 13-year-old dachshund. A large bag of dog food stood behind boxes full of dog biscuits‚ canned food‚ toys‚ blankets and other pet items. However‚ sadly for Trixie‚ these items aren’t for her. They are only a portion of the items […]

SashaCat died March 3 after 20 years of mousing, snoozing in the sun, chasing bigger cats and even bigger dogs and demanding only the smelliest of cat foods — as well as broccoli, cinnamon rolls and tofu. My daughter was 17 when she brought the stray home from a vet’s office in Los Angeles. In […]

Scientists have discovered an entirely new species of cat – the clouded leopard – found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Tuesday. The secretive rainforest animal was originally thought to be the same species as the one found in mainland South-East Asia, it said. However, “genetic research […]

If you’re looking for a good pet companion, think old – consider adopting one with a little gray hair, maybe to match your own. Puppies and kittens, although irresistible at first sight, can be a handful. Soiled carpet, chewing, whining, and jumping are just some of the behavior challenges new owners may confront. “Many times, […]

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