August 31, 2012
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The ASPCA and other rescue groups have been working hard this week to save dogs, cats and other animals in the path of Hurricane Isaac. A particularly dramatic rescue took place at the Humane Society of South Mississippi, where 27 homeless dogs, such as Ace, were transported from Gulfport, Miss., to the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
August 30, 2012
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One whale’s trash is an 8-year-old boy’s treasure. Charlie Naysmith was walking along the beach at Hengistbury Head in southern Britain when he picked up a large object that looked and felt like a stone. As it turned out, that object was actually a piece of ambergris, a substance which is regurgitated by sperm whales. Ambergris is used to prolong the scent of perfume, and therefore is extremely valuable. The vomit, which weighs a little more than one pound, could be worth as much as $63,000.
August 28, 2012
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Canines can work medical wonders, from easing the side effects of chemotherapy to helping army veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder A dog is man’s best friend in the most ordinary situations, but it’s when you’re down and out that your canine partner really comes through in the clutch.
August 27, 2012
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Lincoln Park Zoo staff are seeing stripes after welcoming the newest addition to Chicago’s animal kingdom. Early Thursday, five-year-old Grevy’s zebra Adia gave birth to a male foal, her second offspring with six-year-old male Grevy’s zebra Clayton, according to a release. Grevy’s zebras have particularly long gestational periods, so animal care staffers have been awaiting the foal’s arrival for more than a year.
August 26, 2012
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A new species of rat that has practically no teeth has been discovered. But no worries, the rat hardly needs them since it feeds on a diet of soft earthworms. The rat, dubbed Paucidentomys vermidax, is a type of shrew rat that lives on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia.
August 23, 2012
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It’s one thing to point out problems, and quite another to offer solutions. When it comes to trimming excess weight off America’s pets, we veterinarians have gotten tougher about pointing out the problem. Now it’s time to step up and offer solutions.
August 22, 2012
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News headlines over the past few years have linked cat ownership to everything from cancer to craziness, but new studies suggest that cats are actually beneficial to human health, and may even reduce our risk for cancer and other diseases.
August 21, 2012
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Two Silverback gorilla brothers, 13-year old Kesho and 9-year old Alf, were reunited at a Longleat Safari park in the U.K. after spending three long years apart. Upon seeing each other, the brothers greeted each other with a gorilla-sized hug. Before they were separated, Kesho and Alf both lived at the Dublin zoo, but eventually, Kesho had to part ways with his little brother in order to carry on the gorilla name.
August 20, 2012
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The Berlin Zoo is celebrating the arrival of an elephant calf named Anchali, which means “greeting” in Thai. The 350-pound calf made her public debut on Wednesday, much to the delight of the big crowds who turned out to see her. Zoo staff members are doing everything they can to protect Anchali from a common elephant virus that has already led to the deaths of three elephant calves at the same zoo.