Animals Can Get PTSD

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Eslom, born in Uganda in 1994, had an adolescence marked by trauma: His mother died with he was 13; at age 15, he suffered a serious injury to his arm. He disappeared for a few months afterward, cutting himself off from his community. When he returned, according to case reports, he was different: quick to anger, easily irritated, taking an unusually long time to calm down. He was more fearful, had a harder time sleeping. He pulled away from his old friends.

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What Are the Smartest Animals on the Planet?

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Humans aside, chimpanzees would have to be at the the top of any consideration about relative intelligence of animals. They are most like us, sharing 99% of the same DNA, as we have have descended from the same ancestor species that lived 6-7 million years ago. 

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Loyal Dogs Refuse to Leave Side of Dying Baby Girl

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A family’s loyal basset hounds have refused to leave the side of a dying baby girl who suffered a major stroke.  Nora Hall’s parents have taken the heartbreaking decision to turn off their five-month-old daughter’s life support after the stroke caused brain damage and left her in a medically-induced coma.

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At JFK, Animals Get Their Own Bathrooms

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Despite being routinely ranked as one of the worst airports in the U.S. by travelers, New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has made notable gains in the past few years, opening a much-beloved Shake Shack in Terminal 4, an outdoor rooftop lounge on top of Terminal 5, and gleaming new club quarters throughout the airport. But it’s not just humans who are getting more comfortable: The airport just debuted “pet relief facilities”—yes, pet bathrooms.

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Collar Finally Gives Your Cat a Human Voice

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Since the dawn of time, humans have been confounded by cats, those mystifyingly aloof creatures whose inner thoughts are famously inscrutable. But no longer! Temptations Cat Treats has invented a cat collar that lets your feline speak in a human voice—so you can finally understand (though probably not) exactly what she is trying to tell you.

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Animals Are Smarter Than Humans Give Them Credit For

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Is your dog smarter than your friend’s baby? Are cats smarter than dogs? What about Inky the octopus, who recently made a daring escape from his tank in a New Zealand aquarium — is he smarter than those internet cats whose owners “trapped” them in circles made of tape?

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German Shepherd Helps Rescue Children From Burning Home

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Authorities in central Florida say a German shepherd helped firefighters locate the two young children of his owners in heavy smoke as a blaze destroyed their home.  The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says that the dog named Maxx helped firefighters find the 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl Monday night in their home in the Orlando suburb, Longwood.

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