FBI Taking Steps to Monitor Crimes Against Animals

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Animal abusers are under the microscope as the connection to human violence grows stronger.  The FBI is taking steps to monitor crimes against animals, collecting a new database of animal abusers. “They’ll be able to track whether these abuses have occurred or have resulted in worse crimes later on,” said Fresno County animal abuse prosecutor Lynette Gonzales.  New research shows a strong connection between animal abuse and domestic violence, so this is what the database is meant to prevent: The scary story of a Fresno County man who hurt a dog, then attacked a woman before they could get him in court for animal cruelty.

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Pigs, Pythons, and Other Animals People Call Their Pets

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The dog may be a man’s best friend, but pot-bellied pigs, alpacas and pythons make fine companions, too. So do turtles and lizards and even sugar gliders. Areca Roe photographed all of these and more for Housebroken, her engaging look at unusual pets.

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The Animals That Save Human Lives

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One of the most popular monuments to animal bravery can be found in New York City’s Central Park. A little north of the Children’s Zoo, the statue of a Siberian husky named Balto stands at attention on a granite rock. In February 1925 Balto led the final team of sled dogs that battled through 674 miles of snow and ice to bring diphtheria serum to the stricken children of Nome, Alaska.

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1,100 Cats, 1 Home and 1 ‘Crazy Cat Lady’

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Lynea Lattanzio has no problem calling herself a crazy cat lady. With more than 1,000 cats living with her, there’s really no denying it.  “I’m gonna say that I’m at the top of the list of the eccentric, crazy cat ladies,” Lattanzio says.  She says she has taken in and lived with, at some point, 28,000 cats total. At the moment, she has a mere 800 adult cats and 300 kittens. 

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Animals Know How To Enjoy #Blizzard2016

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At the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, giant panda, Tian Tian, “woke up this morning to a lot of snow and he was pretty excited about it.” The zoo shared that news along with a few other priceless videos on its Facebook page this morning.

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Do Animals Exercise to Keep Fit?

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Amidst hours sitting daily at a desk or in front of the TV, humans voluntarily seek out exercise to combat a sedentary lifestyle and stay fit – but are we the only creatures that do this?  Scientists don’t quite know the answer yet. In a recent study, a researcher from Roehampton University examines the idea, finding that some animals get fit in preparation for planned events.  And, to the ire of humans, they may be able to do so with little to no voluntary exercise at all.

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Why Don’t More Animals Show Off Like Peacocks?

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When you marvel at the brilliant colors of a peacock’s tail or enjoy the trill of a songbird, you might pause to consider that those creatures’ ancestors probably didn’t have a lot of friends.Many animals display visual or auditory cues that contain messages like, “I would be a desirable mate” or “I am very strong; don’t come into my territory.” Species that lack such “quality signals” – including humans, crows and dolphins – probably evolved in smaller social groups where everyone already knows what everyone else is like, according to Michael Sheehan, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior.

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