Friday, September 30, 2011

Video: Surfers Rescue Great White Shark

A group of Venice Beach surfers came to the rescue of a baby great white shark that had washed ashore near the Venice Pier on Saturday morning. A fisherman had realized that a shark had hooked onto his line. He and several other fishermen ran down to the beach to pull the shark from the water.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two-Faced Cat Sets World Record

To most people meeting Frank ‘n Louie for the first time he looks like any ordinary cat. “They initially walk up with the look of ‘oh what a beautiful cat’ and then as he turns I see the look of horror come across their face.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rescued Deformed Puppy is Back on Her Feet Again

A deformed puppy rescued from a garbage bag has finally learnt to walk. Little Harper was saved from a certain death when a woman in Sanford, Florida, saw a man selling pit-bull puppies outside a Save-A-Lot holding a squirming trash bag. When she asked him what was in the bag he at first refused to show her but he finally handed over the bag containing a puppy so deformed it couldn’t walk or hold up its head.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homeless After Harry Potter: Canine Movie Star Padfoot Needs a Home

My real name is Berry, Shadowberry, and I am now 10 human years old. Many dog years ago I played the part of Padfoot in a big film that was watched by many people all around the world (or so my Dad told me). I haven’t seen it personally but apparently I looked pretty mean in it sometimes.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Toronto Bans Sale of Cats and Dogs in Stores

In a victory for dogs and cats everywhere, pet stores in Toronto will no longer be able to sell dogs and cats, as the Toronto city council voted to crack down "puppy mills" that have been supplying the dogs and cats to these stores. The city council in Toronto voted this week to close a loophole that made it possible for the unlawful puppy mill breeders to sell the animals they raise through local pet stores. Good for Toronto! Now if we can only get cities in the United States to follow suit!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Video: Cat Waits For Owner At Train Station

A cat in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, has gained fame for routinely dropping off and picking up Nicole Weinrich as she returns home from work. Train Cat has arrived.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Purrfect House for Cats

Does it make sense to design homes to cater to the enjoyment of cat and dog pet owners? Several design firms are grabbing the pet-friendly home idea by the tail and running with it. The demand is there, at least in Japan, claims Fauna Plus DeSIGN and its director, Keiji Hirose, a firm known for designing a custom home for 16 cats. The heart of the home features a cat-climbing tree that serves as a spiral staircase leading up to a catwalk on the second floor of the unit.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bill Would Require St. Louis Dogs and Cats to Be Sterilized

A bill under consideration in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen could make St. Louis one of the most restrictive cities in the nation when it comes to owning cats and dogs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Video: Parrot Saves Man From Intruders

A Fort Smith man says he survived an early morning home invasion Monday thanks to his pet bird, Charlie. “He goes everywhere with me,” said Jack Dukes, pet owner. Dukes says the pet macaw saved his life.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Help Stamp Out Extinction With The Postal Service

A Save Vanishing Species semi-postal stamp featuring the Amur tiger club will be issued on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The stamp will sell for 55 cents each or $11 for a sheet of 20 stamps. Net proceeds from the sales will go to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to support its Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

Monday, September 19, 2011

12 New Frog Species Discovered

Years of combing tropical mountain forests, shining flashlights under rocks and listening for croaks in the night have paid off for a team of Indian scientists which has discovered 12 new frog species plus three others thought to have been extinct.

Friday, September 16, 2011

San Francisco Explores Bird Safe Buildings

Legislation in San Francisco designed to prevent birds from deadly accidents involving high-rise windows has passed a Board of Supervisors committee and will be presented to the full board.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Colorado Cat Found in Manhattan 5 Years Later

A calico cat named Willow, who disappeared from a home near the Rocky Mountains five years ago, was found Wednesday on a Manhattan street and will soon be returned to a family in which two of the three kids and one of the two dogs may remember her.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Poisonous Rhino's Deter Poachers in South Africa

Last year, radioactive boars frustrated hunters in Germany. This year poisonous rhinoceroses are discouraging poachers in South Africa. Like the boars, the rhinos are not a product of nature, but a result of human actions. In this case though, the toxic treatment was intentional.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rescued Orangutan Quits Smoking

Shirley the orangutan is going cold turkey after Malaysian wildlife officials banned her from smoking cigarettes. Shirley was rescued by the authorities who thought she was living in unacceptable conditions at a state-run zoo last week.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Google Invests in Pig Poop Power

Google seeks to meet its carbon neutrality goal the same way Tina Turner powered the Thunderdrome in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdrome. Pig excrement. Google recently invested in a system that turns methane from pig waste into energy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Jack the Cat Goes Missing at JFK

Karen Pascoe left for Kennedy International Airport two weeks ago ready to make a fresh start. After 22 years in New York City, she was moving to San Jose, Calif., to take a job at a software design company. Naturally, her two cats, Jack and Barry, would be going with her.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dolphins Talk Like Humans

Dolphins "talk" to each other, using the same process to make their high-pitched sounds as humans, according to a new analysis of results from a 1970s experiment. The findings mean dolphins don't actually whistle as has been long thought, but instead rely on vibrations of tissues in their nasal cavities that are analogous to our vocal cords.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Drunk Elk Rescued from Apple Tree

A drunken elk desperate for just one more mouthful of fermenting apples lost its balance in the attempt, leaving it stuck in an apple tree in western Sweden.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Villagers Capture Giant One-Ton Crocodile

Villagers in the Philippines have captured a one-ton crocodile they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park. Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot male crocodile along a stream in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province after a three-week hunt.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hero Cowboy Lassoes 2 Dogs to Safety From Canal

A farmworker who says he learned how to lasso 30 years ago while working on a cattle ranch in Mexico still knows his ropes. Jesus Villanueva was working Wednesday when he heard a disturbance along the Roza irrigation canal.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Rescue Dogs of 9/11: The Unsung Heroes

She was a 3-year-old golden-haired beauty when she got the call to respond to her first disaster. Now, stiffer, slower and a bit gray, 13-year-old Bretagne is one of just a handful of World Trade Center rescue dogs still alive.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Video: Rare Footage Of African Golden Cat

One of Africa's "most elusive" animals has been recorded by scientists, and shared in what may be the only publicly released video, according to CNN.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Video: Duckling Eats Pizza

Is pizza part of his natural diet? Probably not. But that doesn't make this duckling's unmitigated love for junk food any less adorable.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Video: Orangutans Use an iPad

Orangutans are now embracing the wonderment of the Apple iPad at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The idea to involve primates in touch-screen technology originally started out as an April Fool's Day joke, Milwuakee Zoo's iPad Enrichment Coordinator Scott Engel explained to MSNBC.