Monday, October 31, 2011

Blind Doggie Has Guide Dog as Best Friend

Life has been ruff for blind Great Dane Lily who has been looking for a new home since July. But the adorable pooch needs a new owner with a heart big enough to take on her and her guide dog Maddison. The pair have been furm friends for five years, ever since Lily lost her eyes to an incurable condition which caused her eyelashes to grow into her eyeballs.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mountain Lion Sighted in Washington DC

A mountain lion was allegedly sighted last week in the northern end of Glover-Archbold Park, according to a posting on Cleveland Park's online message board.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Culture in Humans and Apes Has Same Evolutionary Roots

Culture is not a trait that is unique to humans. By studying orangutan populations, a team of researchers headed by anthropologist Michael Krützen from the University of Zurich has demonstrated that great apes also have the ability to learn socially and pass them down through a great many generations.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Six Exotic Animals Saved from Ohio Tragedy

A young grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys rescued this week from a backyard farm are adjusting to their new homes at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Video: Red Pandas Can't Stop Kissing

We all know the feeling. You've just started a relationship and the butterflies take over. No matter where you are, you can't seem to keep your hands off each other, despite the judgmental looks and demands to "Get a room!" Surprisingly enough, it seems like these two pandas at a Japanese zoo know the feeling.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Video: Albino Cyclops Shark

The 'Cyclops shark' that went viral on the net a few months ago appears to be a legitimate one-eyed dusky shark fetus, according to LiveScience and numerous other media reports.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Video: Two-Headed Snake Shocks Wildlife Experts

When Paul Carver saw what looked like a baby king snake crawling around in the backyard of his Clarksville, TN, home, he did a slight double take. But he was twice as shocked when he saw it had two heads.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Amazing Images of Animal Eyes Close-Up

We've seen our share of super-magnified awesome images, but sometimes a good old-fashioned camera close-up can blow your mind. There's also something to be said for the awe-inspiring beauty of nature.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Roselle Named Hero Dog of the Year

Roselle, a dog who guided her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was named American Hero Dog of 2011 at the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Monday, October 17, 2011

German Zoo Powered By Elephant Poo

Elephants are actually helping to keep the lights on at the Munich Zoo. The zoo's resident Indian elephants are providing 'Elephant Energy' by creating power generated from their dung. This is achieved by harnessing what the Munich Zoo is referring to as "poo power" -- energy stored in animal waste -- which can be converted into a fuel known as "biogas."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Surfer Stands on Great White Shark Instead of Board

Surfer Doug Niblack of Oregon had the ride of his life recently when he wound up standing on top of a thrashing great white shark instead of his surf board, reports the Associated Press.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Video: Deaf Black Lab Fetched By Dog Friend

Teamwork has never been more adorable. Benson, a cute black lab, is hearing impaired, so when it's time to come inside after playing in the yard, his buddy Buffy has to fetch him.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cat Leads Rescuer To Her Kittens

After being thrown from a car in the city of March, England, Jolie, a young black cat, was fed and nursed back to health by a good samaritan, who then called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Ely Weekly News reported.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Starving Dog Survives Jump From Third Story Window

Demonstrating the remarkable spirit of animals, a starving dog left in an abandoned apartment for two months jumped from a third-story window in a desparate attempt to find food. Amazingly, the tenacious dog survived the fall and even helped rescue a puppy still locked inside.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

California Shark Fin Ban Signed Into Law

Shark fin soup will disappear from the Golden State's menu in January 2013 under legislation signed into law on Friday by California Governor Jerry Brown. Strongly supported by environmentalists, the bill bans the sale, purchase or possession of the ocean-going predator's fins. But restaurants can continue to serve any existing stock of shark fin until 2013.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Video: Baby Elephant Seals Hug Photographer

Charlie Bird, a nature photographer, traveled to Antarctica to take in the wonders of the cold continent. On his travels he met a pair of enormous baby elephant seals that wanted to cuddle. After watching this video, I am glad to see than the seals ultimately chose to roll off of him after they were done cuddling!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Video: Border Collie Playing Basketball

You may remember Petey the Border Collie as the dog who could totally kick your butt at volleyball, but he's got more than one trick up his sleeve. Apparently on days when he's not showing everyone up on the volleyball court, he suits up in a jersey and booties and shoots some hoops with his lady friend. Don't believe us? Check out the video below.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

West Hollywood Set to Ban the Sale of Fur

Taking a stand for animal rights over fashion, the tiny, tony municipality of West Hollywood is poised to become the first U.S. city to ban the sale of fur clothing within its boundaries. The five-member City Council voted unanimously on September 20 to give tentative approval to the ban, and the panel is expected to officially adopt the measure at a meeting next Monday.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Video: Doggies Donate Blood to Help Fellow Canines

Sure, blood transfusions are critical for humans. But they can also help dogs heal -- and not just in the command sort of way. Advances in veterinary medicine are making it possible for man's best friend to become canine blood donors and save the lives of their other four-legged friends, KFSN reports.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Senior Dog Rules at Annual Surf Dog Contest

More than 4,000 spectators came to see the 80 surfing pooches hang-ten this last weekend at the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon held at Del Mar Dog Beach in Southern California. Benefitting the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the event raised more than $100,000 for orphaned animals and animal welfare programs at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.