NOT the bear in question. That we know of. (David Crombie Photography)

Bear Settles In For A Nap On Home’s Lawn After Gorging On 20 Pounds Of Dog Food He Stole From A Garage

We’ve all had that feeling before: You’ve just chowed down on an epic meal, and your belly is painfully full. There’s nothing better when your stomach is groaning than passing out for a good, long nap, right? One homeowner in Florida was nonetheless shocked to see a black bear doing just that on her lawn, after the animal stole a 20-pound bag of dog food from the garage and tucked in for a big meal. [More]

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Now Available At Petco: One Long-Tailed Grass Lizard Skeleton For Only $9.99

Are you in the market for a new pet, one that doesn’t require much maintenance or care? Or perhaps, one that requires absolutely nothing from you? You’re in luck: One Petco appears to have a long tailed grass lizard skeleton available in its store tank, for the low price of just $9.99. [More]

Rudy's family (center) and the Delta employee and pet detective who helped find the cat.

Hairless Cat Missing In Atlanta Airport Found Alive And Safe

We are delighted to share a story with a happy ending regarding a pet flying in cargo. Specifically, Rudy the hairless cat, who was shipped on Delta Airlines from Seattle to Florida to join his new family. Rudy escaped from his crate somewhere at Delta’s Atlanta hub on Thursday, and was found earlier today. [More]

4 Children Who Visited Dairy Festival Now Sick From E. Coli

4 Children Who Visited Dairy Festival Now Sick From E. Coli

When you visit animals at a fair or a petting zoo, there are usually hand-washing or hand sanitizer stations at every entrance and exit. There’s a very good reason why these exist. That’s been proven in Washington state, where a handful of first-graders are sick from E. coli, a potentially dangerous pathogen that’s transmitted in, um, poop. [More]

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Delta Letting Some Customers Pay To Track Their Pets’ Whereabouts During Cargo Transport

Generally it’s pretty easy to keep tabs on your loved ones when traveling, that is unless they have four legs and can’t fit under the airline seat in front of you. In that case, you’re left to worry about whether or not they made it from the drop-off area at the airport to the plane’s cargo hold before the flight. In an attempt to ease some of the worries passengers face when traveling with their beloved pets, Delta Air Lines has introduced a GPS pet-tracking device. [More]

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“Stressed Out” Badger Prevents Staff And Guests From Entering, Leaving Luxury Hotel

Guests and staff at a luxury hotel in Stockholm found themselves at the whim of one erratic badger, whose aggressive stance kept anyone from either entering or leaving the place for some time this morning. Want to pick up your bags or go through those revolving doors? Nope. Much like his honey-loving cousin, hotel badger does not care what you want. [More]

Hotel Employs Adoptable Dogs As Greeters, Finds Them Homes

Hotel Employs Adoptable Dogs As Greeters, Finds Them Homes

A couple visiting Asheville, North Carolina were hanging out in the hotel bar when they approached a petite young lady and invited her to come home with them. No, this story isn’t quite what it sounds like: that young lady was a four-year-old homeless dog wearing an “Adopt Me” vest, and at this particular hotel, dogs available for adoption greet guests and even mingle with bar patrons. [More]

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9 Things You Need To Know From Frontline Investigation Of Antibiotics & Animals

Last night, PBS’ Frontline aired a report on the huge amount of antibiotics that farmers pump into animal feed and the effects that this practice has on the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of Americans and make millions more sick every year. [More]

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FDA: Use Of Vital Human Antibiotics In Animals Increased 16% In 3 Years

Even as a growing number of people — from consumers to scientists to physicians — expressed concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, a new FDA report shows that farmers continued adding more drugs to their animals’ diets, and that almost every one of those antibiotics was purchased and administered without a prescription. [More]

This elephant is not dead. (Mike Matney Photography)

There’s A Dead Elephant Buried At This Dead Mall

Someday in the far future, the fortunes of suburban Detroit might improve, and someone will redevelop the site of Summit Place Mall in Waterford, Michigan. When that happens, the new owners may excavate the site and wonder what the skeleton of an elephant is doing in suburban Detroit. That will be a very good question. [More]

Deer Wanders Into Frozen Yogurt Shop, Does $5,000 In Damage

Deer Wanders Into Frozen Yogurt Shop, Does $5,000 In Damage

Frozen yogurt is currently quite trendy, but we didn’t know that word had spread to wildlife. Yet a deer psuhed through the swinging door of a Peachwave shop in New Jersey last month and had an exciting romp, doing $5,000 in damage to the shop as it freaked out that its hooves couldn’t get any traction on the shiny floor. [More]

Fake Service Animals Hurt Real Disabled People, Store Carpets

Fake Service Animals Hurt Real Disabled People, Store Carpets

No matter now much you wish you could bring your pet everywhere, it’s not cool to pass your dog off as a service animal in order to do so. The problem is that impersonating a service dog is very easy to do, thanks to the privacy rules that are part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. [More]

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Safari Park Asks Visitors Not To Wear Animal Prints Because They’re Scaring The Animals

People make some pretty terrifying choices in the name of fashion — have you seen how high high heels can actually get? — and for the animals residing a British safari attraction, those scary ensembles include fake animal prints. And in this case, it’s the actual animals people are scaring. [More]

Case Of Bud Light Comes With Free Dead Snake

Case Of Bud Light Comes With Free Dead Snake

Getting something extra in your case of beer sounds pretty appealing…but maybe not when that extra something is a dead snake. It’s not clear how a small snake ended up inside an 18-pack of Bud Light, but the customer who bought it decided not to take any chances. He won’t drink it, mostly because of the dead-snake stench. [More]

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Family Orders Toy Table From Overstock.com, Gets Free Rat Instead

A family near Houston claims that they ordered a toy wooden table from Overstock.com, and received a box with what appears to be a mummified rat in it instead.  They contacted a local TV news station…presumably only after they were done screaming. [More]

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Last week, a skunk bit a visitor on the foot at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. That’s scary enough. Skunks don’t usually run around chomping on people, though, so the animal was captured, euthanized, and tested for rabies. It tested positive. Now officials want the public to know that if a skunk bit them while they were at the park, to contact their health care provider. [CBS Boston]

Bear Is In The Mood For German Food, Walks Off With Restaurant’s Dumpster

Bear Is In The Mood For German Food, Walks Off With Restaurant’s Dumpster

The German restaurant Edelweiss in Colorado Springs, Colorado isn’t a takeout place, but don’t tell that to the bear who decided that their dumpster made a suitable takeout container. A surveillance camera caught the critter pushing the trash receptacle out of frame. Being a bear, this was about as easy for her as it would be for a human to push around a fully loaded shopping cart. [More]

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English Grocery Store Offers Venison Special: Severed Deer Head At Checkout

You can encounter the weirdest stuff at the grocery store in the wee hours of the morning, but you probably haven’t seen anything weirder than what turned up in the self-checkout aisle of one of UK grocer Tesco’s stores at 1:30 in the morning: the severed head of a deer. [More]