Jeremy Thompson

Famous Flamingo Dead After Busch Gardens Visitor Attacks Birds

A longtime animal resident of Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL died yesterday. Pinky the flamingo was 19 years old, and if you noticed her while visiting the theme park, it was because she would sometimes perform her own special dance, stomping her webbed feet and spinning in a circle. The tourist attacked two flamingoes, injuring Pinky badly enough that she was euthanized. [More]

Matt Biddulph

No More Petting Lion Cubs At South African Wildlife Park

If you were hoping for a South African vacation that includes petting some adorable baby wild cats, you’ll have to change those plans: tourists will be barred from touching the animals at a suburban wildlife park in Johannesburg, after “going out of fashion” due to negative publicity. [More]

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

Goat On The Loose Stops For A Snack At Starbucks

It’s all good and great if you’re in need of a caffeine fix and you happen to possess hands and a human voice for ordering food and beverages, but despite having neither of those things, a goat in California managed to break free from her home and make her way to her local Starbucks in search of a snack. [More]

Man Caught On Camera In Pet Store Shoving Python Down Pants

Man Caught On Camera In Pet Store Shoving Python Down Pants

A few years ago, we brought you a story about a pet store thief removing two puppies from a pet store by shoving them down his pants. Last week in Portland, OR, a pet store’s surveillance cameras caught a man on camera who used this method to conceal a pricey python and walk out of the store unnoticed. [More]

Cat Gets Loose On Delta Air Lines Flight, Tries To Realize Dream Of Being A Flight Attendant

Cat Gets Loose On Delta Air Lines Flight, Tries To Realize Dream Of Being A Flight Attendant

Traveling can be a mundane, routine task: print off your boarding pass, check your bags, walk through security, sit at your gate, board, and takeoff. But a recent Delta Air Lines flight had the exciting bonus of an escaped feline roaming around the aircraft. [More]

Hasbro’s Latest Venture Brings Toy Cats To Life To Be Companions To The Elderly

Hasbro’s Latest Venture Brings Toy Cats To Life To Be Companions To The Elderly

If you’re still searching for the purr-fect gift for your grandparents (or other elderly loved ones) and think they might enjoy a little four-legged company, without the hassle of scooping kitty litter, then you might be the perfect candidate for Hasbro’s new line of “companion pets.”  [More]

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Microchipping Pets Doesn’t Always Ensure Their Return

When a pet goes missing, the owners might post “Lost” fliers, call their local animal shelters, or simply look up the animal’s microchip in hopes of finding them. While the last option is used more and more, some owners say the way in which the microchip system works is flawed, leaving people with little hope of finding their pets.  [More]

A family says Delta Air Lines failed to secure the cage their cat was in during transport, leading the animal to escape.

Family Claims Delta Air Lines Lost Cat At San Diego Airport

Over the past several years, Delta Air Lines has been at the center of numerous tragic stories of regarding pet transports. Now, a family who was flying their cat on the airline from San Diego to Baltimore is hoping their tale of loss ends on a happy note. [More]

Delta Air Lines Bans Shipments Of Big Game Trophies

Delta Air Lines Bans Shipments Of Big Game Trophies

UPDATE: United Airlines and American Airlines have also announced bans on shipping the “big five” of wild animal trophies as freight. [More]

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.

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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.

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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]

Frontline

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]

(Photo: Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation)

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]