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It’s a girl for the Fort Worth Zoo! The public can vote for her name.

By Vetstreet Jul 12, 2013 2:38PM

An Asian elephant calf was born to 40-year-old mom Rasha in the early morning hours of Sun., July 7. The newborn, who is Rasha’s second offspring, is 330 pounds and 38 inches tall and has quickly bonded with her mom.

A female Asian elephant calf was born on July 7 at the Fort Worth Zoo. / Fort Worth ZooShe’s spending some time out on exhibit as she gets used to her surroundings. And now, she needs a name. You can cast your vote on the zoo’s Facebook page.


Helicopter patrols issue warnings over PA system

By Associated_Press Jul 11, 2013 7:49PM

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two large sharks have been seen within 15 feet of surfers off the Southern California coast.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Wednesday that one of its helicopters patrolling over Manhattan Beach spotted the sharks, each about 6 feet long, Tuesday.

The surfers were warned via the helicopter's PA system and quickly paddled away.File photo of a great white shark (Image Source/Rex Features); Still of Terry Yamamoto of the Los Angeles County Fire Department discussing the recent shark sightings off El Porto near Manhattan Beach, CA (KABC, http://aka.ms/El-Porto-shark)


Practice lets long-term patients reunite with furry family members.

By Vetstreet Jul 11, 2013 7:19PM

Despite strict legal and medical restrictions, Healing Paws at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Florida is one of a growing number of dog visitation programs around the country.

The Healing Paws program, which launched in May, allows long-term pediatric patients to reunite with their family pets in a designated area near the hospital’s entrance.

The Healing Paws program reunites longterm pediatric patients with their family pets. / Wolfson Children's Hospital / Healing PawsWhile therapy dogs create a memorable event with their visit and can distract young patients from their troubles, a visit from a familiar pet has a calming and reassuring effect, according to Emily Patterson, an animal welfare scientist of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Felines may have been destined for Vietnamese tables.

By Associated_Press Jul 11, 2013 4:10PM

BANGKOK (AP) —  Thai police say they have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed had been headed to Vietnam.

Thai police declined to say what fate they had rescued the felines from, but cats are considered a delicacy in their intended destination.

90 cats rescued near Thai border / Ocean/Corbis Police Col. Sakchai Sadmaroeng said Thursday his men stopped a pickup truck at a checkpoint Thursday and found six plastic cages full of cats in northeastern Nakhon Phanom province. The driver was arrested and faces charges including animal cruelty and illegal transportation of animals.


Kitty freed from dashboard is the latest of several such incidents.

By Vetstreet Jul 11, 2013 2:46PM

What is it about summer and animals getting stuck in cars? First there was this little guy who survived a 1,000-mile ride in a car's engine. Then this pup got himself stuck in an engine during a ride in South Florida. 

It took mechanics two hours to free this kitten from a car's dashboard. / My Fox DetroitOn a hot day in Southfield, Mich., John Norwood was stopped at a traffic light when he noticed a tiny gray kitten in the middle of the road. Knowing the kitten was in danger, Norwood decided to pick it up and take it to a shelter.

But once inside the car, the weeks-old kitten crawled up under the dashboard and disappeared.


Researchers find link to some mental illness.

By Vetstreet Jul 10, 2013 5:07PM

After reviewing previous studies on Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that can be found in cat feces, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Maryland says that it could be a significant public health problem that's more widespread than previously thought.

Cat in a litter box. Cat parasites more dangerous than previously thought / Vstock LLC/Getty Images


While most U.S. dogs have their origins in Europe, a handful of breeds haver American roots.

By Vetstreet Jul 10, 2013 3:46PM

DNA analysis shows that Alaskan dogs like the Inuit sled dogs, the Eskimo dog and the Greenland dog, all of which hail from Alaska and nearby areas, are the only canines with purely American roots.

All-American dog breeds are from Alaska / File photo of greenland puppies (Janet Foster/Getty Images) These breeds are “all equally American,” said Peter Savolainen, co-author of the study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


Minor league baseball team pays tribute to popular golden retriever.

By Vetstreet Jul 10, 2013 2:27PM

He might have been in the minor league, but Chase, a golden retriever, had a major-league impact in his 13 years. The dog, who served for 10 years as bat boy for the New York Yankees AA team, the Trenton Thunder of New Jersey, died on Monday after suffering from cancer and arthritis.

Chase the bat-dog helped the Trenton Thunder for 10 years before adoring crowds. / Trenton ThunderMSN Living: 20 hottest dog breeds

Fortunately, the team got the chance to see Chase off in style when they held a retirement party for him during Friday night’s game. They showed the crowd a 4-minute tribute video of Chase’s big moments, including a trip to Yankee Stadium, and handed out Chase bobbleheads to the first 2,000 fans to arrive at the game.

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