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Mama duck wouldn't leave her babies' side.

By Vetstreet Jun 21, 2013 2:43PM

When Bill Coburn was passing by a parking lot at Columbus State Community College in Ohio on Tuesday morning, he noticed an agitated looking duck hovering over a storm drain.

Photo: Photo: A mama duck and her ducklings waddle off after getting help from Columbus State Community College's police. / ABC News

As Coburn got closer, he heard cheeping, and realized that seven of the duck's babies had fallen through the grate and were trapped inside. He called campus police for help — and the call was heard by the school's media relations team, who brought a video camera along.


'Sex and the City' star has a soft spot for pachyderms.

By Vetstreet Jun 20, 2013 3:46PM

Kristin Davis, the "Sex and the City" actress and animal activist, has a new baby girl — an elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.

Photo: Actress Kristin Davis with Ajuba, the baby elephant she adopted. / Twitter / KristinDavisDavis tweeted a photo of her new little one, Ajuba, on Tuesday, and encouraged her followers to sponsor animals at the trust, too.


Feline adds orphaned dog to her litter of 4 kittens.

By Vetstreet Jun 20, 2013 2:51PM

Last week, when someone brought a 1-day-old pit-bull puppy to the Cleveland Animal Protective League without his mother, the staff and veterinarian knew they were in for a challenge.

Photo: Noland, a Pit Bull puppy, snuggles up to his feline mom with one of his littermates. / Twitter / Cleveland APLThey turned to Lurlene, a new mother cat at the shelter — and she and her four kittens took the puppy in, no questions asked.

Noland spends about nine hours a day with his adoptive mom, nursing and sleeping with his siblings. Then, a team member takes him home for the night to bottle feed and monitor him.


Fascinating findings are revealed in annual State of U.S. Pet Travel study.

With summer travel season in full swing, DogVacay.com, the leading online home dog-boarding and pet-services community, today released its inaugural survey on the State of Pet Travel in the U.S. The survey provides a comprehensive look at the challenges pet owners face when traveling.

Whether people travel with their pets in tow or leave them behind, the survey reveals several surprising results.


Get ready: The 25th annual contest will take place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif.

By Vetstreet Jun 19, 2013 5:35PM

The winner of the World's Ugliest Dog contest takes home a $1,500 cash prize — and the promise that his or her photo will show up in media outlets all over the world.

Photo: Mugly, a Chinese-Crested from England, won the title in 2012. / APThe "homegrown" contest has "accelerated beyond anyone's wildest imaginings," said organizer Vicki DeArmon. Between 25 and 30 dogs are expected in the contest.


Calf brings hope amid wildfire.

By Vetstreet Jun 19, 2013 2:40PM

Smokey, a rare white buffalo, was born at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado early Saturday morning — a bright end to a week of devastating wildfires.

The popular theme park and tourist attraction suffered "catastrophic" damage from the Royal Gorge Fire, which has burned more than 3,200 acres.

Photo: Rare white buffalo / Courtesy of Tracy Bandera "The park's wildlife park has a small herd of buffalo, elk, and bighorn sheep," public relations manager Peggy Gair told the Huffington Post. "All miraculously survived the fire that swept through the park and across the Royal Gorge."


Salmonella was found in products.

By Vetstreet Jun 19, 2013 2:28PM

Natura Pet issued a massive recall Tuesday of all of its pet food made more than a week ago, after the FDA found salmonella in one of its products.

Photo: Natura ad (courtesy of Natura Pet) A single positive test for a contaminant usually leads to a limited recall, but the company has chosen to recall all Innova, California Natural, EVO, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma branded dry pet food and treats with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.


Feline rescued from under the hood of a Honda Fit.

By Vetstreet Jun 18, 2013 4:27PM

Last week we told you about another kitty stowaway. This week, a 3-week-old gray kitten thought that the engine of a Honda Fit was a good place to find warmth in Oregon – until the car’s owner drove it for two days on a 1,000-mile trip south to Santa Barbara, Calif.

Photo: Love the kitten is recovering after a 1,000-mile ride in the engine of a Honda Fit. / ABC NewsLate last week, the owner heard meowing and stopped several times, even calling animal control along the way to try to find a kitten under the car’s hood, but no one could find it. Julia Di Sieno, executive director and co-founder of Animal Rescue Team Inc., arrived at the scene and called a tow truck so she’d be able to see under the car.

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