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Goodall: Treatment of chimps 'must change.'

By Vetstreet Jun 12, 2013 2:44PM

Animal activists are hailing a move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give captive chimpanzees the same protections under the Endangered Species Act as their wild cousins. Currently, chimps in captivity are listed as threatened.

Photo: Under the new proposal, chimps in captivity would get the same protections as those in the wild. / The Jane Goodall InstitueThe proposal would make it more difficult to use the animals in medical research, requiring a special permit.

 

The prehistoric reptile has a moniker fit for a 'Lizard King.'

By Vetstreet Jun 11, 2013 2:53PM

Scientists have named a newly discovered prehistoric lizard after Jim Morrison, the late rock star from The Doors.

Photo: Jim Morrison / Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The Barbaturex morrisoni weighed 60 pounds and would grow to up to 6 feet in length.

"I was listening to The Doors quite a bit during the research,” said Jason Head of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. “Some of their musical imagery includes reptiles and ancient places, and Jim Morrison was of course the 'Lizard King,' so it all kind of came together."

 

Deputies in Florida come to its aid.

By Vetstreet Jun 11, 2013 2:37PM

Two sheriff’s deputies were on patrol in Big Pine Key, Fla., on Saturday night when they spotted a Key deer with an empty Doritos bag on its head and stopped to help.

Photo: Two sheriff's deputies came to the aid of this Key deer in Florida. / Joshua Gordon, Monroe County Sheriff's OfficeDeputy Becky Herrin said the deer stood calmly while she and Deputy Joshua Gordon approached, and allowed them to remove the bag before it ran off.

"It must have wanted that last chip in the bottom of the bag," Herrin said.

 

Cancer patient living out his final days in hospice care has a joyous reunion with his pooch.

By Vetstreet Jun 10, 2013 3:12PM

John Simpson, a Vietnam veteran with pancreatic cancer, moved to hospice to live out his final days, but he had to leave his dog, Mr. Cutie, behind.

Last Sunday, the dog escaped the backyard of Simpson’s home — the day after visiting him in hospice.

Photo: John Simpson is reunited with his dog Cutie / Fox 13"I really think he was looking for John," said Ann Marie Gemmel, the neighbor who has been checking on the dog.

Simpson, who described Mr. Cutie as the “spark of his life,” had one wish: to see his beloved dog again. Luckily, Missy Figueroa found the dog and posted pictures of him to FidoFinder.

 

Calf is reunited with its mother after being swept away by current.

By Vetstreet Jun 7, 2013 2:49PM

One little Montana moose is lucky Dr. Karen Sciascia of Red Hill, Pa., was out on a fishing tour of the Big Hole River earlier this week.

Photo: Four Rivers Fishing Co., AP / Doctor rescues mooseWith her Four Rivers Fishing Co. guide Seth McLean, Sciascia noticed a cow moose and her calf having difficulty crossing a spot on the river where a turbulent current was created by two channels.

The baby moose was unable to follow its mother onto the river bank and was swept away by the current. Luckily, Sciascia and McLean were watching.

 

Care paid for by donations.

By Vetstreet Jun 6, 2013 4:45PM

Kabang, a shepherd mix from the Philippines, is healing after doctors attempted to replace the snout she lost while saving two girls from an oncoming motorcycle.

hoto: Kabang, with her caregiver Dawn Gillette, as she is released from the from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California on June 3 (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)The dog captured the hearts of people around the world when her story went viral, and donations flooded in to pay for her past eight months of medical care in the U.S.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that doctors would replace Kabang's snout. Unfortunately, it was not possible to reconstruct her nose. After being treated for heartworm and cancer, she is on her way home to the Philippines.

 

Another hero dog — this one in Thailand — is also enjoying international fame.

By Vetstreet Jun 6, 2013 2:50PM

When Pui spotted the white plastic bag, he took it in his mouth, brought it home and barked as loud as he could. The owner’s 12-year-old niece came to see what the fuss was about and looked in the bag, discovering a newborn baby girl.

Photo: Pui the dog / Courtesy of Khaosod Online

 

They're askew and out of focus, but a set of photos taken by a talented Russian ape have sold for a hefty sum.

By Associated_Press Jun 6, 2013 2:48PM

LONDON (AP) — The blurry images of Moscow's Red Square by simian snapper Mikki were part of a sale of Russian photography at Sotheby's in London.

Photo of Mikko taken by artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid; Mikki’s photos of Red Square (Courtesy of Sotheby's)

 
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