Sam Ji

This Website Creates Photos of Cats That Don’t Really Exist

You want to know my favorite thing about the internet? There’s an endless supply of cat photos! Cat photos immediately boost my mood; I have such affection for the furry little critters that simply seeing one makes me feel better. They don’t even have to be doing anything! That combination of big, green eyes, a little pink nose, and whiskers is all it takes to put a smile on my face. I guess I just enjoy knowing they exist. Even if they’re cats I’ll never know personally.

That’s why I have super complicated feelings about a website I just

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Mystery canine illness identified as animal coronavirus

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An outbreak of vomiting among dogs has been traced back to a type of animal coronavirus by researchers.


Vets across the country began reporting cases of acute onset prolific vomiting in 2019/20.

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNet) at the University of Liverpool asked vets for help in collecting data, with 1,258 case questionnaires from vets and owners plus 95 clinical samples from 71 .

Based on this data, a team from the universities of Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester and Bristol identified the as most likely to be a variant of canine enteric

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U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing

LONDON — Missing: Darius, with long floppy ears and measuring a record-breaking 4 feet. Last seen in rabbit hutch in Stoulton, England.

Police said they were hunting one of the world’s largest rabbits, if not the largest, which went missing over the weekend.

“We are appealing for information following the theft of an award-winning rabbit from its home in Stoulton, Worcestershire,” West Mercia Police said in statement on Monday. “The rabbit is quite unique in the fact it is 4ft in size.”

Darius, who became a 2010 Guinness world record holder for his huge length, was stolen from

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The Bay Area went crazy for pandemic pets. What happens when we go back to work?

Pepper is a very good dog. He’s rambunctious, but knows how to chill. He’s also a border collie and Australian shepherd mix, so he’ll occasionally try to herd his adoptive parents, Lloyd Brown and Alex Brandenberg, when they’re in the kitchen. And during the pandemic, he’s been a nice distraction from the stresses of the world.

Brown and Brandenberg adopted Pepper last July, a few months into shelter-in-place. They’d just moved into a new building in Oakland and had been talking about adopting a dog for a while. The plan was not to get a very young dog, but they … read more

You have varied opinions on the identity of this mystery cat

When we asked for your help identifying a cat that an Alabama reader caught on camera, we figured that we’d hear more than a few opinions. Bangor Daily News readers love their mystery beasts, after all, and love to guess which species is showing up on video or in a still photo.

This time around, though, we seem to have less than a consensus. Some thought the critter is a hybrid house cat of some sort. Others thought it was a wild animal running loose. And at least one reader said they wish we’d stop wasting their time with

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Bird feeders being blamed for salmonella spread

A house finch eats a seed from a table in Genoa last summer.

Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

 

Bird feeders have offered residents stuck at home due to the coronavirus an opportunity to commune with nature.

However, those feeders have also prompted warning from health and wildlife officials after finches have been found sick or dead from salmonellosis.

“Since December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation centers have been inundated with calls from residents who are finding sick or dead finches at bird feeders,” according to a notice issued last week by Alpine County Health Officer

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