Month: March 2021

19-Pound Tuxedo Cat, Missing for a Month, Saved After Being Trapped in Neighbor’s Chimney

A portly tuxedo cat was found living while lodged in the chimney of a neighbor’s house at the conclusion of a Washington state woman’s month-long search for her missing pet.

Caitlyn Wertenberger, of Union Gap, Washington, found her 19-pound cat Piper stuck in the fireplace damper of a nearby house after a 28-day search-and-rescue campaign that involved posting flyers and knocking on doors around her neighborhood, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV. Weeks into the search, the new occupants of a nearby house that had been vacant when the search began heard meowing but could not identify the source. After one

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Ant invasion: How pets become pests

The European fire ant, Myrmica rubra, is one of the invasive ant species in Ontario. They are known for their painful sting. Credit: Jon Sanders, Author provided

When I was a teenager, I volunteered in the rainforest exhibit at an aquarium. A few times a week, we’d get a phone call from someone looking to donate a pet that they could no longer care for. Mostly turtles and frogs. The occasional parrot. Once, a retired dancer wanted to find a new home for two boa constrictors that had been part of her act.

But the aquarium could not take all

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Pet chickens are providing emotional support during covid

Somewhere between Iowa and Morrill’s home in Cockeysville, Md., was a box containing the 16 live chicks she ordered. The young chickens were going to be the inaugural members of Morrill’s backyard flock — that is, if they survived the trip.

The agonizing wait was only the beginning of Morrill’s foray into chicken rearing. Over the year, she would experience the joys and perils of raising a flock at home. Although the birds became a source of emotional support and respite from pandemic stressors, protecting them from dangers such as predators has at times felt like an impossible task.


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‘Recovery isn’t a straight line’

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker Ryan Fischer, who was shot in the chest when the star’s two French Bulldogs were stolen on Feb. 24, is sharing a health update on his rocky road to recovery.

Fischer reveals on social media that he was released from the hospital, where he had been an ICU patient, only to have a major setback. His lung wasn’t healing properly and collapsed, leading him to be readmitted less than a week later. He’s since had surgery to “remove portions of my lung,” as it wasn’t healing on its own, and he’s now recovering from

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These dog and cat foods are being recalled over salmonella

PSA to pet owners: Check your furball’s food bowl ASAP. 

Evansville, Indiana-based Midwestern Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of dozens of dog and cat foods which are believed to possibly be contaminated with the bacteria salmonella, the company announced on March 26, according to a Food and Drug Administration alert.  

While no human or pet illnesses have been reported to date regarding the recalled products, which were distributed to stores and online retailers nationwide, Pet Foods is requesting all potential product buyers to check the lot code information on the back of product bags as a precaution.


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WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

GENEVA — A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press.

The findings offer little new insight into how the virus first emerged and leave many questions unanswered. But the report does provide more detail on the reasoning behind the researchers’ conclusions.

The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis — a speculative theory that was promoted

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