Vetstreet Newsflash - Tuesday, September 20

Emmy Winner Thanks His Dog Sitter

Spouses, agents, writers, directors, costars. The list of people to thank in an awards acceptance speech is famously endless. But Peter Dinklage, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his role in Game of Thrones, thanked the person who helped him be available to accept: Kitty, the sitter who was at home taking care of his dog, Kevin. (Don’t worry, he also thanked his wife.) — Read it at People Pets

Chatting With Flipper?

We know that dolphins can follow human prompts for rewards. But would a dolphin take the initiative to try to communicate with a human? A marine mammal behaviorist hopes to start a two-way conversation. — Read it at The New York Times

Lion being fed milk
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King of the Cute

Who could resist this face? So sweet and cuddly — for now. A vet feeds a newborn lion milk from a bottle at a zoo in Honduras. — See more photos from Huffington Post

Not Tonight, Deer

A new birth control vaccine for white-tailed deer not only works as a contraceptive but also curbs mating behavior, which drives males to chase after female deer — even across highways and into the paths of cars. The belief is that the vaccine could help reduce the number of automobile-deer collisions in the fall. It could also be used on household pets and farm animals to cut down on wandering, aggression and scent-marking. — Read it at Science Daily

SeaWorld Defends Itself in Trainer’s Death

A federal hearing in the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau during a killer whale show at SeaWorld began in Orlando, Fla., this week. Brancheau was pulled into a pool and drowned by Tilikum, a 12,000-pound whale with “known aggressive tendencies.” A SeaWorld spokeswoman called OSHA’s allegations “completely baseless.” — Read it at CNN

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