Click here to learn more.
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
March 21, 2013: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rescued a 3- to 4-month-old polar bear cub near Point Lay, Alaska, after his mom was killed by hunters. The cub, named Kali (pronounced cully), which is the native word for the closest village to the spot where he was found, has become a temporary resident at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. The zoo’s staff is bottle-feeding the 18-pound cub, who’s adjusting well. While the zoo is happy to have little Kali in its care for now, he won’t be living there permanently because it already has two adult polar bear residents. The FWS and the Zoological Association of America will be looking for a permanent home for him. But for now, Kali seems content to drink his bottles and romp around with his teddy bear. The cub “eats, sleeps and plays just like any baby of any species," says Patrick Lampi, the zoo’s director. — Read it at Today and watch video at AP via USA Today
While it’s still more common for a pet to be owned by a family, a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association finds that pet ownership among people who’ve never married, or are separated or divorced, has jumped more than 16 percent to nearly 55 percent. The increase was particularly strong among those who’d been divorced, separated or widowed, and ownership by single men climbed nearly 28 percent from 2006 to 2011. Despite those positive trends, the AVMA’s survey also found that one in four pet owners didn’t visit their veterinarian in 2011, which it considered cause for concern.— Read it at Supermarket News
A new study might reveal the roots of cooperation in humans. While researchers already knew that chimps work together, scientists at the Warwick Business School in the U.K. have found “the first evidence that one of our closest primate relatives, the chimpanzees, not only intentionally coordinate actions with each other, but that they even understand the necessity to help a partner performing her role," said study leader Alicia Melis. In an experiment, they found that when one of a pair of chimps had two tools, the chimp would choose the right tool for the task and hand it over to help his partner. The results were published in the journal Biology Letters.— Read it at Discovery News
The 10-foot marine animal held up traffic on a busy street in Brazil for 90 minutes on Saturday as it tried to cross at a crosswalk. The elephant seal, estimated to weigh half a ton, attracted a huge crowd as police and firefighters splashed water on it because they were worried that it would become dehydrated. No one is sure why the seal decided to make the journey, but it eventually made a safe return to the Atlantic on its own. — Watch it at the U.K.'s Daily Mail
Montie could have had a shot at getting on the Broadway stage as the backup cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which opened last night. But the black-and-white kitty wasn’t interested in following directions on stage, so he’s out of a job. “While there are others who are joining the production as understudies and covers, Montie will remain at the theater indefinitely,” said the production’s publicist, Rick Miramontez. That’s because his owner trains cats for the show.— Read it at The New York Times
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
Raju, a 50-year-old elephant who had
lived his whole life in chains, celebrated
his first year of freedom by eating…
Want your dog to be a welcome guest at
the RV park? Follow our simple guide to
being safe, clean and considerate.
In honor of Shark Week, we rounded up a
few things we bet you don't know about
these mysterious creatures.
From the strong-willed Tibetan Mastiff to
the tenacious Jack Russell Terrier, these
dogs tend to have minds of…
Our cats and dogs are celebrating
Independence Day with these adorable
outfits, catnip pillows and much more.
Your pet’s health could be at risk if you believe these misconceptions, like “home remedies” that are actually…
The versatile American Shorthair came to the New World alongside pilgrims, sailors and adventurers.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.