Pet Scoop: Cat Purrs Could Work to Calm Humans, Florida Lifts Ban on Dyeing Animals

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Could Owning a Cat Save Your Life?

It’s all in the cat’s meow. New research from a 10-year study conducted at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Center found that kitty owners were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-cat owners. And that familiar, contented purr may be the reason. The purr is believed to be a cat’s calming mechanism — and it could be calming to owners, too. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune

Galapagos Discovery: New Spotted Shark Species

The newest known species of shark — one of 200 species identified in the last six years — inhabits the ocean floor off the Galapagos Islands. The chocolate-brown Bythaelurus giddingsi is only about the size of a house cat, and the shark has a mild-mannered nature. — Read it at Discovery News

Chimps Abide By Their Own Police Officers

Anthropologists say that chimpanzees have their own version of cops who keep the peace within a group. Respected, high-ranking male and female chimps impartially intervene in conflicts to resolve problems. — Read it at Science Daily

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It's Now Legal to Dye Animals in Florida

If you’re looking for a pink Easter bunny in the Sunshine State, you may be in luck. The state legislature has approved the repeal of a 45-year-old ban on artificially dyeing animals — and it now goes to the governor for a signature. The senator who proposed the repeal was pushing for the rights of groomers who compete, but an opponent said the ban was in place so "we don't have a lot of adorable ducks, rabbits and chickens that are given away at Easter . . . then 2 or 3 or 4 months later nobody wants them.” — Read it at the Huffington Post

Cute Baby Lemur Gets a Lift From Mom

A lemur born in January got a ride on her mom’s back at the Saint Louis Zoo. She’s part of an endangered lemur species, the Coquerel's sifaka, that's only found in Madagascar. — See the photos at Today

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