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Escaped pet ferret climbs into bed with surprised stranger

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(UPI) A ferret that escaped from his owner's home in England was found early the next morning when he wandered into a stranger's home and climbed into bed with a resident.

Lisa Marie Buckley said her family's 18-month-old ferret, Thomas, escaped from their home in the village of Ince on Saturday night, leading her to post about the pet's ...Read more

How to stop your dog from begging at the table

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If you sit down to dinner and your dog tries to get in on the action, you're not alone. It's hard to resist sharing your meal with your dog when he looks up at you with those eyes, but begging at the table can quickly become a problem.

To help owners teach their dog to kick the bad habit, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips ...Read more

Watch: Annual dog surfing contest in California goes virtual

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(UPI) An annual competition for surfing dogs in California went virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic, replacing the in-person contest with videos of canines riding waves around the world.

The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, which normally is help each September at Del Mar Dog Beach in De Mar, instead was held virtually this year, with the owners of surfing...Read more

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Minnesota's new police dog can help sniff out electronic evidence in sexual predator cases

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MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota state authorities have unleashed a four-legged investigator specifically trained to sniff out digital electronics commonly used by sexual predators to exploit children and others.

K-9 Sota, a black British Labrador, was introduced to the public last week by the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) as the first law ...Read more

Watch: Bridge inspection crew rescues stranded dog

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(UPI) A bridge inspection crew in Mississippi came to the rescue of a dog they spotted perched on a ledge about 120 feet over the Mississippi River.

The inspection crew for design firm Stantec was assessing the bridge in Natchez for the Mississippi Department of Transportation when they spotted the dog stranded on a ledge below the roadway.

A ...Read more

Watch: Man confronts mountain lion outside California home

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(UPI) A California man who spotted what he initially thought was a German shepherd in his yard ended up chasing a mountain lion that was stalking some nearby kids.

Timothy Kerisk said he went outside his Pacifica home to look for his cat when he spotted a much larger animal next to his fence.

"I thought it was a German Shepherd at first, I was...Read more

Curious puppy rescued from backyard drain cover

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(UPI) Firefighters in Pennsylvania came to the rescue of a puppy who went wandering in her owner's back yard and ended up with her head stuck through the middle of a drain lid.

The Palmer Municipal Fire Department said a crew responded to the home Sunday when the owners called to report the curious puppy's head was stuck through the middle of a...Read more

How to keep your dog safe from Lyme disease

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Lyme disease is an illness that affects both animals and humans - a "zoonotic" disease - and is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is carried and transmitted primarily by...Read more

Wildlife officials: Tennessee 'tiger' likely a native bobcat

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(UPI) Wildlife officials in Tennessee said they now believe reports of a tiger on the loose in the Knoxville area are the result of mistaken identity.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the latest in a string of reports of a loose tiger wandering the Knoxville area took place this week in the Kingsport area.

An officer arrived at the...Read more

How to shop for pet insurance

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One happy consequence of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders last spring was that animal shelters were emptied by rescuers seeking companionship. Hopefully, it all worked out well for the pets and their new owners. But since this is a personal finance column, it’s also important to note the financial responsibility that comes with pet ...Read more

Black panther reported on the loose near Spanish village

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(UPI) Police in Spain were using helicopters and thermal imaging cameras to search the area around a village where residents reported sightings of a black panther on the loose.

The Guardia Civil said searches were underway Tuesday in Venta de Huelma, Granada, to locate and identify the animal, which first was spotted in the area Friday.

Venta ...Read more

911 call captures off-duty deputy spotting possible loose tiger

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(UPI) A 911 recording has captured an off-duty deputy reporting a tiger on the loose in East Knox County, Tenn., but several agencies haven't been able to find the elusive cat.

Sheriff's patrol units, Animal Control, Air Watch, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tiger Haven, a big cat rescue in Roane County, have joined forces to ...Read more

Getting kids involved in training the family dog

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Kids have been known to ask their parents for a dog repeatedly, and after hearing the question a million times, you might consider adding a four-legged friend to your household. Having a pet at home is extremely beneficial to kids, especially when it comes to teaching them responsibility. A great way to do that is involving kids in training. ...Read more

Missing New Hampshire serval found, back at home

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(UPI) A pet serval that went missing in New Hampshire this week has been found and returned to its owners, police said Saturday.

On Wednesday the Merrimack Police Department alerted the public that a 40-pound serval named Spartacus had gone missing from his home.

Police Capt. Matthew Tarleton told the Boston Globe that Dean King, Spartacus' ...Read more

Four-legged critters get assist during fire

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SAN DIEGO - Sherry Moland spent part of Wednesday afternoon at Iron Oak Canyon Ranch in Spring Valley, Calif., with her adopted 8-year-old horse, Whisper, tending to the horse's physical and emotional needs.

As Moland put salve on the horse's hooves, stroked her mane and fed her some fresh hay in the hazy sunshine off Campo Road, she said her ...Read more

Authorities investigating loose tiger sightings in Tennessee

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(UPI) Authorities in Tennessee said they are investigating multiple sightings of a tiger seen wandering loose in the Knoxville area.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said a deputy reported seeing a tiger Wednesday night in Knoxville's Forks of the River Industrial Park.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said it received reports of tiger ...Read more

Four-legged critters get assist during fire

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SAN DIEGO - Sherry Moland spent part of Wednesday afternoon at Iron Oak Canyon Ranch in Spring Valley, Calif., with her adopted 8-year-old horse, Whisper, tending to the horse's physical and emotional needs.

As Moland put salve on the horse's hooves, stroked her mane and fed her some fresh hay in the hazy sunshine off Campo Road, she said her ...Read more

Escaped cat found after four days of hiding in airport

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(UPI) Wildlife rescuers were summoned to an airport in India to help capture a cat that escaped from its carrier during a flight and eluded security for four days.

Wildlife SOS, a non-profit animal rescue and rehabilitation group based in Delhi, said Astha Shah flew from Bengaluru to Delhi with her two cats, and airline personnel discovered ...Read more

How to help your dog cope with end-of-summer changes

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Back-to-school time looks a little different for most families this year. But whether kids are going back to classes, doing distance learning from home, or adults are returning to the office full time, schedule changes can be stressful for dogs.

The sudden switch from long summer days of playing with the kids to being alone in the house for ...Read more

Watch: Firefighters rescue kitten stuck inside 5-gallon water jug

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(UPI) Firefighters in Indonesia came to the rescue of a kitten found trapped inside a large water jug, with only its head sticking out from the opening.

The West Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency said residents found the 5-gallon jug with the kitten inside and brought it to the fire station in Cengkareng.

The kitten had apparently squeezed into ...Read more