We recently got up close and personal with some creepy crawlies thanks to Hollywood bug wrangler and entomologist Steven Kutcher. Steven's worked on over one hundred films, TV shows and commercials, including movies like "Arachnophobia" and "The Exorcist II".
Steven had some great bug tricks to show us: from a praying mantis that waves, to a bug pulling a cart, and even some lady bugs getting some exercise. And did you know bugs have an artistic side? Steven even paints with bugs by putting paint on their feet. You can check out his bug art website here.
- Babble.com | Animal Nation | Tue, Aug 28, 2012 1:41 PM EDT | Comments
Hairless cats and dogs seem ideal: no shedding, no fleas, low maintenance, no allergies, right? Not exactly. It turns out that some hairless pets, like the Sphynx cat, are actually higher-maintenance than their furry counterparts. Without a coat of fur to keep them warm and protect them from the elements, some breeds of hairless dogs and cats are more prone to skin problems. Not to mention, they are going to need a doggie jacket to keep them warm in the winter. Beyond the care requirements and allergy issues, there's also the issue of whether you truly want a hairless pet. Snuggling and petting will obviously feel different. And then there's the real question: are these animals adorably elf-like, or hideously rat-like? I seem to be wavering between the two. Check out these photos, and you be the judge. - By Joslyn Gray
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- Babble.com | Animal Nation | Wed, Aug 29, 2012 2:05 PM EDT | CommentsSeven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, the impact of the storm is still being felt. One organization that's still dealing with the aftermath is the Louisiana SPCA.
Post-Katrina New Orleans is overrun by wild dogs
"In the end, over 600,000 animals were killed or stranded because of Hurricane Katrina," reports Wendi Jonassen in The Atlantic. The surviving strays made homes in abandoned houses and under porches. Today, there are still sections of New Orleans that remain abandoned, now overrun with weeds and wild dogs.
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There simply aren't enough people to adopt all these dogs. Louisiana Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) is taking multiple approaches to solving the problem.
"We employ every initiative possible to find an adoptable animal a home, but because of the pet overpopulation problem of our community we do have to euthanize adoptable animals due to space," LA-SPCA spokesperson Katherine LeBlanc t...Read More »
- Bon Appétit Magazine | Animal Nation | Mon, Aug 27, 2012 5:11 PM EDT | Comments
By Elizabeth Stamp, Architectural Digest
A portfolio of stylish rooms and the treasured pets who inhabit them.
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- Sarah D. Bunting, Pets Editor | Animal Nation | Fri, Aug 24, 2012 8:53 AM EDT | Comments
Left in a box at a shelter in Fredericton, NB (Canada) last December, Tiny weighed over 30 pounds. Since then, he's lost more than 10 pounds - an entire other cat! - and he's nearing his goal weight. We talked to the Fredericton (NB) SPCA's Director of Education and Training, LeeAnn Haggerty, about Tiny's health, how readers can slim down their own pets, and the party he's got planned when he's finally half the cat he used to be....Read More »
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