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  • Un-Baaahlievable! Overgrown Sheep Gets Record-Breaking Haircut 6 Oct 2015 | 2:23 pm

    Un-Baaahlievable! Overgrown Sheep Gets Record-Breaking HaircutAn enormously overgrown sheep that spent years in the wild and was saddled with so much wool that it could barely walk underwent a lifesaving "haircut" last month that removed more than 90 lbs. (41 kilograms) of fleece. Now, the animal affectionately known as Chris the Sheep has set a new Guinness World Records for having the most wool removed in a single shearing. Named by the wandering hiker who discovered him, the Merino sheep was then rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), a community-based charity that works to prevent animal cruelty.

  • Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs 5 Oct 2015 | 9:04 pm

    DiLorenzo leaves flowers at a memorial outside Umpqua Community College in RoseburgBy Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - Students still shaken from the deadly mass shooting at an Oregon community college days ago were welcomed back to campus Monday by grief counselors, comfort dogs and words of encouragement from faculty, but classes remained canceled through the week. The White House later in the day said President Barack Obama, who spoke out forcefully in favor of stricter gun control measures after the massacre, planned to visit Roseburg on Friday to meet privately with families of the victims. Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich, a Republican and self-described supporter of gun rights in the former timber community 180 miles (300 km) south of Portland, said he welcomed the Democratic president to visit when the White House called on Monday to ask whether Obama should make the trip.

  • Tracking Cats from Space: Satellites Estimate Feral Ranges 5 Oct 2015 | 8:12 am

    How far feral cats roam can now be estimated from space, a new study finds. This matters because feral cats (domesticated cats that live in the wild) are major predators for native birds and small mammals the world over. But feral cats are hard to control, because they behave very differently depending on where they live, said Andrew Bengsen, a research scientist in the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Vertebrate Pest Research Unit in Australia, and lead author of the new study.

  • See the Adorable Baby Koala the Australia Zoo Named After Dancing's Derek Hough 4 Oct 2015 | 6:20 pm

    See the Adorable Baby Koala the Australia Zoo Named After Dancing's Derek HoughDancing with the Stars just got an adorable new fan. A baby koala bear that was recently born at the Australia Zoo has been named after pro Derek Hough, in honor of his Season 21 partnership with Bindi Irwin. The Australia Zoo was founded by Bindi's grandparents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, in 1970, and is ... Read More > This article, See the Adorable Baby Koala the Australia Zoo Named After Dancing 's Derek Hough, originally appeared on

  • CBS Renews Zoo for Season 2 2 Oct 2015 | 2:10 pm

    CBS Renews Zoo for Season 2The war between man and cuddly cats will continue! CBS has renewed Zoo , (one of) its wacky science-fictiony summer series, for a second season of animal attacks, tainted pet food, global conspiracies, and telepathic dogs. CBS says Zoo was the most-watched scripted summer series of 2015, which means either we all need to rethink our priorities or we need some new scripted summer series. Zoo is an adaptation of the James Patterson novel of the same name, depicting what would happen if animals stopped playing nice and started being REAL. As in, coordinated attacks on human beings from bats, rats, cats, and more! James Wolk stars as a studly animal expert named Jackson Oz, seriously. As far as the rest of the network's summer programming goes, CBS recently canceled Under the Dome (we're still SUPER sad), but has not made a decision on Extant . The politicians-as-aliens drama BrainDead has been ordered for next summer, as has a new edition of Big Brother . Are you ready for more animal-attack mayhem?

  • Big gulp: feeding strategy of blue whales revealed 2 Oct 2015 | 1:09 pm

    A blue whale surfaces to breathe in an undated picture from NOAABy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth and perhaps the biggest that ever lived, so it is no surprise it has a huge appetite. But the strategies this behemoth uses to get enough food has not been well understood - until now. Scientists said on Friday a study of blue whales off California's coast that used tags to track their movements and their prey, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans called krill, showed these marine mammals are not indiscriminate grazers as long thought. ...

  • Caregivers For Sick Pets Also Deserve Respite From Stress 2 Oct 2015 | 12:19 am

    DEAR ABBY: Our family dog recently passed away after a year-long decline. I had grown up with him. He had reached the point where he needed daily care for his body, even though his mind was 100 percent there. Near the end, things got very bad. I got only about four hours of broken sleep a night caring for him, and no one in the family would help me. During part of his daily care routine, he had a second accident all over the freshly cleaned floor. I lost it and hit him.He's gone now, and I can barely live with myself. When I think about it, I get nauseated and dry-heave. ...

  • CBS Renews Summer Drama 'Zoo' for Season 2 1 Oct 2015 | 11:00 pm

    A decision on the future of Halle Berry series 'Extant' is still being discussed.

  • US adds two macaws to endangered species list 1 Oct 2015 | 1:21 pm

    A great green macaw (Ara Ambigua) perches on a branch on June 3, 2010 at Zoo Ave, in Costa RicaPoaching and habitat loss have landed the military macaw and the great green macaw, two birds typically found in Central and South America, on the US endangered species list, officials said Thursday. The listing "ensures that US citizens and individuals subject to the jurisdiction of the United States do not contribute to the further decline of these species," said the FWS statement. The military macaw is found in tropical forests in Mexico and South America.

  • Animal loving celebrities fete 35 years of PETA 1 Oct 2015 | 10:38 am

    Celebrities Pamela Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix and Anjelica Huston helped mark PETA’s, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 35th anniversary celebration on Wednesday at an event recognizing those who have championed animal rights. "Animals are really important," long-time animal rights activist Anderson said on the red carpet. "They are just as important as humans and this world wasn't  just made for humans, it's not a civilized society because humans came into the picture. ...