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Talkin' Pets News

January 20, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services - Roan Mountain, TN

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Hvaldimir, a 14-foot beluga whale, escaped captivity and became a global celebrity. Speculating about his origin, experts said he'd clearly spent time in captivity, and several said at the time that he'd most likely escaped from the nearby Russian Navy.

The military conscription of a beluga whale might sound like a conceit plucked from less-than-convincing spy fiction. But it's actually a well-documented practice.

There are thought to be well over 300 belugas in captivity in these and other countries. Beluga death rates are higher in captivity than they are in the wild. While belugas live up to 60 years in the wild, in captivity they very often die before the age of 30 and sometimes much earlier.

Global population estimates range between 150,000 and 200,000 beluga whales, and the IUCN estimates 136,000 mature individuals (not counting young). Whether their numbers are stable, increasing, or decreasing is currently unknown.

Arctic natives still subsistence hunt belugas for food and other raw materials. This practice is an important part of their culture, but there is some concern that the current harvest may be too high for the population to withstand. The annual harvest is about 200 to 550 in Alaska and about 1,000 in Canada.

Beluga whales whistle, chirp, click and squeak—earning the moniker “canaries of the sea.” In the United States, these small, white whales can only be seen in Alaska. Of the five populations of belugas in Alaska, the Cook Inlet beluga population is the smallest and the only population that is endangered.


A Chicago artist posted a photo of a rat-shaped hole in the ground, and it ended up going so viral that it helped him pay his rent. Winslow Dumaine posted the photo — which shows an imprint in the ground shaped like a rodent — on X on January 7. The silhouette of the rodent was missing a limb and was filled with water.

"Had to make a.pilgrimage to the Chicago Rat Hole," Dumaine wrote in the post, which has since garnered 5 million views and over 136,000 likes. According to his website, Dumaine is an artist, writer, and comedian whose work focuses on "pain, grief, trauma, and recovery." On the website, he sells tarot card decks and prints with his original illustrations.

The 32-year-old told Business Insider in an email that a friend had told him to "keep an eye out for the rat hole" while walking together in Roscoe Village. The quaint neighborhood is about 7 miles northwest of Downtown Chicago. "When I saw the rat hole on the ground, it hit me like a body blow — I immediately laughed very hard," Dumaine said.

"You could show this to someone in China, France, or 1000 AD Rome, and they'd all know what happened. It was a piece of the universal thread that binds us all — animals, misfortune, and evidence," he added. The hole can be found near 1918 W Roscoe Street 4047, according to the local outlet Block Club Chicago.


Advancing the development of stem cell therapies for pets is the driving force behind a recently completed funding round.

Biotechnology company, Gallant Therapeutics, has announced the conclusion of its Series A financing, securing over $15 million. The financing round aims to enable Gallant to accelerate the development of its pipeline of allogeneic stem cell therapeutics, focusing on achieving the conditional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its therapeutic candidate targeting feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), a deadly disease with a high unmet medical need.

“We have made unprecedented progress this past year, hitting significant clinical, regulatory, and manufacturing milestones,” says Linda Black, DVM, Ph.D., CEO of Gallant Therapeutics. “This investment allows us to leverage our early-stage successes, extending beyond FCGS, to bring a diverse range of therapies to the broader pet market.”

Beyond FCGS, the company is also developing solutions that target osteoarthritis (OA), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and atopic dermatitis—all chronic diseases with a high burden of care in dogs and cats.


National Natural Park Serranía de Manacacías became Colombia’s 61th national protected area. The new park spans 168,476 acres (68,180 hectares), an area nearly four times the size of Washington D.C., and safeguards an essential wildlife corridor that connects the Orinoquia, the second largest tropical savanna in the continent, and the Amazon, the largest river basin and rainforest on Earth. 

The area includes six unique ecosystems that were not previously represented in the National Protected Area System and are home to unparalleled biodiversity, including a quarter of all the bird species known to live in Colombia.

“Manacacías has twice as many bird species as any other river basin in the Orinoquia,” said Tomas Walschburger, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Colombia’s senior scientist, noting that Colombia boasts the longest bird list of any country and ranks second in butterfly diversity, with two new species discovered in Manacacías recently. 

In fact, Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, home to an estimated 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. As such, it plays a vital role in the conservation efforts established to meet the global goal of protecting and conserving at least 30% of the planet’s land, sea and freshwater habitats by the year 2030, commonly referred to as  “30x30.”  The creation of the country’s 61st national park is a critical step toward meeting this target and demonstrates how nations can act on their global commitments to biodiversity protection.

TNC is proud to support the formal protection of this incredibly biodiverse area in partnership with Colombia's National Parks Agency (PNN), the Institute of Investigation of Biological Resources Alexander von Humboldt, the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia, WCS Colombia, WWF, the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the La Macarena Special Management Area (Cormacarena), and the Alliance for the Conservation of Biodiversity, Territory and Culture.

Thanks to the support of the Wyss Foundation and Art into Acres through Re:wild, TNC supported the Government of Colombia with the creation of the new park in this incredibly diverse and globally important ecosystem, while safeguarding the Orinoquia culture. 


The “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef,” a unique exhibition and thought-provoking fusion of science, conservation, mathematics, and art, is on display in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. By engaging local communities to crochet coral reefs, the exhibition celebrates the reefs' beautiful diversity and speaks to the urgent need to protect these vanishing ecosystems. Created and curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim at the Institute For Figuring. Climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, invasive species, and pollution threaten the very existence of coral reefs around the world. Nancy Knowlton, the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the museum and the Smithsonian’s science advisor for the exhibition, has focused much of her research on these endangered ecosystems. “The reefs that I studied 35 years ago have largely vanished, and most reefs may well be gone by the end of the century, or sooner if nothing is done to protect them,” said Knowlton. “This project is a stark reminder that if trends continue, an exhibition like this may someday be the only way for people to experience the beauty of coral reefs.” Shocked by the accelerating demise of corals around the globe, the Wertheims took action, deciding to tell the story of coral reefs—their beauty and the threats they face—through crochet.

As the name suggests, the “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” also incorporates the world of mathematics. Throughout the ocean, the diverse forms of kelps, corals, and sea slugs are variations of a geometric form known as hyperbolic space. Mathematicians had long believed this type of geometry was impossible to represent physically, even though it has existed within nature for hundreds of millions of years. Finally, Cornell University’s Daina Taimina realized that models of hyperbolic space could be created using crochet—a discovery that astonished the mathematical world. The Wertheims, inspired by the Great Barrier Reef in their native Queensland, Australia, harnessed this discovery and started crocheting a coral reef. For the past five years, they have been working with communities all over the world to build a global network of crochet reefs that has become an ongoing collective experiment. Since the project began, satellite reefs have been created in Chicago; New York; London; Dublin; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sydney; and Riga, Latvia. The participation of such a vast variety of communities has created a collection of crocheted corals as distinctive and diverse as their living counterparts. 

“Wooliness and wetness aren’t exactly two concepts that you would initially pair together, but now this project reaches across five continents and has roots that extend into the fields of mathematics, marine biology, feminine handicraft and environmental activism,” said co-creator Margaret Wertheim. “It’s taken on a viral dimension of its own, and in a beautiful way the development of the project parallels the evolution of life on Earth.” The Smithsonian Community Reef, the satellite of the global Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. The Smithsonian Community Reef boasts more than 200 participants from the Washington, D.C., area, including Maryland and Virginia, and at least 15 other states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington and as well as Spain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom and promises to be one of the largest community reefs ever produced. A portion of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is on display at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum The Smithsonian Community Reef is made possible through the support of the Quiksilver Foundation, the Embassy of Australia, and the Coral Reef Alliance.


University Products LLC, a pioneer in animal vaccine solutions, is helping to tackle the escalating threat of bovine anaplasmosis in South Dakota and beyond during recent unseasonable weather. The changing climate conditions have extended the lifespan of disease-spreading insects like ticks and biting flies, posing a significant risk to cattle herds. And a recent discovery of anaplasmosis near Woonsocket, South Dakota, highlights the urgent need to protect herds now from this costly endemic infection.

Across the U.S., ranchers face a variety of unprecedented challenges due to severe vector shifts. But among the diseases posing the most serious threat to herds is bovine anaplasmosis, caused by the bacteria, Anaplasma marginale. The bacteria attack red blood cells, resulting in early signs such as fever, anemia, weakness, and loss of appetite.

As the disease progresses, it can lead to worse symptoms like jaundice, incoordination, and even death. Anaplasmosis can also increase the risk of abortions, while infecting whole herds – resulting in catastrophic costs to ranchers and the cattle industry. Gene Luther, a researcher at University Products, emphasized the importance of intervention as key to winning the fight:

"Anaplasmosis devastates cattle herds quickly and quietly. Often, the disease spreads rapidly before ranchers are even aware. It's sometimes challenging to diagnose, especially with other concurrent cattle diseases like Babesia, and Theileria, which share similar symptoms. So ranchers must recognize anaplasmosis signs immediately and involve their veterinarians to stay ahead of this."

"Transmission primarily occurs through ticks, biting flies, and contaminated equipment like shared vaccine or antibiotic needles," explained researchers. "Producers have to implement effective preventive strategies early, with proper management and vaccination, to reduce the risk of anaplasmosis. Our vaccine is a well-tested tool." With limited treatment options available for anaplasmosis, pharmaceutical use remains another key issue – especially with recent FDA crackdowns on the use of animal antibiotics. Researchers emphasizes the need for responsible antimicrobial use, ensuring the long-term effectiveness of these products:

"Veterinarians tell ranchers this often, but it's absolutely worth repeating. You cannot rely on antibiotics over and over again to protect herds from these bacterial diseases. It just leads to more resistant strains down the road. And while judicious use of antimicrobials to combat active anaplasmosis outbreaks makes sense in the short term, prevention is much more cost effective overall." The major message to cattle producers is clear: "Diligence and vigilance are our best defenses against anaplasmosis. By working closely with your vets, implementing biosecurity measures like fly and tick prevention programs, and vaccinating bulls as a preventative, ranchers can better protect from this persistent threat."

University Products produces the only vaccine (for experimental use) against anaplasmosis. For more information on University Products' bovine vaccines and assistance with obtaining doses for cattle in South Dakota and elsewhere, please contact University Products directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ELIAS Animal Health, a leading companion animal cancer therapeutics company, today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Veterinary Biologics has determined that the data from the company's ECI-OSA-04 pivotal combined safety and efficacy study demonstrated a reasonable expectation of efficacy, a critical milestone in the licensure pathway. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of two and represents a significant unmet medical need in veterinary medicine.

This two-arm field safety and efficacy study (n=100) is one of the largest clinical trials conducted in canine cancer and the first of its kind to evaluate a state-of-the-art adoptive cell therapy as a treatment for cancer in dogs. The ELIAS Cancer Immunotherapy (ECI®) works by conditioning the immune system to recognize a patient's unique cancer, and then delivering an army of activated killer T cells to specifically target and attack those cancer cells.

"We are thrilled to achieve this important milestone with our first cancer product," said Tammie Wahaus, CEO of ELIAS Animal Health. "I want to thank the pet owners who enrolled their dogs in the ECI-OSA-04 study, the veterinarians for their perseverance to complete the study during a pandemic, and my team for their tireless dedication. We are excited to bring this advanced personalized medicine to the veterinary market and provide a new tool in the fight against cancer."

Prior to commercial launch, which is expected later in 2024, ECI® will continue to be available as an experimental biologic for veterinary use under ELIAS's existing 9 CFR 103.3 authorization as the company finalizes the remaining regulatory actions to secure a first-in-class Autologous Prescription Product license.

The company plans to raise a $10 million Series A to support manufacturing expansion, commercial launch of the ECI® product, and continued development of its product pipeline: including a novel oncolytic immunotherapy, a pilot study combining ECI® with a conditionally approved checkpoint inhibitor, and a pilot study evaluating its adoptive cell therapy in large breed dogs using a sophisticated surgical technique to avoid amputation.

Learn more about ECI® at


Guinness World Records said Tuesday that its oldest dog title was under formal review and that applications to be named the oldest dog living and the oldest dog ever were suspended pending the outcome.

"A formal review into the oldest dog record is taking place, which involves GWR reviewing evidence we have on file, seeking new evidence, [and] reaching out to experts and those linked to the original application," Amanda Marcus, a spokesperson, said in a statement Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported the review was launched after veterinarians questioned the age of the Portuguese dog that held the title. Bobi was reportedly 31 years old when he died last year.

Bobi was announced as the world’s oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever last February. 

The veterinarians said the common life expectancy for Bobi's Rafeiro do Alentejo breed is 10 to 14 years, according to AP.

In December, Wired magazine reported that Bobi's age had no independent or government verification beyond his owner's word.

In May, Bobi's owner, Leonel Costa, said the dog's mother had lived to age 18, according to the AP. Bobi's final age of 31 would have been unimaginable in another era, Costa said at the time.

"Bobi is one of a kind," he said.

After Bobi's death, a 23-year-old Chihuahua named Spike became the oldest living dog, according to GWR, the self-proclaimed "ultimate authority in record-breaking achievements."

"No action has been taken in relation to any record holders yet, any actions are to be determined by the outcome of the review," said Marcus of Guinness World Records.

Costa did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Morris Animal Foundation announced its selection of 10 new grants dedicated to enhancing the well-being of domesticated horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.  "We are excited to fund these research proposals that will advance equid health," said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Chief Program Officer at Morris Animal Foundation. "Through these grants, we aim to elevate the quality of life, ensuring a brighter, healthier future for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules."

The grant awardees are:

  • Claire Ricci-Bonot, University of LincoIn, United Kingdom; "An Exploration of the Nature of Separation-Related Problems in the Horse." Researchers will use survey tools to learn more about separation anxiety in horses, including its different forms and situational triggers.
  • Angela Gaesser, University of Pennsylvania; "What Role Does Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Pathway Play in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Equine Osteoarthritis." Researchers will study if a signaling pathway contributes to the progression of osteoarthritis and if a novel treatment targeting this pathway can help affected horses.
  • Edward J. Knowles, Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom; "Insights into the Pathogenesis of Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Plasma Amino Acid and Acylcarnitine Profiles in Ponies with Insulin Dysregulation." Researchers will learn more about insulin resistance and laminitis in horses and develop cost-effective tools to monitor these patients better.
  • Serena Ceriotti, Auburn University; "Effect of Omeprazole Treatment on the Pharmacokinetics of Orally Administered Flunixin Meglumine in Adult Horses: A Pilot Study." Researchers will study the anti-ulcer drug omeprazole, often prescribed with the NSAID flunixin meglumine and its impact on the latter drug's ability to reduce pain in horses effectively.
  • Izabela de Assis Rocha, University of Kentucky; "Investigation of the Immunopathogenesis of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis." Researchers will study why a small percentage of horses infected with the causative parasite Sarcocystis neurona are afflicted with a severe neurological disease called equine protozoal myeloencephalitis while other infected horses are unaffected.
  • Sriveny Dangoudoubiyam, Purdue University; "Determining the Role of Dense Granule Protein, SnGRA9, in Sarcocystis neurona Infection." Researchers will study how a protein helps the parasite Sarcocystis neurona grow and reproduce in infected horses.
  • Breanna Sheahan, North Carolina State University; "Identifying CFTR Inhibition as a Treatment for Equine Diarrhea Using an In Vitro Patient-Derived Organoid Platform." Researchers will use an organoid platform, a 3D cell culture, to study a potential new treatment for severe diarrhea in horses.
  • Kristen Conn, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; "Understanding the Chromatin Regulation of Lytic Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV1) Gene Expression." Researchers will work to understand better how EHV1 causes disease and use this information to inform the development of improved treatments.
  • Carrie J. Finno, University of California, Davis; "Unraveling the Genetic Etiology of Equine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy in Quarter Horses and Warmbloods." Researchers will search for causative genes associated with a common neurological disease in horses called equine neuroaxonal dystrophy/degenerative myeloencephalopathy or eNAD/EDM.
  • Thilo Pfau, University of Calgary, Canada; "A Team-Based Approach to Monitoring Gait Symmetry: Hoof Care Providers, Horse Owners and Veterinarians Working Toward Prevention of Lameness." Researchers will partner with hoof care providers, veterinarians and owners to evaluate the feasibility of using video technology to monitor horse gait changes.


Together, the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets contain more than 99 percent of freshwater ice on Earth. If they both completely melted, they would raise sea level by an estimated 67.4 meters (223 feet). Long-term satellite data indicate that through most of the twentieth century, the ice sheets made very little contribution to sea level, and were nearly in balance in annual snowfall gain and ice or meltwater loss. However, the stability of the ice sheets has changed considerably in the twenty-first century.

Ice Sheets Today offers the latest satellite data and scientific analyses on surface melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the Northern Hemisphere and Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Southern Hemisphere. Surface melt on each ice sheet results from a combination of daily weather conditions and the amount of solar energy absorbed by its snow and ice. Air temperatures, pressures, and winds drive weather conditions. The quality of snow, its grain size and color, also influence melt. Soot, wildfire ash, and other surface dust darken the snow’s surface and increase solar energy absorption. The extent and duration of this surface melting is an indicator of changing climate and other conditions. It is a major component of the waning of Earth's ice sheets. 

The Greenland Ice Sheet melt season typically lasts from April 1 to November 1. The Antarctic Ice Sheet melt season typically lasts from November 1 to April 1. 

Ice Sheets Today is produced by NSIDC and funded by NASA as part of the ASINA program.


One of the most venomous snakes in the world was recently found in a shocking hiding spot: a young boy’s underwear drawer.

The 3-year-old boy’s mother discovered the five-foot-long eastern brown snake inside her son’s drawer earlier this year in Australia after going “to get some clothes for her son,” according to Mark Pelley, known professionally as “The Snake Hunter.”

Footage shared by Pelley on Facebook shows him rummaging through the bureau before locating the brown snake inside the top drawer on the right-hand side.

The snake can be seen coiled up in the back corner of the drawer on top of some colorful underwear.

“There it is!” Pelley exclaimed in the clip as he spotted the brown snake, later adding, “That’s not something you see every day.”

In the clip, the boy’s mother can be heard asking, “How could he have gotten in?” 

She later realized the snake had crawled into a pile of folded laundry as she was taking clothes off her clothesline, according to the caption of Pelley’s post.

Little did the mother know, the bundle of clothes contained the second-most venomous snake in the world.

“That’s impressive, isn’t it?” Pelley said in the clip, shortly after locating the snake. Brown snakes can be found from northern Queensland to South Australia in the eastern portion of the country, according to the Australian Museum.

These snakes “have caused more than half” of all serious snake bites in Australia over the last few decades, according to the University of Melbourne. In the same period, more than 60% of snake bite deaths in Australia have been caused by brown snakes.

In most fatal cases, victims collapse between 30 minutes and an hour after a brown snake bite as their cardiovascular system collapses, per the university.


A barking dog is being hailed as a hero in Hawaii.

On Monday, the Honolulu Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a missing hiker on the Lanipo trail in Kaimuki, Oahu according to a release.

When the 17-person search and rescue team arrived in the mountainous area the noisy pooch led them to a 35-year-old who had been stranded 170 feet below the trail’s path for around three hours “under thick foliage," it added.

One rescuer “repelled about 20 feet down the slope” to rescue the dog, and upon airlifting them out of the area, discovered a bag full of the hiker’s personal belongings, which was “about 70 feet below where the dog was found," continued the release.

The woman’s name and phone number were both on the dog’s collar, but authorities' calls went unanswered. They conducted a wellness check at her home, too, and later confirmed that her car was parked near the trail. 

After “an extensive and coordinated search by air and ground,” the hiker was eventually located at 5:37 p.m. local time, “about 100 feet below where her bag was located,” added the release.

Upon locating her, a medical assessment was conducted and “basic life support treatment” was provided. She was then airlifted from the foliage on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital by emergency medical services. 

The Honolulu Fire Department also noted that none of the search and rescue operators were injured during the expedition. 


British police have begun investigating the deaths of seven tortoises that were found dead in a forest in a span of one week.

The reptiles, believed to be Aldabra giant tortoises, were found in Ashclyst Forest in Devon county, the Devon and Cornwall Police said in a news release.

Two of the tortoises — which are classified as “vulnerable” by the World Wildlife Fund — were found in the forest on Jan. 8, while the other five were discovered nearby on Jan. 12, police said.

Britain’s National Trust, which owns the forest land, said that the latter five were found near the entrance of the forest, the BBC reported.

The National Trust also said its teams were “horrified” to find the dead animals, who have since been removed from the forest, per the BBC.

“Enquiries are under way to identify the owners and establish the circumstances that led to the animals being disposed of,” police said, adding that they are investigating the circumstances because of “the unusual type of incident and the protected status of the animals.”

Police are also asking anyone with information related to the animals to come forward.

“We are appealing to members of the public for information to try to establish the circumstances around this discovery and to identify those responsible,” Police Inspector Mark Arthurs wrote in the release. “We would ask that if anyone knows anything, they get in touch.”

Added Arthurs: “We would also like to hear from anyone who has recently purchased a giant tortoise in the area or knows of anyone who normally has a large number of tortoises but has fewer now.”

One of the world's largest land tortoises, Aldabra giant tortoises are native to Aldabra Island in Seychelles, an island nation northeast of Madagascar, according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Members of the species — which holds the record for the largest free-roaming tortoise ever recorded at 672 pounds — can reach sizes of up to 550 pounds, per the institute. They can also live to be over 150 years of age.

Peter Labdon, a Devon local who makes frequent visits to Ashclyst Forest, told the BBC that the animals’ deaths are “horrifying” and “a dreadful shame” — especially “considering the length of time that they can live.”


One of Ellen DeGeneres’ chickens came home to roost — with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

Bullied by her coop-mates after suffering a fibula injury, Sinkie, one of DeGeneres’ many feathery friends, had to be re-homed.

Thankfully, the former TV host's pals Harry and Meghan agreed to take her in, DeGeneres revealed..

“Sinkie’s leg is fixed but our chickens were still picking on her so she had to be re-homed,” the former Ellen DeGeneres Show host, 65, wrote alongside a photo of the black-and-white bird.

“Luckily our friends Harry and Meghan’s coop had room for one more,” she said, adding, “Not sure yet what her royal title will be.”

Sinkie will be the latest bird to join the residents of “Archie's Chick Inn,” the name of the coop owned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their elder child, 4-year-old Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Meghan, 42, and Harry, 39 — who also share daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor — gave a glimpse of the feathery residents of their California home during a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During their chat with Winfrey, 69, viewers did not see the couple's nine-bedroom mansion, but they did get to see the “Chick Inn” coop on their Montecito property, which is filled with rescued hens from a factory farm as part of their "down to basics" life.

"Hi, girls!" Meghan said to the fowls as she opened the door to the coop, adding, "I just love rescuing.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Harry revealed that he loved living in California, particularly having “outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie and we go for walks as a family and with the dogs.”


A pug's mischief turned into a hairy situation when her family took her to the vet and discovered she'd swallowed as many as 60 hair ties.  According to the BBC, the 2-year-old pug, named Ham (for the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, not the food), was acting "very quiet." Ham's owner, Victoria Northwood, told the outlet this was alarming because the dog usually enjoys barking at anything that passes by the houses. Worried something was wrong, Northwood and her family took her silent pug to Newton Clarke Veterinary Surgery.

Staff at the veterinary office took x-rays of Ham, which revealed something "strange" in her stomach. Ham was taken into surgery, where a mass of "around 50 to 60 hairbands in total" was removed from her stomach, veterinary surgeon Emily Whitby told the BBC.

According to a Facebook post from Ham's surgical team, the hairbands weighed 200 grams in total (about 7 ounces). Ham herself only weighs 6 kilograms (about 2 pounds), per Whitby. "We knew she ate the odd hair band as we had noticed them coming out the other end, but nothing prepared us for the amount they found in there," Northwood told the BBC.

Ham hasn't fully recovered from surgery yet, but according to Newton Clarke Veterinary Surgery's Facebook post, the pug is at home in Dorset and starting to cause good trouble again. "We were really shocked that this could happen and so grateful to the vets for their vigilance and for listening to us when we went to them with a hunch that all was not well," Northwood added. "We are keeping a much closer eye on her now — it is such a relief that she is okay."


A capybara who moved into the Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami (ZWF Miami) quickly became a favorite at the Florida zoo after the facility posted a video of the large rodent dancing on Instagram.  In the clip, the female capybara wades through the water feature in her habitat by walking on her back legs with her arms out. The animal's slow-motion stroll through the water almost looks like she is performing the iconic dance from Michael Jackson's mega-hit "Thriller," an observation ZWF Miami pointed out in its post.

"Our natural born entertainer giving her best #thriller dance impression on a morning dip @zwfmiami," ZWF Miami captioned in the video, which has received over 140 million views and 9 million likes on Instagram.

"It's incredible how the little things make such a difference to our guests. Seeing the smiles on the faces of our guests who visit ZWF gives us such gratification," zoo founders Maria and Mario Tabraue shared in a statement to PEOPLE. "Our newest addition, named Eve, the baby capybara, has become a worldwide sensation. Plus, it has brought much joy and love into our lives that we want to share with our guests."  Eve has officially moved into her public-facing habitat at ZWF Miami and is ready to meet her adoring public.


Niobrara, Nebraska – A Nebraska woman went to extreme measures to ensure that her horses would not suffer in the bitterly cold weather. When the temperature plunged below zero, Kelly Rowley decided to bring her horses inside her home.

Rowley tells KTIV News that the horses were scared at first, but their desire to be out of the cold was stronger than their fear. Most people have praised Rowley’s actions, commending her for showing compassion to her horses.

If it’s too cold for you it too cold for your animals.

Would you bring horses into your home to spare them from enduring bitterly cold temperatures?

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