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The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

Even before you enter the stately limestone library with leaded glass windows and copper-colored trim, you see signs of the local celebrity. Not at eye-level - look lower, and there, hovering in the shadows behind the glass door, are two ice-green eyes, staring up at you with frank curiosity.

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Animal Island: Few options to stop neighbors' dogs from barking all day

Q. In April I moved into an apartment complex that allows tenants to keep small dogs. We have not had too many hot days yet so I was able to open my windows rather than use the air conditioning. Some tenants have little dogs that bark at anyone they see while on the leash, and one tenant leaves her dog outside on the second-story deck for hours at a time, watching the pedestrian traffic and barking continuously. I don't like to make a complaint without offering a solution, so can you suggest a simple method of training the animal to control this behavior? I suppose a muzzle would work, if that is not considered cruel treatment. Is it?

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'The Secret Life of Pets' is an old dog with few new tricks

It's a little odd to hear Louis C.K.'s voice coming out of an animated dog when we're so used to it going on about hand jobs or the dark pit of human selfishness, but that's one of the little joys of "The Secret Life of Pets." You get to hear Louis C.K. yell "Ball!" and there's nothing sexual about it.

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A vegan diet is not the norm for some pets

Q. I am a vegan with lots of pets. It seems that every pet I have except for my bunny needs to eat meat. I know that you can feed a dog a vegetarian diet but my vet advised me that it was not a good idea. I feel sad when I read the ingredients on the dog food and see chicken as the first one. I know that you love animals. How do you deal with the issue of some of the pets that we keep needing to eat other animals?

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Animal Tales | All about Shatzi

This is my mother's Shih Tzu Shatzi. Every morning he sits on my mothers lap while she does the crossword puzzle in the Myrtle Beach Sun News. I guess this morning he needed a shot of espresso instead of decaff! He is 7 years old and lives with his brother, a great dane.

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Animal Tales | All about Sassy

My name is Sassy. I was almost 18 years old when I left my family in January 2015. I was adopted from the adopt a pet in York, Neb. My mom and dad took me everywhere. I loved being in the car and traveling with them all over the U.S. I always had my own spot in the car. I loved sitting in the front with my dad. I was always ready for running and playing with my toys.

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Animal Tales | All about Cleo

Hi! My name is Cleo, short for Cleopatra. But I'm not Queen of the Nile, I'm Queen of the recliner. My owners sometimes have trouble finding me because of my fe-lion cat-mouflage.

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Animal Tales | All about Nilla

Hi, my name is Nilla and I am a Chinese Crested Powderpuff, I was rescued from All 4 Paws. I live in Murrells Inlet with my Mom, 2 cats and my cousin and I love going to the beach with my dog pal Bradley.

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Meet Scratch, the macaw at S.C. CARES

Macaws are magnificent creatures being the largest in the parrot species. Their colors are so beautiful and much of this brings about their demise. They should be flying free in places like the Amazon, Brazil and other parts of South America but poaching and deforestation have decrease their numbers dramatically. Breeders are selling them for upwards of $1,000 which is why breeding can be a lucrative business, but not so great for the parrots.

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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

A retired Palmetto, Florida police dog survived an alligator attack. Owner Chris Leister said he was taking down a basketball hoop when he heard a tussle by the water behind his home home. Arek emerged from bushes with a rip and tear on his paw. It turns out he was bitten by what neighbors have described as a 9-foot alligator. Trappers told Leister that Arek must have bitten the alligator back because one that big would not have let go easily.

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Fire department rescues kitten from fire

A kitten was pulled from a two-alarm fire Friday, April 15, 2016, that started in an alley, moved to a carport, then jumped to a common attic at a single-story fourplex apartment building in central Fresno.

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Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed

Four Humboldt penguin chicks hatched at the Chester Zoo the week of April 3rd, 2016. Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto were all named after potato chips. The zoo released video of Wotsit and Quaver being weighed by staff members. Cheeto was only 75 grams or 2.65 ounces. Keeper Anne Morris says that of the world’s 17 penguin species, Humboldt penguins are among the most at risk.

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184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath

Jonathan the Giant Tortoise, the oldest known living land animal on Earth, estimated to be 184-years-old, was washed for the first time in recorded history by vet Dr. Joe Hollins. This historic event took place in the grounds of Plantation House, St. Helena Island on March 19, 2016. Bathing him was purely for aesthetic reasons. "We want visitors and tourists on the Island to witness the tortoises in their true form, without the obstruction of moss and lichen on their shells... and we want all who visit him to see him at his best,” said Hollins, who has been hand-feeding him over the past few years.

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Delighted doggy: Family reunited with pit bull lost 3 years ago

A dog that disappeared three years ago has been reunited with his family in Virginia. American pit bull terrier "Gucci" went missing in 2013 from the family’s yard in San Antonio, Texas. Two weeks ago, Ayana and Gary Kelly got a call from a San Antonio animal shelter saying the microchipped dog was there.

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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

A retired Palmetto, Florida police dog survived an alligator attack. Owner Chris Leister said he was taking down a basketball hoop when he heard a tussle by the water behind his home home. Arek emerged from bushes with a rip and tear on his paw. It turns out he was bitten by what neighbors have described as a 9-foot alligator. Trappers told Leister that Arek must have bitten the alligator back because one that big would not have let go easily.
Amaris Castillo Bradenton Herald
Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back 1:23

Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

Fire department rescues kitten from fire 0:54

Fire department rescues kitten from fire

Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed 0:59

Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed

184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath 2:44

184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath