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Animal Island: See the vet to rid snake of mites

Q: My daughter's corn snake has an infestation of mites and we do not know what to do. We have cleaned out its tank and just keep it on a sheet of newspaper. We rub the snake all over with mineral oil as that is supposed to smother the mites but they crawl right over the oil! On the internet, people have suggested putting a No-Pest Strip in the tank with the snake - but that seems a bit extreme. Can you offer any suggestions?

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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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Baffled by cat's reaction to catnip

Q: My three cats love it when I sprinkle a little catnip on a sheet of newspaper. They all roll in it and scratch at the area of the rug where I spread it. However, my younger cat actually will shake his head and drool for a while in almost a dazed state. Then he just snaps out of it and walks away from the catnip. The drooling gets me a bit nervous. Am I doing them harm by letting them play with the catnip like this?

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Pet Vet: Human exposure to disease in cats is not very likely

Ellen from Modesto, Cal., is the caretaker for Sassy, a 4-year-old tabby cat that Ellen loves dearly. Ellen is also pregnant and has concerns about being pregnant while living with a cat. Sassy is entirely indoors and Ellen has heard - without much detail - about problems that can occur to babies because of the mother's exposure to cats during their pregnancy. She would like to understand any potential problems and risks.

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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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Tian Tian the panda takes a bubble bath

Rub-a-dub-dub Tian Tian in a tub! Keepers provided him a tub of water with non-toxic bubble bath soap. He really soaked it up. He rubbed it on his ears — which is called scent-anointing. (Wait for the tail wiggle!) Pandas do not bathe regularly in the wild, but when Tian Tian is in rut — meaning he’s exhibiting behaviors associated with breeding season — he especially likes to play in water.

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Animal Tales | All about Grey-Raye

My sister and I were paying a last visit to our late father’s farm in Kentucky before we auctioned it off, and out of nowhere appeared this adorable grey and white kitten who latched onto me like I was her long-lost mother. I fell in love at first sight. We already had two cats and one dog at home in Myrtle Beach, and my husband said, “No way!” when he saw me nuzzling this darling grey kitty. “I don’t want you to become a cat-lady!”

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Animal Tales | All About Wesley

In early March 2015, as my husband and I were still mourning the loss of our 14-year-old poodle mix, Daisy Mae, the news reported the shutdown of a local puppy mill, where over 140 dogs were seized and placed in a shelter to be available for adoption.

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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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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back 01:23

Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

Fire department rescues kitten from fire 00:54

Fire department rescues kitten from fire

Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed 00:59

Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed

184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath 02:44

184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath