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‘Lucky’ pig gets new home after fall onto Colorado highway

LONGMONT, Colo. — A 650-pound pig that fell off a trailer in Colorado is getting a new name — “Lucky” — and a new home at a sanctuary for abandoned pigs.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

The Donald might call this chick a real looker

Trump is everywhere.Bad hair costumes. Pumpkins carved into "Trumpkins." Cats coiffed like Trump. Sushi with...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Police seek person who set cat on fire in Bremerton

BREMERTON — Bremerton police are searching for a person who set a cat on fire, leading to its death.Police say a man out walking just before midnight Sunday noticed something on fire that appeared to be moving. The man realized it was a cat burning and called 911.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest

Three-legged raccoon’s home safe at Port of Seattle

SEATTLE — Port of Seattle authorities say a three-legged female raccoon named Tripod who has charmed tourists in exchange for treats for years won’t be forced to move when a terminal is renovated.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Northwest

Adopting perfect pup can be a tough magic trick

Before I attempted adopting a poodle I was warned how difficult it might be. “Fill out an application at every rescue organization you can find,” one friend told me. “Be prepared for a home visit,” said another.

Date: 10/04/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Black Death may be locked in ancient flea

Scientists may have found the oldest-ever evidence of the bubonic plague, locked away in an ancient flea trapped in amber.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Farmer finds mammoth bones in field

According to paleontologists from the University of Michigan, one local farmer might have made an epic fossil find.On Monday, James Bristle, of Lima Township, was digging in a soy field when he and his friend pulled up what they first thought was a bent, muddy old fence post.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Elephants' swan song

It’s their last circus performance in the PNW before they retire

Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (22 new photos)

Date: 10/03/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Hundreds gather to mourn slain police dog in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Hundreds of community members and officers, both on two legs and four came to a public memorial service for a Vancouver police dog that was stabbed in the line of duty.The overwhelming opinion was that 6-year-old Vancouver Police K9 Ike was a very good boy.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Oregon officials won’t allow killing wolves

PENDLETON, Ore. — Wildlife officials won’t allow people to kill wolves in eastern Oregon’s Mount Emily pack despite five confirmed attacks on a sheep herd this summer.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Rescued horses in Oregon chow down on 22 tons of donated carrots

BEND, Ore. — Carrots might no longer tempt horses at one Oregon rescue ranch — because they’ve been munching on tons of them for days.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Northwest advocates say regulation may be needed in service dog laws

SPOKANE — Human rights advocates in Washington and Idaho say people may be trying to pass pets off as service animals.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

‘Racing Extinction’ sings animals’ songs to change minds

"Racing Extinction" has many grisly examples of mankind's impact on the natural world, but one of its most affecting touches is a snippet of birdsong.The movie considers the way various species have been driven to non-existence in the last few decades, among them...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Entertainment

Valuable bees stolen as almond prices soar

SYDNEY — The world’s most valuable pollinator is under attack.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

Don't miss

5 things to do at Everett Fall Home show this weekend

Date: 09/24/2015 | Home and Garden

Scientists find remains of cold-weather dinosaur that roamed the Arctic forest

Scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur that lived in the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Protection for greater sage grouse across West rejected

BILLINGS, Mont. — The greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, the Interior Department said Tuesday, following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Bend wildlife rehab center treating more animals each year

BEND, Ore. — A couple hundred animals are tucked into and around a modest house just east of Bend.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Getting a clean bill of potential poodle ownership

There are many reasons to dance for joy at the doctor’s office — a clean biopsy, a positive pregnancy test, or a successful vasectomy all come to mind. But is approval to get a poodle worthy of such jubilation? My kids definitely think so. Our potential for dog ownership weighed heavily on their...

Date: 09/20/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Florida boy’s beekeeping gets White House buzz

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ten-year-old Benjamin Oppenheimer has one honey of a pen pal: President Barack Obama.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

4-paw training

How to hit the trail, safely, with your dog

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Bear was legally hunted on private Granite Falls property

GRANITE FALLS — Local police and wildlife officers are reminding people not to accidentally attract bears with garbage, bird feeders or pet food after a black bear was spotted in a residential area last week and shot by a hunter on private property.Officers from the...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Rare albatross dies despite rehab efforts

LYNNWOOD — A short-tailed albatross that died while undergoing rehabilitation here is being used to further research on the rare species. Three fishermen rescued the large seabird last month in Neah Bay on the northwest coast of Washington.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Captive snake gives birth with no mate

ST. LOUIS — For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex.Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (13 new photos)

Date: 09/18/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Perfume-drinking dog in the running for insurer award

Jackie, a Manchester terrier mix who ingested perfume, is vying with a tape-eating cat and other reckless animals in the latest contest for the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year."Jackie's bizarre break-in gave her a huge bellyache after she figured out how...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Nation & World

Man accused of stabbing police dog faces added charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man accused of fatally stabbing a police dog is facing added criminal charges that prosecutors say are warranted given the severity of the case.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

Oregon police: Pair of wolves found dead in Wallowa County

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police are seeking the public’s help regarding the deaths of a wolf pair in Wallowa County.Lt. Bill Fugate said investigators suspect a person or people killed the two wolves. He declined to comment on how the wolves died.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

State game officials disappointed with deal in wolf killing

SEATTLE — Conservationists and state game officials said Tuesday that a prosecutor in Eastern Washington went too easy on a man who chased a protected gray wolf with his car for several miles, then shot and killed the animal.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Agency resumes killing cormorants to help salmon migration

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed killing double-crested cormorants so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River despite an ongoing legal battle with conservation groups.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Agency nixes proposed rafts where walrus can rest off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declined for now to create artificial floating platforms for Pacific walrus that come ashore in Alaska because they lack summer sea ice.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Feds: Sage grouse face decline if wildfires can’t be stopped

BOISE, Idaho — If increasingly destructive wildfires in the Great Basin can’t be stopped, the sage grouse population will be cut in half over the next three decades, scientists say.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Northwest

Day of Caring: ‘Every day is a good day to give back’

Ann Phelps was an aerospace worker turned field hand for a day, muscling old metal fence posts out of the ground.Margarita Zamora de Lopez has a parts receiving job, but spent Friday with a paintbrush in hand.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Local News

Drone captures photos of endangered baby orca, mom

Federal scientists using a drone have captured photographs of a baby Puget Sound orca swimming alongside its mother in the waters of British Columbia.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

3 emaciated horses rescued from confinement near Monroe

MONROE — Three horses were seized near Monroe on Wednesday morning in a case of alleged animal cruelty and neglect.The two mares and a filly are in protective custody and being treated by a veterinarian, said Vicki Lubrin, the Snohomish County licensing and animal...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Local News

McDonald’s announces shift to cage-free eggs

The maker of the Egg McMuffin is taking a stand, and it could drastically change the eggs Americans eat.McDonald's announced this morning that it will begin working toward eliminating all eggs purchased from farms that cage their hens, in both the United States and Canada.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (11 new photos)

Date: 09/10/2015 | Fur & Feathers

RIP Zippy

Dalmatian was beloved at Everett cafe

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

'Cows are cool'

She's on the path to veterinary school

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News

BLM done gathering wild horses displaced by fire

BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management says it’s completed its effort to relocate wild horses from southwestern Idaho following a massive wildfire.The BLM said Saturday that 279 horses were gathered.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Fin whale makes appearance in north Puget Sound

SEATTLE — For the first time in many years, the second largest animal in the world— the fin whale— was spotted near Minor Island in north Puget Sound.KING-TV reported that whale watchers saw the animal on Thursday.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Rwanda ceremony names baby mountain gorillas

Youths wearing gorilla costumes and rubber boots grunted and scampered in front of Rwanda's president Saturday during the ceremonial naming of 24 baby mountain gorillas in the African country, where the critically endangered animals live in volcano-studded forests that are visited by...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (31 new photos)

Date: 09/05/2015 | Fur & Feathers

'A good life, a good valley'

Family recognized for operating same small farm for 127 years

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Vancouver police dog stabbed by man wanted on warrants

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police in Vancouver, Washington, say a police dog was in critical condition Tuesday evening after being stabbed by a suspect.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Hogging the limelight

Evergreen State Fair honors Granite Falls couple

Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News

‘It’s a boy!’ National Zoo says of new panda cub

WASHINGTON — Drum roll ... The twin giant panda cub is a boy — and its father is Tian Tian.The National Zoo said that the cub born there a week ago Saturday was doing well.The other panda cub, also a boy and of the same father, died Wednesday.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World

Tips for staying healthy at the state fair

It is Evergreen State Fair season — and there's something in the air. Unfortunately, some of what's in the air (and on countertops and fence posts) isn't always good for us.The Snohomish Health District offers these reminders to maintain your peace of mind and best of...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Life

And they’re off: Evergreen State fair in Monroe opens with animal races

MONROE — That down home feeling is in the air.The Evergreen State Fair opened in Monroe on Thursday with entertainment lined up through Labor Day. On opening day, arts and agriculture from across Snohomish County...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (23 new photos)

Date: 08/26/2015 | Fur & Feathers

The fault in our sea stars

Volunteers conduct survey to monitor disease

Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News

150,000 summer steelhead fingerlings die at Umpqua hatchery

EUGENE, Ore. — Unusually warm water has killed more than 150,000 summer steelhead fingerlings at an Umpqua River hatchery.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest

Second bed bug infestation at the jail’s work release center

EVERETT — The bed bugs are back.The tiny wingless insects that feed on warm-blooded animals have returned to the Snohomish County Jail's Work Release Center.They feast when inmates sleep. Some have reported being bitten...

Date: 08/22/2015 | Local News

Doggie in the dorm

Guide dog in training to 'attend' WSU

Date: 08/21/2015 | Local News

Fish die as vegetable oil runoff from fire enters creek near Winlock

WINLOCK — An oil spill of a different sort appears to have killed hundreds if not thousands of small fish in a Lewis County creek on Tuesday, said a spokesman for the state Ecology Department.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (20 new photos)

Date: 08/18/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Volunteers survey sea stars to monitor devastating disease

CAMANO ISLAND — Michael Kyte and his team were more than an hour into their search when they spotted their first dying sea star.

Date: 08/16/2015 | Local News

Corduroy, world’s oldest living cat, loves cheese

It’s the weekend and we deserve cat news. Here it is:Say hello to Corduroy. He lives in Oregon with Ashley Reed Okura, and, at 26 years old, he’s the oldest documented living cat in the world, Guinness World Records officials confirmed this week.

Date: 08/15/2015 | Nation & World

Community Extra: Calendar

EventsTaste of Edmonds: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 16, at the Civic Playfield, 310 Sixth Ave. N. Food, fun, music, arts and crafts, beer garden, wine garden, kid's area and more. Admission is $4 daily,...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Local News

Octopus species weirdly social, romantic

WASHINGTON — The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of that eight-arm sea creature that’s even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal plan designating a huge swath of the U.S. Arctic as critical polar bear habitat should be upheld over the objections of the state of Alaska, petroleum industry groups and communities along Alaska’s north coast, a Justice Department lawyer told an appeals court...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest

Wolf pack in northeast Oregon preys on sheep again

PENDLETON, Ore. — Wolves from the Mount Emily pack killed an adult sheep last week on the Umatilla National Forest in northeast Oregon, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest

Miami business leaders want orca released from captivity

MIAMI — The mayor of Miami Beach and other South Florida leaders are joining the opposition to an orca’s decades-long captivity at the Miami Seaquarium.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Northwest

Horse OK after tumble, dramatic rescue in Gold Bar

GOLD BAR — Teton took a tumble.The brown-and-white mare somehow survived the 50-foot fall down an embankment Monday afternoon. Firefighters then managed to get the 900-pound animal to safety using a harness, plenty of rope and a pulley system.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News

Working to be top dog

Sheepdog trials are under way this weekend in Arlington

Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News

No pet-friendly rooms at the inn

Question: I’m trying to resolve an error made by an Expedia booking agent with whom I spoke on the phone. I recently called Expedia to book two rooms at a Best Western in Cody, Wyoming. I would book the rooms only if they allowed pets.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Life

A day for the dogs

Let your pup strut his stuff

Date: 08/06/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Wildlife officials search for poacher who shot deer in Bellingham city limits

BELLINGHAM — Wildlife officials are searching for a poacher who shot a deer inside city limits over the weekend.The Bellingham Herald reported that the two-point buck was found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday.Officials from the Washington Department of...

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest

Feds monitoring orca with fishing lure hanging from mouth

FRIDAY HARBOR — Federal officials say they’re monitoring a killer whale near the San Juan Islands that appears to have a salmon lure hanging from its mouth.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest

Nature is at the root of new preschool in Monroe

MONROE — At a new preschool here, kids will be listening to Mozart in a barn, collecting eggs from a chicken coup, feeding farm animals and tending a garden.Teacher Korista Minney is putting an outdoorsy spin on early-childhood education with a program that combines...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally hunted lion

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Now there are two: Zimbabwe accused a Pennsylvania doctor on Sunday of illegally killing a lion in April, adding to the outcry over a Minnesota dentist the African government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

New bug-inspired robot can jump off of water

Jumping on water is hard. Heck, walking on water is hard. Floating on water is hard. Some animals — especially insects — can manage a water-based jump, but only through impressive feats of bio-engineering perfected by evolution.Just think about the mechanics of...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Zimbabwe restricts hunting of lions

Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country’s wildlife authority said Saturday.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Connecting cats and cons

Volunteer brings felines to inmates, who help tame them

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (10 new photos)

Date: 07/31/2015 | Fur & Feathers

U.S. looking for lion-killing Minnesota dentist

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. wildlife authorities announced an investigation Thursday into the killing of Cecil, a prized lion in Zimbabwe, and also revealed that they have been unable to contact Dr. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota big-game hunter and dentist who participated in the fatal...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (32 new photos)

Date: 07/24/2015 | Fur & Feathers

A tribute to mutts

Celebrate your mixed-breed companion

Date: 07/23/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Two groups to sue over federal fish hatchery near Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH — Two conservation groups say they will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, alleging its fish hatchery near Leavenworth violates federal clean-water rules.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

Drought raises water temperatures in lakes to unhealthy levels

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The drought is bringing warmer temperatures to northern Idaho lakes, stressing fish and threatening oxygen levels.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest

First-class airport terminal ... for critters

NEW YORK — Jet-setting stallions and high-flying hounds at New York’s Kennedy Airport can look forward to a new luxury terminal that will handle the more than 70,000 animals flying in and out every year.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Off the Wire

Rhino Orphanage cares for poaching survivors

They are the most vulnerable victims of South Africa's rhino poaching scourge, the baby rhinos that survive the shooting deaths of their mothers.Many probably die of dehydration or other perils in the wild, but some lucky ones end up at The Rhino Orphanage, where workers...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Party animal

Everett's Cafe Zippy celebrates resident pooch's birthday

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Beloved walrus at Tacoma zoo dies after surgery

TACOMA — Officials at a Tacoma zoo say a much-loved 33-year-old walrus has died after surgery.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Scientists find dinosaur with bird-like wings

Paleontologists working in China have found a new dinosaur with one of the most complex, well-preserved set of wings ever seen on a specimen of its size. In a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe Zhenyuanlong suni, a cousin of the famed Velociraptor...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

50-million-year-old sperm found, by accident

Benjamin Bomfleur can't help but laugh a little when talking about this latest, record-setting discovery."A 50-million-year-old worm sperm from Antarctica?" he said between chuckles. "Who would have thought that's possible?"And yet, what...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Off the Wire

Tips to keep your pet hydrated

As we’re in the midst of one of the Pacific Northwest’s hottest, driest summers, it’s important for us to remember to stay hydrated. This goes for our furry family members as well. Of course, pet hydration is important year-round, but in the summer months when factors...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Seattle fire crews receive 20 pet oxygen masks

SEATTLE — The Seattle Fire Department has a new set of tools to save some of their most helpless fire victims.A company called Invisible Fence Brand of Seattle donated 20 pet oxygen masks to the department on Monday. They will be used to resuscitate animals overcome by smoke.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Vet finds 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of underwear inside dog

MARS, Pa. — This hungry Labrador has some unusual taste buds.A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach during exploratory surgery.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (10 new photos)

Date: 07/09/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Police looking for person who tossed puppies from truck

WORLEY, Idaho — Law enforcement officials in northern Idaho say they’re turning the search for a person who tossed two puppies out of a truck over to authorities in Washington state.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest

Fire safety tips

Keep pets from starting a house fire

Date: 07/06/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Brave dog honored with monument

PANCEVO, Serbia — Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. The small dachshund liked most to cuddle with his owners or ride in the back seat of the family car. But, one day Leo showed that true bravery knows no limits.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

How to keep your pets safe over July 4

LOS ANGELES — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (33 new photos)

Date: 07/02/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Initiative to protect animals collects enough signatures

SEATTLE — Supporters of an initiative to help protect endangered animals that are being poached or exploited say they’ve collected enough signatures to get their proposal on the November ballot.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest

Animals seized from Sequim property after pig dies

SEQUIM — Law enforcement officials have seized nearly all he animals from a rural property in Sequim after an apparently healthy pig died.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest

Woodland police: Burglar shoots, kills dog

WOODLAND — A 63-year-old man is in Cowlitz County Jail, accused of shooting and killing a dog during a burglary in Woodland.Woodland police arrested Thomas Nash on investigation of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and animal cruelty. He was booked into jail late Sunday.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Northwest

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