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This free mod makes Watch Dogs look more gorgeous than ever before

Watch Dogs is one of the best games of the year and a decent showcase title for the new generation consoles, but it still doesn’t stand up to the seemingly professionally doctored demo from E3 2012. What we saw two years ago was a game that looked more stunning than just about anything else on the market — the reality wasn’t quite as impressive. Now, just two months after the game’s release, PC ...

40 flea-infested cats rescued from notorious Ridgewood animal hoarder’s home

Giuseppe Genna loves his cats — all 40 of them. But the 68-year-old longtime animal hoarder allowed rescue groups to descend on his urine-drenched Ridgewood home Tuesday and trap every last ailing, flea-infested feline, as he faces animal cruelty charges.

Puerto Rico police probe deaths of 16 cats, dogs

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police launched an investigation Tuesday into the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs found near a bridge where dozens of animals were thrown to their deaths seven years ago in a case that sparked international outrage.

Rescue group steps in to help feral cats in Troy

An animal rescue group, specializing in helping feral cats, has stepped up to help the feral cats and kittens living in and out of the garage of Thomas Petho's home in Troy.

The Dogs in Our Fight: These Ignored American Soldiers Deserve Respect

After recovering from those wounds he served in the Marines for another five years, completing a decade of service before retiring. Normally this veteran would receive medical care free of charge for such ailments, but the medical care that applies to veterans on discharge did not apply to this Marine because he was a military working dog.

Cats of All Sizes Need Help to Stay Hydrated

From whiskers and night vision to paws with retractable claws house, cats and lions have a lot in common, including the tendency to become dehydrated.

Puerto Rico Police Probe Deaths of 16 Cats, Dogs

16 cats, dogs found dead in Puerto Rico near bridge involved in earlier animal abuse case

Elephants Can Outsniff Rats and Dogs

Elephants Can Outsniff Rats and Dogs Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell. "Rats had the record for the largest number of [these] genes," said the study's lead researcher Yoshiihito Niimura, a researcher of molecular evolution at The University of Tokyo in Japan. The findings support other research on the pachyderm's superior sense of smell. African elephants can smell the difference between two tribes living in Kenya: the Maasai, whose young men prove their virility by spearing elephants, and the Kamba, farmers who usually leave elephants alone, reported a 2007 study published in the journal Current Biology.

1 of 79 cats dies in Gilbert hoarding case

Gilbert police have opened an animal cruelty investigation after the cats were recovered from a home in a neighborhood near Val Vista and Williamsfield Roads.

Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell

An African elephant eats in the Kruger Game Park, South Africa on December 10, 2009 Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out Tuesday. The African elephant's genome contains the largest number of olfactory receptor (OR) genes -- nearly 2,000 -- said the study in the journal Genome Research. Olfactory receptors detect odors in the environment. "Apparently, an elephant's nose is not only long but also superior," said lead study author Yoshihito Niimura of the University of Tokyo.

Only Zoo Keepers Get to Feed the Penguins (Op-Ed)

Only Zoo Keepers Get to Feed the Penguins (Op-Ed) Nora Beirne, a senior keeper at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.  When I went to The College of New Jersey, I was an English major, but I took several pre-med classes. Then, in my senior year, Pat Thomas — associate director of the Bronx Zoo and vice president and general curator for the Wildlife Conservation Society — gave a talk to the biology department. In six years as a zoo keeper, I've trained red pandas for injections, fed black bears jelly off a spoon and held a komodo dragon.  

Pets, kids and books

The Hoquiam Timberland Library played host to the 42nd Annual Hoquiam Pet Show on Saturday, attracting a few dozen attendees and a variety of pets. The judges favored offbeat entries and awarded the best in show award to a Polish chicken named “Truffles” entered by 10-year-old Jada Pierson, but a variety of other animals were also entered into the competition including dogs, a pair of guinea ...

Pets Best and NAVTA Announce Contest to Recognize Outstanding Vet Techs

Grand prize winner will receive a paid trip to NAVC Conference. (PRWeb July 22, 2014) Read the full story at

Dog Dies On Ferry In Hot Car Because Rules Insist They're Not Allowed Out

A major ferry operator is being forced to review its pets policy after a passenger's pug died in sweltering temperatures as it was not allowed out of the car during the journey. Dean and Kirsty Wallace and their three children returned to their car after the one and a half hour Dover to Calais crossing on Friday to find Merlin had collapsed. Kirsty told the Huffington Post: "My husband gave him ...

Dogs Euthanized for Mauling a Child

Two pit bulls that mauled a 4-year-old Tampa Bay-area boy have been euthanized.

79 cats found in hoarding situation at Gilbert home

The number of cats recovered kept going up Monday night as police detectives and Arizona Humane Society workers donned protective suits and began the task of trapping and removing the animals.

On Baseball Fisher Cats prove point

The Fisher Cats are going to come up short against the Portland Sea Dogs for the season. That little fact makes last weekend's series against the Eastern League leaders that much sweeter.

Feeding stray cats illegal in Sylvania

Feeding stray cats is now against the law in the City of Sylvania.

Veterinary ophthalmologists restore vision to aging pets

We all know our pets can be like members of our family, and when they need medical care we want the best. Now there's top notch care for one of the most common yet debilitating diseases facing older dogs, cataract disease. When Laura Landerman noticed her 9-year old dog Samantha was losing her vision to cataracts her first thought was of her childhood. She remembered family pets with the disease ...

Bistro cat feeder and health monitor identifies cats using facial recognition

We all know that cats requires regular feeding, watering and the occasional trip to the vet, but few of us would know exactly how our cat’s health, weight, and hydration are faring on a day-to-day basis. And, when we do feed them, how do we even know that the food we put out for our feline friend is actually being eaten by them and not by someone else’s interloping pet? A group of cat lovers ...

Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

FILE - In this May 9 2005, file photo, shows snow geese and Canada geese preparing to land on marsh at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge near Merrill, Ore. National wildlife refuges in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii are phasing out pesticides from the group known as neonicotinoids because they pose a danger to bees and other pollinators. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File) GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.

Pets' amenities rising trend for builders

Forget the separate laundry, specialised pet rooms are the growing trend in home building.

High-tech cat care system uses feline facial recognition technology

Wearable trackers may be trendy for dogs, but what about cats who hate collars? New system says it has the answer

Cherokee animal shelter has Amazon ‘wish list’ for 300-plus dogs

The hundreds of dogs removed from a Cherokee County home can’t be adopted yet, the county’s shelter director said Monday.

Adorable Bomb-Sniffing Dogs May Be Replaced with Less Adorable Bomb-Sniffing Lasers

Researchers at UC Berkeley may be putting bomb-sniffing dogs out of a job. Mechanical engineering professor Xiang Zhang was the head of the team which was able to create these lasers. The research team tested their laser sensors with a variety of different explosives, and were able to detect even airborne chemicals with very low concentrations. These scientists believe their new laser technology ...

Reindeer dogs from Alaska's cranky hot dog vendor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There's no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.

Diseased, injured dogs rescued from puppy farm

Dogs rescued from an illegal puppy farm on the outskirts of Melbourne were diseased and injured, vet reports show.

This Christmas's new tech trend - gadgets for pets

From robotic cat feeders which recognise your cat's face using biometric technology to back-mounted dog-cams and GPS collars, this Christmas could see Britain's pets turned into four-legged cyborgs.

SOLDIERS' BEST FRIEND Rescued Afghan dogs reunited with US comrades

When a group of Afghan men were seen firing at the ground in a remote mountain region eight months ago, alarmed members of a U.S. elite special forces unit came upon a disturbing discovery: A female dog, shot dead, after giving birth to a litter of pups no more than a week old.

Rescue dogs take center stage at Reliant show

Petey was part of a group of dogs jumping, turning and showing off their moves at freestyle demonstrations for the Houston World Series of Dog Shows in NRG Park this weekend, an event expected to be attended by about 40,000. Several of the dancing dogs in the Texas Six-Steppers group were rescued animals that had been struggling just to gain the confidence to attend a show with more than 40,000 ...

Summer Heat Increases Risk for Dehydration in Pets, Warns Veterinarian

OCALA, Fla. -- With the Florida summer in full swing, pet owners need to be vigilant about protecting their pets from the heat, warns Ocala veterinarian Dr. Kelly Culbertson. Dehydration and heat stroke ...

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file image from video provided by the United States Humane Society, a Hallmark Meat Packing slaughter plant worker is shown attempting to force a "downed" cow onto its feet by ramming it with the blades of a forklift in Chino, Calif. The yearslong battle between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving to federal courts as ag-gag laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Opponents of the law point to the Chino video and the investigation that followed, which led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history, saying the secrecy puts consumers at higher risk of food safety problems and animals at higher risk of abuse. (AP Photo/Humane Society of the United States, File) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

Bald eagles found on California island for first time in 50 years

A bald eagle takes off as U.S. marathon runner Keflezighi trains for the London 2012 Olympics in Mammoth Lakes, California A pair of nesting bald eagles have been found on San Clemente Island off the Southern California coast for the first time in more than 50 years, the National Park Service said on Thursday, marking the latest step in their comeback from near extinction. The discovery means that bald eagles, which vanished from the Channel Islands in the early 1960s due to DDT poisoning and once were listed as an endangered species, have now returned to five of the eight islands in the chain. "This news is very gratifying," Peter Sharpe of the nonprofit Institute for Wildlife Studies said in a statement released by the park service. "I expect to see bald eagles return to all eight of the Channel Islands within a few years, which will mark yet another milestone in their successful recovery." No chicks have yet been seen in the San Clemente Island nest, which was established by two birds that came from two other islands in the chain, the park service said.

Correction: Pets-Sweet Dog Suites story

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes. It is 190, not 27. The story also reported erroneously the starting price of the homes. They start at $1.3 million, not $710,000.

Correction: Pets-Sweet Dog Suites story

In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes. It is 190, not ...

Zoo Elephants' Big Threat: Too Much Junk in the Trunk

A female African Elephant, eats at the Milwaukee County Zoo African elephants in captivity are packing on the pounds, and experts warn that the rise in obesity is contributing to infertility, which could be detrimental to the survival of the species in zoos. To get a handle on the problem, one group of researchers in Alabama is looking for a better way to measure body fat on the already huge animals. Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants in zoos have irregular or no ovarian cycles.  [Elephants Images: The Biggest Land Animal]

Dams Imperil Pakistan's Endangered River Dolphins

The Indus River dolphin's habitat is shrinking because of irrigation dams that divide up the river into sections, new research suggests. "It is river habitat fragmentation by dams, and removal of river water for irrigation, that has caused the massive range decline of the Indus River freshwater dolphin," Gill Braulik, a cetacean specialist at the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzania and lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Around the world, there are several species of river dolphins, which evolved similar features independently, according to a 2012 paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. River dolphins have longer snouts than those of their ocean-dwelling counterparts, but they can't see as well as marine dolphins, probably because good eyesight wasn't needed in the dim, cloudy river water where they live, according to the World Wild Fund for Nature.

Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

This May 13, 2014 photo provided by A.G. Photography shows a Standard Pacific Home's interior view of a dog-friendly home. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling 27 new home communities from Florida to California and billing them as the first to offer pet paradise as an option in every one. (AP Photo/ Standard Pacific Homes, A.G. Photography, Anthony Gomez) LOS ANGELES (AP) — These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.

Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.

Smile, Hawaiian Wildlife: You're on Candid Camera

Smile, Hawaiian Wildlife: You're on Candid Camera This summer, Hawaii’s endangered wildlife will be on candid camera, as two kinds of drones survey the numbers and whereabouts of animals in their natural habitats. The drones, funded largely by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will also survey plants, monitor remote waters, find garbage for removal, and record and photograph fragile ecological features in the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument. This area encompasses nearly 140,000 square miles (363,000 square kilometers) of the Pacific Ocean, including parts of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In June, scientists deployed a small drone named Puma from the deck of a NOAA research ship, dubbed Hi'ialakai, to take videos and still and infrared pictures of green sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals and seabirds.

Dolphins are the main attraction at the world's favorite theme park

Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida The most popular theme park doesn’t have the fastest roller coaster in the world or a ride with the tallest death drop. No, according to members of the largest travel site, TripAdvisor, the world’s favorite theme park is Discovery Cove in Florida, a calm and relaxing park experience where visitors swim with the dolphins, hand-feed parrots and toucans and snorkel with tropical fish.

Kenya poachers kill four rhinos in worst attack in 26 years

Two male rhinoceros pasture in the savannah at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on December 10, 2010 Armed poachers have slaughtered four rhinos in a reserve in central Kenya, the worst single attack on the species in more than 20 years, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Monday. KWS spokesman Paul Muya said two groups of poachers managed to enter the Ol Jogi Ranch, a private game reserve situated 225 kilometres (145 miles) north of Nairobi, on July 9 under the cover of darkness. "In total four rhinos were killed and they managed to escape with three horns," Muya told AFP, saying the incident was the worst single attack in Kenya on rhinos since 1988, when six were slaughtered by poachers.

Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans

Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look. The facility northeast of Tokyo has unveiled "Zoo Jeans", styled by the fangs and claws of lions, tigers and bears. Zoo officials said the material held up well, all things considered. Once they were thrown into the enclosures, the animals jumped on them," said zoo director Nobutaka Namae, adding that the pieces were later patched together to create the finished product.

Microchips Reunite Lost Pets With Their Owners, Says Las Vegas Veterinarian

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas veterinarian Dr. David Drake is urging pet owners to microchip their pets if they have not already done so. Research shows that without a microchip, 90 percent of lost pets are never ...

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings

This picture taken on August 30, 2013 shows confiscated elephant tusks displayed during a press conference at the customs office in Bangkok Thailand faces an international wildlife trade ban unless it reins in its ivory sector, which is a magnet for traffickers, global regulator CITES said on Friday. "There have been years without any real action on the ground when it comes to controlling the illegal ivory market," said Oeystein Stoerkersen, chairman of CITES's governing body. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has set Thailand an August 2015 deadline to fall into line or risk wide-ranging sanctions. Bangkok is under additional pressure to report back by January on steps to bolster recent laws on registering ivory importers, traders and legal stockpiles, that CITES claims are insufficient.

Australian sheep punched, stamped on and thrown: PETA

Sheep graze in the bushfire-scarred mountainous terrain near the town of Coonabarabran in south-eastern Australia Footage showing sheep being violently abused by shearers -- including being punched in the face and hit with tools -- was condemned Friday by Australia's Agriculture Minister as "exceptional and cruel". The images, reportedly filmed in Australia by undercover investigators for the animal rights group PETA, showed shearers severely abusing animals in a country famed for its wool industry and exports. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the footage was shot at 19 contractor-run sheep shearing sheds in Australia between October 2013 and February 2014.

Poachers kill elephant for tusks in Thai sanctuary

In this photo released by the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal on July 11, 2014, Klao, a 50-year-old elephant lies dead with its tusks were taken off on the ground in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. A conservation center in Thailand says poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off the 50-year-old elephant that performed in royal processions and was even featured in Oliver Stone’s 2004 movie "Alexander." (AP Photo/Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal) BANGKOK (AP) — Poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in Thai royal processions and was featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander," the manager of the conservation center where the animal was kept said Friday.

Detroit Zoo caring for 30 animals recovered from garage

(Reuters) - More than two dozen animals, including some exotic species, have been recovered from a residential garage in suburban Detroit and taken to the Detroit Zoo for care, the zoo said on Thursday. The animals were found in small cages in the garage on Wednesday after an animal control officer found a coati wandering in a neighborhood in Warren, Michigan, the zoo said. "The conditions these animals were being kept in were deplorable," Elizabeth Arbaugh, the zoo's curator of mammals, said in a statement, adding they appeared to be in relatively good health considering the environment.

South Africa rhino poaching toll jumps

A rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park on February 6, 2013 Some 558 rhino have been killed in South Africa already this year, setting the country on course for a gruesome new record number of poaching deaths, wildlife officials said Thursday. The vast, tourist-filled Kruger National Park has been hardest hit. South Africa is home to around 80 percent of the world's rhino population, estimated at more than 25,000 but alarming poaching figures are threatening the endangered species. After years of talks, South Africa and Mozambique in April signed an agreement to fight poaching.

18 Cute Baby Gorillas Get Their Names

18 Cute Baby Gorillas Get Their Names A group of adorable baby mountain gorillas got their names this month during a ceremony in Rwanda. The annual ritual, called Kwita Izina, has been held every summer for the past 10 years at Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. "We celebrate, for the 10th time, the growth of the gorilla family by naming 18 baby gorillas born over the last year, bringing the total population of the endangered species to over 600 in the Virunga Transboundary parks," Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwandan ambassador to the World Trade Organization, said in a statement. The remaining populations are found in the Virunga mountain chain, which winds through the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.

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