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Baby gorilla thrives with human surrogates in Ohio

By Associated Press Published: March 28, 2013
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CINCINNATI: A baby gorilla being raised temporarily by human surrogate parents is doing well — learning to roll over, sit up and getting ready to walk on all fours.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden primate specialists say "Gladys" is in good health, developing and growing quickly with loving care from 10 humans imitating a gorilla mom's behavior.

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Spring break camp at Cleveland Zoo

By Kathy Antoniotti, Beacon Journal staff writer Published: March 18, 2013

Cleveland Zoo is introducing the camp for children ages 5-12 who will explore the entire zoo, focusing on what happens throughout spring. Campers will tour zoo exhibits, enjoy Get Close animal encounters, play conservation-themed games and make arts and crafts.

The two sessions are: March 25-29 and April 1-5. Each session has half-day and full-day availability. To register, visit or call 216-635-3391.

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Video: Extreme sheepherding with LED lights

By Published: March 12, 2013

This may be more of a farming thing than a pets thing, but it's still pretty great. Make sure to stay for the fireworks finale.

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Video: Clever bird figures out how to get treat

By Published: March 5, 2013

Watch this bird assess the situation and figure out how to retrieve it's cashew snack.

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Green cleaning for humans can still sicken pets

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: March 5, 2013
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LOS ANGELES: As the time nears for spring cleaning and companies offer more environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic cleaners, veterinarians say pet owners should keep in mind that what's green to a human can be dangerous — even deadly — to animals.

"People expose their animals without even realizing the risk," said Dr. Karl Jandrey, who works in the emergency and critical care units at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis. "That's the most common thing that happens when you come to our emergency room — the clients put their pets at risk because they were unaware of how significant the damage could be."

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Video: Cat plays dead better than your dog

By Published: March 5, 2013

This cat can take commands, for those sweet, sweet treats.

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Video: News anchor can't stop laughing at swimming cat

By Published: March 5, 2013

Challenge: Attempt to watch this video without laughing. Chances are you'll fail.

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Area pets news briefs

By Kathy Antoniotti, Beacon Journal staff writer Published: March 4, 2013


Feral Cat Seminar — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at One of a Kind Pet Rescue Adoption Center, 1929 W. Market St., Akron. An informative seminar for those interested in learning how to humanely control the cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return. There is no charge for the program and reservations are not required. Call 330-867-6890 for more information.

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Meet Gladys Stones, Ohio zoo's youngest gorilla

By Associated Press Published: March 1, 2013
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CINCINNATI: A baby gorilla that was recently moved to the Cincinnati Zoo from Texas now has a name.

Cincinnati Zoo officials say the female baby gorilla has been named Gladys Stones. That comes from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, where she was born Jan. 29, and from zoo employees Jerry and Cindy Stones there. They cared for the baby at the Texas zoo because her mother displayed a lack of maternal care.

The zoos agreed it was best to relocate the baby to the Cincinnati Zoo, where two female gorillas are available to serve as potential surrogate mothers. Cincinnati Zoo workers over the next few months will help prepare Gladys to join the other gorillas.

Cincinnati Zoo officials said Friday the baby is growing and doing well.

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Dog may have been poisoned at Westminster, owner says

By Associated Press Published: March 1, 2013

NEW YORK: A dog owner says she thinks there's a chance her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show, causing it to die several days later.

"It is in the realm of possibility," Lynette Blue told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Blue co-owns a 3-year-old Samoyed named Cruz, and said he probably swallowed poison at Westminster earlier this month. Four days after competing, the dog died, on Feb. 16, while at a show in Colorado.

Blue has worked since the 1970s with Samoyeds, a sturdy, medium-sized breed. She said that while there was no evidence foul play was involved, certain symptoms were consistent with dogs who ingest rat or mouse poison. That was the reason she said she decided against a necropsy — an autopsy for animals.

"The timeline adds up. There's no other scenario we can come up with other than poison," she said.

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