‘Pet flippers’ prey on lost dogs, heartbroken owners

Police say criminals are finding lost dogs and, instead of returning them, are selling them for a quick buck. It’s a heartless new crime called “pet flipping” — and police fear it’s growing.Case in point: This summer, Leisa Waggoner’s dog Rosie, a cute and feisty schnauzer, got lost on the streets of Indianapolis. Desperate, Waggoner posted flyers all over the neighborhood. When she went to a lost… Continue reading

Hello 24-hour giant panda cam, goodbye productivity

The productivity of the nation’s workforce is under attack. Employees who stare at computers for a living must avoid the hypnotic power of live penguin cams, live shark cams, live kitten cams and even live koala cams.But this? Even Ben Bernanke himself might acknowledge that this is just too much.On Monday, China Network Television (CCTV) unveiled round-the-clock online broadcasts of dozens of gia… Continue reading

Run! Famous Spanish bull chase to debut in America

If you’ve always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, but couldn’t afford to take the trip, you may now get a chance. Two Americans have arranged to have similar bull runs in 10 cities around the U.S.The idea seems to have caught on. Already 20,000 Americans have plunked down their $35 for the adrenaline rush that comes with running in front of a group of angry bulls that can reach sp… Continue reading

Cute alert! Rare tiger cubs born at National Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is celebrating a pair of rare (and cute!) additions this week — two Sumatran tiger cubs.The cubs were born on Monday, the zoo said Thursday, to a female Sumatran tiger, Damai, who mated with 12-year-old male Kavi. There are only 65 Sumatran tigers, which are listed as critically endangered, living in zoos in North America. Only 400 to 500 of the tig… Continue reading

Guide dogs, then blind owners, fall in love

Lady and the Tramp realized they were in love over a bowl of pasta. For Rodd and Venice, romance bloomed at a training course for seeing-eye dogs.The guide dogs simply couldn’t get enough of each other during the intensive course in Shrewsbury, England in March 2012. Even when their visually impaired owners tried to keep them apart, Rodd and Venice would find each other, snuggle together under a t… Continue reading