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Creature Feature

In the war against the vacuum, Lothian’s Juanky is declared top dog

The  war between pets and vacuum cleaners is long-standing and seemingly inexplicable. Maybe it’s the noise. Maybe it’s the aggressive suction coupled with a rolling machine. Maybe pets just don’t like clean carpets. Eureka Vacuums, however, sought an armistice between their cleaners and your furry friends, inviting pet owners around the country to enter Fido’s Fight or Flight contest with videos of their pets reactions to the vacuum.

After raising terrapins from hatchlings,
3rd-graders release them at Poplar Island

 

Calvert Marine Museum’s snakehead settles into life in solitary confinement

 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a person in a chicken suit

 

Safely stashed in the doomsday vault are a diversity of seeds from New Mexico’s most well-known food group

 

Far ahead of schedule, this summer’s bumper crop is shocking the system

 

Leg bands help tell the story

 

You can hunt them, paint them or spend $5 to support them

 

The Humane Society International successfully tests elephant contraception

In African game reserves, elephants were eating themselves out of house and home. So the Humane Society International found a way to control the growing elephant population in South African reserves without resorting to cruel practices: elephant contraception. “In a lot of places in Africa, elephants are confined by fences or barriers,” explains Humane Society International’s director of wildlife Theresa Telecky. “If the population isn’t controlled in some way, the elephants will out-eat the area.”

These pet insurance claims will make you check your policy

Insurance covers many members of your family, including the furry ones. The nation’s oldest pet insurance company, Veterinary Pet Insurance, rewards the most daring clients with its annual VPI Hambone Award, celebrating the most unusual claim.