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Pet Allergies 101

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LONDON - Britain's Princess Anne said gassing badgers was a "much nicer" way to cull them rather than shooting them, in an interview to be aired Sunday. Credit: Flickr Queen Elizabeth II's daughter discussed the recent pilot badger culls -- which took place in Gloucestershire, southwest England, where she lives and farms -- aimed at curbing the spread of tuberculosis in cattle. An independent report on the pilots found the level of culling needed to bring about a reduction in bovine TB had not been achieved by the shooting of free-running badgers. Anne, 63, told BBC television that "most of the people who did it in the past will tell you that gas is a much nicer way of doing it, if...

A baby gorilla born by emergency C-section last Wednesday is now struggling to combat pneumonia at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials believe the gorilla may have contracted it during birth, as reported by ABC News. The female baby, not yet named, was born to first time 18-year-old mother Imani. She is now under round-the-clock care of zoo veterinarians and human neonatal specialists. "We've been working with the baby all weekend and after having several days of experience treating her, it's pretty obvious that we've been dealing with pneumonia," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The rare emergency surgery was performed...

Betta Fish Care 101

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Anyone who has ever had a pet sprayed by a skunk immediately can recognize that horrible, eye-watering stench. It invades and permeates not only the pet's fur, but if you're not astute and the pet runs into the house, it can add a lasting aroma to everything within your house. Being sprayed by a skunk is not only a stinky annoyance, it can also lead to illness. Skunk spray has even been used as a biologic weapon - to disperse crowds and to cause injury. RELATED: Skunk Spray: Beyond the Stink For a skunk, it's all about self-protection. Skunks are usually docile animals that are most active at dawn and dusk. They have good hearing and a good sense of smell but do not see well. If...

An estimated 100,000 bats have died as a result of a record heatwave in Queensland, Australia, reports ABC News. About 25 bat colonies were affected across the state, the second largest and third most populous in Australia. VIDEO: The Amazing Link Between Bats and Dolphins While North America has experienced record cold, Australia is in the middle of its summer. "The heatwave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland," said Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. NEWS: Mysterious Bat Killer Still Marching Across U.S. "That's obviously going to have a pretty disturbing impact on those colonies and...