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My first encounter with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was on a vet school projector. Shown grainy photos of skeletal elk and deer, we were taught CWD was making its way across the country in an easterly direction. Coming from across the Rockies, this disease was infecting both wild and captive cervids (members of the deer family) and moving toward Indiana (I went to Purdue University), with increasing reports in Michigan over the past year. Fast forward to 2013 and CWD has gone beyond Michigan. With cases reported in New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, this debilitating disease is here in the U.S. to stay. Hunters, ranchers, park rangers, field biologists, and veterinarians are...

We already knew that unrelated chimpanzees cooperated with each other outside of sexual relationships, but thanks to new research we now know why, and this exciting revelation doesn't just help us to learn more about social bonding in animals, but also in ourselves. Credit: Nigel's Europe The study, which was published in the journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, discovered that cooperation between non-kin chimps could be attributed to increased levels of the hormone oxytocin. International researchers working with a group of wild chimps in Uganda tested the urine to measure the oxytocin levels after a grooming session. Regardless of whether the chimpanzee was engaging with a...

Priciest Pets

How much would you be willing to spend if you went back in time and had to get your pet all over again? Hundreds of dollars? Thousands? Millions? What if your favorite pet died, and you had the financial means to clone it? Would you? Is your pet included in your will, and if so, how much of your estate will be left to your furry friend? Watch our latest episode of "Fur the Record" to find out how some wealthy people put their money where their mouths were in order to answer these hypothetical questions for real. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-194674{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-194674, #postcontentcontainer...