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As a resident of Washington DC, this brings Shark Week much closer to home for me. I recently learned that there are documented cases of bull sharks swimming in the Potomac River. The Washington Post reports: "Willy Dean was on the Potomac River in a 22-foot skiff Tuesday morning when he realized there was something both abnormal and enormous in his net. It was a deadly 8-foot-1 bull shark, a 300-pound-plus killer that had likely been feasting on cownose rays at Cornfield Harbor, just off the shores of Point Lookout State...

150 Ponies Make Annual Swim

Every year, around 150 ponies make their way to the water, swimming from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. The annual ritual is for an auction supporting a local volunteer fire company. This year's pony swim was the 88th, and is part of a week-long series of events on the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague. The reasoning behind the swim is to thin out the herd of wild ponies. All the ponies made it across the water safely, even though there was huge storm taking place. There has never been a storm like this before during the annual swim. Nonetheless, the ponies made their way through the mucky water and onto land....

A new species of hero shrew, recently found in Africa, is now known to be one of the strongest, sturdiest mammals in the animal kingdom. The shrew, Scutisorex thori, measures less than a foot long and weighs only 1.7 ounces, and yet it can lift heavy logs. The appropriately named new "hero," found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and described in the latest Royal Society Biology Letters, can also often survive attempted squishing. PHOTOS: Animals Caught Doping Show No Remorse Lead author William Stanley, of the Field Museum of Natural History, explained to Discovery News that locals used to demonstrate the sturdiness of these tiny mammals to scientists. When researchers first...

Rabies in Horses on the Rise

Yesterday, we talked about how decisions are made regarding which vaccines dogs should receive. Today, I want to touch upon about a situation with horses here in Northern Colorado that shows why these recommendations are constantly being modified. (Don't worry; we'll talk about cats soon!) Veterinarians in Northern Colorado used to rarely recommend vaccinating horses against rabies. We almost never saw the disease around here because the major route of transmission was through contact with bats, which is an uncommon occurrence. This situation has changed dramatically, however. "Terrestrial" rabies (i.e., that carried by land-dwelling animals like fox, skunks, and raccoons) is now the...

Dolphins love to jump and do tricks, so it's no wonder this friendly dolphin finds such enjoyment in watching a young woman do gymnastics. He's highly amused, laughing and shaking his head. Enjoy the adorable video below and remember: The next time you're at an aquarium, try to show off a bit in front of a dolphin. You might amuse a friendly creature!...

Have you heard of the plague? It's not a disease that we modern day dwellers frequently consider, but it still exists and could potentially affect your pet. The plague is a disease caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. Today, modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague. Without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death. Presently, human plague infections continue to occur...