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The death of a pet can be traumatic. That little dog, cat, hamster, goldfish or (certainly in my case) rabbit was, to varying degrees, a part of the family. So it seems only fitting that a suitable send off should be chosen when our pets take their afternoon nap for the last time. Credit: Getty But you can forget digging a hole for for Nibbles, Chester or Fido in that ever-expanding back yard pet cemetery, there's a far grander idea that will get the neighbors talking: Launch your beloved pet into outer space. RELATED: SpaceX Giving Dearly Departed Ride to Final Frontier Celestis is a private spaceflight company with a difference. Since 1995 it has been sending payloads on suborbital and...

12 Ways to Memorialize a Deceased Pet

A pet’s death can take a heavy toll. The emotional impact can be as great or even greater than the loss of a relative. Our pets are a major part of our everyday lives, so it can be frustrating when we feel like other people don’t seem to recognize or acknowledge the profound nature of that loss as much as they might…

Whale watchers in Dana Point, Calif., witnessed an unexpected display on Tuesday when they saw a female dolphin carrying her dead calf on her back, according to KTLA-TV. Passengers aboard Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari saw the dolphin with something on her back supported by her dorsal fin, and before long identified it as a dolphin calf. "The dolphin - unfortunately, for one reason or another - is no longer alive," remarked Capt. Dave Anderson as he shot footage. "I believe this calf has been dead for many ...

World's Oldest Hippo Dies At 62

CHICAGO - Donna, believed to be the world's oldest hippo, has died at the age of 62 after living more than two decades beyond the massive mammal's usual life expectancy, zoo officials said. Donna had lived most of her life in the small town of Evansville, Indiana at the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. "It is with great sadness for us to announce that Donna, the world's oldest living Nile hippopotamus in captivity, was humanly euthanized this morning due to her declining quality of life caused by her debilitating severe arthritis," zoo director Amos Morris said in a statement Wednesday. Donna was born at what is now the Memphis Zoo in 1951 and arrived at Mesker Park on August 7, 1...

10 Heartbreaking Animal Mourning Rituals

If you have ever seen the look on a pet's face when a bag of treats comes out, it is hard to say they don't have emotions. Unfortunately, animals sometimes also have to deal with grief and loss, much like humans do. To cope with the death of loved ones, some creatures have developed mourning rituals to see them through…

Noah Berger, AP Miss Ellie, the World's Ugliest Dog 2009, passed away at the ripe old age of 17, reports USA Today's Paw Print Post. The Chinese crested hairless might not have looked like a million bucks, but she had a heart of pure gold. The odd-looking pup was a big time fundraiser for the Sevier County Humane Society in Sevierville, Tenn., raising over $100,000 for the organization. In fact, she even had her own day: November 12 is "Miss Ellie Day" in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., AOL News reports. Other claims to fame include a few starring roles at Pigeon Forge's Comedy Barn and an appearance on Animal Planet's "Dogs 101," according to Paw Print Post. As the winner of Anima...