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Pets & Wildlife

What to know about pet insurance

October 8, 2021, 5:26am Pets & Wildlife

All pets, like people, get sick or have a medical emergency at some point in their lives. Read story

Wild beluga whale seen in Tacoma waters for first time since 1940

October 6, 2021, 1:02pm Latest News

A lone beluga whale, far from its Alaskan home, has been swimming in Puget Sound waters off Tacoma this week and whale experts don't know why. Read story

Male tiger kills female in breeding intro at Tacoma zoo

October 4, 2021, 6:47pm Life

TACOMA — A female Sumatran tiger from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma has died after another tiger attacked her during a breeding introduction, officials said. Read story

Two polar bears leaving Maryland Zoo; one relocating to Portland

October 4, 2021, 6:42pm Life

BALTIMORE — The two polar bears living at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore are moving to new locations after recommendations from a nonprofit organization which focuses on animal care and welfare, officials said Monday. Read story

An injuried bear with burned paws sits under trees near a home in Meyers, California, during the Caldor fire at on Aug. 31, 2021.

Their homes survived the Caldor fire. Then Tahoe’s hungry black bears moved in

An injuried bear with burned paws sits under trees near a home in Meyers, California, during the Caldor fire at on Aug. 31, 2021.

October 4, 2021, 6:00am Nation & World

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With the Caldor fire raging dangerously close to their Meyers-area home in late August, Justin Child and his girlfriend, Kristina Covey, had just minutes to pack a few belongings and grab their Great Dane, Disco, before evacuating. Read story

New Puppy 101: How to raise your new furry friend

October 1, 2021, 6:09am Pets & Wildlife

Raising a puppy is a challenge for both new and experienced dog owners, but it can also be an exciting, life-changing experience. The goal is to provide your puppy with a safe environment, but there is a fine line between safety and being overprotective. Read story

Luciana Benetti, 16, embraces her pet pig Chanchi at home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Benetti found her plans for a big traditional 15th birthday party scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. In its place, her parents gave her a pig, which turned out to be a loyal and loving companion.

Unusual pandemic pets provide comfort

Luciana Benetti, 16, embraces her pet pig Chanchi at home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Benetti found her plans for a big traditional 15th birthday party scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. In its place, her parents gave her a pig, which turned out to be a loyal and loving companion.

October 1, 2021, 6:00am Pets & Wildlife

Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms — those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula. Read story

An ivory-billed woodpecker specimen is on a display at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Death's come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 assorted birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government is declaring them extinct. It's a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists say they've exhausted efforts to find these 23.

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

An ivory-billed woodpecker specimen is on a display at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Death's come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 assorted birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government is declaring them extinct. It's a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists say they've exhausted efforts to find these 23.

September 29, 2021, 8:17am Nation & World

BILLINGS, Mont. — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. Read story

In this May 17, 1999, file photo, two Makah Indian whalers stand atop the carcass of a dead gray whale moments after helping tow it close to shore in the harbor at Neah Bay, Wash. An administrative law judge on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, recommended that the Makah be allowed to resume whaling along the coast of Washington state, as their ancestors did.

Tribe wins major step toward resuming whaling off Washington

In this May 17, 1999, file photo, two Makah Indian whalers stand atop the carcass of a dead gray whale moments after helping tow it close to shore in the harbor at Neah Bay, Wash. An administrative law judge on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, recommended that the Makah be allowed to resume whaling along the coast of Washington state, as their ancestors did.

September 27, 2021, 9:43am Latest News

SEATTLE (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended that a Native American tribe in Washington state once again be allowed to hunt gray whales — a major step in its decades-long effort to resume the ancient practice. Read story

Research: Pets really can be like our babies

September 24, 2021, 6:05am Life

DALLAS — Andrea Laurent-Simpson, an SMU sociologist and research assistant professor, argues that pets have become part of the American family. Read story