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How and Why Do Parrots Talk?

“Polly wants a cracker” is the quintessential catch-phrase of any parrot worthy of a pirate’s shoulder, but does Polly the Parrot know what she is actually saying? According to Tim Wright, a profes…


Airline Offers “Cuddle Class” For Pets

American Airlines has a new feature that caters to jet-setting pets and their owners' private pet cabins, also affectionately known as "Cuddle Class." The 19 x 13 inch pet cabins are adjacent to sp…


Mermaid Purses & Gynandromorphs: A Quirky Animal Quiz

Mermaid Purses & Gynandromorphs...Do you know what these are? Take this fun 15 question quiz and find out, plus learn a handful of other quirky conversation starters for your next coffee break or …


Shelter Sells Older Cats Like Used Cars

On the tail end of kitten season, older cats in shelters often find themselves waiting and waiting... and then waiting some more to be adopted, as it is hard to compete with pint-sized cuteness. The C…


Treating Bee, Wasp and Hornet Stings – Know the Difference

This summer while rafting the Salmon River in Idaho, my youngest daughter stepped on a bald-faced hornet—and her misstep did not end well for either the hornet or my child. After realizing why she was…


4 Home Remedies For Restless Legs

When I was pregnant with my first child I had my first bout of restless legs. I felt like a marionette puppet whose strings were being pulled and had no choice but to move. This condition was de…


Sea World Attendance Continues to Plunge

Thanks in large part to the eye-opening 2013 documentary Blackfish, the public seems to increasingly think that orca whales do not belong in giant swimming pools. Consequently, attendance continue…


Rabies Quiz: What You Must Know as a Pet Owner

Life can truly be ironic. Last Thursday, I went to the library to select some books on CD for an upcoming road trip. One of the books I chose was Stephen King's horror story about a rabid dog named Cu…


Cows Help Save Seal Pup

Bovines and pinnipeds do not normally go together, but in this story they do. A birdwatcher was scanning the landscape at the Frampton Marsh Nature Preserve in the U.K. when he spotted a herd of a doz…


Hugging Pups on Death Row Saved At The 11th Hour

Two hours and six minutes. This was the time it took for a photograph of two dogs forlornly hugging each other on death row at an Atlanta shelter to circulate on social media and trigger action that w…


about Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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