A recent study of olive baboons found they did as well as human children at accurately comparing quantities, providing the first evidence that baboons use analog reasoning. "A lot of people don't realize how smart these animals are," said researcher Jenna Bovee. "Baboons can show you that five is more than two. That's as accurate as a typical 3-year-old, so you have to give them that credit."
Dawn Henson began making homemade dog treats in her kitchen in an effort to raise money for heartworm treatment after she adopted an infected dog from a shelter. That decision has spawned donations to other animals in need and a new business venture. Henson hopes to open a store that includes an area to house animals available for adoption.
An Arizona law that will soon take effect limits service animals to dogs and miniature horses, excluding other animals such as parrots and ferrets and any animal that only provides comfort. Owners of restaurants and grocery stores expressed gratitude for the new legislation, noting that people sometimes misrepresent pets as service animals to get them into a food-service area. "We take food safety very seriously, and some creatures, in my opinion, are a potential health problem," said state Rep. T.J. Shope, who also runs a grocery store.
Michigan state Sen. Steve Bieda introduced a bill that would compel antifreeze manufacturers to add a bittering agent to help keep children and pets from ingesting the toxic liquid. The measure calls for companies to comply by January 2015. The bill, passed by the Senate, awaits consideration in the House.
Minnesota veterinarian Mike Shirley surgically removed a 2-foot-long, 1.5-inch-thick stick lodged in the abdominal muscle of a sweet-natured Labrador retriever mix named Willow. Her owner, Annette Olson, isn't sure how the stick became lodged but suspects the hills and wooded areas on her 120-acre property contributed. "She's a very lucky dog, that it went along the muscle layer and did not angle further," Dr. Shirley said. "If that went into the abdomen, you'd have major issues."