Groundhog says six more weeks of winter

Animals
Monkey is top dog among animal actors A monkey who's starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars. It is the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a beaming Crystal accepted the "lifetime diva achievement award." The monkey looked every bit the part. S... - Posted on February 27, 2015
Should pets be allowed to travel on trains? She is a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog. The pooch has the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess. Her owner is U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham of California. They take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a c... - Posted on February 24, 2015
Is this the best dog in the world? A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus. Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club. At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno. In 2008, the immensely popular hound barked a... - Posted on February 23, 2015
How do you count octopuses? Very carefully To check on the health of the giant Pacific octopus population in Washington's Puget Sound, an unusual census takes place every year. Volunteer divers are enlisted by the Seattle Aquarium. They take to inland waters to look for their eight-tentacle neighbors. Weighing as muc... - Posted on February 19, 2015
Watch out for that owl! The host on an MSNBC program has inspired Oregon's capital to post new warning signs in a park. That's where four runners reported attacks from an angry owl likely defending its nest against perceived threats. One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush's Pastu... - Posted on February 18, 2015
See tiny tuxes but no puppy love at doggy weddings When pet owners dress up their dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love. These animal lovers say their pooches can feel real longing for other pets. But experts aren't so sure. Most people agree a weddin... - Posted on February 11, 2015
This year, Monarchs cover a little more ground The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels. But their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres. It was the ... - Posted on February 9, 2015
Would you hang out with cats, rabbits – or owls? In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is an exotic concept. People can't get enough of it. A cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are almost fully booked more than two months in advance. But in ... - Posted on February 4, 2015
Teen pushes recognition for Idaho giant salamander Some Idaho lawmakers are worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections. So they rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian. The House State Affairs Committee voted against 14-year-old Ilah... - Posted on February 4, 2015
Groundhog says six more weeks of winter The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter. Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "prediction" Monday morning. A German legend has it that if a furry rodent se... - Posted on February 3, 2015