Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) January 06, 2010 -- Lots of animals and pets in the past year have made news big time, for one reason or another.
Fined For Finding A Dog When a bichonmaltese cross went missing, the finders ended up being fined NZ$750 dollars. They wanted to hang onto the lost pet until the owners were found. Mrs. Hedges made contact with three vet clinics, the Invercargill City Council, the SPCA and several businesses, trying to find the dogâs owners.
The city council officers fined Mrs. Hedges for 'wilful obstruction of a dog control officer', when she refused to hand the dog over to the officers from the pound. She firmly believed she could do a better job of looking after the dog, until the rightful owners were found.
White House Pet The White House pet dog. Bo, attempted to eat a microphone at his first press conference.
Teacup Pigs: Paris Hilton has publicized that she owns a 'teacup pig', along with many British fans. The owners are told their miniature pig will grow to around 40 cms and weigh 30 kilos. However, many of the people who purchased âteacup pigsâ during the 1990âs buyers discovered they had a full size animal on their hands. Animal sanctuaries were overwhelmed with the oversize pets.
Fluorescent Beagles South Korean scientists inserted fluorescence genes into beagle eggs, before inserting them in their surrogate mother, of mixed breeding. The scientists think the transgenic experiment has promise for curing human diseases. The skin of the four beagle pups glows red in the dark.
Thriving Black Market For Geckos Hans Kubus German tourist was arrested at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand for trying to leave the country with 23 geckos and 20 skinks hidden in his underwear. Kubus's lizards would have had a street value of around 50,000 New Zealand dollars (approximately $38,000 Can) say prosecutors, as there appears to be a thriving black market for geckos in Europe.
Pets Get Plane Rides Air Canada now permits cats and dogs, weighing less than 10 kilograms, as of July 1st, to fly with their owners as carry-on luggage. Pet Airways is another option for transporting pets. They have been flying pets exclusively since 2009.
Hot Hamsters Jimmy Kimmel, a talk show host, describes the Zhu Zhu a "matchbox cars with hair on them." The Zhu Zhu retails for $10, though entrepreneurs have been selling them for much more on eBay. At the moment these robot hamsters are the hottest fad in the market.
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