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PETA asks state auditor to investigate WSU research with animals during COVID-19

PETA requested the Washington State Auditor’s Office to investigate whether WSU spent taxpayer dollars on experiments involving animals labeled as non-essential.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 23, 2020

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals requested a state audit regarding WSU research involving animals labeled as “unnecessary.”  PETA requested the Washington State Auditor’s Office to investigate whether WSU spent taxpayer dollars on experiments invol...

Eleven research ponies recover from equine influenza

The horses first started showing symptoms of equine influenza Aug. 21, including cough and fever. The animals have been symptom-free since Aug. 27 but are still quarantined.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 8, 2020

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct a factual error where ponies were incorrectly identified as horses.  Eleven ponies at WSU contracted equine influenza, which is an airborne virus spread through infected droplets. The ponies first started showing symptoms Aug. 21, including cough and fe...

Tortoise saved after being run over, left for dead

Kyley Ackerson, aquatic pet specialist for Petco, holds Terri the tortoise. Terri's shell was injured after getting run over, and she is still recovering.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 15, 2020

When an engaged couple saw a tortoise with part of her shell missing, they may not have known much about tortoises, but they knew they had to help her. Kyley Ackerson, aquatic pet specialist for Petco, said she and her fiance drove over two hours to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the closest pl...

‘ICU SUPER COUG’: Retired show cat recovering from brain surgery

HoneyBee's owner Molly Mansfield said the surgical team gave HoneyBee a bandana that says “ICU SUPER COUG.”

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 10, 2020

HoneyBee, a 10-year-old retired purebred Maine Coon show cat, sat comfortably in her owners’ car on June 11 with an “ICU SUPER COUG” bandana around her neck. This was the same day HoneyBee was discharged from WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital after undergoing brain surgery, which she is now...

Survey finds pandemic strengthens bonds between humans, pets

Survey participants reported looking forward to spending time with their pets each day. No one reported taking care of a pet felt like extra work.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

Humans are relying more on their pets for companionship, hope and a sense of purpose during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recent surveys about human-animal interactions. A team of five researchers, including Phyllis Erdman, executive associate dean of WSU’s College of Education, surveyed ove...

Pet groomers offer services with new regulations

Amber Wright, owner of Amber's Grooming Salon, was able to open her doors early for pet hair allergy research. She offers drop-off services, as well as different rooms for bathing and grooming.

JENNA GEELAN, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

Washington and Idaho residents had months of abstaining from haircuts due to COVID-19, but humans were not the only ones needing a trim. Zelda’s Pet Grooming closed their doors on March 26 and did not reopen until May 25. Owners Dani and Melanie Voorhees faced uncertainty for the future of their bu...

Researchers study how often household pets contract COVID-19

Household pets like dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets are being tested for COVID-19. In order to be tested, the animals have to be from a household where at least one person has tested positive for the virus.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

WSU researchers, in cooperation with University of Washington's Center for One Health Research, are studying how often household pets can contract COVID-19.  Katie Kuehl, veterinarian and shelter medicine clinical instructor in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said researchers are testing dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets in households where at least ...

WSU’s Bear Center builds new cave

There are 11 bears at WSU's Bear Center. They were given a new cave, which researchers say will be used as hibernation approaches.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

The 11 bears currently living at WSU’s Bear Center have a new cave to explore in their outdoor yard. The cave is made out of a 10-foot-long culvert, or round metal tunnel, that has been compressed to make it flat on the top and bottom so it is more comfortable for the bears to lay in, said Faci...

Kill or be Killed

Top trophy hunting countries in Africa based on proportion of hunters visiting. Regulating animal populations through trophy hunting is necessary for the well-being of human lives.

Philip Grossenbacher | Evergreen columnist

September 24, 2015

Kill or be killed: that’s the reality for many families in villages in the African country of Botswana in the two years following the illegalization of trophy hunting.Animals such as lions and elephants have been allowed to run rampant, taking their toll on the livelihood of some of the poorest com...

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