World / Offbeat Jul 14, 2019

75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

A 75-year-old Florida man kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog. Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium last week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early ...

Exotic, dangerous cassowary bird kills owner in Florida

World Apr 16, 2019

Exotic, dangerous cassowary bird kills owner in Florida

A large, flightless and highly dangerous bird called a cassowary killed its owner in Florida, news reports said. The man was raising it and other exotic animals on his property in Alachua county in the north central part of the state, the local TV station ...

Meow hear this: Japanese study finds cats recognize their names

National Apr 6, 2019

Meow hear this: Japanese study finds cats recognize their names

Domestic cats recognize their names even though they may not act like they do, according to a new Japanese study. A team including Atsuko Saito, associate professor at Sophia University, studied how cats kept at homes and a so-called cat cafe, where customers can interact ...

Japanese firms move to capitalize on pet boom in China

National Apr 6, 2019

Japanese firms move to capitalize on pet boom in China

An increasing number of Japanese companies are aiming to seize business opportunities from a pet boom in China. DS Pharma Animal Health Co., a Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co. subsidiary that makes drugs for animals, agreed with a Chinese company in late March on the launch ...