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  1. The magic of therapy llamas

    Among the animals that biologists refer to as charismatic megafauna – tigers, giant pandas and the like – llamas, which are not endangered, are among the few that people can safely hug, writes Jennifer A Kingson

  2. Wagging tails warm ageing hearts

    Pet owners know that patting and cuddling your pet is one of the best feelings in the world. And there's scientific proof behind those feelings. Research from UCLA last year showed that animal assisted therapy for older people releases an automatic relaxation response, reduces the feeling...

  3. Survey finds pets can sense their owners moods

    According to a recent study, pets can actually help cheer up their owners. According to the survey from DART, 84 per cent of pet owners said their pet sensed their mood, especially when they were feeling low, and would actively act as a source of comfort during that time.

  4. Zoo animal research skewed towards 'popular' species

    Research on zoo animals focuses more on "familiar" species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say. Globally, fish and birds outnumber mammals, reptiles and amphibians in zoos -- but the study says mammals are consistently the...

  5. Airport's furry ambassadors make travel a little less stressful

    If you’ve traveled by air recently, you know that crowded terminals, security checks and flight delays can combine to create a less-than-ideal experience.  But the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport has a new addition to try to make traveling a little less stressful for...

  6. Genes Keep You On A Long Leash With Your Dog

    Researchers believe that our genetic make-up has a significant influence on whether we bring a dog into our house or not. This love has lasted for at least 15,000 years. That’s how long people have lived with dogs. They were the first animals we domesticated. But not everyone wants a...

  7. Our interaction with seagulls may be why they take our chips in the first place

    Seagulls hit the news last week when a study conducted by the University of Exeter found that staring at the birds made them less likely to steal your chips. The story was on the front page of The Times, #Seagulls was trending on Twitter and Channel 4 covered it in a prime time news-segment....

  8. Pawsitive Friendships Becomes Certified Autism Center

    Pawsitive Friendships of Gilbert, Arizona, is the first organization of its kind in Arizona to have earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation (CAC). The CAC designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), means that...

  9. Study: Whimpering Dog Makes Humans Feel As Sad As Sound Of Crying Baby

    A whimpering dog begging for table scraps or a content cat purring away are familiar scenes for pet owners, and most of the time they know exactly what their pets are trying to tell them. The bond between human and pet is a strong one, and now a new study conducted in Denmark...

  10. Dog owners have better heart health

    Pet owners have better heart health, particularly when those pets are dogs. This is according to a study examining the link between owning pets and heart health. The study compared the cardiovascular health scores of pet owners overall to those who did not own pets. Then it compared dog owners...