Animals

A sneak peek at the Bronx stars of Animal Planet's The Zoo Season 3

If you’ve been to the Bronx Zoo, you know there’s tons of animals to see on its expansive campus. But when you watch the Animal Planet The Zoo TV show, which starts its third season this Sunday, you get to go behind those exhibit walls. From a kangaroo undergoing cryotherapy for its arthritis to...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:54pm

ASPCA and NYPD continue their mission to protect the animals of NYC

In late December, NYPD Officer Michael Pascale was on patrol in Brooklyn when he heard a dog whimpering. It was tethered to a fence out in the cold and rain, a heavy chain around its neck, and Pascale, seeing no owner around, took the dog into his patrol car and got it care at the ASPCA Animal...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 5:01pm

Prospect Park Zoo to breed near-threatened Pallas's cats in new exhibit

The Prospect Park Zoo is doing its part to protect an at-risk species with a new exhibit to breed Pallas’s cats. The Pallas’s cat — named after Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the small wild cat species in 1776 — is near threatened, according to the International...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:33am

PHOTOS: Take home one of these adorable Boston cats for National Cat Day

If you've always wanted a cat or are looking to add to your feline family, then National Cat Day is the perfect excuse. MSPCA-Angell, a private, nonprofit organization, has cats available at its Boston adoption center. Take a look at the above gallery to see some of the frisky friends you...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:34pm

Bronx Zoo euthanizes Maxine, a 48-year-old elephant, due to illness

The Bronx Zoo announced on Tuesday that it has euthanized an elephant who was no longer able to eat due to a progressive illness. Maxine, a 48-year-old Asian elephant, had been at the zoo for 45 years after coming there in 1973. Some employees have known and worked alongside Maxine for more than...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:19pm

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2018 is back on

Pet owners and adorers alike can rejoice, for an iconic New York City event has been saved: the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2018 is back on. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a beloved tradition in which costumed pups march around the East Village park as a fundraiser for the...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 1:21pm

8 sex positions inspired by animals and insects

College Humor, in it’s neverending mission to both entertain you and enhance your sex life, has a series of GIFs demonstrating several sex positions inspired by the animal kingdom. The guide is a bit old, but the advice lasts forever. No longer will you be forced to resort to the generic...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:33pm

NYPD asking for public's help identifying person in Bronx puppy abuse case

Officials are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect related to the case of a Bronx puppy found beaten and tied to pole. Looking Glass Animal Rescue shared the story of Cleo, a four-month-old beagle puppy found tied to a pole in the Bronx and suffering from severe injuries last...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 4:18pm

Puppies sold in pet stores sickened 118 people over two years

It’s almost impossible to resist playing with puppies when you see them — that’s why pet stores and adoption centers let people pet and handle the dogs. After all, nothing bad can happen — right? Unfortunately, petting those adorable pups in a pet store sent more than 100...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 5:32pm

The MSPCA is stepping up for pets displaced by Merrimack Valley gas explosions

When a Columbia Gas pipeline ruptured on Sept. 13, triggering dozens of gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley, thousands of homes and businesses lost power. For one Lawrence family, that meant their German shepherd, Kolya, was alone for more than 24 hours in a dark house. Laura...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 4:38pm

4-month-old beagle puppy found beaten, tied to a pole in the Bronx

A four-month-old beagle puppy was found in the Bronx tied to a pole and suffering from severe injuries after reportedly being beaten, according to an animal rescue organization. Officials from Looking Glass Animal Rescue took in the puppy, which they’ve named Cleo, on Monday and are asking...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:52pm

Flood Rat understands your New York City subway woes

If you had an unpleasant commute on Tuesday due to some inclement weather actually happening inside New York City subway stations, you weren’t alone. Flood Rat felt your pain. Yes, Flood Rat. Move over Pizza Rat, and even the most recent plural Pizza Rats, there’s a new rodent in the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:35pm

Experts raise alarm about using dog DNA tests to make medical decisions for your pup

If you’re wondering what kinds of dog breeds make up the loveable mutt you recently adopted, you might opt for an at-home dog DNA test. Yup, like the ones you can do on yourself to see where your ancestors are from. But don’t use that kit to make health decisions for your pup, experts...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:20pm

Dog flu has arrived in Massachusetts: MSPCA

Dog flu has arrived in Massachusetts, the MSPCA is warning pet owners. Yup, dog flu is a thing, and the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center recently treated its second-ever confirmed case of dog flu in a six-month-old poodle. The poodle was brought in to the MSPCA on Aug. 12 with a fever and a...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:26pm

MSPCA saves 200 birds from euthanasia after breaking up cockfighting ring

The MSPCA was able to save more than 200 birds from euthanasia after hundreds of roosters, hens and chicks were discovered in a cockfighting operation in Northampton. At the end of May, the MSPCA and Northampton police announced that officials busted a cockfighting ring that involved nearly 400...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 1:19pm

NYC Council passes bill requiring an animal shelter in every borough

The New York City Council unanimously passed a bill on Thursday requiring that a full-service animal shelter be built and maintained in every borough. The bill, sponsored by Council Member Paul Vallone who represents District 19 in northeast Queens, will restore a legal requirement for New York...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:30pm

Next time you spot a turkey around Massachusetts, tell the state

You may have seen them strolling the streets of Cambridge, or been chased down by one in Brookline. You may even follow them on Twitter. We’re talking about turkeys, of course, and the next time you see such a fowl, the state is asking that you take notice and fill out a survey. Every...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

MSPCA rescues nearly 400 birds from Mass. cockfighting ring

Nearly 400 roosters that were involved in a Northampton cockfighting ring were rescued by the Massachsuetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, marking the largest bust in the animal non-profit's history, the organization said. While the birds are housed at MSCPA-Nevins Farm, the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 2:53pm

Four penguin chicks make debut at New England Aquarium

Four new members of the New England Aquarium penguin family have made their first public debut. The little blue penguin chicks — named Goose, Wedge, Derwent and Miramar  — made their on-exhibit entrance Thursday morning after having hatched about 80 days ago. They’ve...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:24pm

Right whales are still around Massachusetts, putting lobster season on hold

Right whales off Massachusetts shores are causing some troubles for local lobster fishers. State officials have extended a ban on lobster traps in Cape Cod Bay because of the marine mammals still feeding in those waters. North Atlantic right whales are an endangered species, with only about fewer...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:13pm