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  • The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull in Ed Sokol’s backyard.

    Mother robin chooses unusual nesting placeMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ed Sokol’s Mount Prospect backyard has become home to a mother robin who has chosen an unusual nesting place — a bison skull that hangs from a shed.

  •  A boy looks at chimpanzees in a fenced-off area at the Ivory Coast National Zoo in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Once a thriving population, chimpanzees in Ivory Coast have experienced a 90 percent decline in the last two decades, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.

    Ivory Coast tries ecotourism to save chimpanzeesMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The last in-depth study, conducted by Boesch’s organization in 2008, said Ivory Coast’s chimpanzee population now is between 8,000 and 12,000. Though no new studies have since been conducted and chimpanzees are difficult to track, Boesch said he was convinced the drop has continued.

  • Family who lost dog during Sandy finds it at poundMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    James said the family had planned in recent weeks to get a new dog as a 10th birthday surprise for their eldest daughter, Ally. But when the family of five went to the Monmouth County SPCA on Thursday to adopt a new animal, James and his wife approached the first cage and saw a familiar face inside.

  • Cop on leave after police dog video surfacesMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    A northwestern Indiana police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video posted online shows him hitting a police dog and lifting it up by its collar. The video of the Hammond officer and the dog was posted Wednesday on YouTube and quickly spread on social media.

  • Pet preparedness important in emergenciesMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois officials are encouraging residents to make emergency plans for their pets as well as themselves. The Emergency Management Agency and local departments will circulate that message this month.

  • A mother alpaca stays close to her newborn baby at Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm. Visitors can check out alpacas for themselves, along with textiles, yarn made from alpaca fleece and artwork, when the farm hosts its spring open house this weekend.

    Learn about alpacas at Waldron farm open houseApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you’ve never seen an alpaca up close, here is your chance. Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the farm, 39W856 McDonald Road, Elgin.

  • Enjoy a bird viewing experience:Apr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Almond Marsh in Grayslake, home to a great blue heron rookery and rare sedges is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through June (except Memorial Day weekend) for rookery and waterfowl observation.

  • Small pets in carriers will be allowed on some Illinois Amtrak trains.

    Amtrak opening doors to petsApr 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Now you can travel by train with Rover provided he's not too big. Amtrak is starting a pilot project with pets on trains on certain routes.

  • Bark in the Park:Apr 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dogs are welcome to gather with family and friends Saturday at Community Park, 42 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods, for the village’s inaugural Bark in the Park. This free community event is set for 10 a.m. to noon.

  • The 2013-14 season, which ended in January, was the first full deer hunting program run by the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

    Kane County forest commissioners might expand deer huntingApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Deer hunters wrapped up their first full season of archery in two Kane County Forest Preserves by bagging 25 deer. Two of those tested positive for chronic wasting disease, enough for commissioners to deem the program a success worth expanding. The district's deer experts say the local herd is in need of thinning, but deer fans have traditionally disputed that notion.

  • “High end” dog food manufacturing business planned in Des PlainesApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    A “high-end” dog food manufacturing business is hoping to occupy a vacant storefront in a Des Plaines strip mall.

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    How to keep cats safe when working on house projectsApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Buddy Foundation's Mary Hayashi offers tips to keep your pet safe when you are working on a house or room project.

  • Dogs get a workout on the exercise equipment at the Jaycee Memorial Park dog exercise area in Deerfield.

    Mt. Prospect seeks OK from sanitary district for dog parkApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Mount Prospect Park District recently learned that it needs approval from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago before building a dog park at Melas Park, which is on land MWRD owns. Park District Executive Director Greg Kuhs said securing approval shouldn't delay the planned June 21 opening of the dog park.

  • Virginia Fryback hugs her cat, Charlie, at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control in Fort Wayne, Ind.

    Cat missing 5 years now back with ownerApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A cat missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Fort Wayne, Ind., thanks to an implanted microchip.

  • Winter burn has been common in evergreens. Overall, however, experts say this year’s brutal winter won’t have lingering effects on suburban plants and wildlife.

    What to expect this spring after suburbs’ brutal winterApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite some stubborn spurts, the tough winter is pretty much in the rearview mirror. So, as we emerge from hibernation and head outdoors, what fallout will we find on nature from all of that extreme cold and heavy snow? Probably not as much as one might have thought.

  • Roberta Russ of Palatine and Rex, 9, on right, pose for photos as Prince, 9, wears rabbit ears and Avery, 6, owned by Terry Meinke of Palatine, is petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District’s annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.

    Dogs hunt for Easter treats in PalatineApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Easter can be fun for even the furriest family members. More than 100 dogs and their owners posed for pictures with the Easter Bunny, searched for colorful eggs filled with dog treats and took turns on a small agility course as part of the annual Hound Egg Hunt in downtown Palatine on Saturday morning.

  • Members of The Puppy Mill Project held their first protest Saturday in Kane County on Randall Road outside the Petland in Batavia. Organizers said they sought to raise awareness about the dangers of mass breeding and to educate consumers about adoption alternatives.

    Puppy mill protesters picket in BataviaApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed breeders,which they consider to be puppy mills. The Petland owner said she visits each breeder to check on the care each puppy receives.

  • Veterinarian Christie Pace plays with Naki’o, a red heeler mix breed, the first dog to receive four prosthetic limbs. Naki’o was found in the cellar of a Nebraska foreclosed home with all four legs and its tail frozen in puddles of water-turned-ice. What frostbite didn’t do, a surgeon did, amputating all four legs and giving him four prosthetics.

    More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless petsApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs. More veterinarians are using wheelchairs, orthotics and prosthetics to improve the lives of dogs that have lost limbs to deformity, infection or accident, experts say.

  • 30 horses escape stable near WaucondaApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    A stampede of some 30 horses gave residents near Wauconda a surprise Thursday afternoon after the equines escaped from a nearby stable and ran down roads and front yards. Drivers contacted police about 4:20 p.m. after seeing horses running along Gossell Road, Garland Road and Virginia Lane in an unincorporated area near Wauconda.

  • Stacy Fiebelkorn (far left) confers with her attorney, Alexis Costello, during an appearance before Kane County Associate Judge Elizabeth Flood at the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles Thursday regarding a ruling on a gag order sought by Fiebelkorn’s attorney to stop comments outside of court by county officials. Fiebelkorn has been charged with animal cruelty and neglect, two misdemeanor charges which are still pending.

    Gag order placed in animal neglect caseApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Kane County judge Thursday ordered county animal control workers, sheriff's deputies and other investigators to refrain from speaking about the Stacy Fiebelkorn animal neglect and cruelty case, to preserve her right to a fair trial by jury.

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