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Top 10 Fourth Of July Pet Safety Tips

(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE/PET SAFETY) Fourth of July fireworks are all fun and games until Fido gets hurt. What we know as a spectacular holiday tradition is pretty terrifying for our beloved pets and wildlife. The panic brought on by fireworks can cause pets to run away, injure themselves, or even get killed, and can also cause wild animals to abandon their babies and exhibit other life-threatening behaviors. Read on to find out how you can ensure your pets are safe this Independence Day. — Global Animal

Tail-Wagging Tips To Help Your Pooch Get Comfortable With Grooming

(DOGS/PET CARE) Having pets can be overwhelming at times. They become our nearest to dearest ones in just no time, which makes us willing to do anything we can to keep them happy, healthy, and safe. When it comes to grooming, we'll discuss how it relates to your dog's hygiene and betterment. Just like training a puppy, making him/her comfortable during groom time requires some effort and close attention. Whether you have a big dog with minimal hair growth or a smaller-sized breed with long hair, here are some tips to make your furry friend comfortable when being groomed. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Southwestern Pasta Salad

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This Southwestern pasta salad with avocado, black beans, and lime dressing is the perfect vegan dish for any summer party like BBQs and potlucks. This recipe uses farfalle, but you can use almost any kind of pasta you want. If you're not a fan of cilantro, you could also substitute parsley or green onions. This pasta salad is not only super easy to make, but it's also super healthy. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

How To Effectively Evacuate Your Pets 101

(PET SAFETY) When any sort of natural disaster hits, we often hear about the large number of displaced pets in need of a home. In the article below, Florida resident Brandy Arnold shares her experience of preparing her animal companions for Hurricane Irma. Read on for tips on what you should do to ensure your beloved critters are safe during an emergency. -- Global Animal

Ocean Alliances: Male Dolphins & Their Name Calling

(OCEANS) The ocean is a mysterious place and there is still a lot to learn about it. New research shows that male bottlenose dolphins create alliances with other male dolphins. But how can these sea creatures tell eachother apart? Believe it or not, these dolphins have names for one another! Read on to find out how these aquatic mammals actually call out to their buddies and share connections similar to us land-lovers. -- Global Animal

Rare Conjoined Deer Fawns Have Scientists Seeing Double

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) A Minnesota man got two times more than he bargained for while foraging for mushrooms one day. During his outing, he stumbled upon a fawn with an abnormality no one has seen before—two heads! Although the fawn was stillborn, the animal was one of the first to actually reach a full-term pregnancy and then be delivered. Read on to find out more about this scientific discovery, reminding us about the wonders of life. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Spicy Nacho Potato Bites

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Satisfy your french fry and potato chip craving with these spicy nacho potato bites! These crispy, spicy roasted potato medallions topped with melted vegan cheese, chunky homemade guacamole, and fresh vegetables are the perfect healthy spring and summer appetizer. Not only are they completely vegan, but they are full of fiber, iron, and healthy fats--a great example of healthy potato-based snacking! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Fend Your Flock: 8 Best Dog Breeds To Protect Chickens

(DOGS/FARM ANIMALS) Chickens are vulnerable to predators, and if you are raising them, you must take adequate measures to ensure they are protected. One of the best ways to do so is to adopt a guard dog, and luckily there are many livestock guard dog breeds you can choose from. They are harsh on predators and extremely gentle with chickens. They stay with livestock around the clock and anticipate an attack or threat, thereby avoiding it even when you are not present. But which guard dog is the best? There are quite a few, and we have mentioned the best of them in the list below. -- Global Animal

Should Your Cat Go Vegan?

(CATS/PET CARE) Wondering if you should put your cat on an all vegetarian or vegan diet? Are you worried about your cat's protein intake? Read on for one veterinarian's opinion on whether or not your cat should go vegan. — Global Animal

Unsuspected Victims Of The Opioid Epidemic

(OCEANS) In the rugged waters of the Puget Sound, lay mussels who filter water in search of nutrients. However, no one expected to find traces of Oxycodone in the Seattle shellfish. If Opioids are reaching these filter feeders, how many other aquatic animals are being affected? Read on to find out how these dangerous drugs are permeating through Puget Sound and the impact this could have on all of us. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Raspberry Crumble Bars

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Sweeten up your Monday with these raspberry crumble bars! This vegan dessert is made with a sweet-tart raspberry chia seed filling, granola crumb-style crust, and a thick crumble topping with pumpkin seeds and coconut. These bars are best made the night before you intend to serve them. After an evening stored in an air-tight container, the sweet crusts becomes and soft and the crumble loses its crispiness, which makes them perfect for serving with vegan ice cream or whipped cream. What's more, the raspberry filling is delicious all on its own and is perfect on smoothie bowls, yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, or even toast! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Who Is The Best Father? 10 Notable Animal Dads (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMAL DADS) Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world—human and otherwise. As an ode to dads, here's a list of the top 10 most notable animal dads. Weigh in on the poll and tell us which animal you think is the best father. Or better yet, send this list to the dad in your life and find out which animal dad he most resembles! — Global Animal

Colors Only Nature Could Create (GALLERY)

(BIRDS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Looking to brighten up your day? From dazzling ducks to flashy flamingos—check out these beautiful birds as they boast every color of the rainbow. — Global Animal

Raccoon Rescued After Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper, Capturing Fans Worldwide

(ANIMAL RESCUE) A raccoon boldly went where no raccoon has gone before when she found herself stuck on the UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday. The reckless raccoon made it all the way to the 23rd floor before eventually arriving safely on the roof. The courageous critter was first spotted resting in a lower-level nook outside the Town Square building downtown, and after a failed rescue attempt, the animal scrambled onto a skyscraper nearby and continued her dangerous ascent. She was stuck for two days, without food or water, before her eventual rescue on Tuesday afternoon, which prompted a collective sigh of relief from the Internet world. On Wednesday morning, she was picked up by Wildlife Management Services, the company that set the traps, and later released on private residential property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities with permission from the owner. A number of office windows were graced by the animal's presence, and many witnesses were able to capture photos and videos of the daredevil's 20-story climb to the top. It didn't take long for local media to take notice, with some live-streaming the dramatic "RACCOON WATCH." Not before long, the animal dubbed the #mprraccoon even had her own Twitter account. Celebrate the fact that she's finally safe and sound, and relive Raccoon Watch 2018 in the photos and video clips below. -- Global Animal