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March 7, 2013
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  • Lion kills intern at Calif. cat sanctuary
    Authorities say an adult male lion killed a female intern who entered his enclosure for unknown reasons Wednesday. The attack occurred at Cat Haven in Dunlap, Calif., a big cat sanctuary operated by the nonprofit Project Survival. The sanctuary houses about two dozen animals and has a good safety record and proper operating permits. The animal was shot and killed, and the woman died at the scene. CNN (3/7), The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study measures the life expectancy cost of size among big dog breeds
    Large-breed dogs age faster than small-breed dogs, and larger breeds' risk of death increases more with age than it does for small breeds, according to a recent study of 56,000 dogs representing 74 breeds. The study found that a 4.4-pound increase in body weight is associated with lowered life expectancy by one month. The researchers plan to study the leading causes of death among large-breed dogs. LiveScience.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study highlights role of amphibian trade in fungus' spread
    A recent study detected the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on amphibians in Singapore, suggesting commercial trade of amphibians and the American bullfrog in particular could be helping the pathogen spread. The fungus is one of many factors contributing to declines among many amphibian species. "It is in everyone's best interest to eliminate [the disease] from the trade in live animals before both the native amphibian populations of Southeast Asia are affected and before it completely decimates the commercial trade and people are unable to make a living. This is not just about the frogs," said study co-author David Bickford. PhysOrg.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Popular pet car restraints fail in safety test
    Subaru teamed up with the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety to test four popular brands of pet car restraints, finding that none conferred protection in a 30 mph crash that used crash dummy dogs, and the devices may actually cause serious harm or death to pets or drivers. Further testing is planned, and researchers are working to develop standards for the restraints. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
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  • Is it getting easier for small businesses to get credit?
    Credit standards for business loans appear to be easing, writes Bill Conerly. Whether or not your company currently has credit, it's a good idea to talk to loan officers to determine where you stand, he writes. Also, consider getting a line of credit even if you don't currently need it -- it could allow you to pursue unexpected opportunities. Forbes (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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