These stories are worth a click

By People Staff
Updated January 12, 2010 03:30 PM

These stories are worth a click:

A thousand piglets died in a fire on a North Carolina hog farm, but 500 other pigs were rescued. The animals that died were about 21 days old. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. –The Daily Reflector

Breed-specific characteristics, like the giant size of the Great Dane, and the wrinkles of the Shar Pei, have been traced to particular genes. The findings can help us understand “how genetic variation influences how individuals in a population act differently, look different, and have different susceptibilities to disease.” –Bloomberg via

After 20 years of study in the wild, a University of St. Andrews psychologist claims to have translated the calls of monkeys and apes, and in them has seem specific meanings. –New York Times

Amazing photo: A 3-year-old Australian girl cradles her best friend – a 12-foot-long snake! –Telegraph

Who helps pet owners go through the grieving process? In Oregon, it could be Sam Heinlein, a crematory operator at Dignified Pet Services who makes keepsake paw imprints as part of his job. –

One treatment option for your pet’s pain? Animal chiropractic! One practitioner has successfully treated a dog who had been nearly paralyzed in an accident. The dog can now walk again. –The Tennessean