These stories are worth a click

By People Staff
Updated August 23, 2011 04:00 PM

These stories are worth a click:

A parasite called Toxoplasma gondii inhabits cats, and it helps make kitties attractive to rats, their natural prey. New research shows that while rats were typically terrified of cat urine, they were not fearful when the urine contained the parasite. –TIME

A Chicago-based veterinary association runs Wings, a support group that helps people cope with the loss of a pet and eventually move to adopt a new one. Wings is one of a number of similar support groups in the area. –Chicago Tribune

A survey of 2,000 female dog owners shows that they talk to their dogs more often than they do their romantic partners. They also take time off work to take care of their sick pets. –Daily Mail

Kandula, a young elephant at Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo, had a revelation a few years ago when he used a cube as a stool to reach for a treat. It’s the first instance that scientists have seen such an “aha” moment. –

Yvonne, a cow on the lam in Germany, has been nicknamed the “Problemkuh,” or the problem cow, since escaping a farm in May. She now has a €10,000 bounty on her head. –