Sea lions grieve; shelties get anxious. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, in the New York Times, argue that we should pay more attention to illness and emotion among animals:

A friendly cocker spaniel in Texas once sent her owners’ lives into a tailspin when she turned her attention to toad licking. As described in an NPR story, the spaniel, Lady, had been the perfect pet, until one day she got a taste of the hallucinogenic toxin on the skin of a cane toad. Soon she was obsessed with the back door, always begging to get out. She’d beeline to the pond in the backyard and sniff out the toads. Once she found them, she mouthed them so vigorously she sucked the pigment right out of their skin. According to her owners, after these amphibian benders Lady would be “disoriented and withdrawn, soporific and glassy-eyed.”

06/12/2012 13:03


09/26/2012 01:24

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06/12/2012 20:42

That's the funniest thing I've read in a toad's age.


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