BGI, the genomics institute in Shenzhen credited with a number of breakthroughs in genomic sequencing, is applying its expertise on making tiny pigs for pets. According to Nature.com the pigs will weigh about 15 kilograms when they mature.
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At the [Shenzhen International Biotech Leaders Summit in China] the institute quoted a price tag of 10,000 yuan (US$1,600) for the micropigs, but that was just to "help us better evaluate the market”, says Yong Li, technical director of BGI’s animal-science platform. In future, customers will be offered pigs with different coat colours and patterns, which BGI says it can also set through gene editing.
A booming biotech business in South Korea has new customers in America, because everyone wants to clone their dog. Read the rest
Says the uploader of this superb video, “I built my rabbit a cart and now he delivers me beer! This event marks the release of an epic accomplishment.”
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Works every time. “We've been monitoring our pup at home to get a sense of how much barking he's been doing,” Devon Meadows explains.
“Chazz had just started barking after my wife and I left for work but luckily our cat, Greyscale, shuts that down.”
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Miki Kotevski, who shot this video, says: “This Shiba Inu has brought more people together from across the world than most politicians and other figures will ever be able to. Shiva's owner is the kindest owner and a great and kind person. Shiva is the Shiba's name and he is the best dog around.” Read the rest
Zoanthid corals are a favorite with aquarium hobbyists -- beautiful and easy to grow (easy being a relative term -- coral's always a pain in the ass).
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My dog groomer told me the brushes I've been using on my pals are not good for them, or their coats. She recommends I use this slicker brush.
A few weeks ago I reviewed the Furminator, a brush that removes great amounts of hair, and mats, from both my Cavalier King Charles and Main Coon cat. Today my groomer told me to throw it away! She showed me a number of small cuts on my pup that are a result of using that brush. Her suggestion is a simple slicker brush.
I like this brush and it works well on the smaller animals with lighter fur. It'll last a few months before the pins become bent totally out of shape. The quick release mechanism for hair is pretty helpful, and slightly bends the pins back into shape with each use. That said, I'm glad these are only $9 as they wear out in 3-6 months.
I love the ease of use and speed of the Fulminator. I can still use it, but not when the dog has really bad mats or stuff caught in her cottonball like fur, apparently it is too easy for her skin to get caught in it. Most of the time I'll be using a simple slicker.
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“Cooper and Daisy go through the drive up window at Mcdonalds.”
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If you're in central Missouri and have been thinking about fostering a guinea pig, now's your time.
From KQFX, Missouri:
A Good Samaritan rescued the animals after discovering them next to a dry creek bed near Andrew Sapp Road outside Ashland.
They were very malnourished, dehydrated and showed signs of hair loss. Staff provided them with clean water and fresh food, including kale and carrots. One died on Sunday.
Seven young adults and five one-week old pups remain. After they recover, the agency will put them up for adoption.
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I try to use the Love Glove regularly to groom our cats. But fur ends up on our beds, clothes, and upholstery anyway. The Carrand Lint and Hair Removal Brush ($2 for Amazon Prime
members) takes care of those errant hairs. The bristles are made of rubber and cat fur would rather stick to rubber than fabric, so it works like a charm. Check out the glowing reviews in Amazon for this brush. To clean it, just rinse it off (under a hose, so the fur doesn't clog the drain). Read the rest
Pups of various breeds lurch, flop, and float through the air in German photographer Julia Christe's wonderful “Freestyle Series.”
Cats have a million different ways of being pissed off. This is one we hadn't seen before.
“They showed up in our yard one morning and it was love at first sight,” the YouTube uploader says of this sweet video.
Watch this Pekingese show not only this sheep but two other dogs who's boss.
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