Pets & Animals

Bubba J, Sally Sue seeking new family

September 26th, 2016

EDINBURG – Bubba J and Sally Sue, two tuxedo cats, are looking for a new place to call home after being seized from their former owner.

Variation of deer virus locally isolated

September 6th, 2016

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has isolated a variation of hemorrhagic disease in deer to Shenandoah County according to Nelson Lafon, deer project coordinator for the DGIF. The isolated variation, or serotype, in question is known as Blue Tongue Disease and is viral in nature, transmitted via biting midges.

Pet of the Week: Caesar patiently waiting for new owner

Caesar, a 5-month-old domestic shorthair kitten, is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Warren County in Front Royal.  Brad Fauber/Daily

September 6th, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Caesar, a domestic shorthair cat, was picked up as a stray and delivered to the Humane Society of Warren County’s Julia W. Wagner Animal Shelter in early June when he was about 8 to 10 weeks old.

Kitty needs new fetch partner

One-year-old Milo is a healthy, 10-pound kitty. Nathan Budryk/Daily

August 23rd, 2016

WINCHESTER – The Winchester-Frederick County SPCA is looking for a new companion for a quirky kitty.

Scientists reintroduce oryx in Chad

One of 23 scimitar-horned oryx is shown with its high-tech radio and GPS tracking collars. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have been working with foreign governments and other entities to reintroduce the oryx to Chad. The scimitar-horned oryx is extinct in the wild. Photo courtesy of Sahara Conservation Fund

August 20th, 2016

Scientists’ work with foreign governments and conservation programs in attempting a reintroduction of the scimitar-horned oryx into the wild has been taking shape as 23 of the extinct-in-the-wild members of the antelope family have been flown to Chad to be part of the program.

Two red pandas die at Smithsonian facility in Front Royal

August 8th, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has announced the death of two of its red pandas. The cause of death is unknown, as necropsy results came back with “no obvious contributing factors,” said Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communication for the Smithsonian.

Belle Grove to host sheepdog finals in 2017

August 4th, 2016

Middletown’s Belle Grove Plantation has won a bid to host the United States Border Collie Handlers Association’s 2017 National Sheepdog Finals from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, 2017.

Pet of the Week: Infiniti ‘melts’ in the arms of human companions

Katlyn Orndorff, 14, holds Infiniti, a snowshoe cat available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg.   Brad Fauber/Daily

August 2nd, 2016

EDINBURG – Infiniti is a senior snowshoe female cat residing at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Much like snow would on the hot summer days that have scorched the valley recently, Infiniti “melts” when wrapped in the arms of a human companion, said animal caretaker Emily Gochenour.

Rare crane hatched at Smithsonian Institute

A hooded crane chick recently hatched at The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. The crane's sex will be determined in the near future and is one of only 26 hooded cranes in captivity.  Courtesy photo

July 29th, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has successfully hatched a hooded crane chick. The species is native to Northern Asia and Southern Russia with fewer than 8,000 surviving in the wild, said Chris Crowe, crane keeper at the institute. The chick was hatched on June 14 but was made public Thursday after biologists were sure it would survive.