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Walmart unleashes new pet offerings

Nov 16, 2020
Can the mega-retailer compete with specialty stores in the nearly $100 billion pet sector?
A newly adopted pup gets a belly rub in Escondido, California. More Americans have acquired pets during the pandemic.
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The "communicate-better-with-your-pet" sector is having a moment

Oct 13, 2020
One company turned a speech pathologist's tool into a product for pet owners.
They have something to say.
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California pet stores can only sell rescue cats, dogs and rabbits

Jan 9, 2019
A new law aims to help the state's overcrowded animal shelters.
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Backyard chickens have been hip for a while, but building them a $20,000 coop takes the trend to a whole new level

Jul 16, 2018
Backyard chicken keeping has taken off in the Bay Area as residents seek ways to disconnect from technology. Most people spend $1,000 or less on their birds and coops, but a wealthier subset of chicken owners have really gotten into it, in some cases sinking $20,000 or more into fancy heritage chickens and ornate homes […]
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In Texas, hunting hogs out of a helicopter is big business

May 25, 2018
Feral hogs cause millions of dollars in damage to crops across the U.S.
Coulter Airfield in Bryan, Texas is about an hour and a half northwest of Houston. It's where the helicopter hog hunting business, Helibacon, is based.
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SeaWorld still trying to rebrand after 'Blackfish'

Nov 15, 2016
The theme park is getting rid of its killer whale performances next year.
People are rushing their children to SeaWorld to see the orca show before it ends next year.
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Six surprising measures on the ballot today

Nov 8, 2016
Yes, marijuana legalization is a big issue for lots of states, but what about other measures that affect the economy?
Voters cast their ballots.
Hill Street Studios

For chimps no longer needed for research, smoothies and sanctuary

Sep 15, 2016
When the National Institutes of Health quit funding biomedical testing on chimpanzees last year, that put most research chimps out of work.
Sarah Baeckler Davis at a sanctuary in North Georgia for chimps retiring from private research labs.
Stephannie Stokes

Importing a beluga whale? There's a form for that

Sep 7, 2016
Bringing in beluga whales to the US to boost the small number in captivity isn't easy.
Visitors gather at the Georgia Aquarium's beluga tank. Some pull out phones for pictures, others reach out to the glass as if they can touch the whales as they slip by. 
Sam Whitehead