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Friends bid goodbye to well-traveled amputee tortoise
June 4, 2014

Photos by Henry Moore, Biomedical Communications Unit

tortoise-180PULLMAN, Wash. – A tortoise that has lived at Washington State University since its leg was amputated will be leaving for a new home. A group of friends said goodbye to Gamera Tuesday with pumpkin cake and lots of photo ops.

Smart bears prefer Toyotas, use their claws like keys
June 3, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Bear-breaks-into-car-NPS-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Of the hundreds of automobiles that enter the parking lot each week at Washington State University’s Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center, two Toyotas entice the bears like no others.

June 3: Bid goodbye to WSU’s tortoise amputee
June 2, 2014

tortoise-170PULLMAN, Wash. – A tortoise that has lived at Washington State University since its leg was amputated and replaced with a swiveling wheel at the College of Veterinary Medicine will be leaving for a new home.

WSU’s grizzly bears love pastries, delight visitors
May 19, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Bear-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Wide-eyed children and adults are turning out in high numbers to view the grizzlies at Washington State University’s Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center on the east edge of campus. The giant predators take dips in the steel pool, roll on the grass and smack their massive paws at each other within the two-acre enclosure.

Antibiotic resistant infection? Yes, you
May 13, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Antibiotic-resistance-170PULLMAN, Wash. – Let’s say you’re in a locker room after completing a workout. You grab a towel on the bench before realizing it belongs to someone else. Unknown to you, the person who just used the towel left behind some lingering Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly known as “staph.” The organism was spread to that person’s hands after rubbing an infected hair follicle on his inner thigh.

Illness-causing fungus spreads to Washington state
May 5, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Cocci-fungus-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A fungus found in semiarid parts of the Southwest that sometimes launches a lethal illness has been identified for the first time in Washington state soil, leading public health officials and an internationally known fungal expert at Washington State University to believe the organism is quietly spreading to the Northwest.

New puppy – the best medicine ever
May 1, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Blazie-100PULLMAN, Wash. – When a child says, “I want a puppy!” most parents cringe. But for Jimmy and Lisa Gilder of Troy, Idaho, it was a wish they wanted to make true for their daughter.

‘Horsing around’ reduces stress hormones in youth
April 24, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

horse-stress-Pendry-130PULLMAN, Wash. – New research from Washington State University reveals how youth who work with horses experience a substantial reduction in stress – and the evidence lies in kids’ saliva.

Dog noses deployed at Oso, oceans, airports
April 21, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News 

dog-80PULLMAN, Wash. – With all the heavy machinery and detection instruments being used to comb through debris at the Oso, Wash., landslide zone, there’s a small wet object getting heavy usage that deserves a closer look.