3 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe This Halloween

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Halloween might be one of the best holidays of the year, but for our dogs, it isn't necessarily all that fun. If your dog gets spooked easily, or is usually scavenging for leftover food and crumbs around, this holiday can actually be extremely dangerous.

Here are some safety tips to help you get into the Halloween spirit and keep your pupper safe, courtesy of VoiceNews.

1. DON'T OVERDO IT WITH THE COSTUME

Despite dog costumes being adorable, some of them might put your furry friend in distress. When picking out a look for your pet, make sure not to cover their eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid any possible choking hazards, such as buttons or necklaces. And above all, make sure the costume actually fits them so that they can still walk around normally and not feel constricted.

2. BE CAREFUL WITH THE CANDY

It's obviously okay to bring your dog trick-or-treating or have them around the house while you're giving out candy to your neighbors, but you have to be careful they're not consuming any candy. Specifically, chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, and the artificial sweetener ​Xylitol can be deadly for dogs.

If you do take your dog trick-or-treating, make sure to have a trusty leash on them, so if they do get scared, they cannot escape easily.

3. AVOID UNNECESSARY SCARES

If your dog is known to scare easily, especially at noises, keep them in a quiet area of your house as your doorbell rings off the hook by trick-or-treaters. The noise and the fact that unknown people in costumes are seemingly trying to come into your home can create extreme stress for your furry friend.

Celebrating Halloween doesn't have to be a hassle with dogs; just make sure you're taking these tips into consideration when the holiday arrives.

Middle School Student Discovers Megalodon Tooth Fossil on Spring Break

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iStock.com/Mark Kostich

A few million years ago, the megalodon was the most formidable shark in the sea, with jaws spanning up to 11 feet wide and a stronger bite than a T. Rex. Today the only things left of the supersized sharks are fossils, and a middle school student recently discovered one on a trip to the beach, WECT reports.

Avery Fauth was spending spring break with her family at North Topsail Beach in North Carolina when she noticed something buried in the sand. She dug it up and uncovered a shark tooth the length of her palm. She immediately knew she had found something special, and screamed to get her family's attention.

Her father recognized the megalodon tooth: He had been searching for one for 25 years and had even taught his three daughters to scour the sand for shark teeth whenever they went to the beach. Avery and her sisters found a few more shark teeth that day from great whites, but her megalodon fossil was by far the most impressive treasure from the outing.

Megalodons dominated seas for 20 million years before suddenly dying out 3 million years ago. They grew between 43 and 82 feet long and had teeth that were up to 7.5 inches long—over twice the size of a great white's teeth. They're thought to be the largest sharks that ever lived.

Megalodon teeth have been discovered on every continent except Antarctica, but they're still a rare find. Avery Fauth plans to keep her fossil in a special box at home.

[h/t WECT]

Watch the Denver Zoo’s New Baby Sloth Cuddle Up With Its Mom

Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo

If you’re a sucker for itty, bitty, furry animals, then you’ll want to drop whatever it is you’re doing and check out this video of the Denver Zoo’s newest resident. Uploaded by The Denver Post, the video shows a week-old sloth clinging to its mother, and it’s almost too cute to handle.

The healthy baby, whose name and sex have not yet been determined, was born on April 11 to its proud sloth parents: 23-year-old Charlotte Greenie and 28-year-old Elliot. It also has an older sister, named Baby Ruth, who was born in January of last year. Dad and Baby Ruth are “temporarily off-exhibit” to give mom and her newborn baby the chance to rest and bond in their habitat—an indoor aviary that's part of the zoo's Bird World exhibit.

The baby belongs to one of six species of sloth called the Linne's two-toed sloth, which is native to the rainforests of South America and are not currently considered threatened. Unlike their distant relatives the three-toed sloths, two-toed sloths are mostly nocturnal creatures. They also tend to move faster than their three-clawed counterparts, although fast is putting it generously.

Like many things sloths do, the baby was slow to arrive. Zoo officials predicted that Charlotte would give birth as early as January, but the expected due date may have been a miscalculation.

“Sloth due dates are notoriously challenging to predict because sloths are primarily active at night and we rarely observe their breeding,” the zoo said in a statement. “Our animal care team closely monitored Charlotte for months to ensure that she and the baby were healthy and gaining the appropriate amount of weight.”

The baby is expected to cling to its mother for at least six months. Zoo officials say the best time to visit mom and baby is in the late afternoon, when Charlotte is more likely to be active.

[h/t The Denver Post]

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