The Water Bowl: Panda Fans Head To China To Scoop Poop! Plus, Can Dogs Help Childhood Eczema?

10/01/2010 at 10:30 AM EDT

The Water Bowl: Panda Fans Head To China To Scoop Poop! Plus, Can Dogs Help Childhood Eczema?
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Four American fans of the panda Tai Shan – who once lived at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., but now resides on a reserve in China – traveled all the way from the U.S. to the Sichuan province to see how he was doing. They're so devoted that they even cleaned his pen. Washington Post

Want to protect your child from getting eczema? Perhaps it's time to get a dog. Studies show that babies who lived with dogs had a significantly reduced risk of eczema at age 4, but children who had a cat were more likely to have the ailment at the same age. –Bloomberg BusinessWeek

A New York City man was stabbed and killed on the sidewalk – over a dispute about two dogs. The victim's miniature pinscher became tangled with a Shih Tzu, whose owner drew a knife. –New York Times

The struggling city of Jeannette, Pa., has laid off several members of its 12-person police staff, including Wando, a drug-sniffing canine. His handler also lost his job. –WPXI

Dolphins want to speak the language – each others', that is. Research shows that when two different dolphin species meet, they try to find a common form of communication. –BBC News

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