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The SmallAnimalChannel Weekly Newswire - February 20, 2009

Stay up-to-date with the latest small animal news from all around the world.

Posted: February 20, 2009, 9:45 p.m. EST

The Velveteen Rabbit: The Movie
Michael Landon, Jr., directs a movie based on the children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit, reports America Jr. Read Now>>

Giant Spanish Rabbit To Return?
A man in Spain hopes to revive breeding the Giant Spanish Rabbit breed of rabbit, reports Typically Read Now>>

World’s Smallest Hamster
A tiny hamster that measures 0.9 inches joins five other tiny animals as the world’s smallest, reports Softpedia. Read Now>>

Hamster Can Create Electricity
Researchers  can capture the biomechanical movement of hamsters running in a wheel or scratching to create electricity, reports Read Now>>

Small Animals Star In Viral Video
This video seeks to find out how many uses small animals like guinea pigs, hedgehogs, hamsters, puppies and kittens can find for a Samsung mobile phone, reports Brand Republic. See Now>>

Global Warming Leads To Possible Protection For Pika
The American pika, a rabbit-like animal, could be placed on the Endangered Species list by the U.S. government due to global warming, reports Reuters. Read Now>>

Pets Pick Up On Owner’s Stress
If you’re stressed, you could pass that emotion along to your pet, reports The Vancouver Sun. Read Now>>

College Student Rails Against Anti-Hedgehog Law
A sophomore at Millersville University writes about the law outlawing pet hedgehogs in Pennsylvania, reports The Snapper. Read Now>>

New Rat Species Found
The Philippine Island of Mindanao is home to a recently discovered rat species, reports National Geographic. Read Now>>

Research On Rats Sheds Some Light On Human Disease
Cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and perhaps Alzheimer’s might all be linked by a single gene based on studies in rats, reports Science Daily. Read Now>>

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