- Thom Glick | Brooke Bousquet
We get all warm and fuzzy when this annual issue comes around — not that all stories about creatures are comforting. Proposed changes to the federal Endangered Species Act could, well, endanger more species. When a Charlotte woman was faced with a rabid skunk, a state official advised her to just shoot it. Yikes! But there's good news, too. At a Benson sheep farm, the "crop" is blood plasma filled with life-saving antibodies. Local police have trained a K9 to retrieve pornography — by sniffing out electronics. At the Humane Society of Chittenden County, the Barn Cat Program finds homes for outdoorsy felines. A Vermont woman is rescuing desert dogs from Saudi Arabia. And, though she's not an animal, exactly, we meet a mermaid who believes in magic.