Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered on Wednesday to adopt unwanted hamsters after a mass cull from the government over fears of the novel coronavirus raised concerns that panicked animal owners would abandon their pets. Authorities on Tuesday ordered the culling of 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and … Read more

U.S. grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Strong demand for groceries combined with soaring transportation costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of backlogs at processed food and fresh produce, resulting in empty supermarket shelves at major retailers across the United States. West Coast perishable produce producers are paying nearly triple pre-pandemic trucking rates to … Read more